By Laide Akinboade
The Federal Government (FG), has demanded an unreserved apology from Sony Corporation on the advert that was placed on the internet, which according to the FG, is meant portray Nigerians in a bad light.
This was stated at the weekend, in a statement signed by the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, she noted that the allusion is not accepted by the people and government of Nigeria and asked Sony to immediately withdraw the advert from circulation.
The advert which is currently running at youtube.com and facebook.com and other international websites, gave the notion that Nigerians are fraudulent people.
According to the statement, â€œNigeria also demands an unconditional apology from Sony Corporation for this deliberate negative campaign against the countryâ€™s image and reputation.Â The apology must be given the same measure of publicity by Sony Corporation in all channels where the unfortunate adverts were aired.Â Â In the light of the above, the Federal Government of Nigeria requests Sony Corporation to immediately withdraw that advertisement from circulation.â€
Accusing Sony, â€œThe government sees this as an attempt by Sony Corporation to undermine Nigerianâ€™s business interest around the world. This insinuation is in bad faith and unacceptable. The Government and the good people of Nigeria reject this unwarranted attack on the reputation and image of the country.â€
She stressed the commitment of the present administration in ensuring that fraudsters are gotten rid of in the country, saying, â€œ FG hasÂ put in place institutions and mechanisms to rid the country of any form of fraudulent practices.