Buhari responsible for my appointment, not Saraki — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his appointment as minister and no one else.

Mohammed, who said this in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said it was “laughable’’ that anyone would seek to take credit for his appointment.

He was reacting to a statement by Dr Doyin Okupe, the Special Adviser (Media) to the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, in which he gave credit to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki for the minister’s appointment.

Mohammed said that Okupe was merely reacting to what he was not aware, saying the former presidential aide was merely writing fiction in his claim.

Because of the claim in the matter, Mohammed said Okupe deserved an award in fiction writing.

The minister said, “The entire statement by Dr. Okupe is nothing but fiction writing, for which he deserves a hall of infamy award (in the fiction writing segment). Not one of the claims he made in his statement is true.

“For the record,  Lai Mohammed owes his appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to President Muhammadu Buhari and no one else. It is therefore laughable that anyone will seek to take credit for that appointment.

“We challenge Dr. Okupe, who concocted the story in question, to make available to Nigerians any evidence he may have to support his assertion that the President sought the permission of Dr. Saraki to appoint Alhaji Mohammed as minister.”

The minister said that Okupe was being used as a proxy to fight politics of Kwara State where both Mohammed and Saraki hail from.

“We understand that Dr. Okupe’s cheap attempt at mud-throwing is nothing but a proxy fight, rooted deeply in the politics of Kwara State.

“We are aware that Dr. Okupe’s boss is feeling the heat emanating from the ‘O To Ge’ (enough is enough) movement in Kwara, and that even the strongest of men will become disoriented and disillusioned at losing the support of a people who once venerated them to high heavens.

“But that is a self-inflicted wound for which Okupe’s boss, an acclaimed slave master, has no one but himself to blame.

“Alhaji Mohammed is very proud to the lead the ‘O To Ge’ movement that is set to finally bring down the Berlin Wall of political hegemony in

Kwara State and send Dr. Okupe’s boss into political oblivion.

“That will also free Dr. Okupe himself from merely being his master’s voice, so he can fully devote his time to his new-found pastime – fiction writing.”