The Minister of Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that
President Mohammadu Buhari has
fulfilled its campaign promises to address
insecurity, fix the economy and fight
The minister said the Mohammadu
Buhari-led administration is on the right
track and there is no alternative to what it
is doing.
The minister stated this at a meeting with
the members of staff of the Nigerian
Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
The meeting was on the sideline of the
minister’s two-day official visit to the
United Nations World Tourism
Organisation (UNWTO).
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“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
Mohammed said that the administration
had fulfilled its campaign promises to
address insecurity, fix the economy and
fight corruption.
In the area of security, the minister said
that when Buhari came on board, 14 of
the 20 Local Government Areas of Borno,
four in Adamawa and three in Yobe were
under the sovereign authority of Boko
He said that 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,’’ he said.
On the renewed agitations in the Niger-
Delta region and parts of the South-East,
the minister reassured that the
government would not marginalise any
part of the country, and assured that
economic development would go round to
According to the minister, the present
administration is implementing fiscal
discipline and other measures to address
the messed up economy it inherited from
its predecessors.
He said with the temporarily painful
measures, the government would turn
around the adversity to gains and ensure
that never again would the nation run a
corrupt, clueless and an oil-dependent
The minister said that the administration
had been unfairly accused of placing too
much emphasis on the fight against
corruption at the expense of addressing
fundamental economic issues.
He stressed that no amount of economic
reforms put in place could work unless
the “monster of corruption is successfully
dealt with’’.
Mohammed clarified that the
administration’s fight against corruption
was not selective, and that the
government was not probing the 2015
elections campaign funds of the People’s
Democratic Party.
He assured that that the government
would continue to remain focus in its
efforts to rebuild the country.
The Minister Consular of the embassy, Mr
Sola Akinlude, who conducted the
minister round the embassy, said that the
official population of Nigerians resident n
Spain was about 100,000. (NAN)