When the Federal Government launched the “Change Begins With Me” campaign some weeks ago, not a few Nigerians expressed disappointment with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for asking them to champion the “change” initiative.
This was more pronounced as many felt that the government was elected to lead the “change” campaign and not throw the responsibility back to the citizens. For many persons, the citizens had started the process by electing the government, the government should do its part.
Following the furore generated by the launch, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Thursday listed ways in which the Federal Government has been leading by example.
While unveiling the campaign to the private sector, Mohammed stated that the government has been leading the charge in form of:
Orderliness: “Today, ministers queue up at airports and filling stations. Their lifestyle is devoid of any ostentation.”
Timeliness: “The federal executive council is not left behind. The weekly FEC Meeting starts on time.”
Prudence: “The president demonstrated leadership when he rejected the purchase of new vehicles for his use, thus saving N400 million. Thanks to his action, no minister purchases new vehicles, saving millions more.”
Law-abiding: “Upon assuming office, the president instructed his convoy to always respect traffic rules. The ministers all followed suit.”
He explained that “the campaign is geared towards achieving attitudinal change. As they say, you cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result.”
“Against the background that our core values have witnessed total breakdown in the past years, it is imperative that we re-orientate ourselves with a view to restoring those time-tested values,” he added.