With nearly seven months only spent at the saddle, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been rated by the Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as having done “very” well in the fight against corruption and terrorism in the country.
The Minister stated this in Abuja at the weekend.
Under the Buhari administration, the Nigerian military has not only sustained the war against Boko Haram Terrorists in the North East with commendable successes, it has put the insurgents on the backpedal and destroyed most of its operations base while the anti-corruption war has been revived with the former public officials being picked up by anti-graft agencies over their alleged involvement in financial misappropriation.
It was on this strength Mr. Mohammed noted that for the first time in a long while, people have begun to appreciate the fact that corruption is an ill. To the Minister, this realization is one major achievement of the Federal Government’s fight against corruption.
According to him, aside prosecuting corruption suspects, the present administration would change the way Nigerians did things as part of the anti-corruption campaign.
Toward this end, the Minister said that government would soon launch its change initiative tagged “Change begins with me”.
“We did campaign majorly on creating jobs for our youth, building the economy, fighting corruption, and addressing insecurity.
“I think so far we have done very well in the area of fighting insecurity and terrorism; we have done very well in fighting corruption.
“All Nigerians agree that corruption is one of the major ills of this society and one major achievement of this fight against corruption is for the first time in a long time people have begun to appreciate the fact that corruption is really an ill.
“But beyond prosecuting people, this administration is bent on changing the way Nigerians do things.
“And this is why this administration is going to start very soon a massive campaign to re-orientate Nigerians to let them know that they cannot continue to do things the same way and expect different results.
“It is not all about criminalising people, who have been corrupt; of course if you have been corrupt we are going to follow due process; but it is more about a total change, total sanitizing of our society.
“We are working very hard to break our campaign, which is ‘Change begins with me’.
“Every Nigerian wants change, but they do not know that that change is embedded in them”.
Mr. Mohammed called on Nigerians to embrace the change initiative in order to promote development at all levels of the society, stressing that corruption and indiscipline were worse at the lower level of the society because the people at that level “have no good example to look up to”.
“Corruption, indiscipline is even worse at the lower level of the stratum and you cannot blamed them, because they have no good example to look up to.
“I think Nigeria is fortunate today that we have a leadership, the president himself, who has shown by his examples that this change is possible.
“But we are not going to leave it to the president alone, we are going to involve everybody; when we show good example it is easier for people to follow.
“And that change would come only when leaders lead by example. When leaders lead by example, it will inspire those who are governed to do the right thing”, the Minister added.