The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has admitted he is aware some people who claim not to believe what he says have coined his first name as “Lie’’.
The minister stated this while responding to questions when he visited Daar Communications Plc on Friday in Abuja.
“People just have a mindset that whatever Lai Mohammed says cannot be true, but nobody has ever come out to say that I said `Y’ and it was `Z’ that happened.
“For me, I will remain focused because it is a price you pay for serving your country.“I also see this as a deliberate strategy to whittle me down, but I must remain focused and will not be distracted,’’ he said.
“I believe sincerely that the last election was fought very bitterly and I was largely the face of the party and I kept asking them to fight me on facts, not on emotions.“Give me one thing that I have said which is not true.
“There is a Yoruba proverb that says that you can only wake up somebody who is sleeping, you cannot wake up a fellow who is pretending to fall asleep,’’ he said.
He recalled when he led local and foreign journalists on tour of the North-East on Dec. 5, 2015 and he told the world that Boko Haram war had been technically defeated.
Mohammed said that when he made the claim nobody believed him but that today he had been vindicated.