When a spin doctor becomes Information Minister, then a nation is set to experience one hell of a ride in the information it receives from its government. This is the Nigerian situation with Minister Lai Mohammed at the helm of affairs in the Information Ministry.
Some Nigerians believe he has the capacity to dethrone the devil – who according to the Bible is the father of lies. During the week, in his usual way of deflecting questions, Mohammed once again refused to divulge any information on the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari. This did not go down well with many. The Minister took this a step further days later, when he gave ridiculous reasons for the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the former National Security Adviser. Both men are being held ‘captive’ despite court orders directing their release.
While speaking on the matter, Mohammed said El-Zakzaky was being held for his own safety and that no one offered to be his neighbour – how does this even make sense. On Dasuki, he said the former NSA will not be released until he provided information on the remaining $1.2bn dollars yet to be unaccounted for in the $2.1bn arms purchase scandal. These responses drew our attention as we urged the minister to introduce us to his weed supplier.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami dropped out of the top ten, Malami’s ouster is due to his loss at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, during the week, when his case against Senate President, Bukola Saraki was dismissed.
From the top to the worst. See the YNaija Effectiveness Ranking for Ministers.
See top ten below:
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See full ranking here
*The YNaija Effectiveness Ranking is a perception index by our special editorial programme as determined by correspondent assessment, news reports, and opinion surveys. It is graded on the following parameters: campaign promise, social impact, and infrastructural development.
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