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‘Tinubu demarketing Nigeria to investors’ – Ex-minister reacts to president’s comments in Qatar

Former Aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, has expressed disappointment over President Bola Tinubu’s comment while addressing investors in Qatar over the weekend.

Tinubu had told Qatari investors to report bribe-seeking officials in his government directly to him.

Reacting to Tinubu’s comment, Chidoka stated that the president’s job is to ‘sell Nigeria’ and not de-market the country.

“It was an unfortunate statement. I was shocked and embarrassed that he was continuing Buhari’s type of de-marketing of Nigeria,” Chidoka said.

“There are many Nigerians who will not ask for a bribe or disturb people. The people who will probably ask you for a bribe are in the minority. The job of the president is to sell Nigeria, to be the chief spokesperson and chief salesperson of Nigeria.

“I think this is the lacuna that comes when there is a poor briefing from the agencies of government. I don’t really blame the president. I blame the inability of people like the Minister of Information and Foreign Affairs for the theme of the government.

“The government has to have a theme like we are pro-investment; we want to attract foreign exchange.

“Our mission is to deodorise Nigeria, to tell a good story about Nigeria, to tell Africa’s rising narrative, and to say that this change of government is a new mandate that tells you how Nigeria has been able to sustain democracy for 24 going to 25 years

“So the story about Nigeria is not a story of bribery and corruption. And we don’t want a president who people are calling from Qatar to report a bribe. They should report them to the police, EFCC, ICPC, or any other office of government that deals with that.”

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