- Lai Mohammed says that Buhari will handle the economy better than previous governments
- He says the government is using a slow approach to fix the economy contrary to expectation and what was done in the past
- Mohammed says that the government was not selective in its fight against corruption
Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, on Tuesday, May 9, said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will handle the economy better than previous governments.
Mohammed made this known when the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
According to him, the federal government is delivering on its election promises, and only “a few vocal minority are not seeing what the government is doing”.
He said that government is using a slow approach to fix the economy contrary to expectation and what was done in the past.
His words: “The administration is on course in the delivery of the three major electoral promises it made before coming to power to fight corruption, fight insecurity and fix the economy.
“For many decades we have discovered oil, the country has failed to develop other areas to diversify the economy.
“We came in and we said we are going to do what no government has ever done before and ensure that never again will Nigeria be held hostage by crude oil.
“We are working to develop other sectors of the economy like agriculture, manufacturing, mining and the creative industry so that even if oil falls to as low as 10 dollars a barrel, it will not affect us.
“We are also investing in infrastructure to create the foundation for sustainable economic growth.’’
Mohammed also maintained that the government was not selective in its fight against corruption.
He said: “We have not been selective in the fight against corruption and that is why we introduced the whistle blowing policy and I am glad to hear that the students are prepared to work with us not just to blow whistle but to blow trumpet.”
On the fight against insurgency, Mohammed said the government deserved credit for securing the release of some Chibok school girls.
He said: “Our success in fighting insecurity is there for everybody to see. It is not just fighting insecurity but consistently restoring peace to every part of Nigeria.
“In our approach, we are not interested in vilifying anybody but more interested in letting people know how much we are suffering as a result of corruption perpetrated by only a few opportunists.
“If the looted money was invested and utilised, today we are going to have railway, our power will not be epileptic, our roads will be better and we will not have the highest number of mortality.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Mohammed promised Nigerians good news on May 29 as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would give account as it reaches two years.
The minister spoke in Abuja where he reeled out the achievements recorded in the Buhari administration.
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