The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance yesterday when he visited two Yoruba-language newspapers, Alaroye and Iroyin Owuro, in Lagos.
‘’We are winning (the fight against corruption). We won’t relent. We won’t retreat. With the support of the people we are fighting for, we will win. It takes a very transparent leader like President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption. But we are aware that corruption will fight back,” he said.
The minister rallied the support of the newspapers in the fight against terrorism and corruptions, saying the indigenous newspapers are ‘missing links’ in the government’s efforts to reach the people at the grassroots, hence his decision to visit them.
Mohammed said he visited the two newspapers in a dual capacity, as the Minister of Information as well as Culture, noting that part of the mandate of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), an agency under the ministry, is to preserve indigenous languages – which is what the indigenous newspapers are doing.
He urged the publishers of all indigenous newspapers in the country to come together and form an association that will make it possible for them to articulate their challenges and facilitate the resolution of such challenges.
At Iroyin Owuro, he commended the publishers for their tenacity in keeping alive the newspaper, which was founded about two years ago.
The Publisher of Alaroye, Mr. Musa Alao Adedayo, and his Iroyin Owuro counterpart, Mr. Yinka Alabi, both described the minister’s visit to their newspapers as ‘historic’.
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