The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
rallied Nigerian youths to be in the vanguard of the fight against
corruption, saying unbridled corruption is robbing the youths of their
Speaking at the launch of the Creative Youth Initiative Against
Corruption (CYIAC) in Lagos, the Minister said there is no
better way to tackle the menace of corruption than to involve the
youth, who are the leaders of tomorrow.
He said the fight against corruption would be more effective if the
youths are involved, especially because they constitute the largest
chunk of the country’s population, ”which means that they represent a
critical mass that can be effectively leveraged to fight corruption”.
”If we can enlist the support of the Nigerian youth in the fight
against corruption, our dream of a corruption-free Nigeria can become
a reality. If the youth can be adequately sensitized to the dangers
posed to their future by corruption, they will need little or no
prodding to take on the corrupt in our society,” Alhaji Mohammed
The Minister said no group of Nigerians suffer more from the
consequences of corruption than the youth.
”The resources that would have been invested to develop our youths
have been stolen over the years. Thousands of youths who graduate from
the University and other institutions of higher learning are roaming
the streets due to lack of jobs that would have been created, had the
resources not been stolen. The infrastructure needed by youths to give
vent to their creativity, either in the creative industry or in other
areas of human endeavour, are not there, because funds allocated to
build such infrastructure have been stolen by fat cats,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the Buhari Administration is vigorously fighting
corruption and it is winning, giving as instances the 25 billion Naira
being saved monthly by cutting unnecessary allowances of officials,
the stoppage in the payment of phantom subsidy of between 800 billion
and 1.3 trillion Naira annually, the recovery at least 43 million
dollars and 56 houses from just one former government official, the
recovery of 2.9 billion dollars from looters so far, the recovery of
151 million dollars and N8 billion in looted funds from just three
sources through the Whistle-Blower policy and the elimination of
thousands of ghost workers, we has saved 120 billion Naira.
He lauded the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption and pledged
to support its corruption-busting campaign through adequate publicity.
The event was attended by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who
gave the keynote address, and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, among other