The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has so far recovered over 540 billion Naira through the Whistleblower Policy.
Backstory: The Minister disclosed this on Tuesday, Nov 27th at the 71st General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“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,” Lai Mohammed said.
Mohammed was represented by the Director, Public Relations and Protocol from the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mr. Sunny Adejoh Baba.
He said that the EFCC has also successfully launched a major onslaught on the seemingly high–and–mighty in the society, not excluding senior military officers and their civilian accomplices.
Mohammed encouraged the media to align with President Buhari’s Administration which he claims is aimed at ridding the country of the cancer of corruption.
He said, “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.”
Mohammed further restated the Government’s commitment to allowing the press to carry out its assigned watchdog roles, even as the government expects the press to be guided by national interest above anything else.
He noted that changing media landscape and new digital technologies have altered the nature and function of the media such that traditional media sometimes gets circumvented and its role as gate-keeper of the news challenged.
He, therefore, urged broadcasting companies to build local stations that will allow for a transfer of technology and free the creative dexterity of the young population.
Bottom Line: Lai Mohammed is making the argument which the Buhari administration clearly wants to emphasise as the crux of why it should be reelected. This is why valid points like the fact that Nigeria is now ranked worse on the Transparency International corruption index bothers the FG so much because it takes away crucial validation of its major bragging point. But the news may not be too surprising to independent observers as the FG appears to have pursued a one-sided war, overlooking allegations against those aligned with the president.