2019: It will be double tragedy if Nigerians vote PDP again – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Sunday said it will be double tragedy if Nigerians allowed the PDP to come back to power in 2019.

Mr. Mohammed made this known while addressing journalists at a press conference in Lagos, according to a statement from his spokesperson.

The minister, who spoke on President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war, said nothing shows the rot of the past more than the level of corruption which the present administration inherited from the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

He said, “Our commonwealth was looted with impunity by the same people who now say they want to come back. Indeed, it will not just be a tragedy, but a double tragedy, if we ever allow these same people to preside over our commonwealth.

“Where do we start? Do we want a Diezani back as Petroleum Minister, after the recovery of at least 43 million dollars and 56 houses from this one person? Do we want the 2.9 billion dollars – that’s about one-eighth of the 2018 Budget – that has been successfully traced and recovered from looters by the EFCC since the inauguration of the present administration, to be re-looted?

“What about the 151 million dollars and N8 billion in looted funds that have been recovered from just three sources as a direct result of the introduction of the whistle-blower policy? Do we want them to be re-looted?”

The minister explained that under the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, JAMB, only remitted an aggregate of 51 million Naira but in September 2017, the same JAMB announced it was ready to remit 7.8 billion Naira back to the government.

“Do we want JAMB to go back to remitting 51 million Naira?” he queried.

Commenting further, Mr. Mohammed noted that the PDP in its time lacked the political will to implement the Treasury Single Account (TSA), which it started, adding that Mr. Buhari’s administration is now fully implementing the TSA.

“Three trillion Naira, almost half of the estimated revenue in the 2018 budget, has accrued to Government with the enforcement of the TSA policy,” he said.

“There is more: With the elimination of thousands of ghost workers, we have saved 120 billion Naira. We have removed the 108 billion Naira in maintenance fees payable to banks, pre-TSA; and monthly we are saving 24.7 billion Naira with our determined implementation of the TSA.

“We must also never forget the alleged diversion of 2.1 billion dollars earmarked for arms purchase by officials of the immediate-past administration.”

The minister added that as the pace of politics gradually picks up ahead of 2019, it is important that we let Nigerians know the enormous progress that the Buhari administration has made in just a little over two years, and to also remind them of where the country was dumped by the PDP in 2015.

The minister, however, debunked claims that the government plans to arrest some opposition members, saying there was no iota of truth to the allegation.

“Are there still up to 50 people in the tottering PDP? Seriously, the guilty are afraid (according to the title of one of James Hadley Chase novels). Let those who have plundered our treasury face the music, if they must,” he noted.

“Finally, this Administration is cleaning up the Augean Stable of the PDP years. It’s been a tough task but we are determined and we are succeeding. It is a mark of the contempt in which the PDP holds Nigerians that the party is even talking of returning to power, even when the rot it left behind is yet to be totally cleared. Never again must Nigeria be bedevilled by a rapacious, impunity-prone and plunderous party like the PDP.”


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  • Frank Bassey

    Senseless Utterance! The hidden sins of this government are being exposed gradually: Things one would never have imagined will occur under Buhari’s watch.
    God must surely rescue Nigeria. Both PDP and APC are components of evil species.

    • progressive

      Jonathan administration was the most secretive

      • Frank Bassey

        So, PMB is now in competition with competency in secrecy? Are you saying we should applaud what is evil because it has not reached Jonathan’s crescendo? You are driving on the fast lane to self-extinction.

      • stackCrawler

        We are thankful that they are gone

      • woman leader1

        Very secretive, this administration keep us informed in every aspect at all time

    • woman leader1

      There is a wide difference between Apc and pdp.

  • Agba

    All what apc know best is lies upon lies Nigérians are in trouble for this great mistake of apc and pdp

    • woman leader1

      That is a big lie.

  • deri best

    It would be greatest tragedy for Nigerians to have bingo Buhari as president again….God forbid it.

    • woman leader1

      President Muhammad Buhari is the best ever, stop saying trash.

  • Jon

    If Buhari is elected again in 2019, I will relocate to South Sudan or Somalia.

    • Mizch

      Let me know so that we rent an apartment there.

    • woman leader1

      You better leave now.

  • babajide Balogun

    Small time now, this one will open his mouth and say he’s never Lai(ed) before. Buhari and GEJ are like six and half a dozen.

  • Mosley

    What moral ground is Lai Mohammed saying after inflicting the worst monumental economic affliction on this country. All those APC talk of looting or no looting is nothing but lies. A govt that has turned its citizens to beggars and prostitution?

    • progressive

      Buhari administration inherited the worst economy that we are talking as of today , but at the same time he has made sure they

      • Mizch

        Lies continued. We live in the same Nigeria and we know the soup that has salt in it.

      • dele20

        Of course yes, despite the fact that Buhari’s administration inherited the worst economy, this present government still ameliorated all the aggravation inherited by the previous government

        • stackCrawler

          Abi o

      • stackCrawler

        Well said

  • Ibrahim Ishaku

    It is now crystal clear that APC has no knowledge as to what it is doing.
    An example of a bad leader is one who blames others for his wrong doings…
    When will APC own up????

    • progressive

      You are a senseless human being.

      • Gaskins

        Abuse is not a viewpoint!

      • stackCrawler

        Agreed

    • Night Crawler

      APC has all it takes to lead Nigeria to greater heights, if not for PMB that saved Nigeria from the looting of pdp

  • LagosBoy

    That is certain….Voting PDP is just going to be double wahala and tragedy for Nigerians.
    Well done for the foresight my HMIC..
    God bless Nigeria and God bless us all.

    • dele20

      Amen

      • stackCrawler

        Gbam

    • woman leader1

      We say NO to failure, No to pdp because pdp is a failure.

  • progressive

    Kudos to Lai Mohammed it indeed going to be a double tragedy if pdp comes back again

    • dele20

      Pdp is a calamity to Nigeria incase the party comes back

      • stackCrawler

        I agree

    • stackCrawler

      Big kudos to HMIC

  • Gaskins

    Mr. Lai Mohammed, with all the lies, ineptitude, campaign promises denials, rats eating budget, budget missing, the cabals, jackals and hyenas, coupled with N5tr 2015 budget that was not implemented, and N6tr budget of 2016 that has no head no tail, and N7tr 2017 that is nowhere, not to talk of N7tr claimed to be in TSA and N5tr loot claimed to have been recovered and yet government cries of no money, with Babachir Lawal saga, Mainagate, CBN dollar racketeering, with hunger north and south, insecurity of herdsmen everywhere, it will be a terrible double tragedy if APC is voted again 2019! Nigeria is doomed if Buhari/APC is voted again 2019. Am sure of that!

    • daygea

      Do you have any proof for all you have just stated here. They are all bullshit born out of hatred for this administration.

    • Night Crawler

      Continue dwelling in the past while the people voted for change are progressing

    • progressive

      So you can say Nigeria is doomed if they vote for buhari again you must be sick I can see that you are only consoling yourself .

    • Wise One

      I guess Lai know he has a bad reputation as a pathological liar. Well, autonomy for South-East or independence for Biafra is my focus. Northern Nigerians can still own their oil wells and South-easterners can choose to be Northern Nigerians or live there a foreigners.

  • Mizch

    PS, we know that this man does not talk sense, and you keep that knowledge alive by showing his lips like a dry shit of cow.

    • Night Crawler

      Your comment makes no sense, kindly say something reasonable for once

      • Mizch

        Those who have brains did understand.

    • progressive

      Your comment is baseless Nigerians will no longer go back to the days of pdp pharaoh they almost killed this country if not for buhari who has been able to make things come back to nornal

      • Mizch

        Have no other gods except the almighty God.

  • Fairgame

    If Nigerians are smart they will vote in PDP so that the lies and looting of Buhari’s Fulani government will be exposed and money being looted recovered. This government is not only corrupt it is also preeminently evil – murders, suicides, democratization of poverty, massacres and so much spilling of blood all under Buhari in under 2 years. And to have a pathological liar called Lie Muhammed as their spokesperson says it all. Satan is the father of all liars. We know for sure that APC as a party is satanic. God forbid that Buhari and APC continue in 2019!

    • daygea

      Keep telling yourself the lies you want to hear. PDP is long gone and dead because Nigerians are aware of the extent of damage they caused this country. APC is doing a good job of cleaning the mess they created ad making the country a better place for every one.

      • stackCrawler

        Pdp is gone and gone for good

    • Night Crawler

      You are saying trash, money looted in PMB administration are pdp members who are devils in human clothes, they will all be exposed

    • progressive

      You must be sick why will Nigerians vote for pdp when we all can see the damages they caused this country

  • Kareem Raji

    Recovered loot that has already been relooted. This Lai thinks Nigerians are fools

    • daygea

      No money has been looted by this administration. This is a credible government as opposed to the ones we had before.

      • dele20

        As against the previous administration, this present one is a good government ,PMB’s government is working great

        • woman leader1

          This pmb government and his cabinets is working perfectly well, may God continue to bless them all.

        • stackCrawler

          We stand with PMB all the way

      • woman leader1

        Don’t mind the guy, he thinks he his talking to fools like him.

        • White cane

          lols, exactly

      • stackCrawler

        Abi o

    • woman leader1

      Stop saying what you know nothing about, where is your proof.

    • stackCrawler

      Shut up

    • Night Crawler

      The recovered looted funds are in save hands, part or all of it will be used to fund 2018 budget

    • front man

      Scum Nigerians are wise now we do not need pdp

    • White cane

      MAybe you are one check yourself

      • stackCrawler

        ABI O

  • dele20

    Voting PDP again will plunge Nigeria into calamity

    • woman leader1

      Very true

      • stackCrawler

        Naso

    • stackCrawler

      Abi o

    • White cane

      we are not going backward, forward ever

  • dele20

    Nigeria can never vote for PDP again, PDP is dead

    • woman leader1

      We are wise now.

      • stackCrawler

        Sure banker

    • stackCrawler

      Gbam

    • White cane

      you are onpoint

      • stackCrawler

        YESSSSSSSSSSSS

  • woman leader1

    We are wise now, we will vote for progress not failure.

    • stackCrawler

      Sure thing

  • stackCrawler

    Very well analysed by our beloved honourable minister for information and culture. Alh Lai Mohammed. We get your point sir

    • White cane

      Our Honorable minister is doing wonderfully well and God will bless him for us

  • stackCrawler

    We will never vote for this so called pdpigs. We have been fooled enough. APC for life

    • front man

      Never

      • stackCrawler

        GBAM

    • White cane

      YEs ooooooo

      • stackCrawler

        NASO

  • woman leader1

    Kudos to HMIC, he his always ready to update the masses.

    • White cane

      Yes very hardworking man

  • woman leader1

    Voting pdp again is a mistake that we can never pray for again.

    • White cane

      No Nigerians can’t make such a mistake again

  • Night Crawler

    The rate at which pdp destroyed the country, no good thinking Nigerian will ever vote for them, because they can’t go back to their vomit

    • front man

      Good people of Nigerians don’t pdp in power

  • Night Crawler

    All thanks to Lai Mohammed for coming out to say the mind of many Nigerians, pdp is dead on arrival and they are 6″ below the ground

    • front man

      Well spoken

  • front man

    Honestly it will be a tragedy if we allow pdp to come back in 2019

    • stackCrawler

      ABI O

  • White cane

    No Nigeria can’t make such a mistake, they know better now they have seen what is called governance with diligence

  • progressive

    Lai Mohammed have said it all , Nigerians are more wiser now they will not want to go back to the days of impunity

    • stackCrawler

      AGREED

  • progressive

    Where are the naysayers , we don’t want pdp to come back again they made Nigerians to go into economy recession thank God we have a man called buhari who has been able to use his wisdom and understanding in controlling the economy of this country

  • progressive

    Kudos to Lai Mohammed who has been able to remind Nigerians that they should not go back to the days impunity because pdp as a party does not have anything to offer the masses

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o..
      Kudos to our honorable minister of information…. Alhaji Lai Mohammed…
      God bless you sir

      • stackCrawler

        GBAM

  • progressive

    Pdp as a party are looking for a way to confused Nigerians in voting for them I don’t think it going to work because they caused alot of atrocity

    • Olatubosun

      Don’t mind them, they will be dealt with….

      • stackCrawler

        SURELY

  • Olatubosun

    Pdp is dead

    • stackCrawler

      gbM

  • Olatubosun

    We will soon do the burial ceremony of pdpig

    • dele20

      Of course yes, PDP is dead

  • Olatubosun

    No way for pdp

    • dele20

      PDP is dead

      • stackCrawler

        SURE THING

  • dele20

    Pdp is dead

    PDP is buried

    PDP is destroyed

    • stackCrawler

      PDP SUCKS

  • Whalerolex

    Even APC should not be allowed to win a re election bid. They are just as corrupt as their fellow PDP. Nigerians, shine your eyes and vote credible people

  • stackCrawler

    PDP CAN NEVER WIN

  • Dr Pat KOlawole Awosan

    It will be worse than double jeopady if Nigerians, should forget the fiscal constraint and economic disarray and hopelessness as well as deep-recession suffering with pains that average Nigerians, were subjected as a result of the Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his finance minister, and coordinator of economy,Dr Ngozi OKonjo Iweala, who coordinate and supervised the stealing looting and embezzlement, of ouir national public treasuries and asset by top PDP members and state governors, who shared our national security budget in instruction of GEJ.
    Also, what about the 2011-fuel subsidy scam, excess crude-account mis-management and import duty waver,s scam,Despite the huge revenues accrued into our national public treasuries still GEJ. and his finance minister,Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, failed to invest our huge revenues to save for the reining days ahead hence, the deep-recession that befell Nigeria public treasuries and economy, in the last two years plus that is just easing off as a result of president Muhammadu Buhari and his finance minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun,s fiscal reform and economic restructuring couple with the anti-corruption war that has succeeded of lowering corruption culture tempo in Nigeria.

  • Senator D

    *You are a deceiver or Liar if you deny any of the truths below:*

    *• That President Buhari of Nigeria once remarked that General Sanni Abacha NEVER stole a dime from Nigeria. However, in a twist of fate the Authorities in Jersey Island told Nigerian Government few weeks back that the one condition to return Abacha’s stolen loot to Nigeria is for the current President to publicly announce that Abacha stole money!…APC Progress!!!*

    *• You are just plain wicked if you deny that you NEVER read that Buhari’s government has spent over $3Billion searching for crude oil in the North…An amount that can NEVER be budgeted for health, education or even the Niger Delta where these monies are derived!*

    *• You are just trying to pretend if you haven’t yet seen the YouTube video showing FULANI HERDSMEN feeding a farmer’s Yam harvest to their cows and saying NOTHING WILL HAPPEN!…Buhari for Life President…*

    *• You are part of Nigeria’s problem if you believe the trash that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Boss Mr Ibrahim Magu claiming his enemies bought him houses in Dubai…Please where are my enemies???*

    *• You are just trying to half-hearted of you take Buhari’s fight on corruption serious when The Chief of Army Staff under him owns properties in Dubai and Abba Kyari, his Chief of Staff, collected over 500-million naira from MTN to stop the sanctioning of MTN. By the way MTN moved $13billion out of Nigeria without due process…I Love Buhari…*

    *• Finally, you are just plain deceptive if you put Church stickers on your car and doors professing your Faith but your Pastors use security personnel around them. Yes, you are wicked when there are genuine needs to be met at home and your family but you give tithes and offerings to churches!*