The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called on Nigerians to remain hopeful, stressing that after a “long suffering,” comes a period of prosperity.
The Minister made the call at a meeting with members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON, in Abuja yesterday.
Commending Nigerians for the endurance and support shown the current administration so far, Mohammed, however, sued for patience, saying change is never instant.
He said, “In the words of Henry David Thoreau, all misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune,” the minister said.
“Change is no instant coffee, it is a process. We are now laying a solid foundation for our country.
“The road will be rough, but as the saying goes, the darker the night, the brighter the morning. Our long suffering people will surely smile again.”
Admitting that the country is passing through a very difficult situation with the loss of more than 60 per cent of national income due to the crash in the price of crude oil, the Minister assured Nigerians that the government would deliver on its election campaign promises.
“This administration is aware that it was not elected to make excuses, but to put the nation back on a sound economic footing, ensure the security of lives and property and banish corruption.
“We have therefore decided to turn the disaster that we inherited into a blessing by diversifying our economy away from the mono-product of oil, leveraging on agriculture, solid minerals as well as culture and tourism, among others,” he said.