The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s achievements in the areas of corruption and insecurity.
According to him, Buhari’s administration has sent “corruption under the carpet” in Nigeria and has made the country safer that it was before he assumed power in 2015.
Mohammed made this claims in Washington during an interview with the Voice of America (VOA), assuring that Buhari’s second term will be more determined in the fight against corruption.
The minister is said to have stated this as part of his engagements with international media and think tank, to promote and reiterate the successes of Buhari’s administration.
He said under Buhari’s government, “55 Nigerians shared a whopping sum of N1.3 billion” which equals what the administration had spent on infrastructure development in four years.
He said, “The president is committed to the fight against corruption and the administration will continue with it.
“For example, the treasury single account has instituted accountability in government‘s earnings and spending and the whistle blower policy has led to the recovery of billions of naira.
“It takes more than four years to clean a country endemic in corruption. However, it is on record that this administration has driven corruption under the carpet in four years.
“In the next four years, therefore, the government will consolidate on the achievements recorded particularly in the fight against corruption.”
On insecurity, he said Buhari’s government would employ multi dimensional approach besides deployment of forces.
While he noted that economic, non-inclusiveness, lack of infrastructure and job opportunities and other social reasons were also remote causes of the crises in some parts of Nigeria, Mohammed said that by and large, Buhari’s government had performed well in addressing insecurity and the “country is safer than it was in 2015.”
Being specific, the Information Minister said Buhari’s government had successfully secured the entire territory of the country from the Boko Haram while the farmers/herdsmen clash in Benue had been curtailed.
He added that the war against criminal killings and banditry in Zamfara, Kaduna and other states has been put under control in the last two weeks because of the synergy among the security forces.
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