In spite of Nigeria's progress, somehow the global community & media seems to focus on the negative: Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President of Nigeria

Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President of Nigeria

The world’s negative perception of Nigeria is a "tragedy", a political official from the country told CNBC, who advocated focusing on the strength of Nigeria’s economy rather than its struggles with Islamist terrorism and increasing instability.

"We are in the process of rebuilding the country, economically and socially. A lot of reforms are in place and that is what has really been helping Nigeria" Doyin Okupe, senior special assistant on public affairs to the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, told CNBC on Monday.

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