*—Says Nigerians must take possession of anti-corruption war for it to succeed
By Adedayo Akinwale
Contrary to claims that the Federal Government has consistently violated the rights of some accused persons in its fight against corruption, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, has said the government has not violated anybody’s rights, insisting that those involved are powerful people whom the government will not allow to sink this country.
Muhammed disclosed this in Abuja at a dinner organised by the Africa Centre for Leadership and Strategic Development (Centre LSD) for the Ministers that had their roots in the civil society, including Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Environment, Hajia Aminat Muhammed, Minister of State, National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, and Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Barr. Solomon Dalung.
According to him, “Our resolve now is as strong as our resolve then, which is to bring about that change that you are yearning for, and we have not departed from that path. Probably what we did not factor was the scale and extent of the rot, and the extent of the rot is such that even when I read about what transpired in the last administration, and I begin to wonder what would have happened if that change did not take place.”
The minister added: “It is only when Nigerians take possession of the war against corruption that we are going to really make any head-way. The kind of figures that are coming out, many of it is very well verified, but I don’t see the anger in Nigerians.”