The Federal Government has described President Buhari’s electoral
victory as the triumph of ordinary Nigerians over the nation’s elite.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this when he
received the management of his ministry in his office yesterday February
28th. The ministry workers were in his office to congratulate him on
the victory of the APC in last Saturday’s Presidential and National
“Last weekend’s election is a direct contest between ordinary
Nigerians and the elite, most of whom are rent seekers. Of course, the
ordinary Nigerians have won!” he said.
Mohammed said the President’s victory is a confirmation of the fact
that ordinary Nigerians appreciate the pro-people policies of the
present administration which, he said, is doing more with far less
“Overall, this government is doing more with less and is restoring
decency and integrity to governance. Like the New York Times said, the
re-election of President Buhari is a referendum on honesty. There is no
better way to put it,” he stated.
While reeling out the policies that endeared President Buhari to the
ordinary Nigerians, the Minister said under the Social Investment
Programme, the government feeds 9.3 million school children everyday and
some 500,000 unemployed graduates have been employed under N-Power, in
addition to some 300,000 families who are benefitting from the
Conditional Cash Transfer.
He said in a deliberate effort to boost the Small and Medium
Enterprises to contribute significantly to the nation’s economy, the
Buhari Administration gives out interest-free loans of between N10,000
and N100,000 under the TraderMoni and the MarketMoni Schemes to small
“Pensioners who have been left in the lurch are being paid, and I am
talking of ex-workers of the Nigerian Airways, NITEL and former Biafran
Policemen, among others. The former Nigeria Airways staffers were so
delighted that they held a rally in support of the President
before the elections,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
He said the fight against corruption is being institutionalized with a
number of policies that include Treasury Single Account (TSA),
Whistleblower policy, and that it has led to the recovery of huge
amounts of money as well as property from looters.
The Minister therefore enjoined the citizenry to continue to support
the Buhari Administration in building of a strong, secure,
economically-buoyant and corrupt-free society.