The Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Lai Mohammed has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is re-branding itself with stolen arms money.
Mohammed speaking in an interview with Vanguard said the PDP under the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration distributed $269 million cash and N100 billion which was supposed to be money meant to fight
Boko Haram terrorists.
Mohammed reacting to PDP’s allegation that the $1 billion recently approved for the fight against terrorism is for the 2019 general election said the party does not know when to keep quiet.
He said: “The sad thing about PDP is that they do not know when not to talk. If they were smart they would know when not to talk.” “If not for their rapacious corruption, Boko Haram would not have metamorphosed into the monster that it became before we came in.
If only they had approached governance with honesty transparency, and sense of purpose Boko Haram would not have raged between 2009 and 2015, it was their inept handling of Boko Haram and their corruption that put us in this mess,” Mohammed said. “They seem not to understand that the biggest challenge to any government and the primary responsibility of any government is law and order and security.
It is because of the fact that we have been able to contain Boko Haram that they were able to hold their national convention in Abuja.
“During their time they were not able to celebrate the National Day openly. Under their watch, Boko Haram not only occupied 27 local governments in Borno State but was also active in almost ten states.
Not that alone, they used to stroll to the federal capital, and three times they went to bomb the United Nations, the Police headquarters and under their watch, the Thisday newspaper was bombed and under their watch, about 200 Chibok girls were abducted,” Mohammed added.
The minister also said that since the All Progressives Congress (APC) came into power there has been no single bomb explosion in the Federal Capital Territory.
“And that is not a mean feat! It is because they don’t understand what security means, they don’t even understand what terrorism means,” he said. “It does not lie in the mouth of the PDP to even criticise the government,
and it was their corruption that led us to where we are today.
They are spending the same money which they stole, and they are using the money to rebrand themselves, they have no moral justification whatsoever,” the minister fumed yesterday,” Mohammed noted.