A former Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says he was asked by his seven-year-old grandson asked him why he is called ‘liar Mohammed’ on social media.
The former minister said this on Tuesday at the Senate, during his screening as a minister-nominee for a second term.
According to Mr Mohammed, he didn’t take the name seriously because it is what is used to describe him on social media.
He then asked the Senate to ignore the name ‘Liar Mohammed’, and focus one what he has on his Curriculum Vitae.
“Mr President, there is only one small issue, I want to draw your attention to my name in my CV, it’s about my name as it appears on my CV, it’s my correct name, which is Lai Mohammed.
“Please don’t believe what they say on social media, they call me all sorts of names there. I used to ignore it until one day when my 7-year old grandson called me and said grandpa, tell me the truth, why do they call you Liar Mohammed?
“I looked at him, what do you say to a 7-year-old son, how do you explain politics to him?
“So, I said no, don’t mind them, they are the bad guys. He said you mean like Joker? I had no idea what he meant, but I said yes.
“Later I found out that the name (Joker) is the name of their cartoon bad guys.”
The former minister was then asked by Senator Ibikunle Amosun to ‘take a bow and go’, following his capacity to perform and there was an ‘hi’s’ when senate president, Ahmed Lawan asked for those in support of Mohammed taking a bow.