Nigerian government responds to critics of “Change begins with me” campaign

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

The Federal Government says the implementation of the national reorientation campaign “Change Begins with Me’’ started from the leadership, contrary to the position of some critics.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja when he received a delegation of National Council of Women’s Societies, NCWS.

He said “people have criticised the campaign. Some have said that the campaign ought to start from the top.

“We completely agree with them, but their criticism is because they did not understood the campaign.

“The campaign actually started from the top, because we are doing what we are preaching. This is the least ostentatious cabinet you can ever have.

“We are all living and showing good examples – we obey traffic rules, we queue up at public places and get to work early and close late.”

The minister also faulted the position of some critics of the campaign who said it was ill-timed because of the state of the economy.

He added that “some people said that we should wait for the economy to improve before we start the campaign, but we say no, for two reasons:

“If only those before us have launched the campaign, we will not be where we are today.

“If the campaign had sunk in, there will be no embezzlement, no corruption and no impunity. You cannot say, as a mother, that because you are poor, you will allow your daughter to go out from morning till midnight without correcting her.

“Though we are facing difficulties now, we still have to tell Nigerians the need to do the right things.”

Mr. Mohammed said that the campaign was not meant to put any burden on Nigerians but only to ask them to do the right things.

He added that part of the campaign was for Nigerians to embrace and buy made in Nigeria products to improve the economy and create jobs.

The minister assured that the campaign would be successful and appreciated the NCWS for its willingness to partner with government.

Earlier, the President of the Council, Gloria Shoda, had told the minister that NCWS would partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to drive the campaign.

She urged the minister to direct NOA at the federal and state levels to co-opt members of the Council during the advocacy campaign.

(NAN)

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  • Jaspa Matanga

    Liar Mohammed, you should start by stopping lying

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Nonsense. You never see what is good in others. You don’t even read before you comment. Internet trolling will not take you anywhere. Nigeria will succeed, and your likes will wither away.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Gar it. Gbam!

      • SB

        Well said

    • Powerlessconscious

      You again? You must be very stubborn.

    • Realitytalk

      did you tell your HERO that also when his wife was stealing our money?

    • SB

      China egg

    • excel

      Stop using your anus.

  • Realitytalk

    Please tell them, the past government brought us all here and we need to get out

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Please baba keep up this campaign like the common sense revolution that booted out those dysfunctional plagues called Jonathan and co. No more looting and no more impunity. Orderliness must return like in the time of war against indiscipline because only this will ensure sanity. Some expected mob action like orubebe approach,but God pass them and gave us jegamizine which neutralised the PDP venom that would have causes the death of Nigeria. As to those animals who will not see anything good in this government,oh Lord my God,I hand them over to you help me deal with them like you dealt with those evils who wanted to destroy the kaabah. Not be curse na!

  • excel

    This is a good clarification for those critics. Kudos to the HMIC for enlighten the critics more.

  • Change indicator

    I am change indicator and change begins with me

  • Nkem

    Mr. Lai. What about the intellectual property theft? What about the plagiarism?? Those are the Biggest criticisms. Why don’t you address those???

    • ANTI PDP

      It is clear that you are not in tune with reality because if you are am sure you will be aware that your so called biggest criticisms have been addressed.

  • Nobody’sPuppet

    This govt is fraud. Buhari called for statehood for Palestinian at UN meeting in NY but failed to recognise Biafrans aspirations for independence. They are a bunch of hypocrites and deceitful creatures. Fools who don’t even know the true meaning of CHANGE.