Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Tuesday at the 71st General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has so far through the Whistle Blower Policy recovered over N540billion.
“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,” Lai said at the event held in Port Harcourt.
Mr. Lai added that the anti-graft has also successfully launched a major onslaught on the seeming high-and –mighty in the society who had involved themselves in shady deals.
He further urged the media to support the policies and programmes of the President Buhari administration in order to rid the country of the cancer of corruption, which will enable the recovery of funds meant for development for the benefits of Nigerians.
“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 who was represented by Mr. Sunny Adejoh Baba, the Director, Public Relations and Protocol, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
He further urged the media not to give their platforms to the purveyors of hate speeches and fake news, saying that broadcasting stations 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.