Kaduna State governor Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has described the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as an experienced information manager, a dogged fighter and a dedicated nationalist who is committed to the advancement of Nigeria’s interests.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the minister in his office in Abuja yesterday, el-Rufai said he and Lai Mohammed struggled together in the All Progressives Congress (APC), during which “he (the minister) was abducted once, just like I was arrested twice by the same people.’’
The governor said he came to wish the minister well and to let him know that the thoughts and prayers of the people of Kaduna State are with him.
He said Nigerians should give maximum support to President Muhammadu Buhari and his team in their quest to get Nigeria out of the difficult situation to which it had been consigned by the previous administration.
In his response, the minister, who said he was ‘excited’ at the visit and called el-Rufai “one of our brightest and most courageous’’.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the governor to make Kaduna State one of the best states in the country.
The minister said his vision is to leverage the unique power of information and culture to drive the change agenda of the Buhari Administration to ensure that Nigerians take ownership of the agenda, with a view to achieving a paradigm shift in the way they do things.
He said the Ministry of Information and Culture would soon launch a massive, national reorientation campaign as part of the efforts to drive the change agenda, and expressed the hope that the government of Kaduna State will collaborate with the ministry to ensure a successful campaign.