Speaking during a meeting with the members of staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that President Mohammadu Buhari has fulfilled his campaign promises to address insecurity, fix the economy and fight corruption.
Mr. Lai stated that the government of president Buhari is moving towards the right direction and there is no alternative to what it is doing. “I believe that we are on the right track, there will be some pains, but there is no alternative to what we are doing,’’ he said.
Addressing the staff of the Nigerian Embassy, in the course of the meeting which was on the sideline of the minister’s two-day official visit to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Mohammed said that the Mohammadu Buhari-led administration had delivered on its campaign promises to tackle the issue of insecurity, fix the economy and wage war against corruption.
With regards to security, the Information Minister said that when Buhari took over the reins of power, 14 of the 20 Local Government Areas of Borno, four in Adamawa and three in Yobe were under the sovereign leadership of Boko Haram but with proactive measures and soft diplomacy with neighbouring African countries, the U.S, France and the G-8 had helped the country to “decisively deal with Book Haram’’.
“Today, all the major highways leading to Maiduguri are opened and about two months ago, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) played a league match in Maiduguri stadium”.
Talking about the renewed agitations in the Niger-Delta region and parts of the South-East, Lai Mohammed gave an assurance that the government would not sideline any part of the nation, adding that the impact of economic development would be felt by everyone.
The minister revealed that the present administration is executing fiscal discipline and other measures to deal with the battered economy handed over to it by the immediate past government.
According to him, the temporarily painful measures employed by the government would turn the present adversity to gains and ensure that the nation would never again, run a corrupt, clueless and an oil-dependent economy.
Expressing concern over the fact that Buhari’s government has been accused of paying too much attention to the anti-corruption war at the expense of addressing fundamental economic issues, the minister emphasised that no amount of economic reforms put in place could be effective unless the “monster of corruption is successfully dealt with’’.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed made it clear that the administration’s fight against corruption was not lopsided and assured that that the government would continue to remain focus in its efforts to rebuild the country.