U.S. endorsement shows Buhari succeeding in fight against corruption – Lai Mohammed

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The Federal Government has hailed the U.S. endorsement of its anti-corruption fight, calling it an incentive to continue with the battle that must be won for the Nigeria to achieve sustainable growth.

Recently, the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, at the World Economic Forum, WEF, Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, commended the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for its effort at combating corruption in Nigeria.Mr. Kerry related how money meant to buy arms for Nigerian soldiers to combat Boko Haram was stolen by public officials; and how the Buhari administration was making moves to prosecute such persons.

On Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told media executives in Lagos that the acknowledgement of the effort by the government could not have come at a better time.

“The Federal Government is delighted that the anti-corruption war being led by President Muhammad Buhari has been acknowledged and applauded on a global stage.

“It is particularly gratifying that in that speech, Mr Kerry made the link between corruption and terrorism. We agree that corruption is indeed a radicaliser because it destroys faith in legitimate authority.

“Let me remind you, gentlemen, that radicalisation is a key causative factor of terrorism,” the minister said.

Mr. Mohammed said that he would soon kick-start a series of town hall meetings across the country to take the sensitization campaign, which he launched in Abuja last Monday, directly to Nigerians.

The town hall meetings, he said, would be in addition to using the National Orientation Agency, NOA, and the relevant units of the Ministry of Information and Culture to reach every part of the country.

“We know that those who stole us dry are powerful. They have newspapers, radio and television stations and an army of supporters to continuously deride the government’s war against corruption.

“But we are undaunted and will not relent until corruption is also decimated,” the minister said.

Mr. Mohammed said that corruption was responsible for the endemic poverty in the country today, noting that whereas Nigeria’s national budget has increased from just over N900 billion in 1999 to over N6 trillion in 2016, poverty has also increased almost by the same proportion.

“The reason is not far-fetched: Appropriated funds have mostly ended up in the pockets of a few looters,” he said. ”When the money meant to construct roads is looted, the end result is that the roads are not built and the people suffer and even die in avoidable road accidents.

“When the money meant to provide electricity is looted, we all are perpetually sentenced to darkness. When the money meant for healthcare is pocketed by a few, we are unable to reduce maternal and infant mortality. These are the costs of corruption,” he said.

According to Mr. Mohammed, whereas the sum of N51.829 billion 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 N54.659 billion.

“The implication is that the amount received by 21 individuals and companies is more than the 2015 Zonal Intervention Project budget by N2.829 billion! ‘

‘Furthermore, the value of what the 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 – as we have shown – would have cost N2.829 billion less than ‘Dasukigate’,” the Minister said.

He said that contrary to what was being said in certain circles– that the government was dwelling too much on the war against corruption to the detriment of other areas of governance– enough time could not be devoted to the fight.

”The situation is very grim indeed, as far as corruption is concerned. That is why the Federal Government is embarking on this sensitization Campaign.

“Our approach – which is to count the cost of corruption – is not to vilify anyone but to use facts and figures to give Nigerians a sense of what corruption has done to their lives,” the minister said.

(NAN)

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  • agbobu

    AND WITH GOODUCK JONAHAN S PRESIDENT NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS DO NOT NEED AN ENEMY. GOODLUCK JONATHAN’S LOOTINGS AND STEALING ARE UNPRECEDENTED, MIND BUGGLING, VERY OBSCENE, PATHETIC, VERY DESPICABLE AND VERY DISGRACEFUL. IF GOODLUCK JONATHAN IS NOT PUNISHED VEREY SEVERELY AND MADE TO RETURN ALL HE LOOTED AND STOLE, THEN THE POPE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH WILL MARRY.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      …and the Pope’s marital status affects Mama Sikira’s “meatless” pot of soup in what manner?

    • progressive

      This pdp e rats are just callous with the kind of comment they put out here, I just hope that when the time comes they will realise the devilish things they have done in the country.

  • newsvendor

    @Lai Muhammed,

    IF YOU ARE STARVING FOR ENDORSEMENT YOU WILL STARVE LONGER BECAUSE
    KERRY’S ALLUSIVE COMMENT TO TERRORISM FUNDING IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT
    OF THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION’S COMPETENCE, SKILL, KNOWLEDGE OR HONESTY –
    WHICH FINANCIAL TIMES DEPICTED BADLY IN A PUBLISHED ARTICLE TWO DAYS AGO.

    • newsvendor

      “Copying Venezuela’s exchange rate policy and China’s failed equity market strategy might seem the height
      of foolishness. But, at least, in the opinion of John Ashbourne, Africa economist at Capital Economics,
      that is precisely what Nigeria – the continent’s largest economy – has just done.

      ……………FINANCIAL TIMES

      [January 23rd, 2016)

      • Omoagunmate

        And what has that got to do with the fight against corruption?

      • Omoagunmate

        And do you really need a lecture on who’s interest the FT, Economist etc are serving? do you?

        • Papa Oghworiodo [Warri]

          MY CHILDREN,

          Don’t be annoyed, you hear, don’t fight over this FINANCIAL TIMES matter. They used metaphor
          and conjugation to call Buhari the height of foolishness because if you say Nigerian government
          today is the height of foolishness, are you not saying indirectly that everybody inside it plus the
          head of the government too are together in the height of foolishness? I think that is what these
          Financial Times people are saying. We are now to check ourselves. If United Kingdom people
          say this our government is a height of foolishness we must cool down to think and find out what
          caused this big abuse. What is the APC Buhari government doing wrong? That is the issue now.

          • Screw-em

            The only thing Buhari is doing “wrong” is he does not have FT’s selected stooge as Finance Minister.

          • Omoagunmate

            No need replying to an obviously confused man who doesn’t even know who his own children are.

      • Dele Awogbeoba

        FT acknowledged that the exchange rate policy started in February 2015 (3 months before Buhari was sworn in). Nigeria’s stock market policies is run by the NSE (a private company). The CBN and NSE are run by people appointed under Jonathan and are independent of Buhari.

      • persona

        Where was FT when UAE was buying Scotland yard?
        Where was FT when China was padding their currency?
        The desk job of the writer is guaranteed so let him in the words of mama peace…kontinu.
        They are trying to discourage investors from coming into Nigeria and their shambolic job just ran out of juice with the endorsement from Kerry on the world stage at Davos where the real money men, investors and captains of industries are.

      • progressive

        I see that you are one of the e goats we have in here, assuming you knew what has happened during pdp era you should be weeping for the country by now.

      • Concerned

        What desperation – the quoted opinion of one man who doesn’t even work for the FT is what you ner do wells are grasping on to as representing the FT’s position!

        Talk about scraping the barrel!

      • ayo

        You are a fool…..Guess what? None of their citizens have looted their treasury the way ours have…..So what comparisons are you making?

    • Omoagunmate

      Go and sit my friend and stop typing thrash in capital letters. Give us a link to your FT article and lets see what the contents are. You are obviously on the team of corruption fighting back. Let it be known to you all, in are in for a big fight, we are ready for you all until corruption surrender to the will, needs and the aspirations of the voiceless in our country.

    • progressive

      Lai mohammed must commend John kerry the war against corruption he knew that the present administration knew what he is doing, not what we used to have in the past when some nonentity will tell you that stealing is not corruption, your comment is so callous it shows that you belong to those who loots our treasury and also made the innocent masses to die in the north due to their own self fish reasons.

    • excel

      You are surely one of corruption fighting back team but know this war against corruption is for survival of our nation. Keep spawn rubbish online, showing off your stupidity.

    • ayo

      Your group are an endangered specie in Nigeria…..Just watch. You will all end up in exile leaving us here to fight this war…..

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Endorsing anti-corruption does not mean endorsing the extra-judicial killings of hundreds of Nigerians in the past 8 months nor does it mean endorsing the selective treatment of suspects or an illegal suspension of the due process of law.

    • Omoagunmate

      Guy, what are you talking about? Stop behaving like an illiterate. The comment and article was about the fight against corruption. As I have told your teammate below, we know you all belong to the “corruption fighting back” team. Whether you all know it or not, you are fighting a lost battle.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Your assumption is primitive,false and illogical. Anti-corruption efforts world-wide are done within the confides of the law.

        • Omoagunmate

          Abeg leave that yeye talk for one side, we know where you are coming from.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Dead-ender,you can only call names when you run out of logic.

          • sunny

            when their prosecution last for 14 years and they are able to manipulate the judiciary , that is your own rule of law and when when they are discharged of 100 count charges in nigerian and jailed in uk , that is your own rule of law ,pro corruption agent blackmail cannot save your corrupt paymasters

          • Omoagunmate

            Logic from the most illogical of eRats? again, leave yeye talk for one side, you are what you are, a rent-to-type e-rat not to be taking seriously.

          • progressive

            You are the one that have runs out of logic, because you are been sentimental with your false and propaganda comment

          • progressive

            Don’t mind that e goats they are all birds of the same feather

        • tundemash

          Mor0n, why not write Kerry to remind him to go back and include those your tales in his speech and re-deliver it.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I forgot to write him.

          • Omoagunmate

            But we can’t forget what and who you are and represent.

          • tundemash

            Now that u know, do the right thing instead of ranting online!

        • progressive

          You are on your own, this war against corruption is not selective, pdp have been in power in the last 16 yrs so what do you expect are they not the one to be probed.

          • TrueNja

            Was ACN, ANPP now APC was not in power at State level in the last 16 yrs?

        • ayo

          What rule of law? We have a very compromised judiciary..ever tried using our courts to get justice? Our courts are the next place where we need to take this corruption fight…PDP has been in government at the federal govt for the the last 16 years and destroyed the judiciary with the hope that they will lay siege for any one asking to prosecute them for any wrong doings. By default they have been the policy makers not the opposition…So what is your point about this war being selective…?The last government are being probed….not not the opposition…

          • Omoagunmate

            Don’t mind the moron. Trying to be what he is not, trying to be intelligent as if the arsehole gives a damn about the Shites’ plight or even about the so-called “rule of law”.

      • progressive

        They are indeed fighting a lost battle, this fight against corruption will surely caught up with those who almost stole from the treasury. He who stole must be jailed.

    • sunny

      you pro corruption agent, when are you people going to be ashame of yourselves? you support and fighting for the right of those who looted nigeria dry and whos action as directly led to the death of 25000 and 2 million homeless and less concern about the right of this victim! God will destroy and judge you people speedily

      • progressive

        Don’t mind them they are the devilish few elements that don’t see good thing the present administration is doing, buhari will not be intimidated by this e goats who almost empty the nigeria treasury thank God for the change mantra

    • progressive

      It a pity that we are supporting those that have made innocent souls been killed, I think by now those who loots should have been in jail by now, I don’t see no reason why lawyer will still be defending them in the court of law, we still have a long way to go, may God give buhari the strength to do the needful things.

    • Screw-em

      @ Tawanda, please digest this comment attributed the Honorable Minister :”

      According to Mr. Mohammed, whereas the sum of N51.829 billion 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 N54.659 billion.
      “The implication is that the amount received by 21 individuals and companies is more than the 2015 Zonal Intervention Project budget by N2.829 billion! ‘
      ‘Furthermore, the value of what the 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 – as we have shown – would have cost N2.829 billion less than ‘Dasukigate’,” ………then bury your head in SHAME as you definitely have finally lost any credibility as an avowed purveyor of “justice” , ” Rule of law”and “fairness” in matters concerning the well being of a raped nation..

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I agree that the money mapped out for war must not be used for any other purpose especially when the army was in retreat. I also agree that all concerned including GEJ should be met with the full force of the law. BUT I disagree about the selective treatment of suspects and the abuse of due process of law by the dictator and his secret police. Anti-corruption must be within the confines of the law !!

        • Screw-em

          There is nothing selective about the methodology used by Sai Changiii- Buhari thus far in tackling the inherent corruption in our collective DNA. it is a classic strategic Modus Operandi that will eventually shut down all loopholes and any future quest for a quick buck….damn the “Rule of Thieves” …..and pull up and discard the roots of all forms of corruption.

        • ayo

          Please take a stand…You cant be all over the place with your views…

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            My comment above is not complicated at all.

          • ayo

            You are two faced……Today you support looters tomorrow you take a different position….Take a stand Pal…

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I do not support people I support principles.

          • Omoagunmate

            Yeah, principles of corruption.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Principles of the rule of democratic law .

          • Omoagunmate

            Yeah right. Keep on deceiving yourself.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You are daft to reason,I will never be part of your media lynch mob. Nigeria has rules and those rules we must abide with or change them if we so wish as a country. Buhari is not a “god” like you make him out to be,he is just another Nigerian politician and he has no rights whatsoever to make his own rules and impose it on Nigerians.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Keep running away from facts.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Yes, the most notorious looter Nigeria has ever produced have a radio station (Radio Continental); Newspapers (The Nation and Punch); Television Station (TV Continental) and followers like Lai Mohammed.

    • progressive

      I don’t know were you got all this nonsense and false propaganda comment, tell your pdp master to rerun those money they have looted, jail term is waiting for them.

    • tundemash

      Omo Ole Orafidiya,
      We know your hopes in life went up in smoke with the March 28th loss. Keep hurting.

  • Intrepid

    Making the usual propaganda out of an old News.

    • progressive

      It a good welcome development for the country, the war against corruption is been applaud by international community

    • dpfrank

      Are you from the moon?

  • bigbang

    Buhari needs the endorsement of the Nigerian people not the US.

    • tundemash

      What other endorsement does Buhari need that the mandate given to him by Nigerians on March 28th to kill corruption.

    • Peter_Edo

      Endorsed by me and mine!

    • Rommel

      He already has the endorsement of Nigerians of goodwill

    • progressive

      He is been backed by nigerians despite pdp propaganda, do you think nigerians are happy with pdp with the way they destroyed our economy and also loots our treasury

    • Fireman

      Concerned Nigerians have endorsed President Buhari

    • ayo

      We are behind him 100%…smell the coffee dude….He is not perfect, far from it….But he is doing the right thing..hunting down thieves….Let him do only that for now…..and bring back the stolen funds where it belongs…..

  • AFRICANER

    If Kerry made such an endorsement, I doubt it, but let’s assume he did, by the way, the biggest liar ever known to mankind, because he repeats and repeats lies over and over, without shame,is Lai Mohammed, so if indeed kerry made that ignorant endorsement, it would be because some malevolent entity wrote his Davos speech for Kerry; and Nigeria’s opposition would be entirely to blame for not reporting Buhari for his crimes against humanity and incompetence. Kerry has been busy lately working on Iran/US deal on nuclear stuff, apparently he doesn’t even know what’s going on here.

    • olu_kay

      He made the endorsement watch the video on youtube.

      • progressive

        Don’t mind the e goats they are only known for false propaganda stories. Pdp does not want good for this country after being in power in the last 16 yrs nothing to show for it, I think by now pdp should have been buried by now they made us to go through economy crisis.

    • progressive

      One thing that you don’t know is that, during gej tenure we were been ignored outside the country the image of the country was so bad during the last administration, this is what buhari have been able to achieve within some months, moreover the war against corruption must be won.

    • Peter_Edo

      dullard!

    • tundemash

      Yeah right, if Kerry were going to make such announcement, he would have informed you at the amnesty camp first. Whatever u sniff at that amnesty camp is too strong for you.

    • persona

      Just days ago, you said Buhari would not be welcome in the west, Kerry chose the world stage to endorse Buhari even in absentia.
      You guys should give up, the victories are coming in and what you don’t even know is that where Kerry made the statement is strategic and could POTENTIALLY change the tide for Nigeria.
      The world ECONOMIC powers are gathered and such a statement is made where people who listen to every word are attentive. The endorsement of Kerry is Obama telling the world that Nigeria under this present leadership is getting better…go figure.

      • dpfrank

        Spot on

    • Daniel

      So you are shamelessly working for PDP? Do we need any iota of progress in this country?

      Well, it has been said lots of Nigerians are saddistic. They cannot also see the link between corruption and their poverty.

      We have also become so blinded by ethnicity that patriotism has taking a flight.

      National interest first!

    • Fireman

      Looool imagine the nonsense you just wrote. You should be ashamed of yourself

      You are really a compromised Nigerian

      • AFRICANER

        Thank you.

    • ayo

      Please crawl back into your smelly shell…..

    • dpfrank

      Your name should be sorry

  • Rommel

    Wow! this endorsement is bad news for the PDP propagandists who have been blackmailing our president hoping to make him look bad in the international community,I knew that corruption would fight back but I never knew that it would be this ferocious, these unpatriotic elements must be brought under authority of the land,they should wait until after we purge the judiciary of corruption to see that the fight against corruption will become turbo charged and then they would fear

  • Kunle

    If only this news article heading was –
    U.S. endorsement shows Federal Govt succeeding in fight against corruption – Lai Mohammed

    • Fireman

      What is the sense in your statement?

      • Kunle

        It is time the war on corruption is seen as a FG war not a buhari war..What happens after Buhari leaves?

        • Omoagunmate

          We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, for now, it is all out war on corruption and its supporters.

  • Rollingdollar

    Lai Mohammed if you are desperate for endorsement, then go and read what Bloomberg, Washington Post, Financial Times had to say about your government. Now you latch onto an off- hand comment made by Kerry and proclaim it an endorsement! Whao Liar you are a desperate man.

    • persona

      You call it off hand?
      The world stage is there and listening and very attentively if I may add.
      The decision makers are gathered there and not editors of newspapers and bloggers.
      The implication of this statement is: Nigeria’s economy is in a mess because of corruption and the new guy has kept faith to fix the country by fixing corruption. Kerry was not forced, not coerced and it was made with Buhari not present which makes it a powerful statement from the biggest official economy of the world.

      • Omoagunmate

        Thank you!

      • Fireman

        Well said chief

      • dpfrank

        Thanks

    • Omoagunmate

      Since you don read and “understood” what “Bloomberg, Washington Post, Financial Times” had to say, please share the summary or the just the jist of their write-up with us. Or just share a link with us so we too can read and discuss.

    • Fireman

      You are a desperate pdpig

    • thewatcher

      Shame on you

    • woman leader

      Shame unto you pdpigs e-rats.

    • Great Nigeria

      no more dollars rolling my friend you will soon in kuye prison with your oga Maitusa Oliseh

    • front man

      Hater that’s what you are guy despite all this you still have a doubt of this govt no problem
      Watch and see the achievement of buhari and his administration

    • Screw-em

      .

      These “respectable” publications were all mute when our economy was run aground by the world “renowned” stooge of the World Bank- Madam head Scarf-Okonjo,and humpty dumpty Dumbo Jo which they all endorsed, until the “glossy” onion was peeled off to reveal a rotten core by the now “loathed” Buhari. We have a home grown solution to Nigeria’s malaise and it is the unorthodox method on display currently utilized by no other one but the capable Sai Changiii, and believe me 95% of Nigerians are thrilled and pleased thus far.

    • dpfrank

      Can anyone be as desperate as the PDP? No, take a close look at the money Jonathan allowed them to share, the #dazukigate

  • Fireman

    The whole world knows that the Buhari administration is a serious one

    • thewatcher

      Very serious bro

    • woman leader

      Welcome to a new Nigeria.

      • TrueNja

        A new Nigeria with no sacred cows

  • thewatcher

    Kudos to our President. Buhari is not here to play games. It’s about time we had a president so determined to put an end to corruption.

  • woman leader

    Nigeria will be great again, president Muhammad Buhari is a blessing to dis country. Corruption will be a thing of the past. Looters be ready to submit your self before the EFCC get hold of you.

    • Cleartruth

      Nigeria will be great again with 800 million naira budgeted for just website upgrade. Shame on you for allowing dictator buhari to be fooling you.

    • dpfrank

      Well said

  • Kickboxer

    ONLY “TECHNICALLY INTELLIGENTSIA” CAN BE THIS DELUSIONAL.

    OF COURSE “TECHNICALLY INTELLIGENTSIA”-LED GOVT. HAS NO MIND OF THEIR OWN. SOON US, EU WOULD ISSU AN OPINION THAT BRAINLESS BUHARI MUST FOLLOW THE LAW, THEN “TECHNICALLY INTELLIGENTSIA” MINIONS WOULD CHANGE COURSE!!!

    APC-LED GOVT. & BRAINLESS BUHARI CAN’T “FIGHT” CORRUPTION BY IGNORING THE CONSTITUTION.

    SINCE WE HAVE, WELL, BRAINLESS BUHARI IN ASO ROCK, W SHALL NOW WAIT UNTIL UNITD ARAB EMIRATE, UK, US, or EU TO TELL THEM THAT THE RULE-OF-LAW MUST BE FOLLOWED……kai….Naija has suffered!!!!

    • dpfrank

      You are a goat, the brainless one was the ex President Jonathan.
      We love the leadership of President Buhari and goats like you should stay off

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Looking for a good governances,fine dem in apc

  • excel

    This is a welcome development. Every sane institution are in support of the anti corruption crusade. No country will survive with the rate of corruption under jonathan govt.

  • 9ja needs a new leader

    We Will Use Pensioners Funds For Infrastructural Development. – Fashola

    FasholaThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has advocated the unlocking of Nigeria’s three billion Naira pensions fund to cushion the deficit in the nation’s infrastructural sector.

    Mr Fashola, who spoke at a meeting organised by the National Pension Commission in Abuja, said that contributors of the pensions scheme who constitute the nation’s low income earners, deserve a better infrastructure to go about their daily lives.
    The Minister said that the nation’s pensions fund must be channeled into ventures that will turn around the nation’s economy.

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    Dr Okonji-Iweala Warned Governors About Saving For the Rainy Days, But No One Listened To Her. – Former Gov Peter Obi.

    THISDAY: Some Nigerians are presently seeking the indictment of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala supposedly for the reason that she mismanaged the Nigerian Economy.

    What is your take about this?
    PETER OBI: It is rather unfortunate that we have this attitude of trying to pull down our best. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a global star and only came back to serve her country and she did that with passion. We gain nothing trying to pull her down. We did it with Aruma Otteh, but we know what she is today.

    I have been in several meetings where this woman (Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala) was almost crying as she explained and pleaded with all and sundry on the need to save for the rainy day. She advised that proceeds from excess crude sales should be saved in the Sovereign National Wealth Fund for effective management. I have read newspaper reports that it is ironic that she spoke of a rainy day when it was already pouring.

    I personally remain indebted to her because it was from her persistent preaching on the need to save in the Sovereign National Wealth Fund that made me incorporate savings in foreign currency – that is why one third of the money we left on leaving office was in foreign currency, $156 million(N25 billion at that time). With interest now it would be about $170 million and with the current rate it is almost N40 billion.

  • Yet USA says what?

    UK Financial Times Calls ‘Buharinomics’ the Height of Foolishness,

    Leading international business publication, The Financial Times UK has described the economic policies of the Buhari administration as the ‘height of foolishness’.
    Steve Johnson, Deputy editor of the FT’s EM Squared section wrote
    “Copying Venezuela’s exchange rate policy and China’s failed equity market strategy might seen the height of foolishness.
    “Low oil prices are battering Nigeria’s export-dependent economy, but it’s the government’s market-distorting response that risks pushing the country into a Venezuela-style crisis,” Mr Ashbourne says.

    • Night Crawler

      We all know is because of the financial recklessness previous administration caused which help crippled the economy, sooner than later when 2016 budget is passed things will come back to normal and Nigeria will be great again

      • Cleartruth

        A budget that has 800 million naira just for website upgrade is nothing but foolishness and corruption. Continue your blind support of dictator until you start eating from dustbin then your eyes will open. As for me , I will praise him when he does right and knock him when he does wrong. That’s the only way to encourage him to better the lot of Nigerians.

        • TrueNja

          You’re perfectly correct

  • Night Crawler

    Alh Lai Mohammed has been vindicated, when he says huge money where missing some pdpigs insulted him but now that USA where most of their looted funds are kept has expose them, I know they will be shaking, sooner than later all the looters will be exposed, kudos for Alh Lai Mohammed for a job well done

    • Cleartruth

      I watched kerry live . He made reference to claims of Nigeria government as he spoke on issues of corruption mainly in Africa. He never endorsed the selective anti corruption war of dictator buhari.

      • ayo

        America used draconian laws to deal with terrorism which is the biggest problem they faced. No rule of law was applied in Gwat mo.. We would use similar laws to deal with the biggest problem we have in Nigeria which is corruption…end off…

        • Cleartruth

          Thank God you said law. American congress made that draconian law that allowed America president to open and operate guantanamo and that is rule of law. For guantanamo to be closed, congress must sign on to it. That’s why obama has not been able to close it after almost 8 years in office. But here dictator buhari is disobeying rule of law. If he wants to operate draconian law , he should ask NASS to make such laws. But in absence of such laws, he must operate within the laws we have. That’s constitutional democracy for you. We are not operating sharia law.

          • ayo

            Iv’e never doubted your intelligence. Its your understanding of what we are facing in Nigeria that I doubt you understand. Our treasury has been looted….By low life criminals who have been custodians of our collective destiny. Let me tell you they are all lucky……Rule of law ko Rule of ole ni….

      • Burbank

        “When Nigeria’s President, Buhari, took office last spring, he inherited a military that was under-paid, underfed and unable to protect the Nigerian people from Boko Haram. And one reason is that much of the military budget was finding its way into the pockets of the generals. And just this week, we saw reports that more than 50 people in Nigeria, including former government officials, stole nine billion dollars from the treasury”
        “John Kerry Lauds Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Fight”, WEF Davos, Jan 24, 2016

        • Cleartruth

          Exactly kerry’s words. How does that amount to endorsement of dictator buhari witch hunting of opposition ?

    • Iskacountryman

      how many convictions so far?….

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    By: Prof. Akin Olukotun [Professor of Political Communication]

    The questions of the whereabouts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s think tank, and whether he indeed has one that is up and running were raised by two recent events. These are his December 30, 2015 media chat and the very recent visit of the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.

    The media chat unveiled a down-to-earth, articulate President, who is however, driven more by passion and candour than expertise or surefooted knowledge, regarding the complexities of public policy. As several commentators have observed, his confession of ignorance on the Central Bank Foreign Exchange Management Policy which has caused agony to Nigerians at home and abroad, as well as his preemptive remark on the judicial processes regarding former public officials accused of corruption were awkward. For example, on what is now called Dasukigate and the simmering controversy over the denial of bail to the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Buhari, in response to a question bristled: “If you see the kind of atrocities people like Dasuki committed, you won’t give them bail.” Does this remark not usurp the discretion of the courts?

    Regarding Lagarde’s visit to Nigeria, it probably got more attention than what Bolaji Ogunseye, a Development Studies expert, described as a technical visit. The IMF boss was treated with the pomp nearly equal to what the President of the United States, Barack Obama, would have got if he were visiting Nigeria. In the same vein, it is doubtful if our policy institutions and expertise were sufficiently mobilised to respond to the parade of suggestions by Lagarde, who sometimes sounded like a school master talking down to a bunch of mischievous or wayward students.

    • Omoagunmate

      Yeah, another way of seeing that is that Lagarde and her Brettonwood crew knew that our president is not a pushover and will not be agreeing/signing any dodgy loan on the terms of the IMF. I don’t know about you but I will take a passionate and honest leader over a mumu and a clueless man anyday.

    • Omoagunmate

      And looking at your nickname again, I can see where you are coming from.

      • 419NERS IN GOVERNMENT

        That Skytrend has removed all pro-GEJites from their site while leaving folks like Jack Buhari on board is not a thing of surprise. I knew it was gonna happen. I heard that such platforms get paid by how many pro-Muhammadu Buhari posts and comments they allow on their platforms. So also by how many pro-Buhari and -APC posts that trend on their sites.

        BTW, did you know they screenshot your comments and posts and forward it to Ministry of Information and NSA for a token in return? Individuals are also are encouraged to screenshot their comments too to get paid for it. Therefore, each time you make a post, you would notice some Buharists and other strange aliens come on it to either abuse you outrightly or attack your post without even debating on your subject topic.

        • Omoagunmate

          You are such a low level e-rat. You have just inadvertently giving away
          the secrets of the E-Rat recruitment strategy as formulated by Reno Omokirikiri
          under Dumbo’s government. What a dud , you must think that you are
          talking to a desperate street urchin with no ambition like yourself, you better vamoose!

          • Burbank

            LOLz…gbam

        • Shugaba Nkasa

          “I heard that such platforms get paid by how many pro-Muhammadu Buhari posts and comments they allow on their platforms.”

          WHat Radio station are you listening to?

    • ayo

      You are a condescending idiot….If you like jump into the lagoon with your know every thing attitude….We are on the move and have started with the looters of our collective destiny…..if you find it too hot to handle please go into exile……

      • 9ja needs another presido

        ON THE MOVE INTO THE LAGOS LAGOON-PERIOD——–

      • Burbank

        Gbam
        Buhari is REALLY making Nigeria too hot for looters.

  • front man

    I know many will still have a doubt of mind about this present administration

  • Cleartruth

    I watched John kerry live on cnn. He never endorsed the selective anti corruption war of dictator buhari. He simply made reference to it as he spoke on corruption mainly in Africa. he said that report has it that nigeria generals stole money meant for arms . This liar Muhammed always like propaganda and deceit.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U re just an enemy of progress…go n listen to broadcast again..US is working closely to bring the looters to book…

    • Burbank

      “When Nigeria’s President, Buhari, took office last spring, he inherited a military that was under-paid, underfed and unable to protect the Nigerian people from Boko Haram. And one reason is that much of the military budget was finding its way into the pockets of the generals. And just this week, we saw reports that more than 50 people in Nigeria, including former government officials, stole nine billion dollars from the treasury”
      John Kerry, WEF, Davos, Switzerland, Jan 24, 2016

      When you watched TV, try to un-mute the volume!

      • kuli

        Person wey hin TV dey run off Kerosene.

        Hehehe

  • dpfrank

    I quite agree with the minister, until we eliminate corruption we will not be able to achieve development in Nigeria

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to make public names of the 15 former governor and 55 Nigerians that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013 or keep his mouth shut permanently.

    He said; “The reality is that the APC Federal Government has destroyed the economy within eight months in power and rather than look for solutions to the problems facing Nigeria, Lai Mohammed and his cohorts are branding bogus figures about stolen money just to cover up their lack of solution to the country’s economic problems.”

    The governor, who also described as disgraceful, bringing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh to court in handcuff, said; “Even the masterminds of Mandala and Nyanya bomb blasts, Kabiru Sokoto and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche were not handcuffed when they were arraigned in court.”

    In a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was funny that close to one year after it won the presidential election, the President Mohammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government was still operating as if it was campaigning for votes.

    The governor said; “They are turning governance to Nollywood, such that when one movie is about to end, they release another one. As it appears that the $2.1 billion arms deal movie is getting to an end, Lai Mohammed introduced another movie titled; N1.34 trillion loot. “Unfortunately for them this time around, Nigerians have become tired of watching the Federal Government movies, they now want reality. Nigerians are now aware of the scam in the $2.1 billion arms deal movie having seen that the amount those already charged to court were charged with is not more than N10 billion and $2.1 billion is over N600 billion.

    “Therefore, Lai Mohammed must either tell Nigerians details of the 15 former governors and 55 people that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion, where the stolen money is kept and bring back the money or apologise to Nigerians for lying.” While describing the persistent claim by the federal government that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) destroyed Nigeria for 16 years as hypocritical, Governor Fayose said Nigerians must begin to ask which party majority of those presently ruling the country under the APC government were between 1999 and 2014.

    • Burbank

      “The governor, who also described as disgraceful, bringing the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh to
      court in handcuff…”

      An ex-Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian was handcuffed from his arrest until his sentencing for corruption.

      Quebec’s lieutenant-governor, Lise Thibault, aged 76 years, was handcuffed during her arrest for corruption.
      Even a common petty thief in Nigeria is handcuffed, what more for an accessory to a $2.1bn theft

    • Paul Graham

      I feel sorry for Fayose whose anti- corruption stance is questionable and who embarks on notice me journey through the media. The amount which Dasuki claimed to have distributed to PDP delegates alone is 10 billion. If people are having problems adding up numbers they should take a refresher course in arithmetic. After all take 10 billion out of Ekiti budget and you have nothing left and that’s if Ekiti yearly budget is more. How then can any sane person say stealing of 10 billion is not worth all the noise?

    • ayo

      Fayose is just digging his grave….Most guys in the UK know who his money man is….It would not take much to locate his houses in the UK and Dubai….That being said be patient and you will get the whole story shortly….His noise making is strategic so that eventually when the long arms of the law catch up with him he will claim he is being hunted for his stance against this govt….Please note that no government official is allowed to own foreign bank accounts…. get your self a good seat and watch the drama as it unfolds….

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, using different monikers cannot hide your foolishness. The same demented story lines

    • Arogbo

      In order climes, if you are in police custody and you are involved in any kind of confrontation with law enforcement officers while in custody, you are considered a violent criminal that ought to be restrained and placed in seclusion for at least thirty days pending the review of your case. Besides, all movements from point A to B would be in handcuffs and leg irons. By destroying his own statement while in EFCC custody, Mr Metuh committed a breach under the law that justify the handcuffs and additional charge, period.

  • MC

    Whatever point scored by the so-called corruption fight which has been very partisan and selective are nullified by the never-seen-before inflation, unemployment, hardship and zero respect for rule of law being experienced under Buhari. Liar Mohamed, please take note that you neither need America to praise your Muhamad Buhari nor embark on ‘nation-wide town hall meetings’ to continue your bouts of lies to Nigerianas. Just tell your boss to do things right. Our people are tired of una lie lie abeg.

    • Burbank

      “Whatever point scored by the so-called corruption fight which has been
      very partisan and selective …”

      Even the USA does not see it your way; otherwise Obama or Kerry would have sanctioned Nigeria the like it did when Jona was president.

      • Suleiman

        Burbank, No sir, President Obama has to cover his shame for imposing an incompetent and sick president of Nigerians. President Obama does not love Nigeria because he feels Nigeria is the only African country that is a threat to his imperialist US control of the continent. Kill Nigeria and Africa is killed. Obama would have been happier had the CIA 2015 prediction come true. Obama himself is the worst and weakest president in America’s recent history, so let no one give him glory that he does not deserve. Under President Obama’s watch ISIS was created; due to his incompetence the world has become more unsafe. Thanks to Obama, the Cold War that was won by President Reagan has now resurfaced with Russia emerging as the winner.

  • Burbank

    That the US supported Buhari’s war against corruption and terrorism is a great achievement for Nigeria.
    From a situation when Nigeria under Jonathan was slapped with harsh sanctions by the US to one where Nigeria is praised for its drive against corruption and terrorism, Nigeria has won acclaimed from its close ally the USA and that will surely increased the stature of Buhari on the world stage and provide more firepower in Nigeria’s drive against corruption and terrorism.

    • Paul Graham

      Burbank. The reason is simple, donor nations, chop the United States inclusive are never happy when funds for developmental and security programs end up in private pockets! Those who think PMB’S anti- corruption stance will be condemned by the international community should wake up from their dreams! Chop and vomit is the new normal.

    • IZON Redeemer

      99.9 percent of the Fulanis ati Yorubas work for the CIA–why did the USA refuse to supply Jonathan with arms-TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM? But lifted the embargo as soon as they imposed Buhari on Nigerians-In spite of the killing of Shiite Muslims–the USA looked the other way———Simply –because he Jonathan refused to sell his conscience cheap to the USA–imagine the way Buhari took loans from the world bank hours after he was imposed on us as president-by the CIA–The Americans even honored Jega 24 hours after he announced the result-of the election that angered Orubebe-Has the boko haram war ended—what type of war is Buhari fighting with the most corrupt ministers on earth—-Hass Buhari bought a single weapon since he assumed the mantle of leadership? ————————-If Jonathan had allowed any of the thieves now with Buhari move close to him——He would have been crucified by the Ibos- Yorubas and Fulanis again–But now that a Fulani is in power the entire country is quiet–none is talking–Instead they are sending Fulani ati Yoruba soldiers to search for Tompolo in the creeks of the Niger delta with their satanic itsekiri guides led by Sagay–animals

      • ayo

        Always off point as usual….

        • Efosa

          He doesn’t even know the tribes in the creeks

  • OMOLOYIN

    The war against corruption has started and nothing can hinder or stop it until Nigeria is swept clean.

    • TrueNja

      Provided, there are no sacred cows

      • Burbank

        None.

    • Burbank

      Gbam

  • TrueNja

    Some of the vultures that destroyed Nigeria are now leaders in APC. It’s true PDP controlled federal in the past 16 years but ACN, ANPP and CPC (now APC) also controlled states in the past 16 years. There are numerous corruption allegations against APC public officers at EFCC with no action from EFCC. This corruption war must not be sectional regardless of party affiliation.

    • Burbank

      “There are numerous corruption allegations against APC public officers at EFCC with no action from EFCC.”

      Saraki?
      Jafaru Isa?

      • TrueNja

        These were PDP members

        • Burbank

          “WERE” PDP and now APC.

          • TrueNja

            My post stated ACN, ANPP and CPC. public officers

          • Paul Young

            yerima?

          • TrueNja

            What about ACN?

          • Paul Young

            its not a competition bro. take it easy. I am sure the probe will get to any culpable former ACN members

        • mumu

          are they not in APC now–mumu

      • Arogbo

        Abeg help me tell them.

  • G1gbolahan

    As a big admirer of Lai Mohammed as APC spokesperson, I am proud he is also doing well as Minister. Keep up the good work Honourable Minister

    • IZON Redeemer

      99.9 percent of the Fulanis ati Yorubas work for the CIA–why did the USA refuse to supply Jonathan with arms-TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM? But lifted the embargo as soon as they imposed Buhari on Nigerians-In spite of the killing of Shiite Muslims–the USA looked the other way———Simply –because he Jonathan refused to sell his conscience cheap to the USA–imagine the way Buhari took loans from the world bank hours after he was imposed on us as president-by the CIA–The Americans even honored Jega 24 hours after he announced the result-of the election that angered Orubebe-Has the boko haram war ended—what type of war is Buhari fighting with the most corrupt ministers on earth—-Hass Buhari bought a single weapon since he assumed the mantle of leadership? ————————-If Jonathan had allowed any of the thieves now with Buhari move close to him——He would have been crucified by the Ibos- Yorubas and Fulanis again–But now that a Fulani is in power the entire country is quiet–none is talking–Instead they are sending Fulani ati Yoruba soldiers to search for Tompolo in the creeks of the Niger delta with their satanic itsekiri guides led by Sagay–animals……..

      • Sunday umah

        Because they knew he will handed the arms to Tompolo and his group in ND, and the USA can not allow there arms to fall into wrong hands.

      • aisha ani

        Why should the USA or any other country supply Jonathan with arms to fight Boko Haram? Every one knew the so called purchase of arms was just a means to embezzle money.

  • same old APC propaganda

    The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria wishes to deny; disassociate itself from and debunk the impression being created that the Honourable Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed met with Online Publishers of Nigeria (OPAN) as widely reported in print and online media outlets in the last few days.

    While we recognize the right of the Ministry of Information and indeed the whole communication structure of the Government to engage with all media practitioners of all genres; we believe that engagements should be with titles and their designated representatives.

    An association of professionals created to ensure standards has the fundamental responsibility to remain fair, objective and balanced both in its conduct and engagements in a manner that ensures its mandate remains that of its industry and members.

    The meeting widely reported is one we believe was held with a group of online practitioners who had sought registration but was asked by the Corporate Affairs Commission to drop the use of its name as it conflicted with OPAN, the pioneers. This group later amended its name, and is still being promoted as a private project by a Special Adviser in the Presidency.

    This propaganda-premised platform is now being represented as the industry. This is not the case and the members of the public are advised to be aware.

    We advise that the generic use of the word “meeting with online publishers in Nigeria” by a government that is yet to recognize the role, place and value of online publishing in our extant laws is dubious at best

    • favourtalk

      Another PDP do barking here and saying all rubbish, do you even read or watch news at all, maybe those would have helped you not to write this rubbish which aren’t through in any way.

  • favourtalk

    To be sincere, we are in the east time and best government who cares about all and is doing the best for the nation. We shall all see the good things embark so far with the progress of the state. We shall get there and alahji Lai is the best minister of information so far. Pmb will win this war, Nigeria will win the war against those canals

    • NinjaK

      Nna abeg when you wake up, bell me!

  • Olamide

    Nigeria is fast becoming a Nation to reckon with.All thanks to the ever competent PMB.

  • Emmanuel Maduagwu

    The recent vitreolic comments on the on-going Nigerian corruption saga by the U,S.A. Secretary of State Mr John Terry is very undiplomatic and lacks vision. I am not at all surprised at its lack of finesse, after all was the Secretary of State not totally outsmarted by Lavrov the Russian Foreign Minister over the Syrian chemical warfare arsenal issue where Kerry naively and unprofessionally goofed tactically thereby allowing the Russian to save Syrian from imminent US bombing. In the current matter Kerry has again goofed by his failure to do good research that would have revealed that Buhari is not afterall infallible and in fact is allegedly part of the suspected looters of the Nigerian treasury, according to the following published text that has not ever been denied by Buhari, publicly:
    As Reported. “Shagari’s regime
    (1979-1983), incurred Buhari’s wrath when it decided to investigate the US$2.8 billion (current value $68billion) that disappeared from the Midland Bank, London account of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC), during
    General Obasanjo’s era as military head of state that preceded Shagari’s. Dr. Olusola Saraki, Turaki of Ilorin, was the majority party leader of the Senate at the time and he headed the Senate Committee set up to trace the stolen money
    after some three years of clamour for such an investigation by members of the civil society, the money was traced to the Midland Bank London branch fixed account of Buhari, Obasanjo’s appointee as military head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company–so how is Buhari’s victory divine—-” Nigerians and Mr. John Kerry please answer me.

  • NinjaK

    Evangelist LIE MOHAMMED…..
    Since when has the US become your “Bible or Koran”, and a mere Foreign Minister (‘s comments) become your unassailable “word of God”?!
    Usual inferiority complex!!!