Who is Lai Mohammed? Five years ago this question will almost have been impossible to answer. But it is 2018, and one of the most popular names in the political sphere is his. Asides the fact that he once contested in a gubernatorial election, and was chief of staff, what do you know about him?
Alhaji Lai Mohammed was born in 1952 into the family of Alhaji Mohammed Akeye. Although he is based in Lagos State, is an indigene of Kwara state. He has a bachelor’s degree in French from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1975. He then went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Lagos and then to law school in 1986. As a lawyer, he co-founded the legal firm of Edu and Mohammed as a senior partner in 1989. He is successfully married and blessed with children.
POLITICAL JOURNEY AND BUSINESS
Alhaji Lai Mohammed is a businessman and a politician. He has served as the chairman of Optmedia limited. That is a subsidiary of Afromedia plc since December 18, 2008, and also as a director since May 2011. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He worked as public relation officer for more than nine years with the Nigerian Airport Authority, now known as Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.
In October 2002, he participated in the governorship election in Kwara state during on the Alliance for Democracy platform. He then went on to serve as chief of staff to the former governor of Lagos state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In October 2015, he was nominated for a ministerial position to appear before the Senate under the President Buhari led Administration. On November 11, 2015, he was sworn in as the Minister of Information and Culture following a successful screening.
His net worth has not been made public. But it is common knowledge that politicians are among the richest class of people in Nigeria. When his businesses are added to the conversation, it is not hard to imagine him being among the richest people in the country.
Below are some trivia you probably don’t know about him:
- Alhaji Lai Mohammed worked as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Ilorin.
- He was a foundation member of the Nigerian Institute of public relations and the Nigerian bar association.
- He was the coordinator for Bola Tinubu campaign in 1998. Between 1999 and 2002, he was also chief of staff.
- Attended Government Secondary School, Okene, Greatlife, University of Dakar, and the University of Lagos.
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