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.
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
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.