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What are you rebranding? Fight Corruption instead (Nigeria).

PoliticsPosted by Alban Wed, March 18, 2009 13:12:02
I was sitting at home in Stockholm, Sweden when I saw a program "Lunching of "Rebranding" of Nigeria" on AIT. What I do not understand is what the present government of Nigeria want to "rebrand". You cannot "rebrand" Nigeria when what made Nigeria what it is today is still there - Corruption. Why are we leaving the substance and chasing shadow. What Nigeria is known for both home and abroad is CORRUPTION and lack of RULE of LAW. So is it possible to rebrand corruption? or to fight it? If we have to rebrand Nigeria, we have to fight corruption and maintain rule of law. After watching the entire program, I did not see anything that tells me that the government is fighting or willing to fight corruption.

Under the government of Obasanjo and Ribadu, though not total but we saw corruption was to some extent been addressed. Critics had it that they were being selective but did they ever brought to book anybody that was not corrupt? Whoever is corrupt is corrupt, it is irrelevant if they were selective or not.

FACTS: Under Obansanjo┬┤s tenure the two anti-Graft bodies was founded (EFCC & ICPC). A big step in war against corruption
Three Ministers were sacked and were taking to court.
IGP was sacked and was jailed.
The then Senate President lost his job and was also taking to court.

How can a Nigerian believe in his or her country and this particular rebranding when they see people embazzle public funds and yet get a way with it everyday. Foreigners are asking the same question of what are you rebranding when the obvious problem is corruption and Nigeria government is not fighting it. Why wasting tax payers money on issues that will be dealt with, with little or not much effort once corruption is properly addressed.

To have Nigerians believe in themselves, you have to make sure that the act of governance is not business as usual. It should be the act of providing necessities for the citizenry.

I travel weekly performing in different countries trying to portray the good image of Nigeria, sometimes I sincerely have difficulties doing this especially when they ask me "what are you Nigerians doing about corruption"?

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Posted by JMI Fri, January 07, 2011 18:45:59

sing against corruption! Fair Play - Youth Voices Against Corruption competition launches on Monday > please spread the word if you think it's worth it.


Posted by Toye Thu, August 06, 2009 04:03:07

D problem with corruption is a nationwide problem that is not gona b solved by simply making policies, because even after those policies are created the implementation of the "so called policies" would be hardly possible because the corrupt mind state of the nation at large still exist. Policies already exist today, but they are not followed because of Corruption. D disease of Corruption affects everyone from the president to the lowest paid people in d country. So how can you "fight" corruption in itself if everyone in the country is caught up in it? the only way is to change the mind set of the people of Nigeria to shy away from selfish and greedy thoughts which destroy our country today!! And the easiest way this can be achieved is by "REBRANDING" Nigeria @ large and shape d mind set of the new generation to produce a more constructive Nigeria, so i happen to agree with the movement and I myself am starting a new charity/rebranding company called NewGreen.

Posted by dorian_vio Fri, May 01, 2009 15:55:51

Query for Dr Alban : I am very curious to know if any politician from YOUR country, being from the government or opposition discussed somehow this matters with you, corruption in Nigeria and any problems that the people from Nigeria face as poverty.

Posted by ili Thu, March 19, 2009 00:10:08

Yes, this is very true. We also have in Romania this problem with rebranding. The government wants to hide the real problems and throw dust in our faces with advertising campaigns about rebranding Romania. It's cheaper for them, but not at all effective. The campaigns regarding our beautiful landscape (I know you've noticed it too, when you were in Romania in 2005) or the Romanian gypsies in Italy or Spain had absolutely no effect and we are still very badly seen abroad.

After all, as you say, Nigeria is not only "the land of oil, gold and sugarcane" or the "island of the sun". I think you should make a song about the problems in Nigeria, including corruption, censorship and the gap between rich and poor.