Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has threatened to sue the Performing Musician Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) for accusing him of intellectual theft.
PMAN had claimed that the recent creative summit organised by the minister was part of a proposal submitted to him in August 2016.
But Mohammed described the allegation as laughable.
While speaking in an exclusive interview with Entertainment News on Channels Television, the minister said it was his right to host a conference of the creative industry.
“As a minister of information and culture, I can’t stop people coming to me with proposes, so when a supposedly reputable organisation as PMAN comes and says he wants to see the minister and he says we want to organise conferences on creative industry, does that stop me as a minister from organising my own creative industry, especially when you did not come to me with a blue print to show me how the conference will be?”
“Even if PMAN’s proposal was visible, there was no way at that point in time that I could have asked them to go ahead to do it but where is the law that says that the minister must accept any or every proposal from a group.”
He said “so, your right to organise a conference is exclusive to one person or a person comes to you and say because he has given you a proposal that he wants to organise a creative conference so you as a minister you are stopped, or you can’t do your work”?.
“But I can assure you I have instructed my lawyers to sue them for defamation,” he added.