Lai Mohammed says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) under President Muhammadu Buhari has so far recovered over N540 billion through the Whistleblower Policy.
The Minister disclosed this on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the 71st General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“To this end, 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,” he said.
Mohammed, who was represented by the ministry’s director, Public Relations and Protocol, Sunny Adejoh Baba, said the EFCC also successfully launched a “major onslaught on the seeming high–and–mighty” in the society, including senior military officer and their civilian accomplices, “who had soiled their hands with shady deals”, leading to the recovery of choice assets across the country.
He enjoined the media to align itself with the policies and programmes of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, aimed at ridding the country of the cancer of corruption, in order to free funds for development projects, which will uplift the standard of living of the citizenry.
“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,” the Minister said.
Mohammed, who said the BON General Assembly is taking place at an auspicious time in view of the forthcoming general elections, charged the broadcasting organizations not to yield their platforms to the purveyors of hate speech and fake news.
He said the broadcasting outfits should instead promote the unity, stability and the development of the country.
“Anything short of this would amount to a criminal abdication of a sacred duty which could spell doom for our collective national life. We have had enough sordid examples to learn from that we ought not to allow a repeat at this critical time of our national development.
“It is therefore of utmost importance that the media and specifically, broadcast media, do not allow itself to become a purveyor of fake news and hate speeches,” the Minister said.