You Are Afraid Of Your Own Shadows, Lai Mohammed Tells Obasanjo
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed has responded to claims by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday that his life is under threat and that there is ongoing plot to arrest him on trumped-up charges.
Obasanjo had, in a statement by his aide, said that there were plans by President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to detain him as punishment for speaking out against the government’s maladministration and ineptitude.
Reacting to the allegation, Mr. Mohammed said that “those who have skeletons in their wardrobes should be afraid, even of their own shadows, innocent persons need not worry about any investigation, whether real or imagined”.
He said the Buhari Administration will not be distracted by “frivolous allegations from any quarter, especially those cleverly choreographed to divert attention from a widely-acclaimed presidential proclamation and to shore up support for a waning and egotistical cause”.
Speaking further, he said that the administration is “too busy trying to clear the mess of 16 years and build on its unprecedented achievements over the past three years to waste its energy and time on framing up anyone or dwelling on issues that are not grounded in fact”.
The statement continues:
“This administration will never engage in a frame-up of innocent citizens. That is neither in the character of President Muhammadu Buhari nor in that of his administration.
“Only the guilty should be worried. To paraphrase an African proverb, a man who has no wife cannot lose an in-law to the cold hands of death.
“The administration is also strongly committed to the tenets of democracy, including freedom of speech and the right to dissent.
“But we understand that those who, in their time, were untethered to those principles would find it hard to believe,” Mr. Mohammed said.
The Minister noted that it was curious that the frame-up and witch-hunt allegations came a day after a major presidential proclamation reversing some past acts of injustice was made, to the relief and acclamation of a long-expectant nation.
“Apparently, the impact of this proclamation was too much to bear by those who, through acts of omission or commission, helped to deepen the wounds inflicted by the blow of injustice that followed an election that was widely acclaimed to be free, fair and credible, hence they felt the need for a red herring that will distract the nation.
“Added to that is the frustration brought about by the fact that the contraption they have so much hyped as a freeway to power has failed to gain traction.
“Faced with this double tragedy, even the strongest of men may begin to succumb to a figment of their imagination.
“They may start crying wolf where there is none,” he said.
Lai Mohammed concluded by saying that the “unprecedented achievements of the Buhari Administration are also enough to cause sleepless nights, with the attendant symptoms that include phantasm, for those who had better opportunities to make the country great but floundered on the altar of narcissism”.