The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations has called on the Federal Government to urgently begin a process that lead to the rebuilding of the reputation of the country in such a way that will attract foreign investments in to the country.
The call was made the President of NIPR, Malam Mukhtar Sirajo, in Abuja on Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Federal Capital Territory Chapter of the NIPR.
Sirajo noted that kidnapping, banditry, terrorism and general insecurity had already affected the country’s image at the global level, adding that there was a need for a reputation summit to discuss the situation.
“What the national body is thinking of doing at the moment is to organise a reputation summit for the country.
“Where Nigerians of all hues, all shades will gather, talk to one another in a very honest but respectful manner, ask the necessary questions to know where we missed it.
“From this, we can begin to retrace our steps and go back to that Nigeria we used to know, with a view to making things better for ourselves,” he said.
Sirajo also advocated for Nigerians to discard every divisive tendencies and element at this trying moment, and focus on the unifying factors, if it must remain as one.
“As I am talking to you right now, we are worried about the reputation of this country.
“We need to tell ourselves the truth that we need to do something about our own reputation and where do we start from, from telling ourselves the home truth.
“How do we get back to that cohesive Nigeria that we used to have in which we all believe that we are one; we did not care what religion we professed, what tribal or ethnic groups we belonged to.
“There was a time this was the main thing in the country, but today you hear this crisis here, that crisis there; this stereotype here, that stereotype there; it does not do any good for our reputation.
“When a country does not have a good reputation, even investors are afraid to come there, because according to capitalists, capital is a coward, it does not go where there is no security.
“We need to work on our reputation, so that capital will not continue to flee from us.
“We should rather have a reputation that would be pulling capital into our country,” Sirajo said.
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