Lai Mohammed should be sanctioned for fake news – Clark

Ijaw leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has called for sanction against the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for allegedly spreading fake news during his recent trip to the United States of America.

Clark, particularly, berated the minister for accusing of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, of treason and pushing for an interim government.

Clark, a known supporter of Obi, said this in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists on Monday.

Condemning what he called the minister’s attempt at stifling free speech, Clark accused Mohammed of causing divisions in the country.

Clark said, “I am of the opinion that he (Lai Mohammed) should be charged with spreading unhealthy information and fake news against an innocent Nigerian who is very prominent and has proven his worth in the country.

“Lai Mohammed used the exalted position of the office of the nation’s Ministry of Information to commit this perfidy.

“For me, what Lai Mohammed is doing with the office today is disappointing. His recent trip to the United States of America, on the issue of Interim National Government, to damage the reputation of Mr Peter Obi’s rising profile, to me, is an effort in futility, because Lai Mohammed did not base his accusations on any report or information given by any state agency, but on mere propaganda targeted at destroying the reputation of an innocent citizen.

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