A former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Femi Fani-Kayode has described Alh Lai Muhammed, the Nigeria Minister of Information and culture as the “biggest liar in the history of Nigerian politics” saying “he should have thought twice before attempting to go toe to toe with Tim Sebastian. . . .”
It’s no longer news that Minister Mohammed appeared on an international TV: DW’s Conflict Zone with Sebastian in London which was posted on Friday; where he said he is not aware of the hate speech and social media bill. The Minister, during the interview, said that there is no such bill before the Nigerian Senate.
“There is no such bill in the House. I can say that categorically and authoritatively. There is no such bill before the House,” the Minister said.
The Social Media Bill was introduced by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 5th November 2019 to criminalise the use of the social media in peddling false or malicious information. The original title of the bill is ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019’.
Not only does this bill exist. It was sponsored by Senator MohdSani Musa and has passed through second reading at the Senate.
But, Lai Muhammed has denied that there is (was) no such bill in the country.
Kayode said Sebastian, the interviewer had done his research very well as he took Lai “to the cleaners and had him stammering like a kindergarten student.”
Fani-Kayode was the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Olusegun Obasanjo between July 2003 to June 2006. Later, he was appointed the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and served between 22nd June to 7th November 2006 and also the Minister of Aviation between 7th November 2006 to 29th May 2007.