By Balkis Tijani.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has indicted the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, alongside the party, as working effortlessly to undermine the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, overheat the polity and make the country ungovernable.
Speaking yesterday at the 12th annual Ramadan lecture in Oro, Kwara state, the minister accused the opposition party of conspiring with what he termed as “anti-democratic forces and dead-enders” to orchestrate violence in the country.
“As you are aware, a few days ago we raised the alarm that either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and it’s presidential candidate, are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable. Of course, you are aware of similar alarms that have been raised by the police, the military and the DSS.
“Our interventions are based on credible evidence and no government with the kind of evidence that we have, of plans to subvert the power of the state, attack the nation’s economic live wire and generally unleash mayhem on the polity, will keep quiet.
“The security agencies are all alert to their responsibilities and will not sit by and allow anyone to reverse the gains of our democracy under any guise,” he said.
The minister capitalized on the moment to crave the indulgence of Nigerians to use the period of Ramadan to pray for the country against those who masquerade as Democrats but collude with anti-democratic forces.
“Therefore appropriate to use this occasion to call on all Nigerians to pray for our dear country, to pray for peace and unity. Those who masquerade as Democrats but can’t take electoral defeat, those who will not hesitate to collude with anti-democratic forces and dead-enders to fan the embers of violence in the country and those who have elevated their personal ambition over and above our survival as a nation.”