Corruption has started fighting back, but we are winning – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The federal government has said it would neither be distracted nor intimidated to abandon or weaken the fight against corruption, which it called a war of survival for the nation.

”No amount of media or other attacks will stop the fight. The pseudo-analysts and hack writers will labour in vain in their quest to stop the train of this anti-corruption fight,” the Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said at a meeting with Abuja bureau chiefs of newspapers on Tuesday.

”When I met with the news and political editors in Lagos on Sunday, I said, among other things, that the government is aware that in fighting corruption, corruption will also fight back.

“I also said that those who stole us dry are powerful. They have newspapers, radio and television stations as well as online platforms, and an army of supporters to continuously deride the government’s war against corruption.

”Well, I can tell you today that corruption is already fighting back, and it is fighting hard and dirty.

“Sponsored articles have started appearing in the newspapers and on social media, while ‘talking heads’ have started making the rounds in the electronic media, all deriding the fight against corruption as well as this administration.

”Not stopping there, they have been creating distractions by sponsoring articles in both local and international media to deride the administration’s policies generally, tag the president a budding dictator and even write off his 2016 budget.

“We know that the sole purpose of these attacks is to distract attention from the war on corruption,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed said ”it is saddening that some otherwise credible voices have unwittingly allowed themselves to be railroaded into the bandwagon of pro-corruption orchestra”, while noting that some ”hack writers” are struggling to whittle down the impact of the anti-corruption campaign.

”One hack writer even said the disclosure that 55 Nigerians allegedly stole 1.34 trillion naira between 2006 and 2013 did not trigger any anger among Nigerians!

“A disclosure that made the front page in over a dozen Nigerian newspapers, played widely in the international media and attracted the attention of the world’s most powerful country and global financial institutions cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand,” the minister said.

The minister said even one of those who benefitted from the ‘Dasukigate’ had the temerity to deride the anti-corruption war as ‘selective’, ”when in saner climes, he should have been so ashamed of himself that he would have apologized to the nation and hunkered down for good”.

He said the sponsored attacks are not about to stop, and that they will become more intense and more coordinated in the days ahead.

“But the good news is that we are winning the war. Nigerians are now talking more about corruption. Nigerians are now counting the cost of corruption to their lives,” he said.

He called on Nigerians not to be swayed by the antics of the sponsored denunciation of the anti-graft war, saying ”the treasury looters, who have so much resources in their kitty, and their cohorts will throw everything but the kitchen sink at this administration”.

“But we have no doubt that Nigerians are discerning enough to know the truth, which in the words of President Muhammadu Buhari, is that unless Nigeria kills corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria,” said the minister.

He urged the media to continuously educate and inform Nigerians about the evils of corruption, especially the cost of corruption to the lives of the citizens.


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  • Night Crawler

    Weather they like it or not, corruption must be wiped out in the country, change begins with me and you, lets us support and help wipe corruption in the country

  • thewatcher

    Corruption can never win!

  • NaijaCaesar

    Nigerians are angry…we’ve lost a lot to corruption so now we’ve decided to bury it once and for all. Kudos to the Buhari administration and our Honorable Minister. Corruption will not win

    • woman leader

      Corruption will definitely be a thing of the past .

  • SB

    We will kill corruption before it kills us.

    • NaijaCaesar

      Definitely

  • progressive

    Kudos to lai mohammed for releasing a statement on how those few element s are going about in the media in fighting back the corruption. They should know that this government will not be distracted, the government is already winning the war against corruption and there are still more thieves don’t be call upon to come answer query.

  • Change indicator

    Nigerians need to start stoning all these corrupt politicians. The Buhari government by God’s grace will succeed in this fight.

    • woman leader

      With our support he will succeed.

  • progressive

    President buhari will surely win the war against corruption because he is ready to fight the corruption war to the fullest.

    • woman leader

      This is the kind of government that I really like, buhari is so determined to take this country to a high place.

  • TRUTH MARSHALL

    The truth of the matter is that corruption is fighting back Nigerians must stand up and join hands to kill this parasite.

    • progressive

      You are right, nigerians should also know that what buhari is doing today is for their own benefit

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Those fighting back re empty vessels…

  • ANTI PDP

    Lai Mohammed please continue to help expose the evil antics of those who stole our Commonwealth.

    • Night Crawler

      thank you, sooner or later they will regret for stealing our commonwealth

      • front man

        They will regret it for the rest of there life

    • woman leader

      The looters are in for this, they will never go unpunish.

    • dpfrank

      Lai Mohammed knows his onions, good a thing we have him as minister for information

      • Rambunctious Billionaire

        Moron, shut up!!! Only dumb morons like you or people who are paid to act like morons will believe those lies from a man called “Liar”

  • progressive

    They have even started regretting it

    • woman leader

      They haven’t started yet.

  • NaijaCaesar

    ““But we have no doubt that Nigerians are discerning enough to know the
    truth, which in the words of President Muhammadu Buhari, is that unless
    Nigeria kills corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria,” said the
    minister.” – Well said!

  • dele20

    Yeah, Lai Mohammed, we do appreciate your efforts, more grease to your elbow, anybody who doesn’t want corruption dead is a Nigerian enemy,

  • dele20

    Corruption is a deadly disease that can affect the economic growth, if we don’t war against corruption, a parasitic corruption will ruin nigeria

    • dpfrank

      PDP= Corruption, they are dead politically

      • dele20

        They are dead and buried

  • front man

    Yes oooo Nigeria is winning

  • dele20

    I view corruption, I see no difference between corruption and virus, they are both contagious and can destroy the host, but in different dimension, virus can destroy organism, (host) but corruption can destroy economic growth (host)

    • woman leader

      They are the same, once u are infected it takes a good antivirus to format it. Thank u Alhaji Lai Muhammad for a job well done.

  • woman leader

    Thank you sir, I can never stop believing in u sir, Alhaji lai Muhammad u are the best so far may God continue to bless u sir,

  • dele20

    This regime is applying good system and the system is working, buhari is really doing it,

  • front man

    Yes oooo Nigeria is winning the war against corruption many top politician will go down,
    They have failed us

  • front man

    Alhaji lai Muhammad is great man for all the job well done haters will rant,
    APC will triumph no doubt about that.
    In buhari we trust.
    #I standwithbuhari#.
    APC all the way

    • woman leader

      #istandwithbuhari

      • Kill Korruption

        #istandwithBuhari

    • dpfrank

      #Istandwithbuhari

    • Kill Korruption

      # istandwithBuhari #

  • dele20

    This regime is good-foundational, the abysmal corruption is really, absolutely getting eradicating

    • woman leader

      The change is here to stay for life. With Buhari and his cabinet this country will be great again.

      • dele20

        Sure, the difference is clear

      • dpfrank

        #IstandwithBuhari

  • front man

    We want our money back, they must return Nigeria’s money face jail term

  • sunny

    kudos baba lia,

    • dpfrank

      PDPig

  • dele20

    The looters have been put ashamed, they believed in long_term corruption, all their looting ways have been obstructed,Nigeria is now enjoying this administration,………….anticipating this regim again in2019

    • dpfrank

      #IstandwithBuhari2019

      • dele20

        Sure, no one else

  • dele20

    No matter the distraction people ‘s demonic party causes, this regime is not going to give up to corruption,

    • dpfrank

      Its a must win fight

  • dpfrank

    Fight against corruption is a must win fight and we must not relent in our efforts, good a thing we are winning

    • dele20

      Sure, buhari is building nigeria to a good taste, a taste that is challenge able, every looter is now shivering, confessing like witches, restraining and restricting from their corrupt attitude, buhari is a good leader laying good example

  • Sincere-Voice

    Definitely, the wicked ones will fight back, and we’re beginning to identify them one by one. There’s nothing they will say that we didn’t expect. The truth is they have failed and will continue to fail.

  • logmein2nite

    Until the $12billion 1992 oil windfall is investigated, the Haliburton scandal is probed, the power sector privatization scams of 1999-2007 is uncovered, the import waivers to Dangote in the last 20 years are reversed, the allegations in the tv series “The Lion of Bourdillion0” is dissected, the sources of the 2015 APC presidential campaign financing is revealed, and inquiry into the alleged missing of N2 trillion recovered monies by EFCC’s Ibrahim Lamorde is complete, no serious person is taking this contrived “war on corruption” seriously. This is merely a scheme by one group of the corrupt elite to muzzle the loot from another set of corrupt elite. Each groups makes a scene of working for the masses, but its only a game until they consolidate both power and money then their true color emerges. The only war on corruption I will support in this dispensation is the one that starts in house with APC (self-cleansing) then proceed outside to PDP (national cleansing). Teacher don’t teach me nonsense!

  • dele20

    They might think they fight back but they are showing their true like a chameleon okogie, and a senseless aziegbemi, and Mr. Notice me fayose

  • dele20

    Truly a tree never makes a forest, Lai Mohammed you are a good back up, looter murmurs here and there, they have their mouths, yours is the betterment of nigeria, Lai nah baba,

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    LIAR WAS IT CORRUPTION THAT WENT TO THE SENATE AT NIGHT TO STEAL THE BUDGET PROPOSALS?

    • dele20

      Can’t you get it that….. The was the Senate fault, less concerned to the president who had already presented the budget? Use your brain

  • dele20

    Corruption is fighting back, if you know the truth, the truth shall set you free, Anti_corruption is the truth, Anti_corruption is really winning

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    IS Okogie also fighting back at corruption–liars—-soon it will be Jonathtan—-fighting back–U lock people up without bail and u claim it is corrption that is fighting back—-Even murderers are granted bail in south africa–From the way Efcc is pressing charges against these people—it will take 100 years if not more for these fake corruption cases to come to an end–Animals

    • excel

      You will fail just like how Nigeria rejected you and your people destructive party. Nigeria are behind PMB the war against corruption isba must win

      • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

        IS OKOGIE ALSO FIGHTING LIAR MOHAMED AND BUHARI–WAS IT NIGERIANS WHO STOLE THE BUDGET FROM THE SENATE———? LIAR—S-

      • dele20

        You are on point

    • dele20

      Do you meannLocking looters without bail? Do you know how many prisoners that were KILLED by passers-by just because of stealing token money like N50,000,so is a person that steals the whole country’s money is not higher criminal than a person that steals N50000,better for younot to be partial

  • excel

    No doubt corruption is fighting hard back. With the rate of proganda everywhere to blackmail the government. The war against corruption is a must win. It is a war dlfoe survival of our nation.

  • C3kwe

    Liar Mohammed at what he knows best, propaganda. No wonder the world now knows you as comical Ali. Technical Mohammed.

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    IS OKOGIE ALSO FIGHTING BACK—-OOOOH YEEEEEEEEEEEEEE BUHARIMICE!

    • dele20

      Probably, okogie is a biafran, or is a political spiritualist

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    Halliburton Scandal: Buhari May never Go After Named Culprits.

    **IBB, Abdulsalami, Jubril Aminu were accused of collecting bribe, Atiku and Aisha Buhari were named in the Money laundering.

    The last have not been heard of the controversial Halliburton bribery scandal, as Buhari may never go after the culprits.

    Mr Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), has disclosed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government may soon initiate probe into the Siemens and Halliburton bribery scandals. But most believe he was just trying to fly a kite–deceive Nigerians

    The scandal involves a number of prominent Nigerians, including former military Heads of State, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Atiku, Senator Jubril Aminu, who were accused of collecting bribes to award multi-million dollar contracts to the two foreign companies.

    The Wife of President Buhari, Aisha Buhari’s name was mentioned by the US Government Justice Department publication on the case of the person wiring the funds to the jailed Mr Jefferson in June 2006…Only time will tell–same as Buhari was involved in thwe dasukigate scandal. He is alleged to have collected $300,000 and 5 vehicles from Dasuki hence the need to silence dasuki-

    • Good

      Don’t worry about that my friend but efcc will soon come to that

  • G1gbolahan

    Vesry sad that Nigerians have now become so enchanted to corruption that we cannot leave it completely. Same Nigerians that asked for corruption to be fought are now saying this war is too much. Whoever tells you this war is selective or use any other word to deride this war is simply wishing this country bad but like the Minister said, we are winning and nothing must deter this government. If nothing, this government must be remembered as one that fought corruption to a standstill.

  • Sambo

    This government is talking more about corruption, Nigerians are counting the cost of corruption to their lives, but is this government actually fighting corruption. Taking records of corrupt leaders in this country, one will discover that the sole founders of this menace are living free and peacefully. Can a tree be totally destroyed from the stem except it be taken from its root. PMBs campaign can only be effective if these sole inventors of corruption are brought to book, else they will give birth to more of their kinds. The most annoying part is that these so-called corrupt leaders are now been shielded by the Apc change mantra.

  • African Child

    Where is the list of the 54 people who looted Nigeria dry. Until it is made public, what Lai is doing is still media trial.