About seven years ago when late President Umaru Yar’Adua was sick and incapacitated and a cabal was said to have taken government hostage, spokesman for the Action Congress(AC), the leading opposition party at that time, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had a mouthful to say.
Mr Mohammed, who is incumbent Minister of Information and Culture, had in this former capacity, called on the ailing president and the presidency to come clean and tell Nigerians what was up.
He had even asked the Minister of Information to give a daily briefing on the president’s health.
See excerpt from a report in the Dec. 21, 2009 edition of Vanguard
The Action Congress (AC) has renewed its call on the Federal Government to give Nigerians a daily update on the health of President Umaru Yar’Adua to stem the growing rumours surrounding his state of health. In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said _the current situation whereby ministers and aides of the President give out uncoordinated information on his health, is doing more harm than good.
“Therefore, a daily briefing by the Minister of Information, based on authentic details provided by the President’s doctors, should start forthwith. As we have said many times, the health of the President, as a public figure can no longer be of interest only to his family and friends. Nigerians have a right to know,”_ AC said.
The party also called on the Federal Executive Council, FEC, the only body constitutionally empowered to start the process of determining whether or not the President can continue in office on the basis of his health, to rise above mundane considerations put the nation’s interest first.
In view of his earlier “principled and professional” stand during the Yaradua era, Sabinews is hereby asking oga Mohammed to listen to his own advice and give us a daily briefing as to his principal’s whereabouts and state of health.
Enough of the lies and dissembling, Mr Information Minister.
Swallow your own pill