Lai Mohammed, the two-time Minister of Information and Culture, has criticised the position of the Canadian Government for suppressing and obstructing the protest of truck drivers over some strict operational conditions under the Coronavirus protective measures.
Speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Government, the Information Minister called out their Canadian counterparts on the double standard practices where they referred to their aggrieved rallying drivers as insurrectionists- persons with a violent uprising against an authority or the government.
He, yesterday, said the action of the Canadian government amounted to hypocrisy as his condemnation is coming from the backdrop of the anti-Nigeria government stance of Canada and other countries during the #EndSARS protest in October 2020.
He pointed out that the Canadian Government then failed to understand that during the #EndSARS protest, several economic activities shot down, adding that there were also blockage of public roads and massive destruction of government and private property.
The minister wondered why all of a sudden, protesters who barricaded roads had been branded as threats to public safety and subjected to a number of clampdowns by the Canadian government and private organisations.