Maku blames Nigeria’s im­age prob­lems on politi­cians

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The Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Mr Labaran Maku, has blamed the at­ti­tude and ac­tiv­i­ties of some po­lit­i­cal lead­ers for Nigeria’s im­age prob­lems on the in­ter­na­tional scene.

Maku made the ob­ser­va­tion in Abuja yes­ter­day at a pub­lic hear­ing or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee on For­eign Pol­icy and Di­as­pora Mat­ters.

The min­is­ter, who made a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion to the com­mit­tee on govern­ment’s im­age man­age­ment ef­forts abroad, said the at­ti­tude of some po­lit­i­cal elites had com­pounded the sit­u­a­tion.

“One of the ma­jor prob­lems we have had in pro­ject­ing our coun­try as a min­istry of in­for­ma­tion has been how to unite the di­vided po­lit­i­cal elites who al­ways seek to run down this coun­try be­fore the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

“Each time an op­por­tu­nity pre­sents it­self, you find our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers go­ing abroad to speak bad about our coun­try and this has com­pounded the work that we do in the min­istry. Un­til this trend changes, our ef­forts to man­age Nigeria’s im­age in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity re­mains un­der­mined,” he said.

Maku said the con­duct of the lo­cal me­dia had also made the task of laun­der­ing Nigeria’s im­age more dif­fi­cult for govern­ment of­fi­cials. (NAN)

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