– Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information, reveals that the federal government has made N540 billion from the whistle-blower policy
– Mohammed breaks down the amount as recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
– The minister pleads with Nigerians to support President Buhari’s moves to make Nigeria a better country
Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has revealed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has so far recovered over N540 billion through the government’s whistle-blower policy.
Minister Mohammed made the disclosure on Tuesday, November 27, at the 71st general assembly of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
“To this end, as at May this year, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, through the whistle blower policy, has recovered over N527 billion, $53 million, and £122,890,” he said.
A statement by Segun Adeyemi, an aide to Alhaji Mohammed, said the minister was represented by the director, public relations and protocol, of the federal ministry of information and culture, Sunny Adejoh Baba.
The minister said the EFCC also successfully launched a major onslaught on the seeming high-and-mighty in the society (including senior military officer and their civilian accomplices), who had soiled their hands with shady deals, leading to the recovery of choice assets across the country.
Mohammed, therefore, urged the media to align itself with the policies and programmes of the Buhari administration, which he said are aimed at ridding the country of the cancer of corruption, in order to free funds for development projects, which will uplift the standard of living of the citizenry.
“This effort should not be seen as the sole effort of Mr President or the government alone. The media has a duty to ensure that the programmes of government, meant to uplift the lots of the citizenry, are projected as a national cause and not just as that of Mr President or the administration,” the minister said.
The minister, who said the BON general assembly is taking place at an auspicious time in view of the forthcoming general elections, charged the broadcasting organizations not to yield their platforms to the purveyors of hate speech and fake news.
Mohammed said the broadcasting outfits should instead promote the unity, stability and the development of the country.
“Anything short of this would amount to a criminal abdication of a sacred duty which could spell doom for our collective national life. We have had enough sordid examples to learn from that we ought not to allow a repeat at this critical time of our national development.
“It is therefore of utmost importance that the media and specifically, broadcast media, do not allow itself to become a purveyor of fake news and hate speeches,” he said while restating the federal government’s commitment to allowing the press to carry out its assigned watchdog roles.
He, however, said the government expects the press to be guided by national interest above every other interests.
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