Corruption Proceeds May End Up In Boko Haram Accounts – Mohammed Warns
BEVERLY HILLS, January 08, (THEWILL) – The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has warned that if Nigerians do not get serious with the war against corruption, proceeds from graft will end up in the bank accounts of Boko Haram insurgents.
The minister who stated this yesterday in Abuja at a meeting with officials of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, BON, to solicit their support in the on-going war against terrorism, revealed that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will soon launch a programme that would combat indiscipline and corruption.
He said that National Orientation Agency, NOA, with offices across the 774 local government areas in the country, will drive the new attitudinal change programme tagged: “Change begins with me”.
The federal government spokesman said the essence of the campaign was to educate Nigerians on the need to support the military which, according to him, had availed itself creditably in the battle.
He continued that the programme was also aimed at alerting the citizenry to the need to be more security conscious, to be able to identify Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, explaining that messages to the effect will be produced in various indigenous languages to make them more potent.
Mohammed disclosed that another campaign against corruption would also be unveiled shortly and enlisted the support of BON in the battle to rout terrorists, stressing that the media cannot afford to be neutral at this time.
While charging the media to assist government in disseminating security awareness campaign messages to the nooks and crannies of the country, he said: “This war against terror is our war, not the military's war''.
Reacting to a request by one of the BON members that the government should assist them in protecting broadcast installations, the minister said he would reach out to the Inspector-General of Police to provide security for all broadcasting premises and facilities nation-wide.
Responding on behalf of the body, BON Chairman and Director-General of Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Mr. Shola Omole assured the minister that they will be very supportive, noting that “it's only when our nation survives that we will all pursue our businesses”.