Former Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili, has identified poor perception of Nigeria and its people by both Nigerians and foreigners as one of the greatest challenges facing the country at the moment.
Speaking at a colloquim, organised to mark the golden jubilee anniversary of the Chief Executive Officer of CMC Connect, Mr Yomi Badejo Okusanya, in Lagos, on Tuesday, the former NAFDAC boss argued that, but for the negative light the country is always portrayed, it would have recorded profound success in its bid to become an economic power.
“Sadly, the country is not as bad as these people would want to paint it. For instance, there are countries where some of these vices attributed to Nigeria, are committed more frequently than what obtains here, yet all these are not given the prominence such would have enjoyed in Nigeria.
“My bag was stolen at Charles De Gaule Airport in France as a minister, in broad daylight and there was no mention of the incident in the papers the following day such an incident would have graced the front pages of the newspapers if it had happened here.
Unfortunately, where there is unemployment, there will always be crime,” she stated.
While noting that the country possessed a lot of positive attributes that could be showcased to the world, the former minister called on stakeholders to help project such positive values in Nigeria.
We must tell our beautiful stories, propagate our beautiful cultural values to the world and instill a sense of patriotism on the citizenry,” she declared.