How fake news almost ruined my marriage of 40 years – Lai Mohammed


Former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Lai Mohammed, has revealed how fake news almost ended his 40-year-old marriage.

He revealed that some reports about financial misappropriation convinced his wife that he had billions stashed somewhere which he was hiding from her.

The ex-minister shared his story during an event on Saturday in Lagos commemorating Professor Wole Soyinka’s 90th birthday, where he discussed “The Media in the Age of Disinformation.”

His words:

“Permit me to share publicly with you today for the first time, how social media threatened the foundation of my 40-year-old marriage.

It was sometimes in 2018 when I came to Lagos from Abuja for an official assignment.

As usual, I retire to bed about midnight, but about 3 am., my wife gently roused me from my slumber.

“At first, I panicked, fearing that there had been a security breach, but my wife’s mien belied that possibility, for she was calm and composed.

Solemnly, my wife asked me if I was fully awake as there were some serious issues to discuss.

“I could not fathom what was that urgent or serious to warrant being woken up at this time of the night.

My mind immediately did a kaleidoscope of my rascalities and escapades in the last few months.

“Daddy, death can come knocking at any moment, please let me also, as your wife, be a signatory to your overseas account in Ali Financial which contains 1.3 billion dollars.

I spent the next two hours or so, sweating to convince my wife that there is no iota of truth in the allegation.

“I had to fetch a calculator and reproduce the Federal Appropriation Act for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the middle of the night and explain to her why it is simply preposterous for me to have 1.3 billion dollars in a foreign account.

“I explained to her that there is no year my capital budget exceeded N5 billion, which then, at about N400 to a dollar, was just 12.5 million dollars.

“I explained that, even if I managed to divert every kobo of it to my personal account, it will take at least, 104 years to save the sum of 1.3 billion dollars being peddled that I stole.

My wife insisted that the whole world believed the story and that her friends had, as a result, besieged her with all kinds of requests.

“She said every effort on her part to deny the existence of this foreign account only succeeded in depicting her in the minds of her friends as a selfish, greedy and uncaring friend.

Is my wife truly convinced of my innocence?

The answer is in the WIND!”