By Peter Jene
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister has described the reports on Social Media that abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, has died in captivity as ‘fake news’.
In a press briefing on Sunday, February 10 in Ilorin Lai Mohammed, who absolutely offered no proof to support his assertion, said “It’s absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that”.
He dismissed the rumour of Leah Sharibu’s death, as another ploy by the PDP to tarnish the image of the APC administration ahead of the polls.
“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the President. I think everyday they are realising the hopelessness of their position.
“Everyday they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving from every part of the country and they have decided that they are going to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not listening to them,” Lai said.
Speaking on Monday’s presidential campaign rally in Ilorin, he said the APC has put everything in place to ensure that it is a huge success.
“The party has been meeting in the last couple of days to ensure that the President’s visit is very successful. We have watched the rallies in many parts of the country and we want to assure Mr. President that our rally in terms of numbers, quality of people, entertainment and colour will rank among the best,” he said.
He also said the crowd that will come out to receive the President will be organic as the party does not engage in renting crowds.
Alhaji Mohammed appealed to security agencies to create a level playing field for all the contestants in the election to allow the people to freely exercise their franchise, saying those involved in legitimate activities have nothing to fear.
He also described the protest in some circles over the redeployment of Police Commissioners across the country as the handiwork of the opposition, which is working to discredit the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission.