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Change agenda not politically motivated —Lai Mohammed

From left, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the deputy Inspector General of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, at the launch of 'Change Begins With Me' campaign, in Abuja, on Tuesday. PHOTO: NAN

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, said that the change agenda campaign, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, on September 8, was not politically motivated nor with religious or ethnic colouration.

He said the campaign was for all Nigerians.

Addressing senior police officers, at a monthly officers meeting with  the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the minister noted that the main objective is to achieve a paradigm shift in the way things are done.

According to him:”Contrary to the misconception in certain quarters, this campaign was designed to start from the very top, right from the president, the vice president, ministers and other top government officials, then, down to all Nigerians. ”

He noted that those who have said that the campaign is aimed at saddling only the ordinary citizen with any burden have been unduly hasty as they should have waited for them to roll out the campaign.

The minister said, that:”on the invitation of the Inspector-General of Police, we are here today to formally present “the change begins with me” to the police hierachy. This is very important because the police, by virtue of its duties, is a critical stakeholder in this campaign.”

Addressing the Senior officers later, the IGP, lamented that the general discipline in the force is not encouraging and warned that serious actions will henceforth be taken against indiscipline in the force.

He urged the officers to find ways in their zones and commands of committing Nigerians to tackling serious crimes all over the country as efforts are ongoing course to address the welfare needs of officers and men through the provision of barracks and affordable houses.

The IGP emphasised the need for synergy with other security agencies, and consequently, directed all Command CPs to set up joint operation centres as a means of boosting synergy among other security agencies.

Also, he directed that the CPS should ensure that members of the eminent persons hold meetings every three months in their area of jurisdiction to look into issues of security and other related matters.