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.
Doyin Okupe, Nigeria‘s Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President, Goodluck Jonathan, defends the government’s attempts to tackle the problem of the insurgency and says the “safe return” of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram is key.
As soon as he opened his eyes, he felt it. A strange peace, a calm clarity. He stretched. Even his limbs were stronger and surer. He looked at his phone. Thirty-seven new text messages – and all while he was asleep. With one click, he deleted them.
When Orji Uzor Kalu, jet-setting Nigerian businessman and controversial politician is in Abuja, he usually spends most of his time at his sprawling mansion which is located a few minutes’ drive away from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, the official residence of Nigeria’s President.
Worsening security in Nigeria has not deterred foreign investors from buying its assets, Citigroup’s country head said on Wednesday, citing $1.1 billion worth of Eurobonds it had traded for three local lenders so far this year.
The Nigerian government has signed a contract worth more than $1.2 million with a Washington DC public relations firm to deal with the fallout from the Boko Haram kidnappings.
I have had to remain quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria’s military, police and investigators to find the girls kidnapped in April from the town of Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The West’s Nigeria coverage is perfectly described by this one anecdote: Nigerians live with Boko Haram’s terrorism for five years, and when the western media finally takes notice, it latches onto a hashtag and wrongly identifies the creator of the hashtag as an American woman.
BBC HardTalk’s Stephen Sackur recently interviewed Doyin Okupe, the Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan.