Lai Mohammed displays executive rascality, Buhari told to chastise him

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Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call his information minister, Lai Mohammed to order, over his rejection of the report of the Lagos Judicial panel on EndSARS.

The human rights lawyer said the minister displayed executive rascality, taking a position different from the one espoused by Buhari when he met the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken last week.

Mohammed at a press conference Tuesday dismissed the report of Justice Doris Okuwobi led panel, which found that a massacre did occur on 20 October 2020 at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

Mohammed however faulted the report, fishing out 10 loopholes and insisting his position of ‘no massacre’ was the ultimate truth.

Falana excoriated the minister in a statement Wednesday night.

“Mr. Mohammed’s steps undermine the rule of law and social justice in the land. President Buhari should call him to order’, Falana said.

“Mr. Mohammed has described the 309-page report of a Judicial tribunal as “fake news”. As a lawyer of many years standing, the Minister ought to have known that it is the height of arrogant contempt to describe the report of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry constituted under the Tribunal of Enquiry Law as “fake”.

“It is regrettable to note that the Minister has failed to realise that the Lagos State Government is not an extension of the Federal Government but a sovereign entity under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, Falana wrote.

Read Falana’s statement:

FG Is Not Competent To Reject The Report Of Okuwobi Judicial Commission Of Inquiry

On November 18, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari held a meeting in Abuja with Mr. Anthony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State. During the meeting, President Buhari said that the state governments in the country would have to take steps on the reports of their panels before the Federal Government acts on the recommendations.

In particular, the President said, “We at the federal have to wait for the steps taken by the states, and we have to allow the system to work. We can’t impose ideas on them. Federal Government has to wait for the reaction of the states.”




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