Most Nigerians are still in shock since a clip of the video interview Nigeria’s Minister of information and Culture Lai Mohammed had with a renowned British journalist, Tim Sebastian surfaced on Social Media on Friday, January 31, 2020.
In the viral video, the minister of information said he was not aware that there was any bill known as hate speech bill and such a bill did not emanate from the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government.
The Hate Speech Bill, otherwise known as ‘Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill’ and the social media bill, otherwise known as ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation’ bill, were the most controversial and most talked about topics in November 2019.
The bills which were sponsored by an All Progressives Congress (APC) member Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, Deputy Chief Whip of the upper chamber of the National Assembly, caused a serious public outcry both on mainstream and social media.
Despite the outcry against the bills, the social media bill may soon become a law as it passed the second reading on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
Yet, the Minister of Information of Nigeria told an International media that he wasn’t aware of such bills. “Who is the author of this bill, I am not even aware of it. There’s no such bill before the house. I can say that categorically and authoritatively that there’s no such bill before the house”, the minister insisted.
Nigerians, especially on social media believe that his reaction to the video interview is a confirmation of the lying nature of the 68-year-old minister. Twitter users have used his comment on the video interview to renew the derogatory dragging of the minister who they have always described as a lier in line with the sound of his name (Lai).
See some random reactions against Lai Mohammed that has kept him as the number one trending topic on Twitter for over 12 hours and also watch the clips of the interview below:
Disgrace of the CENTURY:— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) February 1, 2020
Watch Lai Mohammed LIE to the world that there is no such Bill as the Hate Speech Bill, being sponsored by Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator AliyuAbdullah. A Bill that has featured on @channelstv, @CNN and @BBC#FreeLeahSharibu #RenosNuggets pic.twitter.com/DmzaIpdF7D
In my entire existence, I have not seen a pathologically liar like Lai mohammed.— Ayo Prosper (@AyoProsper7) February 1, 2020
Jesus christ. pic.twitter.com/BjGtcIEoBW
History will remember lai Mohammed as the Greatest liar of all time #GLAT— Igbo Man (@IkSabata) February 1, 2020
Lai Mohammed why are you shaming your self like this
Why are you so deceitful
Lai Mohammed why have you brought your self so low
It is a pity
I weep for our leaders https://t.co/7oasw8ZrP7 pic.twitter.com/9QMTSfVkUG
Lai Mohammed is a terrible terrible human being. Just look at an old man like this lying with a straight face. https://t.co/aiNIag3YpT— Raymond (@IamTheIroko) February 1, 2020
Lai Mohammed is the biggest LIAR in the history of Nig. politics &he should have thought twice before attempting to go toe to toe with Tim Sebastien(of Hatdtalk fame)who,in my view,is the toughest,most incisive,most insightful and most brilliant interviewer of his generation.1/3— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) January 31, 2020
The reason Lai Mohammed denied that bill..— William Ukpe (@William_Ukpe) January 31, 2020
Is because they know the Bill is a shameless bill made for shameless men whit fragile egos.
They can threaten Nigerians with that bill.
But abroad air beings clarity, so baba deny am
See another embarrassing moment of the interview here
Lai Mohammed tried to lie his way out as usual & cover up genocide committed against IPOB & Shia civilians by the 🇳🇬military— 🇳🇬 NEFERTITI – (The beautiful one has come)🇺🇸 (@firstladyship) February 1, 2020
One thing Lai forgot is, “the ICC never forgets, they have enof dossier on the Buhari REGIME, enof to put him away in time.” Being UNAWARE won’t save you! pic.twitter.com/Y326Fn4jIS