Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Moahmmed, has denied threatening that Nigeria would attack Israel if they do not repatriate Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed secessionist group IPOB.
Social media was filled with reports of Lai Mohammed making the threat few days after Kanu resurfaced after going missing since September last year.
After the Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday, Lai Mohammed told state house correspondents:
“I was in London when I heard the story about Nnamdi Kanu surfacing in Israel. I was not in a position to make any statement. But before I knew it, within a few hours, I saw my picture with a story saying that I had actually given Israel ultimatum to return Nnamdi Kanu otherwise, we will send them missiles. I just laughed. It speaks to what we are talking about fake news because it is probably the biggest threat in the run-up to the elections. Having said that, I have nothing more to add to the issue of Nnamdi Kanu. At the appropriate time, the various authorities will make a statement about the issue of Kanu”.