Youths Key To Achieving Corruption-Free Nigeria – Minister


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 on Saturday, 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



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