Allegation of intellectual property theft blights Nigeria’s ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign

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Two days after it was launched amidst nationwide fanfare, an allegation that the ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign of the Buhari administration was a stolen concept has emerged.

Besides its inherent irony, observers said the dispute could also spark a new round of debates about intellectual property rights in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday launched the ‘reorientation’ campaign in Abuja as part of his government’s strategy to make Nigerians eschew their “dishonesty, indolence, unbridled corruption and widespread impunity” and embrace daily introspection over their “immoral” conducts.

Specifically, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, is facing an allegation that he adapted the ‘Change Begins with Me’ from another public service campaign after its creators pitched the idea to him late last year and he declined interest.

Associates said Akin Fadeyi, a creative artist and former head of communications at Airtel Nigeria, met with Mr. Mohammed in December 2015 to intimate him about ‘Not In My Country,’ an episodic narrative that deploys humour to underscore societal ills and appeal to Nigerians to shun sharp practices.

This newspaper further learnt that Mr. Fadeyi met with Mr. Mohammed at his Isaac John Street, Ikeja, Lagos, home to demonstrate the role his project could play in advancing the Buhari administration’s change mantra.

“The idea was to appeal to the minister to get NTA and Radio Nigeria to play ‘Not In My Country’ as part of their administration’s campaign against corruption,” one of Mr. Fadeyi’s associates said.

At the time, Mr. Mohammed was the supervising minister overseeing all government-run media outlets until directors-general were appointed in May 2016.

Mr. Fadeyi declined repeated requests for comment for this report, but the associate, who said he’d been friends with Mr. Fadeyi for many years, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Mohammed rejected the proposal from his friend and his partners after holding meetings with them and getting them to effect some changes in areas where he deemed imperfect.

“They submitted the final version of their proposal to him after ending each episode with ‘Change Begins with Me’ as he directed,” the associate said. “He immediately said it was a brilliant idea because it achieved ‘the power of one minute.’”

In total, three episodes were produced by Mr. Fadeyi and submitted to Mr. Mohammed in January 2016.

“He just suddenly disappeared since then and made it very difficult for Mr. Fadeyi to reach him for updates about the proposal,” the associate said. “Months later, he started publicity about ‘Change Begins with Me’ launch without signing any contract with owners.”

The associate said the video skits that were played at the launch of ‘Change Begins with Me’ bore similarities with Mr. Fadeyi’s ‘Not In My Country’ project.

“The minister just sort of made a little change here, a little change there, and ran to town with the concept.”

But Mr. Mohammed denied the allegations, saying he had started ‘Change Begins with Me’ before he was nominated by Mr. Buhari in October 2015.

“We started working on ‘Change Begins with Me’ before the honourable minister was nominated and we’ve been working with the agency that produced the campaign.” Williams Adeleye, Mr. Mohammed’s spokesman, told PREMIUM TIMES Friday.

“So let him go to wherever he likes then we’ll meet and go and sort it out there,” he added.

But Mr. Fadeyi’s associate said it was curious that Mr. Mohammed showed interest in adapting ‘Not In My Country’ when he already had his own plans in place.

“Why was he reviewing the proposal and even asking that changes be made to ‘Not In My Country’ to make it more acceptable to him if he already had his own project?”

Mr. Mohammed later called to explain that he received proposals from about 20 different individuals and firms interested in designing the ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign.

“Akin Fadeyi just happened to be one of them,” Mr. Mohammed told PREMIUM TIMES.

Kolawole Ayanwale, founder and CEO of Centrespread, the advertising firm contracted by Mr. Mohammed for the campaign, said the allegations were unfounded.

Mr. Ayanwale told PREMIUM TIMES that he never heard of Mr. Fadeyi and his ‘Not In My Country’ project before the controversy this week.

“I heard his campaign was on the Internet and TV but I didn’t see anything neither did I even know the young man before now and that is the whole truth.”

Mr. Ayanwale said he won’t take actions that could erode the reputation his firm had established in the advertising industry for decades.

“Centerspread is over 34 years old and I have been in charge since it was established,” Mr. Ayanwale said. “Go and do your independent analysis of our works and you can never find any instance of intellectual property theft. We don’t copy other people’s work here.”

Mr. Ayanwale said his firm was contracted by the All Progressives Congress during the 2015 elections and worked closely with Mr. Mohammed to design campaign materials for the party.

Similarly, Brian Ebden, an advertising consultant who worked with Mr. Ayanwale on the project, said ‘Change Begins with Me’ had been in the works before Mr. Mohammed became a minister. He said Mr. Fadeyi’s associates were only out for mischief.

“This is nothing but sheer lies and blackmail,” Mr. Ebden said in a statement Saturday.

PREMIUM TIMES sighted email conversations between Mr. Ebden and Mr. Mohammed and other staff of the Ministry of Information that showed that the ‘Change Begins with Me’ was deliberated upon before Mr. Mohammed became a minister.

In one of the emails, dated October 31, 2015, Mr. Ebden sent Mr. Mohammed samples of the jingles produced for ‘Change Begins with Me’ as well as the logo.

“Further to our meeting yesterday and as promised, please see attached hereto, the document for your perusal and consideration. I have also attached the TVC pilots as well as the Radio Ads and Jingle options separately,” Mr. Ebden said. “If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience.”

But Mr. Fadeyi’s associates said Mr. Mohammed would need to do more if he must absolve himself from the charges.

“That he started the project months before he met Mr. Fadeyi in December 2015 is not enough,” an associate said. “‘Not In My Country’ has been in public domain since 2007.”

The associate said Mr. Fadeyi conceived ‘Not In My Country’ in 2006 and shot the first episode at the University of Lagos Main Campus in Akoka the following year.

“He was driven by the zeal to force corruption out of Nigerians’ consciousness,” the associate said.

“Nigerians commit injurious acts of corruption too often and too often they point accusing fingers at equally corrupt leaders.

“But Mr. Fadeyi said he would use his project to end this and contribute to nation building.

“He’s using the project to tell Nigerians that only decent conducts could engender a good value system that would, in turn, give the citizens better leadership,” the associate said.

The associate said Mr. Fadeyi had attempted to pitch the idea to President Goodluck Jonathan but for the death of his political associate.

“Oronto Douglas was the middleman between Mr. Fadeyi and the president at the time, but his cancer and subsequent death disrupted the plan,” the associate said. “So when this government came to power on the wave of change, we thought the time had come.”

The associate said Mr. Mohammed should have simply partnered with Mr. Fadeyi on his existing project rather than launching an all-new campaign that would end up being an adaptation of the original.

“If you look at their video, they warned people against vices such as vandalisation of pipelines and others which were the same as what Mr. Fadeyi presented to the minister,” the associate said. “That’s our major problem with him.

PREMIUM TIMES’ efforts to obtain copies of the ‘Change Begins with Me’ videos from Mr. Mohammed — to examine possible copyright infractions —  were unsuccessful.

“We won’t oblige anybody the video,” Mr. Adeleye said.

While the controversy continued to stir debates about intellectual property theft on social media, PREMIUM TIMES’ checks revealed that both ‘Change Begins with Me’ and ‘Not In My Country’ have been deployed in other countries to speak against social epidemics.

While ‘Change Begins with Me’ has been running in India; ‘Not In My Country’ has been played across university campuses in Uganda for many years.

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  • Concerned Nigerian

    DEAR SIR,

    The problem with APC party is intellectual emptiness. The members have no proven ability to think.
    The APC party members are visceral thieves; not just of the treasury, but of other people’s ideas.
    President Buhari hoisted TSA until he was exposed as stealing ex-President Jonathan’s own idea.
    Ditto, the BRT concept was conceived by a non-party resident in Lagos but stolen by Bola Tinubu.

    There’s nothing to either the Action Congress as ACN or as APC which emanated originally within.
    APC is a coalition of illiterates with no independent thought-process, concept or ideas of theirs.
    They go about poaching other people’s thought-out concepts only to make a mess of it, like BRT.
    Businessmen and journalists are warned not to discuss ideas in details before APC party thieves.
    APC is a coalition of illiterate Muslims living by plundering the thinking of intellectual superiors.

    • front man

      Rubbish, trash, bull shit

    • abodes_124

      I expect the ACN to have a few bright sparks. it is a pity they are not letting it come through under this their coalition. I know the VP managed to wangle the floating of the NAIRA while GMB was distracted by his ear problem but that is about all. Kachiukwwu managed the fuel subsidy removal but publicly, going by Tinibu’s shouting the ACN was against it.

    • veritas

      well said. But i also would add the PDP. it doesnt matter which party, they are all old iliterate tribal men from 1960 in the corridors of power today. Dinosaurs, old men with Brains and mental capacity the size of a peanut and as thick as bowling ball. I am a victim of what happened above. it is very annoying. we dont have the money to build the huge plants, Banks wont fund our plants, all we have is government to turn to in hopes that because of the jobs we would create, tax we would pay and the + to the economy they would assist. But then they stab you in the back, take your concept and prototype to another country and have it built, renamed and brought back and implemented with govt money at an inflated price, worst of all, they implement it wrongly and then its impact isn’t felt leading to project being scrapped. Bye bye years of work. Then whites copy and make it better and turn it into a multi-Billion dollar global product.

      we inventor just needed a little bit of cash to use in purchasing of more items for another economic boosting invention. All these guys here have never created/invented anything. so i dont expect them to understand what happened above. Thats why they are all making this comments

  • ‘akindees’

    President Muhamadu Buhari is the least literate and least educated president Nigeria’s ever had.

    Anyone now expecting anything less than economic destruction of Nigeria is sleeping or dreaming.

    • Apostel

      hahahahahaha, am shure you have smoked mariuhana as you wrote this bullshit. What’s about drunkard Jonathan and his wife, mama piss, the role models in looting and crimes; both have forged PhD’s.
      If you need nigerian PhD, just tell me, I issue any PhD in kg.

      • front man

        Correct the guy is sick

    • front man

      You are fantastically wrong

    • woman leader1

      Trash

  • Darlington

    Lair Mohammed should resign immediately for rubbishing what remains of this government’s reputation. How can a government that steals other peoples ideas and concepts fight corruption? It is a pity that “Change Begins With Me” concept is a fraud from the onset. Intellectual property theft is the worst form of corruption. In less than two years, APC has made Nigerians to start yeaning for the return of “corrupt” PDP. The real change should start with Buhari by firing his Chief Propagandist, Lair Mohammed.

    • Okisiko Abiba

      @disqus_Ogpo3s4qzW:disqus

      CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME campaign is dead on arrival

      This nonsense CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME campaign is dead on arrival.
      It makes no sense and does not sound right in the mouth of fugitives in APC.
      Not a few notorious criminals are in President Buhari’s cabinet and none of
      them ever echoes the slogan of anti-corruption for CHANGE to begin with them.

      The people of Nigeria reject this campaign as fraud and vow not to partake in it.
      President Buhari has no clue to the economic recession he caused with his
      wholly ignorant hike policies and merely seeks to pass the buck and change the
      topic.

      Thieves stinking of loot
      inside Buhari’s government cannot credibly tell the public
      that it is the ordinary people holding their hands to their noses against the
      stench of Buhari’s stealing Ministers who are the ones to CHANGE, despite not
      having access to the treasury, unlike Buhari’s rogue Ministers that perpetrate
      financial crimes. No one has ever heard Rotimi Amaechi say he’s opposed to
      corruption having early on vowed to continue stealing until he’s stoned by the
      ordinary people.

      Or has Raji Fashola
      been denied Buhari’s administrative protective cover from trial for the
      800 billion Naira missing in Lagos state and detected from Raji Fashola’s
      intentional false accounting whereby he stated he received a total of
      ₦2.234 TRILLION in eight years revenue whereas the actual receipt
      with the Lagos state Planning Commissioner shows 3.2 TRILLION Naira,
      tantamount to a shortfall of 800 billion Naira un-accounted for till now,
      and, presumed stolen.

      • front man

        It will never sound any sense to you because your paid master has bought your conscience to criticize everything about this present administration

      • NaijaMindOfChange

        Enemy of progress…nigeria must be great again…u can’t stop it n d rest of u

      • TRUTH MASTER

        If wishes are horses, beggars will ride!

      • henry

        Enemy of progress if you don’t change you go to jail period.

      • henry

        Enemy of progress if you don’t change you go to jail period

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U just have to change…aren’t u aware dat pple re out there to rubbish dis great government….dis is part of d reason dat u need to change from believing those dat write against d achievement of buhari’s administration

      • front man

        Correct

      • woman leader1

        Well said

    • front man

      I don’t blame you, I blamed those bastard you sold your conscience to just because of little money, everything is resign

    • woman leader1

      Hatred your problem

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Only the unGodly will condemn a man on the basis of a mere accusation. No evidence, no trial. Anyone we suspect of any wrongdoing is automatically condemned! May God have mercy on you!

    • henry

      Go to court, ignorance is your problem how can you lay claim to change begin with me slogan when the party that brought the change slogan decide to add value to their change mantras. Sue them in Indian, Sue them in Uganda and produce your copy right certificate. …nonsense

    • abodes_124

      #BBOC – #Bring Back Our Corruption

  • LadyRosely

    Change you can Xerox. Change begins with me, xeroxing the ideas of others

    • Xteee2016

      @ladyrosely:disqus

      It is really a tad illogical and irresponsible of President Buhari to approve
      slush funds for this downright silly campaign. President Buhari said at outset
      that corruption is the number one problem. It follows that CHANGE must start
      with those with access to the treasury, not with the victims of thefts. This sly
      campaign is APC’s way to steal cash, through a campaign that can’t have any
      impact whatever on the problem of treasury theft that President Buhari flagged.

      • NaijaMindOfChange

        U don’t have culture wre u came from…u have to change ur way…let change manifest in u bin sunday

        • woman leader1

          Correct

      • front man

        My guy you better your ways now, don’t attach sentiment with your contributions, the change reorientation is the way to campaign change agenda
        Nigerians need to stop unnecessary spending

      • woman leader1

        I will never agree with you because you argue your on point on sentiment
        Change must begin with everyone

        • abodes_124

          Starting with our ‘leaders’

          • woman leader1

            Yes, change is here for good..

      • abodes_124

        Change will begin with levelling and telling us how much this campain is costing the nation.

  • Wale

    There is nothing original about the proposal it is just an adaptation of what is being done elsewhere it is like saying bigbrother Africa belongs to multichoice when it is actually an adaptation. If we have an innovation or invention let us register copyright we can sue if there is infringement

    • SpeakOut

      What’s your point?

  • SpeakOut

    Change begins with me, it’s a slogan for everyone of us to adapt into, charity begins at home so they say, we should deploy this into grassroots.

    • woman leader1

      Yes ooo change begin with me

      • Okisiko Abiba

        @disqus_09TsHqCTsq:disqus & @woman_leader:disqus

        If only Nigerians were enlightened citizens they’d storm the streets to stop BUHARI from
        opening the door for thefts through this meaningless campaign that’s made audit-proof.
        Just imagine those who want you and i to chane – perhaps for the worse, but surely not
        for the better. President Buhari carries a whiff of perjury around him and can’t tender
        clear and convincing evidence or certificate to show he sat for school cert exam in 1961
        or at any time before or after. He is the one demanding that honest Nigerians change?

        Then, there’s Rotimi Amaechi – a self confessed crook whom no one has ever heard say
        he’s opposed to corruption; having early on vowed to continue stealing until he’s stoned
        by the ordinary people. Then, there’s the other notorious accused criminal: RAJI FASHOLA.

        It is seen that Raji Fashola is not denied Buhari’s administrative protective cover from trial
        for the 800 billion Naira missing in Lagos state and detected from Raji Fashola’s brazenly
        false accounting whereby he stated he received a total of ₦2.234 TRILLION in eight years
        revenue, whereas, the actual receipt with the Lagos state Planning Commissioner shows
        3.2 TRILLION Naira, implying a shortfall of 800 billion Naira un-accounted for till today,
        and presumed stolen. It is that same Raji Fashola who wants you to CHANGE? My God!

        • Borode Olukayode

          Hahahahahaha!
          I suppose the morally filthy born-to-steal BUKOLA SARAKI will also be on the
          podium waving a broom to ask me to change and be like him, since he’s the
          number three man in this uselessly corrupt APC government of Alhaji Buhari.
          If I were to accept that hectoring nonsense from the criminal-minded Bukola
          Saraki, I will learn the art of looting the Kwara state treasury 50 times a day,
          and learn how to deposit the proceeds of crime 50 times a day into my GTB
          bank account in Ilorin, after stashing away another 60 million dollars in secret
          accounts overseas in Panama.

        • henry

          Stop your trash and change. Remove the bim in your eyes.Nigerian are ready and people like you will be left behind in your blame and accusations game.

          • Straight & Simple

            @disqus_4WrsxhwRz9:disqus: OLD BOY, DON’T BLAME THE MESSENGER, JUST GET THE MESSAGE.
            THIEVES CAN’T PREACH CHANGE TO HONEST CITIZENS – VERY SIMPLE TRUTH.

          • abodes_124

            It called do as i say not as I do. Standard fare for fake preachers..

        • woman leader1

          Change begins with me and you..

    • sab

      So it is now a virtue to promise much and reneged? Instead of leading the way in the promises one made earlier, it has become a norm for the citizens to lead the way to promise while he who made promise dances around? What a society, what a nation, what a people. Gullibility in high places!

      • Henry_Itopa

        “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” – JFK

        • Political ninja

          Really? zombies with “anywhere belle face mentality”

    • abodes_124

      Home in this case is the leadership. Stop telling us lies in the first instance as an example.

  • Curious K

    Change cannot begin with me, change must begin with “the one” who promised it and we will then key in. As the legendary Zik of Africa used to say, show the light and people will follow.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ Obviously you have never heard that saying that has been attributed to Mahatma Ghandi.

      • Curious K

        And you completely ignored Zik’s admonition for leaders to show the light for their followers.

    • Henry_Itopa

      “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”

      • Curious K

        You only ask for what you can do for your (a) country that has given you security of lives and property, good roads, affordable accommodation and a general good standard of living. Not a country that doesn’t care a hoot about its citizens

    • abodes_124

      You do not get it. First of all it was Jonathans fault that the promised change was not happening [ cleaning Augean stable etc] Now that is wearing thin so now on to phase 2 and it is you and I that have to change . So if the promised change does not happen it will be our fault and off to the EFCC/DSS Gulag for us all. [ less the anointed saints who can do no wrong] As they indicate these plans have been in place long before they came in to power.

      • Curious K

        It is very unfortunate that we have come to this sorry pass. The change mantra is officially over, they have turned the tables to place the burden on us. The #Change begins with me campaign is an official denial. I just pray that the Nigerian ship will land safely on this auto pilot.

  • Du Covenant

    Why are we never tired of controversies even where none exists?. In my opinion, the fact that Premium Times even carried this news item shows how journalism has degenerated in our country. This is why such a campaign is absolutely necessary in Nigeria, the change must start with each and everyone of us. While IP rights are protected by law, ideas alone without patent done enjoy the same rights, it is only when you apply for a patent and it is approved that you can enjoy such rights. We are so greedy and gullible that all this nonsensical accusations are just about the access to taxpayers that this guy has lost if it is true he muted the idea first. I have never met this person but I have always known and written on this forum many times that, Nigerians must change their attitude if things are to change for good. Nigerians are known for bad behaviour everywhere around the globe, we are too chaotic as a people, the 200 Naira, measure of salt or T-shirts you receive from politicians to vote for them is corruption this is why we keep getting the wrong people in elected positions and we wonder why are in this mess. It is not rocket science to claim IP rights on the truth!.

  • serubawon70

    3 questions: What is the name of Mr Fadeyi’s associate? Where is Mr Fadeyi himself? Is he in support of this weighty allegations?

    • veritas

      He is scared because he is powerless compared to the person he is accusing of infringement. I have also been a victim and witnessed such many times.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        He doesn’t need to be scared. If he is sure of himself, let him sue the Minister to court!

        • veritas

          I would like to ask. Have you invented before? You cant Patent or copyright an idea when it hasn’t been produced, tested and legally stamped. right?. From what i read the guy Researched and came up with a concept and approached someone in powerful govt position to make it a reality, the man took interest and applauded their work, asked them to write more, made changes (note that through out such period of back and forth changing of documentation constant communication would be established). Then after final documentation was accepted and submitted, nothing was heard again, they tried to contact the powerful govt man, no success and calls never answered anymore (not as if the other guy died. he’s always in the news). Then one day they see the research concept and bits of their initial video clippings as part of the “CHANGE BEGINS …….” launch media screening. now the guy claims he had been working on his previously before the young men were. The young men asked i simple question. why did he not mention this when they 1st approached him? Haba guys. Put aside your political party affiliations, Tribal and religious hate, Bigotry and think about what happened in that report above.

          in the UK where we have i will use as an example and i have joined in inventing things. inventors have their proof of concept on paper. They approach the business community with the papers, they get funds quickly once investors see your concept is applicable. sometimes you approach Government, who after scrutiny of the idea on paper partner the inventor by funding the research and turning pen and pencil scribbles on paper into reality or product. Then you can patent invention. You cant patent an idea. your turn idea into product and then you trademark/patent.

          In Nigeria this is what we go through. We have proof of concept on paper, a) You approach people, the say good idea but none will assist in funding, b) you approach banks, they say nice business idea that will make money, but they ask for collateral you a young Nigerian dont have, you approach government for partnership to turn your proof of concept into a product to better Nigeria and you just make some cash so you can pay your team and embark on another socio-economic project, they say good idea, praise you, ask for proposal, take your call a few times till one day. All you hear is crickets sounds, you call them but your calls are never answered again. then one day you see on the news, news paper, blogs etc that the government are implementing your idea in partnership with a foreign firm (they took your concept and scribbles to and reverse engineered);

          So before you tell us to sue people we shared our ideas with hoping to gain their support/partnership to get to the stage where your idea becomes Patented and copyrighted but instead they went ahead to plagiarize and renamed your invention and launched it 1st? there’s no patent to ideas right. how can you sue them in courts they control and is also as corrupt as they are? think of your nationality and where you live 1st. This is happening in Nigeria. its the new corruption. using the brains of the smart ones to allocate budgets for projects they would execute with their shell companies. The main Guy is probably fighting his friend for starting this… he’s got a stiff upper lip as we speak.

          • progressive

            My friend if this fadeyi of a guy has any evidence against the HMIC let him come out and prove himself he should not be going to the media and be lying against HMIC.

          • TRUTH MASTER

            Again, anyone who feels he has been cheated of his ideas should approach the courts. I don’t waste my energy on rumours.

          • veritas

            In the Us, Europe or a well structured country. I dont know you but i would tell you that if you have no powerful Godfather in Nigeria you wont win Copyright cases in over 98% of our courts. you might get lucky thats if your case landed on the table of a non corrupt judge.

          • TRUTH MASTER

            I am not as cynical as you are, sir!

          • veritas

            cynical. Lol. i am worse than that. Destroyer of world i prefer be called. cynicism is the action of lesser and smaller thinkers. I think “BIG”

        • progressive

          Abi oo you are right.

    • progressive

      They are all thieves theyvare just looking for a way to rubbished the good work the HMIC is doing

  • Rommel

    Why do Nigerians dress like this? do people feel comfortable in these canopies?

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Why do Scottish men wear skirt? Do you have a national dress? How do you feel if someone describes your national dress as ”canopies?”

      • Rommel

        I am sure you know about Scottish identity crisis,that is why they wear them,they however do not wear skirts to offices and public functions except those that have cultural connotations

        • TRUTH MASTER

          I have just returned from an international conference in Edinburgh and I saw attendees (men) in skirt. That. my friend, was a public function. Our men look are always resplendent in our traditional wears, including what you have labelled as ”canopies”, whether at public or private functions

          • progressive

            Thank you for enlightening him they think they can brainwashed people like we on here

          • Rommel

            Stop deceiving yourself,that dressing has only one purpose and that is to keep the scottish identity distinct from English ones,such conferences serves such purpose and apart from that,the skirt cannot be worn by any sane person unless maybe Nigerians who are already among the most absurd human beings on earth.

          • TRUTH MASTER

            Absurdity has indeed lost its meaning when a people can be described with that word for showcasing their cultural identity.

        • progressive

          Is that what we are talking about , instead of you to be proud of your country with the change mantra e are experiencing right now

      • progressive

        Don’t mind him he is a shameless human being they think they can continue with their propaganda media.

    • Eluba Inas

      Be proud of your culture, stop rubbishing it for the sake of throwing a laugh.

      • progressive

        HMIC launched a good program you idiotic pdp e rats turned it to propaganda it shows that you people still want to continue with your stealing

        • Eluba Inas

          First of all READ and understand the discuss before opening your gutter mouth. Second I am not a member of any party. I only want what is good for the country.

      • Rommel

        And is dressing like a human being western culture? does seem to me that Asians know what seems right but Africans don’t

    • progressive

      The era of buhari is to flush people like your pdp e rats who are jobless who thinks they can still continue their wicked propaganda they have forgotten that they are no more in power again

  • Rommel

    What type of nonsense is this “If you look at their video, they warned people against vices such as vandalisation of pipelines and others which were the same as what Mr. Fadeyi presented to the minister,” is there any public enlightenment campaign to Nigerians today that would not include this same issue that OBJ faced towards the tail end of his administration? president Jonathan on the other hand approved corruption as privilege of politically exposed persons and he did not suffer from pipeline vandalisms so could not approve such campaign. They should seek clarification before jumping into public spaces because of social media.

    • progressive

      Mr fadeyi is just been sent out there to just be famous for a whole all his allegation are baseless they are still all birds of the same feather of pdp I hope he has a good adviser because he won’t succeed with all his propaganda

  • Haba mallam

    Wallahi premium times is full of shit. Of all the events bothering this our great country you find this piece of garbage and give it a front coverage and sabotage the government effort of fixing our problems. Are you part of the solution or part of the problem?

    • sho

      MUHAMADU BUHARI IS THE REAL PUBLISHER OF THE PREMIUM TIMES;

      ONCE THE HIJAB IS COMPULSORY WEAR FOR ALL JOURNALISTS THERE.

      • progressive

        Lunatic all birds of the same feather

    • Anthony

      PT is one of the of Nigeria progress, it always report negative things about govt. This is a case of thief calling another person thief. The ideaclaimed by mr. Fadeyi is being copied from Uganda.

      • progressive

        You are all nusiance you pdp e rats should think twice before making unecessary allegation against the HMIC

        • Wetin Naija

          @disqus_CxHBZvMCvs:disqus you are more than e-rat based on your defensive mechanism

    • progressive

      I know that you are jobless you all going to fail with your evil plots against this government we all know how pdp have been throwing money around during last year by bribing the media

  • Wetin Naija

    Stealing of ideas is a common norm in Nigeria. There is no doubt that the idea must have been stolen from someone. In America, the originator of the idea will be smiling to bank now. Nigerians can lie and are fast at denying things. Stealing of intellectual property is a big crime in the western countries because it kills innovation and growth.

    • progressive

      Those who are flying kite that said that change begins with me was stolen they must be sick, lai Mohammed will never do such things he is a man who is so intelligent who also has ideas .

      • veritas

        LOL….

      • Wetin Naija

        As if you don’t live in Nigeria

  • John Smith

    People are suffering and dying and this Aboki president is preaching the koran/bible. Did Nigerians voted for imam or pastor? No I don’t think so, they voted for an intelligent leader who can run a country. Moreover, you talking about change and yet you came here to the UK for treatment. Why didn’t you treat yourself in a Nigeria hospital? You talking about change yet your kids are abroad studying. Why can’t you let them study in Nigeria? This man is suffering from an old age syndrome and I think he needs to retire and enjoy his pension rather than trying to rule a country.

    • progressive

      You can say whatever you like this change begins with me is been initiate by our amiable minister of information who is more intelligent.

      • veritas

        LOLLLLLL….

  • abodes_124

    If the Minister for information can start by doing his best to tell us the truth some of the time . We will know that the change has started in him and we will follow suit in being honest and the rest will follow.. Otherwise people will always start laughing before he opens his mouth.

    • progressive

      At least you can read what his spokeperson said why is it that son idiotic are just out there to waste money against some propaganda that is not correct

      • stackCrawler

        Abi ooo

  • vagabonds in power

    Yesterday it was Amaechi who lied to us that the Abuja Kaduna rail services was launched and commissioned by Buhari–after spending billions that had already been spent by Jonathan—As if that was not enough–Amaechi again intends to award contract for the operation of the Lagos Ibadan rail services again———————Buhari told the Nation that Jonathan bought fake weapons for our soldiers————-well it turned out that it was a lie———————Buhari padded the budget—–increased money for the aso rock clinic————–and went on to steal the budget—from the Senate—after claiming that he is paying rent on aso rock———————Is that the type of government any sane Nigeria will ever dare put his or her hopes on—?—-Liar Mohamed is a first class liar—–Every Nigerian knows him for that—All he did was to get some few friends together–collected millions from the Ministry of information for an idea that somebody else initiated———————Whether the concept is running in Mali or Siberia is not the Issue–somebody sold the idea to us—Sadly anything Buhari touches dies a natural death–separation is the answer

    • progressive

      You pdp are all doomed you don’t have anything to offer all what you are after is hate speeches against this present administration you people have forgotten how you mis rule those country

      • stackCrawler

        Sure thing

  • JasV

    OMG!!! Even the campaign for sanitation of the society is in itself corrupt ridden. This is the second time you are causing a major embarrassment to the government in that ministry.

    • Otile

      JasV,
      Pray with me that Allahu will provide the Northern people with harsher and longer recession. Utangirma Allah.

  • Rick Eson

    Any one in his right mind should know we Nigerian need positive change in us to complement with FG change agenda.
    Yes the original source not FG, but does it really matter. What matter at the stage in our society is ” what you can do for your country and not what your country can do for you. We expect the FG to do everything for the society, that thinking we not help our Nation and citizen to progress. As a citizen of our Nation, we must grab the bull by the horn and contribute our quota to complement the effort of the FG. It is easy to criticise unconstructively, constructive criticism is what we need. Together we are strong. God bless Nigeria.

    • progressive

      I don’t know why some few elements are just flying kite around we are all in the same country we should all embrace good policy that this government is doing

      • stackCrawler

        Well said

      • OMOLOYIN

        You have spoken well.

    • michael

      Do you know what intellectual property is? Do you know how much is being earmarked and assessed by the crooked minister for this campaign. It hurts when you see people come here to expose their ignorance as a way of doing something for your country!

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  • Otile

    O Beelzebub, bless thy son Mohamed Buhari with more hardship so that he can purge Nigeria well. Recession is part of the change your son Mohamed has to bring Nigeria. May the recession be harsher and longer for the Northern Muslim people. All say Amin.

    • umar ardo

      Hate the north; hate the muslims as much as u possibly can – we de kampe!

  • John Smith

    So how does this changebeginswithme concerns an ordinary law abiding citizen who does not steal, commit fraud, embezzle public funds or vandalizing pipeline? Does this Buhari thinks everyone are corrupt including innocent children who can’t find food to eat. People are committing suicide and this buhari is sitting there preaching jaggons. May the blood of the innocents cry over you and your children.

  • kayode Olufade

    As long as the gentleman has is idea registered with the copyright’s commission he should sue the minister for compensation

  • Aguaje Ade

    Intellectual property theft is a serious issue and we will just keep going round in circles if the argument is thrown for public scrutiny. I will implore Mr. Fadeyi and associates to press charges on the matter if they have convincing evidence to win a legal battle.

    • Okisiko Abiba

      @aguajeade:disqus

      If only Nigerians were enlightened citizens they’d storm the streets to stop BUHARI from
      opening the door for thefts through this meaningless campaign that’s made audit-proof.
      Just imagine those who want you and i to chane – perhaps for the worse, but surely not
      for the better. President Buhari carries a whiff of perjury around him and can’t tender
      clear and convincing evidence or certificate to show he sat for school cert exam in 1961
      or at any time before or after. He is the one demanding that honest Nigerians change?

      Then, there’s Rotimi Amaechi – a self confessed crook whom no one has ever heard say
      he’s opposed to corruption; having early on vowed to continue stealing until he’s stoned
      by the ordinary people. Then, there’s the other notorious accused criminal: RAJI FASHOLA.

      It is seen that Raji Fashola is not denied Buhari’s administrative protective cover from trial
      for the 800 billion Naira missing in Lagos state and detected from Raji Fashola’s brazenly
      false accounting whereby he stated he received a total of ₦2.234 TRILLION in eight years
      revenue, whereas, the actual receipt with the Lagos state Planning Commissioner shows
      3.2 TRILLION Naira, implying a shortfall of 800 billion Naira un-accounted for till today,
      and presumed stolen. It is that same Raji Fashola who wants you to CHANGE? My God!

  • Jay

    Balanced report. Kudos to the writer for doing his own investigation. The two concepts were stolen from other countries. Lobatan!

  • vagabonds in power

    Yesterday it was Amaechi who lied to us that the Abuja Kaduna rail services was launched and commissioned by Buhari–after spending billions that had already been spent by Jonathan—As if that was not enough–Amaechi again intends to award contract for the operation of the Lagos Ibadan rail services again———————Buhari told the Nation that Jonathan bought fake weapons for our soldiers————-well it turned out that it was a lie———————Buhari padded the budget—–increased money for the aso rock clinic————–and went on to steal the budget—from the Senate—after claiming that he is paying rent on aso rock———————Is that the type of government any sane Nigeria will ever dare put his or her hopes on—?—-Liar Mohamed is a first class liar—–Every Nigerian knows him for that—All he did was to get some few friends together–collected millions from the Ministry of information for an idea that somebody else initiated———————Whether the concept is running in Mali or Siberia is not the Issue–somebody sold the idea to us—Sadly anything Buhari touches dies a natural death–separation is the answer

    • stackCrawler

      WE steady rep for Apc. All the way

  • KBE

    What else do you expect from a lazy, incompetent, clueless, dry and useless government?

    • stackCrawler

      Shut up. What do you know

      • Olatubosun

        He knows nothing

  • stackCrawler

    We support the Apc government. We support president muhammadu Buhari. and our honourable minister Alh. LAI MOHAMMED. All the way

  • SamPsalm

    My great-grandfather was the first African to pronounce the word “change”. Three years after that, he made the unprecedented feat of being the very first to say: “Change the Change”. That was after my great grand aunt beat him to pronouncing “Power to the People”. So, Wednesday after Sallah holiday, APC and PDP – past and present governments had better watch out for my suit for intellectual property theft.

  • vagabonds in power

    Yesterday it was Amaechi who lied to us that the Abuja Kaduna rail services was launched and commissioned by Buhari–after spending billions that had already been spent by Jonathan—As if that was not enough–Amaechi again intends to award contract for the operation of the Lagos Ibadan rail services again———————Buhari told the Nation that Jonathan bought fake weapons for our soldiers————-well it turned out that it was a lie———————Buhari padded the budget—–increased money for the aso rock clinic————–and went on to steal the budget—from the Senate—after claiming that he is paying rent on aso rock———————Is that the type of government any sane Nigeria will ever dare put his or her hopes on—?—-Liar Mohamed is a first class liar—–Every Nigerian knows him for that—All he did was to get some few friends together–collected millions from the Ministry of information for an idea that somebody else initiated———————Whether the concept is running in Mali or Siberia is not the Issue–somebody sold the idea to us—Sadly anything Buhari touches dies a natural death–separation is the answer

    • …apart from writing fiction,u claimed to have been affected by Buhari…so how come u are still alive?…your being alive disproves your own statement…abi not so?…

  • GOLDENRULE

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    • Eluba Inas

      What a wasted intellect. Imagine if you have spent time proposing away forward instead of this nonsense.

  • Ali A-ly

    intellectual theft by the Nigerian Government is a thing that has been going on for decades…to the extent when ever contractors are coming to drop proposals in our office, I warn them to be careful not to spill everything to the Management or else they will collect it and never hear from then again…its high time we have a law criminalizing intellectual theft in this country

  • OMOLOYIN

    If he is sure of himself he should sue the minister and we will all meet in court.

    • Olatubosun

      Abi now

    • Wetin Naija

      Ordinary Nigerian suing a Minister in Nigeria? You live in a fantasy world.

  • SALIHU BAKO

    And so fucking what ??? The “NIKE” company cannot sue made in Aba sports wear carrying “MIKE”. They re two different things entirely ! We just good at wasting fucking time on fucking FRIVOLITIES.

    • Guest

      Grow up! must you use profanity to express yourself?

      • SALIHU BAKO

        Noted ! But people should stop publishing fucking things.

  • Olatubosun

    Buhari is working towards a great economy
    I support…….. Change begins with me

  • Olatubosun

    Lai Mohammed you are too much sir
    God bless you sir

  • Ebidou Ebi

    “Mr. Ayanwale said his firm (Centrespread) was contracted by the All Progressives Congress during the 2015 elections and worked closely with Mr. Mohammed to design campaign materials for the party.” So in other words, the huge contract to run this campaign all over the country was awarded without any competitive bidding? How does that work with the procurement law in Nigeria? Is this selective award not one of the acts of corruption APC accused the PDP of? I have this funny feeling that the more things ‘Change’ in this country the more they remain the same. Can someone educate me please?

  • Ebidou Ebi

    “Mr. Ayanwale said his firm (Centrespread) was contracted by the All Progressives Congress during the 2015 elections and worked closely with Mr. Mohammed to design campaign materials for the party.” Now that political campaigns are over and this is a national issue, I find it difficult to digest that a company that worked for the APC is working for the federal government in a manner that is not transparent. So in other words, the huge contract to run this campaign all over the country was awarded without any competitive bidding? How does this work with the procurement laws in Nigeria? Is this selective award not one of the acts of corruption the APC accused the PDP of? I have this funny feeling that the more things ‘Change’ in this country the more they remain the same. Can someone educate me please?