Lai Mohammed says Buhari has fulfilled promises on insecurity, economy, corruption

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that President Mohammadu Buhari has fulfilled its campaign promises to address insecurity, fix the economy and fight corruption.

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The minister said the Mohammadu Buhari-led administration is on the right track and there is no alternative to what it is doing.

The minister stated this at a meeting with the members of staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

The meeting was on the sideline of the minister’s two-day official visit to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

“I believe that we are on the right track, there will be some pains, but there is no alternative to what we are doing,’’ he said.

Mohammed said that the administration had fulfilled its campaign promises to address insecurity, fix the economy and fight corruption.

In the area of security, the minister said that when Buhari came on board, 14 of the 20 Local Government Areas of Borno, four in Adamawa and three in Yobe were under the sovereign authority of Boko Haram.

He said that with proactive measures and soft diplomacy with neighbouring African countries, the U.S., France and the G-8 had helped the country to “decisively deal with Book Haram’’.

“Today, all the major highways leading to Maiduguri are opened and about two months ago, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) played a league match in Maiduguri stadium,’’ he said.

On the renewed agitations in the Niger-Delta region and parts of the South-East, the minister reassured that the government would not marginalise any part of the country, and assured that economic development would go round to everyone.

According to the minister, the present administration is implementing fiscal discipline and other measures to address the messed up economy it inherited from its predecessors.

He said with the temporarily painful measures, the government would turn around the adversity to gains and ensure that never again would the nation run a corrupt, clueless and an oil-dependent economy.

The minister said that the administration had been unfairly accused of placing too much emphasis on the fight against corruption at the expense of addressing fundamental economic issues.

He stressed that no amount of economic reforms put in place could work unless the “monster of corruption is successfully dealt with’’.

Mohammed clarified that the administration’s fight against corruption was not selective and that the government was not probing the 2015 elections campaign funds of the People’s Democratic Party.

He assured that the government would continue to remain focus in its efforts to rebuild the country.

The Minister Consular of the embassy, Mr Sola Akinlude, who conducted the minister round the embassy, said that the official population of Nigerians resident n Spain was about 100,000.

/UN To Spend US$100 Million To Fight Drugs, Corruption, Terorism In Nigeria

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), is spending US$100 million on the prevention of corruption, drugs and terrorism in Nigeria, says its Secretary-General, Yury Fedotov, who is on a two-day official visit to the country.

UN To Spend US$100 Million To Fight Drugs, Corruption, Terorism In Nigeria
UN To Spend US$100 Million To Fight Drugs, Corruption, Terorism In Nigeria

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) here Wednesday that Nigeria is one of the largest recipient of international support from the UNODC. “I think our portfolio programmes for the following amount to 100 million USD. So it makes Nigeria one of the largest recipients of assistance of the international community through the UNODC,” he said.

Fedotov commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his stance on corruption, and pledged the UNODC’s support for its success.

“I think the commitment of President Buhari to eradicate corruption is a very important asset for us in UNODC as the guardian of the UN Convention Against Corruption. In particular, we are prepared to discuss how to inter-act with Nigeria in the implementation of the second cycle of the Convention,” he said.

“The Convention has very important aspect; first of all for the prevention of corruption and secondly, the anti-money laundering and the return of stolen assets.”

Anti-corruption is a very important and topical issue, which Nigeria can count on the organization for its support.

Fedotov also said the UNODC was supporting Nigeria in the area of de-radicalisation to prevent its prisons from becoming “academies” for criminals and terrorists. “In Nigeria, we have a joint programme with the UNDP on de-redicalisation. I am also looking forward to visiting the prison in Abuja,” he added.