Nigeria was almost a pariah state under Jonathan —FG
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, on Wednesday said Nigeria was almost a
pariah state as a result of insecurity and corruption before
President Muhammadu Buhari succeeded Goodluck
Mohammed spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while
briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the
Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Buhari.
He was joined at the press conference by the Minister of
Environment, Amina Muhammed, and the Minister of State,
Environment, Jibril Ibrahim.
Mohammed explained that the meeting reviewed the gains
of the President’s recent foreign trips, especially the last
four he embarked upon last year, and came to the
conclusion that they were important.
opportunities afforded by the trips to address some of the
major challenges facing the country like climate change,
insecurity and corruption.
He argued that before now, the level of corruption in the
country had discouraged investors from coming to Nigeria.
Mohammed added, “You do not run a country by being
isolated and the personal presence of the President in many
of these forums is very important because before now, we
were almost a pariah state.
“The two things that have been driving investments away
from this country are terrorism and corruption.
“One thing that nobody can fault this President on is his
determination to fight these two ills.
even to the economy back home.
“What I mean that Nigeria was a pariah state is that before
now, the level of corruption was very high that nobody was
ready to risk his investment in Nigeria.
“The cost of doing business was so high that most
international businessmen didn’t want to come here. Who is
coming to invest in a country where there is insecurity?
“These are the twin problems that Mr. President has
addressed in the last nine months.”
According to Mohammed, because the world is a global
village, the President cannot sit in his country and say he is
not concerned about things happening across the world.
The minister explained that issues that took centre stage in
the forums attended by Buhari abroad included climate
change, corruption, terrorism and extremism, saying they
would help Nigeria.
He stated that because the President had been attending the
meetings with relevant ministers, the outcomes had been
The Minister of Environment added that Buhari’s foreign
trips had translated into stronger economic ties with other
She said, “The President doesn’t stand alone, he has a Vice-
President and a cabinet. The cabinet stays with the Vice-
President here as much as possible to try to address the
challenges that we are talking about on a daily basis.
“But the investment that we make with the President’s
travels is well worth the investment we are getting from