News of President Buhari’s trip to U.S. is fake – Lai Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has urged Nigerians to disregard the fake news being circulated via a parody Twitter account and an old NTA news video that President
Muhammadu Buhari is travelling or has travelled to the U.S.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, the minister said one of the
numerous parody Twitter accounts in his name,@MohammedLai, was used to disseminate the fake and ludicrous news that President Buhari is due to leave Nigeria for the USA on Monday ”to condole with President Trump over the floods in Houston.”

Also, he said, an old NTA News video being circulated on the social Media claims that President Buhari has already left for the UN General Assembly in New York.

”This is a 2015 NTA News video that was repackaged to look current, and to give the impression that the President left Daura, where he is celebrating Eid-el-Kabir, directly for New York,” Mr. Mohammed said.

He said Nigerians should disregard any news credited to any account in his name, either on Twitter or Facebook, adding: ”Numerous parody accounts have been opened in my name on the two platforms, when indeed I have no Twitter or Facebook accounts.”

The minister recalled how the same parody Twitter account used to
disseminate the fake news about the president’s purported trip was
employed to circulate a fake report that he sharply criticised Senator Dino Melaye for attending the Notting Hill Carnival in the UK.

He said these two instances highlight the dangers posed to the polity by the purveyors of fake news and disinformation, and vowed that the
Federal government would soon fish out those behind the shenanigans.

”Fake news, disinformation and hate speech are the antics of the naysayers, those who are pathologically opposed to this Administration. That is why we are urging Nigerians to be more discerning and to double check any information emanating from the social media,” Mr. Mohammed said.‎


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  • 0tile

    If Buhari is going to US to get healing that is good, but if he is going to acquire arms and other dangerous weapons may he meet with misfortune. We will enjoy peace again when he leaves town and stays away for a long time. Each time he is in Nigeria there is tension, eye-poking injustice, discrimination and massacres by the Fulanis of the military. Imam is a divider not a ‘uniter’.

    • daygea

      Haters will just keep hating. PMB is working hard to ensure the unity of all Nigerians.

      • Olatubosun

        Buhari is working towards a great development of our nation…
        Haters will trek to hell fire

        • front man

          Good 1

    • Night Crawler

      His going no where, you are one of those sharing false news.

    • Yeah, there is tension / pressure on those who does not want things to work well on Nigeria. Buhari is not going anywhere! Misfortune will meet you.

    • Olatubosun

      Buhri has come to stay…. And he is not going anywhere…

      Stop talking trash

    • woman leader1

      Enemy of progress

    • front man

      Rubbish

  • Riot50000

    Where can we protest his arrival?

    • Otile

      Don’t protest anything yet. If he is coming to get healing we will receive him, but if he is coming to borrow more money or buy arms and dangerous weapons may misfortune overtake him. All say Amen.

    • Night Crawler

      Go to nnamdi azikiwe international airport, presidential wing or go to aso rock and stay dear. Senseless fellow

      • Olatubosun

        They are all enemies of progress and senseless fellows

    • #YourMumuSelfDoneTooMuch. Others are praying for the president, you want to protest. SMH

    • front man

      Go to your village

  • It is not going to be overly shocking to Nigerians to hear that the President has sneaked out again to the US to have a second opinion on the UK medics diagnosis of his earache. By the time he returns this time, we would have gotten rid of all the invading rodents at Presidential Vila which has sadly prevented him from performing the duties of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    • daygea

      Trashy comment to have made here.

      • stackCrawler

        Gbam

      • Olatubosun

        He is very senseless…
        He does not know what he is saying

    • Night Crawler

      Smh for you, saying trash on pages of newspaper won’t make or break PMB, his still your president till 2019

      • stackCrawler

        Lool; this is the realest talk I’ve ever read here in a long time. Please tell that blockhead oo: PMB is here to stay and here for good

        • front man

          Correct

    • SpeakOut

      I don’t know how to qualify your statement, you’re full of hatred and we both this is not helping you, you should be positive to your country and this government, also be supportive, stop been in support of your larceny leaders.

    • Olatubosun

      Pleas, where do you keep your brain?

    • Olatubosun

      You are sick

    • woman leader1

      Nonsense

    • front man

      Trash

    • dpfrank

      Crap always

  • Tommy Soto

    Seems like the mischievous looter class has to much unproductive free time on their hands.

    • Night Crawler

      You are right, they keep giving out false information every day, and am happy this administration acts swiftly to debunk the rumors

      • stackCrawler

        Abi o

      • Olatubosun

        Kudos to this administration

    • daygea

      Evil ones just keep spreading false rumors. Thank God for the very active information minister we have.

      • stackCrawler

        Well said

      • Correct

      • Olatubosun

        Our honorable minister of information is very active

      • front man

        Paid pdp e rat at work

    • woman leader1

      You are correct

    • front man

      They are pain pdp e rat

  • Night Crawler

    Another rumor from the rumor mongers, who created twitter account of Alh Lai Mohammed just to give false news to Nigerians, kudos to him for coming out to debunk the rumor

    • daygea

      Yes oo. The Minister has made it clear that it is a fake news and the twitter account isn’t his.

      • Olatubosun

        Sure

    • Olatubosun

      We need to appreciate our honorable minister of information….
      Is the best minister among the ministers

      • front man

        Yeah very correct

    • woman leader1

      Well said

    • front man

      They are haters of HMIC, God will shame them all

  • stackCrawler

    Thanks you HMIC; Alh Lai Mohammed for clarifying this, God bless you sir

  • SpeakOut

    This is one of the reason we need to appreciate HMIC, the masses are always aware of vital information and not been mislead by those looters and kleptomania leaders, that are full of hatred, Good job and God bless Nigeria.

    • Olatubosun

      Ameen

    • woman leader1

      Amen, God bless Nigeria

  • Nice one from the HMIC for revealing this. Without being told, this false Twitter account was created by the pigs.

    • Olatubosun

      Kudos to him

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

    • woman leader1

      Well said

    • front man

      Correct

    • dpfrank

      The HMIC knows his work

  • Olatubosun

    Kudos to our honorable minister of information…..
    God bless you sir as you are updating us with the fact

    • woman leader1

      Kudos to HMIC

  • Olatubosun

    Who are those spreading the false new

  • Olatubosun

    Buhari is working Nigeria is progressing…we need to appreciate this present administration cos…… The team is really performing

    • woman leader1

      God bless Nigeria

    • front man

      Yes oooo

    • Sincere-Voice

      They’re trying

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed thanks for always updating us with the fact

  • woman leader1

    God bless HMIC for clearing the air on buhari traveling to US

    • front man

      Amen

    • dele20

      HMIC is blessed, he is always the voice of we masses

      • woman leader1

        Sure

  • front man

    Haters are everywhere now wanting to discredit the good work of this present administration but they shall all fail

    • Sincere-Voice

      Amen

    • dele20

      Amen, the haters will fail woefully

  • front man

    God bless HMIC for all his precious time given to Nigeria to progress

    • dele20

      Amen, God bless our minister for information

    • dpfrank

      Amen

  • front man

    We believe so much in this present administration therefore, I’m not sit down and watch haters ranting trash on social media

    • Sincere-Voice

      Yes, I believe in this government. They will surely deliver the goods.

      • dele20

        Sure

  • Sincere-Voice

    Evil plotters are everywhere with evil tales. Light would always overcome darkness, let them continue.

    • progressive

      They will all fail with their evil plot

      • abodes_124

        ..not much of a plot. they were not planning to kill him. A parody Lai called for once he is right. Some people suggest that his department let the news out in the first place then refuted it so as to get congratulations and we can see it pouring out .

  • dele20

    Those in disguise of HMIC will surely regret it

    • abodes_124

      …in disguise????

  • dele20

    Kudos to our minister for information for disseminating this information, we Nigerians have got it right now

  • dele20

    Kudos to our president Buhari, thank God, PMB is hale and hearty

  • dpfrank

    Thanks for making things clear, some people are in the act of spreading fake news and promoting hate speech.

  • Frank Bassey

    WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL; DO NOT SWALLOW EVERYTHING LINE, HOOK AND SINKER. THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT FEEDS FAT ON DENIAL AND LIES.

    • progressive

      You are a big liar this government have been so sincere, whatever policy that the government want to do this current administration always publicise it for Nigerians to know so who are you to say that this is base on lies

      • Frank Bassey

        Please tell us, where is the report on Babachir Lawal? Has this government told you where it is? Mr sincerity. Nemesis is really dealing with those concerned.

        • Manmbombano123

          Don’t worry, you will be put to shame soon about that report

          • Frank Bassey

            If by now, we have not been put to shame, over a year the cruel act of this heartless Northern leader was exposed, and our president is keeping quiet, EFCC manun is keeping quiet, when will it be exposed? Are you satisfied with PMB’s hypocritical approach to the matter? I bet you, NOTHING will come out of it because it concerns the UNTOUCHABLES. That is why NEMESIS must complete its work.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      When an animals speaks u will know dem by their words… am not surprised dat u just left from the zoo where u wre feed with senseless behavior and comment

      • Frank Bassey

        As one of the stinking rodents (rats) chasing Buhari out of office; as a dehydrated lizard with putrefying intestine, you cannot rise above your level. You should stretch out your neck for Boko Haram to behead you because you are a social disaster.

    • Manmbombano123

      Yaba Left awaits you

      • Frank Bassey

        Badagry Gate is your portion.

  • progressive

    Kudos to lai Mohammed for coming out swiftly to refute such fake news

  • progressive

    Kudos to hmic for the good work he is doing he has been able to silent those jobless e goats who dont have anything to offer

  • progressive

    May God continue to bless HMIC for letting Nigerians know the truth about letting nigerians know that President is not travelling to USA

    • abodes_124

      God will bless him but hopefully for a more substantial endavourthan correcting fake news.

  • progressive

    Those who think they can continue to use the media to perpetrate their evil acts should deceased from such acts

  • Yego V

    @ Progressive, dpFrank, Frank Bassey, Dele20. woman leaders1, Front man, Sincere voice, Olatubosun, speak out, daygea, Night crawler:
    Two reasons why I’m commenting: a) Your boss is using our funds to give you some stipends to exhibit your stupidity online. b). The embarrassment you are causing us is not limited to the country. You are too ignorant to know that technology has advanced so much that your source and account is so bare. Moreover your post are so obvious that one will not require rocket science to unveil you. Sadly, that’s what you present to your boss HMIC that you are “on top” of his defense whenever the Liar is mentioned.. Dummies deceiving Dummy.