The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said contrary to critics’ belief, the Muhammadu Buhari administration was working assiduously to redeem its electoral pledges, especially in the critical areas of developing the economy, as well as fighting corruption and insecurity.
According to a press release by Segun Adeyemi, his SA, yesterday, the minister said while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the visiting Chinese Vice Minister of The State Council Information Office, Mr. Guo Weimin, in the area of media and cultural relations: “Our fight against corruption is focused and is ongoing and we are resolute and we have resolved that we are going to fight corruption until corruption goes under. We are happy that in this regards, we have a very good partner in China, because we are aware and we know how China fought corruption and how China is fighting corruption. We have succeeded in nursing a very sick economy and very soon, Nigeria will get out of recession.”
Alhaji Mohammed, who said the signing of the MOU would further deepen the already excellent relationship between the two countries, expressed optimism that some provisions of the MOU that encouraged the news agencies of Nigeria and China to reflect, in their reporting, the social, economic and cultural developments in both countries would eliminate the phenomenon of fake news. “This is significant because we are today in the era of fake news. Unlike China, the social media here is completely unrestrained. Therefore it is important that you get your news directly from the official source,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed also sought partnership with China in the areas of film production and distribution, development of community cinema houses and collaboration in the co-production of films as well as screening of Nigerian films in China and vice versa.