Media mocking Buhari’s govt with ‘failed corruption war’ headlines — Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has accused the Nigerian media of mocking the Buhari administration’s fight against corruption.

Addressing journalists at the 68th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON, on Monday in Abuja, Mr. Mohammed said the media had joined in “the campaign of discrimination against the President Muhammadu Buhari led anti-corruption war.”

Citing some story headlines he termed biased, Mr. Mohammed said the war against corruption cannot be won without full support from the media.

“Without mincing words, let me use this platform to appeal directly to the media in general to join this administration in facing down the problem of corruption,” he said.

“As we have said times without number, this fight must not be seen as Buhari’s fight. It must not be seen as the Federal Government’s fight. It is our fight. If we fail to win by defeating corruption, it will simply kill us as a nation.

“This appeal to the media to join us in the fight against corruption is borne out of the fact that the fourth estate of the realm cannot afford to sit on the fence, as far as this fight is concerned.

“We are not saying the media should not criticize us over our strategy for the fight, but they should stop mocking us. In recent times, it is not unusual to read such headlines as ‘Buhari’s Government Losing Anti-Corruption War’, ‘Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War is Failing’, ‘Arewa Youths Knock President Buhari Over Failing Anti-corruption War’. This is sheer mockery, not reporting!

“And this war is not Buhari’s war. It is our war. Make no mistake about it: Of all the three broad issues that we campaigned with – revamping the economy, fighting corruption and tackling insecurity, the toughest is the war against corruption. Why?

“Because fighting corruption anywhere is like walking a lonely road. While many will join hands with you to tackle insecurity or to revamp the economy, you are on your own when you take on corruption.

“Most Nigerians were direct beneficiaries of corruption. Many were subsidised by corruption. Now that the gravy train of corruption is fast derailing, many are finding it difficult to come to terms with it. That’s the origin of the ‘Bring Back Corruption’ Campaign being carried out by certain elements in our society.

Mr. Mohammed reiterated his stance that the main challenges faced by the current administration were as a result of corruption under the previous administration led by the Peoples Democratic Party.

He also enumerated the achievements of the Buhari administration despite the stated challenges.

“For our efforts so far, we have so much to showcase: Because we are tackling corruption, we have succeeded in raising power generation from 2,690MW to an all-time high of 7,001MW.

“Because we are tackling corruption, we are saving N25 billion monthly by cutting unnecessary allowances of officials.

“Because we are tackling corruption, we have added $500 million to our Sovereign Wealth Fund that stagnated at the $1 billion that was used to set it up. We have raised our foreign reserves from $23 billion to $35 billion.

“We stopped the payment of phantom subsidy of between N800 billion and N1.3 trillion annually, yet petroleum products are available at competitive prices.

“There are more gains from our fight against corruption. We recovered at least $43 million and 56 houses from just one former government official. We have recovered $2.9 billion from looters so far.

“Our Whistle-blower policy has led to the recovery of $151 million and N8 billion in looted funds from just three sources. Thanks to the sincere and full implementation of the Treasury Singles Account, or TSA, N3 trillion, almost half of the estimated revenue in the 2018 budget, has accrued to Government.

“With the elimination of thousands of ghost workers, we have saved N120 billion.

“We have eliminated the N108 billion in maintenance fees payable to banks, pre-TSA.

“We took Nigeria out of recession without retrenching a single worker, even when oil prices were very low. Though we earned 60% less revenue, we were able to give bailouts to states many times so they can pay salaries and pension, while providing N1.3 trillion for capital expenditure, the largest amount for capital in the nation’s history.

“We have achieved all these and more without having all the stakeholders fully on board in the fight against corruption. Imagine how far we would have gone if all hands have been on deck.

“That is why we are appealing to the media. We need allies, not antagonists. We need those who will offer constructive criticisms, not those who will mock us,” Mr. Mohammed said.


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  • Eluba Inas

    The media shall join the fight against corruption, but the government is responsible for telling its success stories. You have tried this time around, however, you need to do better. You must come out clean and provide details. We live in the world of super fast communication, you have to move fast, else someone will tell a different story.

    • daygea

      The government is really doing a great job of fighting corruption in the country. It is only the bad eggs that are mocking.

      • mamaT

        EXACTLY bad egg everywhere

        • woman leader1

          Sure

        • front man

          The bad eggs will surely be exposed

      • Sincere-Voice

        True, bad eggs are almost everywhere with their scheming supporters.

        • woman leader1

          They are.

        • front man

          Exactly

        • progressive

          Yes we all know that bad eggs are everywhere we must make sure that we sent them packing because they are looking for a way to come back to steal the remaining money they left behind .

      • woman leader1

        Very true

    • Sincere-Voice

      I think the Minister is doing well with the propagation of these stories as you’ve put it. The truth is, the previous administration and its party did help in making corruption eat deep into the fibre of the country’s​ beign. Most people now hardly want to hear about any fight against corruption because they’re part of the vicious cycle.

      • progressive

        The minister of information has been able to do enough publicity in terms the war against corruption we must resist those who think corruption will not be fought in the country

    • duwdu

      Very well said, Eluba Inas.

      My other way of putting it, is that despite it’s clear successes in clear areas of governance, transparency and fiscal responsibility, the government has been allowing antagonists to control narratives in the media. Unfortunately, the number one information and body language disseminator of a typical government — the President himself — is not articulate enough, and does not even interact with the media! All these need to quickly and aggressively change.

      ……..
      P34c3
      …..

      • progressive

        We should know that the body language of the president is indeed want to fight corruption is not all about interacting with the media but the media should know themselves buhari is a no nonsense man because he doesn’t want corruption in the country

    • Night Crawler

      Good point you raised, but I still believe, this administration are doing their best in fight against corruption and also putting things in place to help make Nigeria a better place for us all

      • daygea

        Very correct!!!

    • progressive

      This present administration is the most transparent they should be given kudos

  • mamaT

    The minister is so right about this! The fight for corruption is not buhari fight alone let’s all the media support and everyone of us including me and u..,,,so as to av a better living. SAYNOTOCORRUPTION# I stand wit PMB, God bless us all

    • Sincere-Voice

      True, the media should support the president in this fight for a better Nigeria.

      • woman leader1

        Exactly, not against the fight

      • front man

        The median should do the right thing by supporting the fight against corruption

      • progressive

        We all know that 2019 is around the corner some few elements will want to use the media to do their evil deed we must resist them because they have nothing to achieve

    • front man

      President Muhammed Buhari all the way

  • Sincere-Voice

    The fight against corruption is not an easy fight especially in a country like Nigeria. This administration has done tremendously well in this areà. Like the minister said, if all the stakeholders come on board and own this fight, much would be achieved. Kudos to the government.

    • woman leader1

      We should appreciate this government because what they want is a good Nigeria.

    • progressive

      The minister have spoken well indeed I think we must give him kudos he knew what he was saying

  • Ijeuwa

    The media, like other organisations in Nigeria, is very corrupt.

    • Sincere-Voice

      I concur

    • woman leader1

      Very true

    • Night Crawler

      They will all be pushed out from embezzling public funds

      • woman leader1

        Sure

    • progressive

      We must resist any attempt of some part of the media who thinks they can do away in destroying the work of buhari

  • Spectre echo’s

    Well said sir

  • Spectre echo’s

    The numbers don’t lie

  • Spectre echo’s

    This war against corruption is ours not just for the president

    • Night Crawler

      Well said, Nigerians should come together and help put an end to corruption, else it will kill Nigerians

      • THEARGUMENTATOR1

        Yes o… Let’s all say No to corruption.

        • dele20

          We must all say no to corruption

      • dele20

        That exactly what PMB is doing for us

    • woman leader1

      That is why we must support our leaders for the betterment of us all

      • THEARGUMENTATOR1

        For us all and our loved country “Nigeria”. So we can paint 100% good image of us across the world

        • woman leader1

          Exactly

      • dele20

        A good point

        • woman leader1

          Thank you.

    • dele20

      Yes, PMB is fighting for us, he is fighting for the right of we the masses, we must support him

  • Spectre echo’s

    We are the government and our actions and attitude of today determine our outcome for tomorrow

    • Night Crawler

      You are right

    • woman leader1

      Certainly

    • front man

      Sure.

    • THEARGUMENTATOR1

      Hmmm. We are truly the government of government with our actions.

      • progressive

        You are right indeed

      • dele20

        Exactly

    • progressive

      Nigerians must indeed join hands with buhari in fighting this corruption there are some few individuals who thinks they are bigger than the law , for those who thinks they can continue to use this loots money to sponsor the media we must all make sure that we resisthink all their attempts

      • dele20

        Joining hands with this present government is the best way to make Nigeria better .

        This administration has a good plan for us

    • dele20

      Yes ooo, PMB is building a good future for us

  • Spectre echo’s

    This is a war for all to get a better Nigeria tomorrow

    • front man

      Sure

    • progressive

      Yes oo

    • dele20

      The future of Nigeria is important, PMB’s led government is building good future for us

  • Solomon Brown

    Yea right, with Maina still not apprehended and all the buck passing going on with regards to his re-instatement, we really can see how hard this government is fighting corruption.

    • progressive

      What you don’t understand is that maina case is more different it need to be handled very well so that it won’t cause commotion in the country

      • Solomon Brown

        You are desperately trying to make it an issue of National Security, which it’s not. Going by your logic, shouldn’t that make it top priority for this govt?

    • wode

      People seem to be dancing to the song of the direct beneficiaries of the Pension funds scandal who are trying to silence Maina by all means through media propaganda. People are focusing more attention on Maina’s re-reinstatement or arrest forgetting that there are main guys, Maina inclusive most probably, who looted money that belong to poor Nigerians. The government need to dig deep to find out the real issue as against just the tabloid in the media. The hands of justice would soon reach those that are truly part of the syndicates. Real people don’t just get carry away by the headlines or the news in the media, but they strive to get insights and the facts behind the news.

      • Solomon Brown

        Well if Maina can stop eluding law enforcement, we can at least get his side of the story. I get the impression that you are covertly trying to take attention away from the fugitive?

        • wode

          Covertly taking away attention? Nothing to gain. I have no interest than for the right thing to be done. One thing I have learnt in life is that if you have not carefully listen to both sides of any issue, one is most likely to blame only the side that’s yet to be heard irrespective of the gravity of the offence that the accuser might have committed.

          My point: Assuming Maina has been arrested or silenced in anyway as a result of the media manipulation by the real criminals or his accomplice in pension fund scandal, we wouldn’t have heard most of these revelations. Both sides have to be heard and appropriate sanction should be placed on those found wanting. I am just saying that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be manipulated or distracted from the real issue that brought Maina to the public consciousness, which is the fraud in handling of the pension funds. It’s the need for that consciousness that’s I am advocating lest we lost focus and misjudge the issue.

  • Night Crawler

    Fight against, corruption is on course, no one can stop it, kudos to PMB for restating is commitment in fight against corruption

    • front man

      Pmb is a true leader.

      • dele20

        PMB is worthy for second term

    • Olatubosun

      Nigeria has been re-branded

      • dele20

        Nigeria is getting sanitised from corruption

    • dele20

      Yes ooo, corruption fight is the best way to make our nation great

  • woman leader1

    The fight against corruption is real and must be wiped off

    • dele20

      Exactly my point

  • woman leader1

    Nigeria must be great and this corruption fight is a must for us all

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

    • dele20

      Yes we need to completely deaden corruption, Kudos to PMB

    • dpfrank

      Am in total support

      • woman leader1

        Yes oo

  • woman leader1

    This fight is for us all

    • front man

      My point exactly

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o…
      We must fight it together

      • woman leader1

        Certainly

      • dele20

        Yes, fighting corruption is the best device to strengthen Nigerian economy

    • dele20

      Yes ooo, we must support this administration and be in oneness to fight corruption

      Nigeria will always stand

  • Afo

    We must kill corruption by all reasonable means and anyone that stands on the road will be crushed. God bless Nigeria.

    • THEARGUMENTATOR1

      God bless Nigeria. We are the killer of corruption. With our social Fight against corruption, we are doing our part to kick against corruption from our individual offices up until the highest Government positions.

      • progressive

        We must all support buhari because the previous administration did not do enough in fighting corruption

        • dele20

          The previous administration did not do at all in fighting against corruption

      • Olatubosun

        Yes o

      • dele20

        Yes ooo, this administration will never give room to the looters, no matter their devilish strategies

    • progressive

      Some part of the media should join handa with President buhari in making sure that corruption is been won because corruption is the main brain of the problem as of today

  • front man

    The fight against corruption is a fight we Nigerians must come together to Fight.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o…
      And we must fight the battle and win

      • stackCrawler

        Sure thing

  • front man

    You have spoken well sir

    • stackCrawler

      That’s it

    • dele20

      Kudos to HMIC

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Sir continue ur good work,enemies wud soon put rest

    • daygea

      Yes, they will pretty soon.

      • Olatubosun

        Yes o

        You really spoke well

        • stackCrawler

          Gbam

      • stackCrawler

        Agreed

  • Sam

    Keep the good work going, the mischief makers will come back to their senses with time.

    • progressive

      Buhari will not be distracted by the idiotic pdp e rats buhari will surely win the way against corruption

      • Olatubosun

        Well spoken

        • stackCrawler

          Gbam

      • dele20

        Yes oo,God bless PMB

  • progressive

    Kudos to Lai Mohammed for in letting the some part of the media knows that they are not doing enough by criticising the fight against corruption it shows that there are still some pdp e rats sponsoring the media

    • Olatubosun

      Kudos to him o

      • stackCrawler

        Yes oooo

      • stackCrawler

        Nasooo

    • stackCrawler

      Big kudos to HMIC

    • stackCrawler

      Gbam

    • dele20

      It is bad for those media

  • Wali Ahmed

    People mock Buhari’s war against corruption because this Buhari’s government has not behaved differently from other governments when it comes to corruption. In fact, corruption perception is worsening. People now believe that their brains and brawn count for nothing unless they are connected.

    If Buhari wants a different testimonial, he should double up. Else, his tenure shall forever live in infamy in the annals of our national history. He will be the man who burnt his house (economy and unity of Nigeria) to chase a rat (corruption), and still did not catch the rat. By so doing, he lost it all!

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Buhari remains d best…nigeria is recovering from the lost glory …the wicked are seeing it n they are trying not to make the country better under buhari govt..but our God won’t let dem suceed

      • stackCrawler

        We stand with president Muhammadu Bihari all the way

        • dele20

          With PMB we stand

      • dele20

        The best president ever is one that is incorruptible and transparent, that is whom PMB is

    • dpfrank

      You are wrong. Buhari government is outstanding in our history in terms of fighting corruption, a leader with zero tolerance for corruption and strong political will to eliminate corruption.

    • EdgarLegatt

      I hope u r not taking all these useless choreographed praise singers of the Buhari Media Center seriously, they are just earning a living

      • Wali Ahmed

        I understand perfectly…

  • Ahmed Yaman

    This man too they lie, buhari government is corrupt and buhari is a chief,where is our 26 billion dollar’s

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      What kind of nonsense talk are u talking about..ode..what is wrong from what the amicable minister just said? Sir good nigerians are highly on ur side

      • stackCrawler

        Yes o

      • dele20

        Don’t mind him, he is an enemy of progress of Nigeria

    • Olatubosun

      Can you tell me what he said that is lie

      • stackCrawler

        Abi oo

      • dele20

        Don’t mind him, HMIC is right

      • Ahmed Yaman

        All

    • dele20

      HMIC is a man of honesty, he is sincere

    • dpfrank

      The minister is saying the truth and you are here running your mouth like a pigg

  • Olatubosun

    Those are the enemy of progress

    • dele20

      Exactly

  • Olatubosun

    Buhari is uplifting this country of ours

    • dele20

      No lie about that

  • Olatubosun

    Those who have not seen the good performance of this administration are blind

    • stackCrawler

      Abi o

  • thusspokez

    “Most Nigerians were direct beneficiaries of corruption…”

    “Most Nigerians”?

  • Kareem Raji

    God! This Lai is good at what he does- LYING!!

    • dpfrank

      What lie?you are a foulmouthed pigg

  • dele20

    Whoever or whichever media mocking PMB’s fight against corruption is an ingrate

  • dele20

    All this present government has doing is for the progress of this nation,

  • dele20

    We need to support this present government ,no one has ever fought corruption the way this present government has handled it

    • dpfrank

      You are right, this present government has the political will to fight corruption

      • Adele Uhuru

        Political will to enrich himself via proxy thievery

        • Sir Louis

          On point.

  • dpfrank

    The fight against corruption is a fight for every decent Nigerian to throw his support on

    • Sir Louis

      There is no anti- corruption war in a true sense. It is a fake, selective and dubious noise- making intended to mask the nepotism and incompetence of the Buhari administration.

  • EdgarLegatt

    Chai BMC boys have taken over and scattered this place because their paymaster is the one talking, continue you are fooling no one

    • emmanuel

      Dele20 has used over 35 monikers here. He is same character as Kay Soyemi the charge and bail lawyer. Most of the comments were posted by him. In some cases, he attacks his own post; although mildly, so the gullible readers would think some genuine discussion is on-going.
      He is as cheap as Liar Mohammed

      • EdgarLegatt

        lol!! Are u serious??

  • Sir Louis

    The fight against corruption exists only in the imagination of characters like the man who is talking above. It is more of noise- making and sensation directed at discrediting the defeated PDP and its members. Granted that huge corruption took place under GEJ which laid the foundation of a poverty economy after PMB came to power and helped by PMB’s poor governance strategy and lack of knowledge, the same scale of corruption is going on in a very relaxed and convenient way all around PMB among those he loves in his administration. That is why under PMB no one both in PDP and APC has been convicted and sent to jail while the President continues to hob- nob and shield known rogues in our country. PMB’s anti- corruption war is a sham. Nigerians are suffering and are WAILING, calling on GOD to come and save the nation from a lying and divisive government.

  • Ahmed Yaman

    Buhari is a surround him self with corrupt people,that is to tell you that buhari himself is also corrupt