US Intel Expert Blast America For Meeting With Lai Mohammed

The meeting between American officials and Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has been criticised by Matthew Page, a former US intelligence analyst on the country.

On Saturday, Page became enraged after seeing a tweet from the US Mission in Nigeria. It was accompanied by a photo of senior cabinet officials meeting President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointee.

“We’re pleased that Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed met with @ECA_AS Matthew Lussenhop & @ECAatState colleagues to discuss potential bilateral cultural heritage property collaboration and ongoing education and exchange programs”, the tweet reads.

Page, an associate fellow at Chatham House, expressed his displeasure with the authorities’ meeting with Mohammed.

He reminded America that the meeting went place despite All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders pledge that Nigeria’s Federal Government “would not rest until social media is regulated.”

He wrote: “I just don’t understand why @USinNigeria, @AsstSecStateAF, @ECAatState thinks engaging with a lead architect of #TwitterBan & a lead propagandist for an increasingly authoritarian government is good foreign policy. Along with countless Nigerians, this tweet makes me cringe.”

Page stressed that he was not opposed to bilateral cultural heritage/property involvement, claiming that Nigeria’s heritage sites/materials are under-resourced and unappreciated.

“However, systemic corruption, waste, and mismanagement by top FMIC (Federal Ministry of Information and Culture) officials and their predecessors (ad infinitum) is one major reason (of course, not the only one) why Nigeria’s cultural heritage has not been properly safeguarded for future generations.”

NCMM (National Commission for Museums and Monuments) exists solely for the purpose of federal appropriation, according to the former deputy national intelligence officer for Africa, National Intelligence Council.

He claimed that the agency is working for “the vampires of national resources,” not for the marginalized workforce or the country’s historical and cultural significance.

According to Page, Mohammed admitted that Nigeria hasn’t done enough “to stop our own people and persuade them to defend their own cultural heritage.”

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