The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday said 76 per cent of Nigerians are behind the government’s anti-corruption campaign.
He spoke when he received the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, led by renowned Professor of Law and civil rights Activist, Itse Sagay, in his office on Tuesday.
He also commended the role of the committee in the country’s anti-corruption crusade.
”Bodies like yours, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, are critical to the success of the fight,” the Minister said while receiving members of the Committee at his office in Abuja on Tuesday.
”We have no doubt that you will continue to advise the administration on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.”
Mohammed said the visit by members of the committee could not have come at a better time, ”considering that we are presently running a National Sensitization Campaign Against Corruption.”
He acknowledged the huge support that the ministry had received – and has continued to receive from the committee since the launch of the campaign, saying it had gone a long way in contributing to the modest achievement recorded since the campaign was launched.
”I can say, without equivocating, that since the launch of the sensitization campaign against corruption, we have succeeded in getting more and more Nigerians talking about corruption. Not everyone has joined the campaign, but we see the increased national debate on corruption as a positive development, because the more people are aware of the evils of corruption, the more the likelihood for them to support the government’s battle against corruption,” the minister said.