In reaction to a story that was published by a leading online news medium, Minister of Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed has denied saying that the economy had escalated out of the control of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“…The only way out is
what the government is doing, which is strengthening the
economy, diversifying it, plugging all the loopholes and
making sure that only the essential things are imported. It will be extremely difficult, no doubt, but we are also in a
state of emergency economically. You see, take for
instance, your earnings reduced from N100 to N30 per
month, something will have to give way…like relocating
to a smaller house and I mean this is a reality.
“The fact that the government is even still managing this
situation, I give credit to the government, because the
situation is completely beyond their control , and this is
where people have been mischievous…”
The report, published on Saturday, March 12, was run with the headline: “Economy Gone Out of Buhari’s Control, Says Lai Mohammed”.
The Herald reported, in a statement through Segun Adeyemi, the
Special Assistant on Information and Culture to the Minister, Mohammed had described the report as a “complete misrepresentation” of what he said during the interview.