No Alternative To Buhari's Govt-Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that
the President 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).
“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.
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 Haram.
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 everyone.
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 economy.
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 in Spain was about 100,000
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