The Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has rated high, the achievements of the Buhari led administration after one year in office.
He made the assertion yessterday, May 26, 2016 while presenting the APC led government’s scorecard for the past 12 months, saying the present economic challenges facing the country would not be an enough excuse for failure in fulfilling electoral promises.
The minister, who was in company with other ministers of the Federal republic including Dr. Chris Ngige ( Labour and Employment); Babatunde Fashola, (Power, Housing and Work); Musa Bello (FCT) and Okey Enelamah (Trade and Investment) at a meeting with the Broadcasting Organization of Nigerian, BON, in Abuja afforded the media the opportunity to engage key players in government.
The minister who insisted that the administration was on track, pinpointed three major areas the Buhari administration has fulfilled election promises.
1. Insecurity: On insecurity, Mohammed said the administration had succeeded in clipping the wings of Boko Haram in the past one year, to the point where insurgents have lost their capacity to carry out the kind of spectacular attacks for which they became notorious.
2. Corruption: On the fight against corruption, the minister said that it was obvious to all Nigerians that the Buhari administration had demonstrated enough political will to tackle corruption and that Nigeria was winning the war. He said it was corruption that made the battle against Boko Haram linger for this long and led to the death of many fine soldiers.
He said, “Today, the issue of corruption has become topical in national discourse and the corrupt are no longer able to flaunt their ill-gotten wealth with impunity, as they used to do. This is because the government has succeeded in sensitizing Nigerians to the cost of corruption to their lives.
3. Economy: Mohammed said that despite the present economic challenges, government appreciated the challenges but decided to see opportunities rather than difficulties by working assiduously to diversify the nation’s economy away from oil. While these efforts are on, he also said that the administration equally decided to plug all financial loopholes through the Treasury Singles Account(TSA), into which trillions of Naira have accrued so far.a