Posted on March 13, 2009 by connectafrica
A section of Nigeria’s civil society has accused the Federal Government of embarking on a spending jamboree in a project which is supposed to re-brand Nigeria’s image.
Spokesperson for one of the groups said that the previous administration had embarked on a similar project with some measure of success; he argued that resources should be utilized in providing more jobs and social infrastructure
Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili had last month announced for the submission of National logos and mantras from the public in a renewed re-branding bid for the country
However the minister drew the ire of the Nigerian parliament when she refused to disclose the source of funding for the project.
In the 90’s and early 2000’s Nigeria’s image suffered largely from military despotism, crime and corruption-the country was once ranked by the Transparency international as the most corrupt country in the world.
However strong anti-corruption structures, stable government and healthy macro- economic growth figures has seen the country regain some respect in the comity of nations in recent years.
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Posted on September 1, 2008 by connectafrica
No hecklers at the newsstands, no apocalyptic political analysts on local Nigerian TV stations, even the insipid commercial motor cyclist who rode me to work could only offer a slight chuckle at the prospects of President Umar Yar’Adua dead. Now if you are not Nigerian you may have to forgive my morbid humour in trying to figure out the public’s response to the rumoured death of president yar’adua. This is the second time in a little over a year that president Yar’adua has died and we aren’t closer to the truth on the president’s state of health, unlike the former there is no president Olusegun Obasanjo to play hell’s angel and advocate, apologies to he’s asking ‘Umaru’ if he was alive last year when the media had been rife that the president had suddenly taken ill and died. One year on and the media is asking the same question. The president’s spokespersons, official and pseudo have only helped in worsening this fiasco. We know the president went to Saudi Arabia to perform the lesser hajj, ten days on where is he? Why was he not available to open the Nigerian embassy in Brazil according to his detailed official log? How can it all be fine and dandy if the VP Goodluck Jonathan who was supposed to be attending late Zambian leader’s Levi Mwanawasa funeral shelved it?. According to the sun newspapers Goodluck was waiting for some good news from Germany. So dear presidential spokespersons what bad news was being shepherded after all the president told us in a recent interview it was no big deal to be ill, well or die. The president’s media harbingers better be prepared for an oily battle with a vibrant local press, already permutations and diabolical innuendos are rife, e.g. Obasanjo knew all along that this scenario would play out; putting an enervating leader in the saddle and a VP who has never been mentioned as a power broker in the nation’s polity either as governor or VP. The constitution is very clear on what happens if the president passes on; the VP takes over. This however is a difficult prospect to belly. In the run up to the last presidential election there were at least five presidential contenders from the region, at the end we learnt it was easier to step aside than take a hold of the plough, one after the other the entire lot honourably withdrew .Neither Goodluck nor Yar’dua were ever in the equation, leaving us in this quagmire, perhaps OBJ could yet speak to President Yar’adua on our behalf if his media men can’t do the job.
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