Nigeria’s minister of information Lai Mohammed, says President Muhammadu Buhari engages foreign media organisations to allow them to know the true position of things and the administration’s achievements which are being downplayed.
Mohammed made this known in London on Friday after an engagement with the Royal African Society, a body founded in 1990 to promote relations between the UK and Africa.
The minister arrived London on Sunday and delivered a lecture in Chatham House, the UK-based Royal Institute of International Affairs, where he interacted with foreign and Commonwealth Office officials, All Party Parliamentary Group and featured on Aljazeera Television news hour.
His words: “The whole idea of the trip is to engage foreign media organisations, networks and think tanks to actually explain the activities of government,” he said.
“As you were aware, we have been to the UK twice and the U.S. on this kind of mission.
“I think generally it has been quite fruitful because it offered us the platform and opportunity to explain to them what this government has achieved in the areas of security, fighting corruption and in revamping the economy.
“It also gives us the opportunity to disabuse the minds of the people about the insecurity in the North-East and how the government has succeeded in returning normalcy in affected areas.
“It offers us the opportunity to explain that the farmers/herdsmen clash is largely due to population explosion, climate change and criminality as against the naysayers’ position that it is ethnic or religious,” he said.