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Lai Mohammed, the minister of
information, has explained why the
federal government led by President
Muhammadu Buhari has to downsize
some of its campaign promises.
Speaking on Channels TV on Sunday,
February 28, the minister said that when
the All Progressives Congress (APC) was
campaigning, the price of crude was $100
a barrel, but now it is $30 a barrel.
“When you campaign, you say you will
do A,B, C, but when you win election,
you prioritise. “We are still faithful to
those promises, but as you have rightly
said, when we were campaigning the
price of crude was $100 a barrel, today
it is $30 a barrel so definitely, we will
have to downsize some of the things
intended to do but this does not mean
abandoning those promises.
“You do not make a budget for four
years, you make an annual budget and
in this years budget, we have outlined
those parts of the policy that we intend
to keep. “Those we cannot keep this
year, we will keep in 2017, 2018 and
2019.
This is how government works,” he said.
Mohammed assured Nigerians that the
administration was focused on how to
fulfill its campaign promises.
However, he added that the federal
government was waiting for the approval
of the 2016 budget before it would start
implementing its plans. Speaking about
the anti-corruption campaign, the
minister noted that it may look one-sided
because the indicted people are
connected to one transaction that is
currently being investigated.

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Mohammed said that those people facing
trial were all connected to the
investigation of how the fund meant for
the purchase of military equipment was
used. He further noted that some
members of the APC were also being
investigated for other corruption cases
which he did not mention.
“If you go to the EFCC today and ask
them who are the people that are
facing charges before them, you are
going to find as many APC and as many
PDP.
“However, what gives the impression
that the fight is one sided is the fact
that it is simply one issue that is being
investigated now. That is money meant
to buy arms which was diverted for
other uses and unfortunately,
everybody involved in that happened to
be in the PDP. From the NSA to others
who he had named.
“When you trace this thing, because it
is just a particular transaction that is
the contract of 2.1 billion dollars that
was awarded to equip our soldiers,
everybody that you have showed us
here have been mentioned as a result
of that investigation from that single
transaction,” he said. The minister
explained that it takes between 34 days
and seven years to convict a low profile
criminal. However, when that criminal
is high profile, it takes as long as 10
years to infinity to convict that person,
he added.
Meanwhile, Buhari has recently revealed
that he will refuse to honour his pledge to
grant N5000 to each unemployed
Nigerian. The president added that he
would rather focus on funding the
construction of infrastructure, as well as
education, agriculture and mining to
create employment opportunities for able
bodied young men. Buhari’s statement
was met with furious reactions by
Nigerians who voted for change.