The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, yesterday, refuted claims by Chief Afe
Babalola and Akin Fadeyi, that the Federal Government’s
national re-orientation campaign, ‘Change Begin with Me’
was a copyright version of drama skits ‘Not In My Country’
Mohammed’s reaction came barely seven days after a
senior lawyer at the Afe Babalola Chambers, Adebayo
Adenipekun, wrote to the President, alleging that the
initiative launched to bring attitudinal change in the
country, originated from him and was taken from his
project: ‘Not In My Country.’
The minister made the explanation after unveiling the
national re-orientation campaign to stakeholders in the
private sector in Lagos.
He noted that the idea behind the national re-orientation
was designed and completed two months before he met
He said: “I was nominated in October and the moment I
was nominated, I called my team and I told them that the
most important thing was to change the attitude of
Nigerians. I am happy that the agencies that worked on the
idea are here today.
“We started working on the initiative immediately and on
14 October, 2015 when I was confirmed as a minister, I
had completed work on the initiative. I made available to
the media, incontrovertible evidence that by October 14th,
2015, I had completed work on the initiative.
“On 31 October, 2015, I had completed the radio jingles
and television commercials. After we had completed work
on the programme, Mr. Akin Fadeyi came to me on
December 30th, 2015.
So, how can one accuse me of stealing an idea which was
completed by October last year? The person, who claimed
that I stole his idea came to me in December. Mr. Akin
Fadeyi, Afe Babalola and I will meet in court.”
Earlier, Director General of the National Orientation Agency,
NOA, Garba Abare, said the initiative was aimed at making
citizens major players in the redevelopment of the country.