The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress
(APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has denied the report attributed to him
that President Muhammadu Buhari would announce his cabinet ‘in a few
Mohammed said he was misquoted, adding that what he told the
gathering on Thursday was that the president ‘would soon name his
The APC spokesman on Thursday delivered a lecture at the 9th Lai
Mohammed Ramadan Lecture.
He, however, said, in a statement, on Friday, he was quoted out of
The statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to a report in a
section of the media on Thursday quoting me as saying that President
Muhammadu Buhari will release his ministerial list ‘in a few days.’
“This is a distortion of what I told journalists on Thursday at Oro, Kwara
State, during the 9th Lai Mohammed Ramadan Lecture.
“What I said was that the delay in the release of the ministerial list was
caused by the unprecedented transition of power from the ruling party to
the opposition and the fact that the handover note was not given to the
Transition Committee set up by the incoming government until four days
to the presidential inauguration.
“I then thanked Nigerians for their patience and said the president will
release the ministerial list ‘soon’.
There is clearly a difference between ‘in a few days’ and ‘soon.’
“Apart from the headline, which has since been corrected by the paper
that reported the story, nowhere in the body of the story in question was a
direct quote attributed to me as saying the president will release the
ministerial list ‘in a few days’.”