Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information, has visited major media houses in the U.S. in a bid to give President Muhammadu Buhari a good portrayal.
The minister reportedly visited the CNN, New York Times, Voice of America, Washington Post, Washington Times; Al Jazeera, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic Council and the Foreign Relations Council.
Mohammed said he embarked on the trip to clarify the distorted news about the government and happenings in Nigeria. “A lot of critics and this distortion has sought to whittle the administration’s strive in fighting against insecurity, in revamping the economy and in fighting corruption”, said Mohammed.
“And it became very important to give this information to the foreign media so that in their editorials, in their comments and when they are writing stories, they would be doing so from the context of the actualities on ground,” he added. The minister claimed “many” of the media houses visited were impressed with the Buhari’s government’s achievements. These feats, according to Mohammed, include the anti-Boko Haram campaign, economy revamp, the school-feeding programme, N-Power employment scheme, among others.