By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The Minister of Information and Communications, Prof Dora Akunyili, says that repositioning Nigeriaâ€™s image is compulsory and essential because of the failure of bothÂ leadership and followership.
Prof Akunyili stated this in a message delivered on her behalf by the Director General, National Video Censors Board, Mr. Emeka Mba, at the flag-off of the First 2009 National Programme Planning Conference of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Owerri.
â€œWhen the name Nigeria is mentioned, it immediately conjures a picture of a corrupt and dysfunctional state, a nation ofÂ scammers, con men and of potential criminals. I want to repeat that Nigeria is long overdue for a healthy and positive brandâ€, Akunyili insisted.
According to the Minister, â€œthe negative perception about Nigerians was foisted on us by the international community and it stuck because a few of us gave life to it by our bad behaviour and more importantly because of the failure of successive political leadershipâ€.
She was optimistic that something could be done to make Nigerians believe in themselves and their country and entrench positive values.