From A National Disgrace, To An International Embarrassment, Lai Mohammed Disgraces Buhari, The Entire Nigeria Yet Again

By Post Nigeria April 29, 2017 07:40

From A National Disgrace, To An International Embarrassment, Lai Mohammed Disgraces Buhari, The Entire Nigeria Yet Again

The Presidency may not be happy with the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, as he on Friday, shocked CNN audience, when he said the best Jollof rice is prepared in Senegal, and not Nigeria.

The statement has raised dust, especially coming from the Information Minister, which is saddled with the responsibility of promoting Nigeria’s image, and encouraging the patronage of Nigerian goods.

The social media would not let Lai Mohammed off the hook over his faux pas, after making this statement on a special edition of Quest Means Business, anchored in Lagos.

Responding to a question about which country makes the best Jollof rice, the Minister said: “I want to say probably Senegal.”

Recall, that Jollof rice is a delicacy that is common among most countries in West Africa, and in recent times, there have been debate on the social media platforms, about the country in the region that makes the best Jollof rice.

However, the Minister’s gaffe was clearly apparent, and drew the ire of the social media, as the video went viral, with many lambasting the Minister.

On what the government was doing to diversify the economy, Lai Mohammed had earlier said the government would tap from the potential of the creative industry, especially Nollywood, in its quest to diversify the economy.

“We must look at Nollywood as another platform where we can really not only generate revenue, but to create jobs, and also fire the imagination of the creative artistes in Nigeria. As at today, we produce more than 50 films a week, which is more than what Hollywood does.

“Nollywood is seen not just in Nigeria, but the whole of Africa, and even the diaspora. So, we are actually producing for the entire world. We intend to leverage on the comparative advantage we have in the film industry, because we believe that is one area where we are strong.

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“And what we need to do, is to protect the industry and promote it. We know the challenges we have today, notably, our inability to adequately protect the intellectual property of these films, lack of infrastructure, and lack of access to funds. That is why even though we produce more movies than Hollywood, we admit that the quality of these films can be better.

“This is a country of over 500 languages, and its diversity of culture. If we are able to allow our people to tell our story from our own perspective, we would be able to drive tourism. This government is focused on the Ease of Doing Business,” he added.