Minister for Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, has threatened to sue the Daily Independent newspaper for libel over a news report that the ‘Change Begins With Me’ concept was stolen by the minister, and that the launch of the campaign gulped N3.4 billion.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on September 8th 2016 launched the national re-orientation campaign, in Abuja, to reset the nation’s decaying value system.
The campaign was immediately tainted with various allegations of copyright theft.
Mr. Mohammed has also threatened to sue Akin Fadeyi, a creative artist and former head of communications at Airtel Nigeria, and one Omo Bazuaye for allegedly claiming that he stole the campaign concept from them.
Lai Mohammed through his lawyers, Falana & Falana’s Chambers, said his reputation has been badly hurt by these allegations.
The minister gave the newspaper and the duo of Mr. Fadeyi and Mr. Bazuaye seven days to retract the “libelous” statements or be ready to meet him in court.