Buhari’s govt. will patronise, not stifle, online media – Minister

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has assured that the Buhari-led Federal Government will not regulate online publications in the country, saying the publishers are responsible enough to regulate themselves.

The minister gave the assurance on Friday when he met with Online Publishers in Lagos, in continuation of his ongoing consultation with practitioners in the Information and Culture sector.

He however told the publishers to ensure that they maintain their credibility, saying: ”If the online publications suffer credibility problems, they stand the risk of losing the confidence of their readers and the advertisers who provide the lifeblood for the publications’ survival”.

Mr. Mohammed said while the number of online publications is bound to grow in the days ahead, only the credible ones will continue to enjoy patronage, either from the readers or from the advertisers.

He said it was in the interest of government that online publications continue to grow in number ”because the more the number of such online publications, the easier it becomes to bridge the information gap between the government and the governed, and the easier it becomes for the government to carry the citizens along in the formulation and implementation of policies that touch on their lives”.

The minister promised that the Federal Government would patronize the online publications through adverts, saying: ”All we ask for, in return, is that you provide accurate information to the people, and avoid sensationalism and partisanship”.

He sought the publishers’ support to ensure the success of the various campaigns that have either being launched or are about to be launched by the Federal Government.

”The National Security Awareness Campaign, aimed at rallying the support of Nigerians for the war on terror, is ongoing. Also, the National Sensitization Campaign against Corruption was formally launched in Abuja on Monday, and it is aimed at rallying Nigerians against the cankerworm of corruption which has eaten deep into the fabric of our society.

We are also preparing to launch a National Re-orientation Campaign, which is tagged ‘CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME’, to achieve a paradigm shift in the way we do things,” Mr. Mohammed said.

Describing the war against corruption as one of the cardinal programmes of the Buhari Administration, he said:  ”Some have said the government is dwelling too much on the war against corruption to the detriment of other areas of governance. Our response to that is that indeed, there is nothing like dwelling too much on this war, which is a war of survival for our nation.

”The situation is grim, very grim indeed, as far as corruption is concerned. That is why the Federal Government is embarking on this sensitization Campaign Our approach is not to vilify anyone but to use facts and figures to give Nigerians a sense of the cost of corruption,” the minister said.

The minister blamed corruption for the fact that while the country’s budget had grown consistently from just over 900 billion Naira in 1999 to over 6 trillion Naira in 2016, poverty has also grown almost in direct proportion.

”The simple reason is that appropriated funds have ended up in the pockets of a few,” he said.

Giving a comparative analysis of the number of those who benefitted from the funds allegedly collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and funds allocated for the 2015 Zonal Intervention Projects, Mr. Mohammed said ”the amount received by 21 individuals and companies from ONSA is more than the 2015 Zonal Intervention Project budget by 2.829 billion Naira!

”Whereas the sum of 51.829 billion Naira was appropriated for 1,278 projects in the Zonal Intervention Projects for 2015, a total of 21 individuals and companies benefited from the Dasukigate to the tune of 54.659 billion Naira as we know so far.

”The implication, therefore, is that the amount received by 21 individuals and companies is more than the 2015 Zonal Intervention Project budget by 2.829 billion Naira! Furthermore, the value of what beneficiaries of Dasukigate contributed to development is zero, compared to how the lives of Nigerians would have been transformed, poverty reduced and livelihoods improved by the Zonal Intervention Projects which would have cost 2.829 billion Naira less than Dasukigate.

He appealed to the online publishers to support the war against corruption by ensuring that Nigerians are well informed about the evils of corruption, saying: ”This is not Buhari’s war. This is not APC’s war. This is Nigeria’s war and failure is not an option.”

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  • Sword of Damocles

    yes ooo!!!! (”This is not Buhari’s war. This is not APC’s war. This is Nigeria’s war and failure is not an option.”)

  • Kickboxer

    Hahaha….”technically speaking” APC & brainless Buhari has lost their campaign to stifle online media.

    APC has no way to stifle online media…..Nigerians will continue to inform themselves whether APC NASS wants to ban online media or stifle it.

    • Olamide

      Who’s this monkey

      • Kickboxer

        Ota Gorrilla…Olu Obasanjo!

  • Ukpaka

    We fully support this government.
    Ignoramus like like “Kickboxer” can be ignored….his likes only see APC/PDP instead of being objective with facts on the ground.

  • Olamide

    We support this present government. Carry go APC

    • Burning Spear

      life is a choice even Adolf Hitler has his admirers————-the Neo Nazis in Germany—So why should we be shocked to see Yoruba Area boys ati Almajiris back their master Buhari——————speak they servants heareth————-Sadly——we cannot all be Zombies for Buhari ati Tinubu—tribalism again abi———–na de truth brother me———————————Aware your regional Nigeria is a tribal society—–which was founded on lies!

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    The Apes in APC government of Buhari, have lied so much that, no sane Nigerian worth his salt, would ever want to trust them PATHOLOGICAL -LIARS any more—Buhari says one thing today, then does the opposite tomorrow–Liar Mohamed ati the Apes in APC have bought over Premium Times and Sharia Reporters–ati Punch———-right from day one—and redesigned the Media Content of the online media houses and Print, to suit the needs of the Fulanis and Yorubas in APC-Adesina through whom the Guild of Editors collected 50m from Dasuki, is one of the Master Liars-hired from the Sun owned by an Ibo man Orji Kalu to twist our thoughts with his propaganda networks online. Now, Adesina who is hiding inside Aso rock–was the mole who advised Dasuki to release money to the owners of the Newspapers that the soldiers confiscated—in Lagos-Sadly he is also a Yoruba like Liar Mohamed…who has a budget of 39b to blow away–while the Ministry of Science and Technology is left with just 9b! Metuh who is supposed to be the colleague of Liar Mohamed who hired an American PR firm to plant lies for us–for over 6b, is currently languishing in the Gulag of Buhari like them Tubnde Thompson and Nduka Irabor. While the Apes in APC arrange to steal the National budget at night–what a shame–what a president.

  • 9ja is finished under buhari

    Buhari thieveries have again been exposed in the Senate-A situation which made—Senator Abaribe to observe that the executive unnecessarily increased overhead cost for the Presidency while some capital projects were left to suffer.–These are some of the issues which Liar Mohamed is supposed to be tackling–instead of appearing here-like a thief to lie to us again!

    Abaribe, also expressed concern that one month after the budget proposal was presented, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had not come to explain the details to the Senate.

    His words: “Mr. President, a budget that moves domestic spending within Aso Villa from N580 million during the era of Jonathan, when oil was being sold at $50 to N1.7 billion, at a period the price of oil has gopne down to $28, certainly cannot be a budget of change.

    “It also increased the spending that is due to renovations within the Villa: Buhari who is trying to present himself as an anti corruption guru-is also going to renovate the Villa with N3.9 billion: what else do you want to renovate there that Nigerians will see in 2016? A job which was again undertaken by Jonathan before his departure from Aso rock?

    “We know what is going on in the global economy: this budget is predicated on an oil benchmark of $38 per barrel and I can now say that with oil being $28 today, this budget is dead on arrival.

    “The job of the opposition is to help the government to get its priorities right. So, I want to please urge this government to withdraw this budget and go back to the drawing board.” unquote If the comments in the Senate is not a shame to the soul and spirt of the Fulanis ati Yoruba in APC then tell me what it is———–a Praise song abi?

    • Ukpaka

      Useless comment. respond to the issue at hand. You can’t be that blind.

      • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

        Again what is the issue-at stake—with tunde thompson and Nduka Irabor ?–U mean the re-introduction of another decree 4 is no issue—-abi?——-BUHARI is head of Zombie—-does he even understand what is meant by online media outfits-the last time he grated interview to the press—Buhari urged journalists to do more investigative reporting————————on the Apes in APC———–may be——–on—————–what happened to the 5.6b left in the coffers of NNPC–by sister Madueke-ati how he stole my 2.8b———-B4 I forget—now banks are charging 50 naira on every withdrawal—-cool 15b daily—-for Buhari via Remita——————–what else do we need in 9ja—again with such huge Kudi-?———-Which is——–more than the oil revenue we have been stealing from the SSfor over 55 yrs—–So why not allow my people to go now that crude oil is being sold at 5 cent per a barrel—?————Yes as I was wanting to know from u–what was really the topic again—by Liar Mohamed—-Was about about Tunde thompson ati Nduka Irabor–? animals

        • Ukpaka

          your point?

  • elder kutie

    Please, please, please! Journalism must be within the limits of reason alone. This Lai Muhammed is too ugly,
    too local, too ghoulish, too frightening and too primitive to be published as a photograph without a warning
    that this page is for courageous adults only and that parental control is advised. My son is crying now!

    • Ukpaka

      Just shut it up if you have no value to add to the topic. Your comment is useless at best. What exactly is your point?.

      • REDEEM

        That Liar mohamed is too ugly to show his face here—-and that he should go account for the 39b voted for the minstry of misinformation by mumu Buhari—who promsed our footballers of yester years 200m each—Happily the Sports Minister quickly yanked the MIKE OFF HIM AND TOLD THE AUDIENCE WHAT HE MEANT- WAS 2M—————————AND NOT 200M———————That is the kind of human we have as president–cant even remember simple figures——————–Is it the National Budget that he will be aware of when Amaechi start changing figures——–and doctoring it with the aid of Liar Mohamed———-?what a country

    • Burning Spear

      Old boyiiii! I am on my way to the clinic-¨For-u have broken my ribs with laughter—-what a wonderful sense of humour–Hope your son has stopped crying–I will plead with the janjaweed Editors in Premium Times to yank off the story it does not make sense one little bit-So that your son can have some peace and quiet——cheeeers

    • fishhook

      Do you indeed claim you are more handsome, more mature, more polished more adult than Lai Mohammed? See, you cannot even manage your own child. You sounded very childish so probably you were even hearing your own cry.

      • Wale Adegoke

        You cheer leaders of propaganda In Chief Lie Mohammed and his paymaster are very intolerant to allow democracy survive in Nigeria.

    • Iniabasi Akpan

      Gbammmmmmmm!

  • 9ja needs another presido

    Nduka Irabor, Tunde Thompson and other
    Journalists cried when Buhari jailed them. Tai
    Solarin the Activist cried when Buhari sent
    him to jail for publicly opposing him. Fela
    Ransome Kuti, the Musician, cried when he
    was jailed by Buhari. Parents and friends of
    Barth Owoh, Ojuolape and others cried when,
    they were sent to early graves. Former
    Governor of Imo State, the late Sam Mbakwe
    cried at Buhari’s marginalization of his people
    when PTDF was unable to construct a single
    road in South West, South South and South
    East whereas, the same PTDF under Buhari
    regime constructed more than 98 roads in
    the Northern part of Nigeria. Ambrose Ali
    cried when Buhari locked him up for nothing.
    Michael Ajasin cried and even became blind
    thanks Buhari. Civil Servants cried when he
    retrenched 53,000 workers. Nigerians cried
    while queuing for their portions of scarce
    commodities like rice, sugar, salt, milk and
    toiletries. Students cried when he re-
    introduced payment of school fees. Our
    Economy cried when he increased external
    debts by $3bn in 1year. Lagosians are still
    crying from road traffic because He cancelled
    the Metro line Railway Project. Nigerians have
    cried for more than 17 years of military rule
    resulting from Buhari’s criminal regime. What
    goes around, comes around. Tears never
    begin flow from Buhari’s eyes yet. All
    Nigerians need is credibility not tears The
    parents of the 11 copper members slain in
    Bauchi, during 2011 post-election violence,
    that erupted, following Buhari’s post-election
    speech activities of boko haram commence
    and thousands of Nigerians are dying every
    day , also cried The N2.8 billion stolen by
    Buhari and trillion of naira that disappeared
    under him in PTF is fresh in our memories, we
    shall never forget and forgive him. We have
    recycled leaders enough. Nigeria is a country
    with more than 160 million people why
    recycle leaders like Buhari? Today are Nigerians not regreting
    -is History not repiting itself again TODAY? With Metuh in handcuff’ over money donated to his party?
    I cry for Nigeria my country–what a shame–while the rest of the world are going to the moon we are faking up allegation and using that to send humans to jail-in the name of fighting some fake anti corruption war-without Amaechi

  • tundemash

    Compare:

    “it was in the interest of government that online publications continue to grow in number ”because the more the number of such online publications, the easier it becomes to bridge the information gap between the government and the governed, and the easier it becomes for the government to carry the citizens along in the formulation and implementation of policies that touch on their lives”. — Lai Mohammed

    “the cynics, the pestle-wielding critics, the unrelenting, self-appointed activists, the idle and idling, twittering, collective children of anger, the distracted crowd of Facebook addicts, the BBM-pinging soap opera gossips of Nigeria, who seem to be in competition among themselves to pull down President Goodluck Jonathan ” —- Abati

  • Kickboxer

    Hahaha….”technically speaking” APC & brainless Buhari have lost their campaign to stifle online media.

    APC & brainless Buhari have no way to stifle online media…..Nigerians will continue to inform themselves whether APC NASS & brainless Buhari want to ban online media or stifle it.

  • Awarawa

    Now we can understand where the N39bn budget is to go. So, govt would be giving advert to online media to silence them….

  • 9ja in search of anoda presido

    Nduka Irabor, Tunde Thompson and other
    Journalists cried when Buhari jailed them. Tai
    Solarin the Activist cried when Buhari sent
    him to jail for publicly opposing him. Fela
    Ransome Kuti, the Musician, cried when he
    was jailed by Buhari. Parents and friends of
    Barth Owoh, Ojuolape and others cried when,
    they were sent to early graves. Former
    Governor of Imo State, the late Sam Mbakwe
    cried at Buhari’s marginalization of his people
    when PTDF was unable to construct a single
    road in South West, South South and South
    East whereas, the same PTDF under Buhari
    regime constructed more than 98 roads in
    the Northern part of Nigeria. Ambrose Ali
    cried when Buhari locked him up for nothing.
    Michael Ajasin cried and even became blind
    thanks Buhari. Civil Servants cried when he
    retrenched 53,000 workers. Nigerians cried
    while queuing for their portions of scarce
    commodities like rice, sugar, salt, milk and
    toiletries. Students cried when he re-
    introduced payment of school fees. Our
    Economy cried when he increased external
    debts by $3bn in 1year. Lagosians are still
    crying from road traffic because He cancelled
    the Metro line Railway Project. Nigerians have
    cried for more than 17 years of military rule
    resulting from Buhari’s criminal regime. What
    goes around, comes around. Tears never
    begin flow from Buhari’s eyes yet. All
    Nigerians need is credibility not tears The
    parents of the 11 copper members slain in
    Bauchi, during 2011 post-election violence,
    that erupted, following Buhari’s post-election
    speech activities of boko haram commence
    and thousands of Nigerians are dying every
    day , also cried The N2.8 billion stolen by
    Buhari and trillion of naira that disappeared
    under him in PTF is fresh in our memories, we
    shall never forget and forgive him. We have
    recycled leaders enough. Nigeria is a country
    with more than 160 million people why
    recycle leaders like Buhari? Today are Nigerians not regreting
    -is History not repiting itself again TODAY? With Metuh in handcuff’ over money donated to his party?
    I cry for Nigeria my country–what a shame–while the rest of the world are going to the moon we are faking up allegation and using that to send humans to jail-in the name of fighting some fake anti corruption war-without Amaechi

  • Cleartruth

    Dictator buhari must know he can’t buy our conscience. We shall continue to stand for the truth. If he does right we would praise him. If he does wrong we would knock him.

  • CHIDINMA

    It seems APC and Muhammadu Buhari have exhausted all the “…Blame Jonathan” strategies available to them. They now resort to blaming God.

    Oh well, bad workmen have been blaming God since 19 Kiridim, so this strategy is not new. Oyegun, tell your co-travelers to invent some new excuses, that’s all!——————

  • ayobamiba

    Nigerians were sceptical of buhari for 12 years until Jonathan political naivity and blind trust on the treacherous jegai allowed buhari access to the presidency . now that buhari have taken power,let him remember that power is not a constant possession for surely another citizen shall become President after buharis presidency. Upon all this macabre almajiri dance and corruption induced media trial,no single corrupt person have been properly charged with any convincing evidence that is capable of securing conviction under the kind of porous justice system we operate today. Except this government is bent on fighting corruption against her percieved enemies with the weapon of corruption through immoral and unethical ‘Patronizing’ as beign spoken by Liar mohamed.If buhari is fighting corruption and citizens like sanusi,timpre Silva, amaechi,fashola,fayemi,segun oni,tinubu ,obj are still walking as free men ,then this anti corruption crusade has a lot of questions to answer.again buhari should not be pretending that he is fighting corruption by arresting his political opponents and those who did not support his 16 years presidential aspirations and holding them under duress while tested and proved looters are dining and wining with him and he pretends not to notice the smell of corruption oozing out of them.again while buhari is busy chasing the shadows of the past ,decipating all his energies on the past,corruption is still having big owambe parties under his nose.let truthful Nigerians investigate the activities in government agencies like customs,immigration, police ,judiciary, universities ,nafdac etc and see if any thing have truthfully changed from what obtained before buhari.fighting corruption in Nigeria without a solid ,transparent and unambigus anti corruption framework is a waste of public resources and much more when all the efforts are geared towards the past with a biased ,discriminatory and malicious mindset ,while the present is left without any attention.
    Enough of all this corruption induced media dramatization, buhari should develope a clear and unambiguous anticurruption road map bill and send to Nass on the real and brutal war against corruption with a separate anti corruption agencies peopled by highly intelligent legal minds and tried and proved incorruptible Nigerians who are very passionately angry against corruption .let d duration for every corruption case be nothing more than 18 months .let specialized anti corruption courts be set up like tribunals and let them be fully independent from our normal judiciary, let them have powers to summon and stripe even the President of his immunity once prima facie case had been established against him after due diligence investigations by crack team of unbiased, untainted and uncompromising investigators.let both the anti corruption court, agencies, etc be insulated from executive, legislative and judicial pandering /interference and let them be fully independent with full powers to arrest even the President if he puts himself into corrupt practices.the appeal arising from the tribunals shall go straight to the anti corruption supreme courts which shall be solely established for that purpose and all appeals must be decided within 90 days.let total forfeiture of all life acquisitions and properties of a convicted corrupt persons and death penalty be the punishment for corrupt practices. Also corruption must be defined to include wilful marginalization or cheating of any zone or citizens of Nigeria because of their tribe,faith,religion or ethnicity in the discharge of government polices,appointments and sharing of political or government patronages in Nigeria. It is too shameful to associate this malicious bizarre almajiri dance with democracy and justice. corruption war in Nigeria shall not be successful when the actions and inactions of authorities concerned are tainted with bias,nepotism, wilful malicious tendencies, discrimination against citizens based on tribe /religion, political inclinations etc. A corruption war that is not fought on clear and unambiguous transparent framework is bound to pull Nigerians twards tribal,ethnic ,religious and parochial narratives. It is funny reading the reactions of some bewitched, jaundiced and ethnic /tribal malicious bigots hailing buhari for bastardizing our national institutions through this malicious vendetta. If we wilfully destroy all our national institutions, our nation shall be d worst for that.300 million bail for tearing a paper not a cheque leaf is like dancing naked at a market square. The difference is too glaring and utterly discriminatory for any sane mind to ignore. Under the same constitution, laws and justice system, a man accused of stealing $2.1b about 600b naira was given a bail for 250m naira,the one accused of receiving 400m and tearing his statement written on paper was given bail at 700 million, another one accused of stealing 1.7 billion naira was given a bail for 100 million naira.Nigerians who are beclouded with hate and tribal bigotry can’t see the danger of Nigeria fighting corruption on this kind of narrative but patriotic citizens of Nigeria are seeing the real danger in this kind of leadership because after buhari ,surely another President must arise.the worst form of corruption is d corruption of injustice, bias,discrimination, inequality, cheating and measuring with unequal scales.