22nd August, 2021
The United States Institute for Peace has commended Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Johnnie Carson, a Senior Advisor at the institute stated this on Saturday when the minister paid an official visit to the institute in Washington.
Carson said the global body recognises the work Lai has been doing for Nigeria.
The U.S diplomat Carson also described the discussion with Lai Mohammed as frank and fruitful.
“It is my great pleasure to have Mr Lai Mohammed here because we recognise the work he is doing in Nigeria.
“His visit is a great opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on a broad number of issues.
“We had a very good and productive conversation about several social, economic and security issues relating to Nigeria.
“It was a broad, full and frank exchange of views and friendly one as well.”
Lai Mohammed, on his part, also confirmed that they had frank and mutually beneficial discussions.
“Meeting a legend like the ambassador is one of the highlights of my visit here today.
“One of the most important takeaways is the offer by his Excellency that I should come back here to address a wider cross-section of opinion leaders and moulders.
“I am glad that I accepted the offer and I am going to be here very soon with other cabinet members because this is a fantastic platform to let the world know what we are doing and our challenges,’’ he said.
Lai Mohammed is currently in the U.S. to engage various global media outlets, global think- tanks and influencers.
This engagement, according to Lai, is to spread correct narratives about what is happening in Nigeria, showcase government achievements and present challenges facing the country.
Before meeting Carson, the minister had met with Mr Mathew Lussenhap, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Culture and Dr Peter Pham of the Atlantic Council, a think-tank.
Lai also engaged with BBC Radio and Television, Reuters, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Politico and Voice of America, Radio and Television.