Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has threatened to sue the Daily Independent newspaper for libel over a news report that the ‘Change Begins With Me’ concept was stolen by the minister, and that the launch of the campaign gulped N3.4 billion.
Mr. Mohammed has also threatened to sue Akin Fadeyi, a creative artist and former head of communications at Airtel Nigeria, and one Omo Bazuaye for allegedly claiming that he stole the campaign concept from them.
President Muhammadu Buhari on September 8 launched the national re-orientation campaign, in Abuja, to reset the nation’s decaying value system. But the event was immediately tainted with allegations of copyright theft.
The Information Minister, through his lawyers, Falana & Falana’s Chambers, said his reputation has been badly hurt by these allegations.
The minister, through separate letters, gave the newspaper and the duo of Mr. Fadeyi and Mr. Bazuaye seven days to retract the “libelous” statements or be ready to meet him in court.