Unarguably, former Minister of Information under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Labaran Maku, had a world renowned penchant for saying the daftest of things.
With comments like this – “We want to thank the president for bringing Facebook to Nigeria” – it’s not far-fetched to say his comments are daft.
Labaran Maku beats all other former Ministers of Information -perhaps even future ministers- for the award in absurdity.
I mean, the man said dense things in the most honest way and with such a straight face that one could assume that he is an authority in whatever he was saying -but then he never was.
The former Minister, with his hilarious comments, gave social media fodder to feed on and Nigerians jokes to forever remember.
But the strange, although pretty interesting thing is that the incumbent Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in less than six months, is steadily competing with his predecessor to collect the award for vapidness.
Even this tweep agrees:
Without Lai Muhammad constant blunders we will not easily forget about Labaran Maku Sir https://t.co/wJaUeyZgev
— Sir_elmusty (@Sir_elmusty) June 2, 2016
I must say, Lai Mohammed makes Labaran Maku look like a super competent information minister.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) June 1, 2016
So in a few sentences, let’s compare Mohammed and Maku.
Truth be told, Maku makes -to put it bluntly- ignorant, if not half-witted, comments.
The former Minister was so consumed in showering praises on his principal and ‘ogas at the top’ that he often came off as an illiterate sycophant rather than as a Minister of the federal republic.
But in it all, Maku spoke with a certain infantile earnestness as if he had no fore knowledge of the emptiness in his own words.
Lai Mohammed, on the other hand, is known for his ability to spin propaganda.
If it was possible to offer a quantitative measurement of what actually brought the Jonathan administration down, Lai Mohammed’s statements will most definitely count as one of the most damaging -in a addition to the lack of core purpose of the former administration.
Mohammed, who was the publicity secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), was a fantastic opposition party spokesman. Next to him, Olisa Metuh -both now and before the election- looked like a learner.
But whatever magic Mohammed had during his time in the APC seems to be back firing against him as he continuously makes and remakes shocking comments that border on the inane.
However, the strange difference between Maku and Mohammed is the simple fact that the latter, in addition to the inanity of his comments, always sounds like he is about to spin gigantic political propaganda.
The Minister is so good at his job that he constantly leaves us in awe of how one man can, in less than a year, repeatedly froth such harebrained comments without actually choking on them.