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Why repositioning Nigeria’s image is compulsory—Akunyili

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—The Minister of Information and Communications, Prof Dora Akunyili, says that repositioning Nigeria’s image is compulsory and essential because of the failure of both  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.

“When the name Nigeria is mentioned, it immediately conjures a picture of a corrupt and dysfunctional state, a nation of  scammers, con men and of potential criminals. I want to repeat that Nigeria is long overdue for a healthy and positive brand”, Akunyili insisted.

According to the Minister, “the 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 leadership”.

She was optimistic that something could be done to make Nigerians believe in themselves and their country and entrench positive values.


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