The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Lai Mohammed, has said there is no cause for alarm on security in spite of claims by the Directorate State Services (DSS) of plans by some members of the public to subvert President Mohammadu Buhari ‘s government.
The minister at a World Press Conference on May 29 inauguration of the president for a second term and the June 12 Democracy Day celebrations on Monday said he has no reason to doubt the credibility of the information he got.
. “I have no reason to doubt the credibility of the alarm that has been raised by security agency but like I said there is no cause for alarm. Security is on top of the matter,” the minister said.
When asked if he considered the alarm by the security agency strategic at a time when the country was inviting world leaders for the Presidential Inauguration, the minister, said that the country was safe for visiting Heads of Government who have been invited to attend the Democracy Day Celebrations on June 12.
“As for the safety of World Leaders, I can assure you that Nigeria is safe for all world leaders to attend the celebrations.”
Mohammed, who pointed that the decision to make the Presidential Inauguration low-key was because the nation could not afford two celebrations within the same period (May 29 and June 12) declined to put a figure to the budget of the celebrations, saying that the expenditure would be low.
On the programme of event for the inauguration, he said that there would be a National Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Summit from today to Thursday; Tomorrow, there would be a Federal Executive Council (FEC) Valedictory Session at the Council Chambers, State House; while Friday would witness a Special Jumma’at Lecture and Prayer at the National Mosque; as well as First Lady’s Interaction with Women at the Old Chamber State House; while a Special Interdenominational Church Service would be held at the National Christian Centre on Sunday.
He also revealed that there would be a Children’s Day Broadcast by President Buhari on May 27, the World Children’s Day, to be followed by a Children’s Variety Party at the State House.
On the June 12 celebrations, the minister said that there would be a week-long Historical Exhibition in Arts, Pictures and Immersive Environment, from June 7 -12 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
According to him, there would be a Youth Concert, Creative Industry & Entertainment Night on June 9 at the same venue, to be followed by a Secondary Schools Exhibition/Panel Discussion the following morning.
He also said that on June 11, ther would be a PMB – Oratorical Contest at the ICC, an Anti-Corruption Summit at Transcorp Hilton, as well as, First Lady’s Commissioning Programme Adamawa.
He said that the grand finale would be the June 12 Democracy Day Parade at the Eagle Square in the morning and a Dinner / Gala Night at the State House, that evening.