Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government will leverage music to champion its “Change Begins With Me” cause.
Mohammed stated this, Thursday, when he received a group of collectors of music under the aegis of the Evergreen Music Limited.
The Minister said that the role of music in building government and for advocacy cannot be overemphasized, noting that the current administration will leverage it to drive the “Change Begins With Me” national re-orientation campaign.
“We believe that this is very important to us because when you look at our campaign, it’s about returning to those old morals and values that stood Nigeria in good stead and you can learn more from music than anything,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
“That is why I believe that we will gladly partner with you because we are pitching from the same side of the field. We want Nigerians to go back to this old music because they not only preach good values but they have actually chronicled the history of Nigeria.
“Music has been used to build government and for advocacy. When Nigeria changed from driving on the right to the left, it was the likes of Ebenezer Obe and Ayinla Omowura that were used to sensitize Nigerians. When we transited from Pound Sterling to Naira and Kobo, it was the same musicians that were used,” he said.