The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption will step on “big toes” and will not take personal interests into consideration.
This is just as it rallied the media to support the fight against corruption.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, who stated this yesterday at the opening of a three-day retreat for the State House Press Corps in Kaduna yesterday, said he will not be surprised if those affected in the anti-corruption campaign fight back.
The retreat has the theme: ‘Journalism and the Change Mantra, State House in Focus’.
“President Buhari has embarked on an anti-corruption campaign that is bound to offend many. Big toes will be stepped on, personal interests will be cast aside.
“As the popular saying goes, when you fight corruption, corruption fights back. Yes, anti-corruption is a war”, Shehu said.
While thanking the press for the role it played in igniting the CHANGE agenda that brought the present government into power in the last general election, the presidential spokesman noted that it was just the beginning.
He solicited even more support from the press in waging the war against corruption.
“The press can help President Muhammadu Buhari to win that war” he said, adding “you are one of the government’s most lethal weapons in this battle against the forces that aim to pull down Nigeria.
“The power of the media, if they have any power at all, lies in their ability to expose wrong-doing. This power of exposure is a far more effective deterrent in many countries, including our own, than the court systems that deliver judgment and not necessarily justice.
“If they know that that they will be exposed, many crimes will not happen and herein lies the challenge of the media under the Buhari administration. Use your power to expose wrong doing, the days of impunity are gone. This is the best way to help the CHANGE, now that we have a government with the will and capacity to right all wrongs.
“The government needs you, the press, to keep the public informed on its many activities and policies that are geared towards improving the lives of the Nigerian people, according to the CHANGE agenda”.
While reviewing the activities of the Presidential media team so far, Mr. Shehu said it had spent much of the last six months countering what he called “falsehood by government’s opponents”.
The chairman of the State House Press Corps, Kehinde Amodu, noted that the retreat was to build the journalists’ capacity as they cover the Presidency.