We Deserve Accolades, Not Vilification – Lai Mohammed


Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, today December 15, accused those he described as ‘opposite people’, of making attempts to suffocate the progress of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government. The minister made the comment in Abuja, at the launch of the Federal Government of Nigeria Information App (FGN IAPP) that is designed to provide real time information from the government to Nigerians– home and abroad.

According to him, the corrupt elements, in particular, had chosen to fight the government with their ill-gotten wealth, by “distorting our messages and obfuscating our activities’’.

‘We must not allow those the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti referred to as ”Opposite People” to stifle the progress that this Administration has made. We must not leave the public space for naysayers”,  Mohammed told his audience.

He further noted that government had done so much to better the lives of Nigerians and they would not let the opposition to stifle the progress made by leaving the public space to the “naysayers’’.

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FG Launches FGN IAPP (Federal Government Information App)
FG Launches FGN IAPP (Federal Government Information App)

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He continued:

“A government that has achieved the unprecedented feat of creating 200,000 jobs in one fell swoop cannot be said to have done nothing.

“A government that has liberated every inch of our occupied territory from Boko Haram and sent the terrorists fleeing should not be portrayed as not doing anything.

“A government that is surely and steadily making our country self sufficient in staples such as rice.

“A government that has embarked on a massive infrastructural renewal and a government that is boldly tackling an economic recession that was foisted on it by years of profligacy, lack of savings and a sudden crash on oil prices deserves accolades, not vilification”.

The minister enumerated some of the benefits of the FGN IAPP as follows:

1. It will help to keep Nigerians and non-Nigerians better informed of the activities of the Federal Government as well as getting the necessary feedback. “Irrespective of where you are in the world, from today all you needed to do is to download the FGN IAPP, and you will have access to factual and real time information on the activities of the Federal Government of Nigeria”, he said.

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2. The FGN IAPP provides access to the Tender Journal published twice a month to announce available government jobs.

3.  It would enable more people, irrespective of their locations, to bid for government jobs.

4. the “Be Inspired’’ section of the App will make it possible for any Nigerian, irrespective of status, to meet top political, business, religious and other leaders.

5. the App also provides a Feedback Section that allows anyone so interested to make his or her feelings known about any government policy or programmes.

6. With the app, those seeking government jobs could also have information about genuine vacancies in the public service.

The minister urged Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, who are interested in authentic news about the activities of the Federal Government, to take advantage of the FGN IAPP.

The event was attended by the minister of Niger Delta; Usani Uguru Usanu, minister of state for health; Osagie Enahire and his counterpart in environment; Ibrahim Usman Jibril.