Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has challenged the media to contextualize their reporting so that those who destroyed Nigeria will not be made to look like the country’s new saviours.
The Minister said this when the Chief Executive Officer of TVC Communications, Mr. Andrew Hanlon, led a team of top officials of the company on a courtesy visit to the Minister in his office in Abuja on Tuesday.
”We are on a rescue mission. However, the way a section of the media is reporting the challenges facing the country today does not reflect that understanding. They are making a corrective administration to look like the culprit, to give the impression that the rain started
beating us in Nigeria only from 29 May 2015, to play down the
challenges that this Administration has faced and which it is
”For example, we did not get to where we are today in just three
years. It has taken successive decades of bad governance, unbridled
corruption, lack of probity, a culture of impunity and a near state of
anarchy. These are the ills this Administration inherited and which it
has set out to tackle. And this is what the media must reflect in
their reporting,” he said.
Mohammed said but for the prudence, probity and the
anti-corruption stance of this Administration, the situation could have been worse, adding: ”Instead of recession, we could have had a
total collapse of the economy. The power grid could have collapsed
altogether. Corruption could have overwhelmed the society. Boko Haram
could have turned Abuja to Bama or Konduga. Food imports could have
tripled what it was pre-May 29th 2015 and the Naira might have
been worse hit.”
He, therefore, challenged the media to do more to educate Nigerians
”that it is hard to build but easy to destroy, that the same people
who presided over yesterday’s looting of our treasury are today posing
as would-be saviours of Nigerians, that this Administration is
rebuilding almost from the scratch with 60% less revenue, that the
corrupt ones are spending millions of Naira to paint the government of
the bad, and that Nigeria is not returning to Egypt”.