Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, has implored Nigerians to project the country in a positive light especially within the global community. Shehu made this call in a statement, issued on Wednesday while reacting to Governor Aminu Masari’s comments about the country.
The SSA, in reference to Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari’s recent calls on “foreign powers to meddle in the internal affairs of Nigeria” said, that was the “highest level of unpatriotism’’ to the country. He therefore stated that the Presidency is warning state actors who repeatedly criticize the country internationally to desist from such act.
The Presidential spokesperson’s statement read, ’’there’s nothing to gain by disparaging your country overseas. Every citizen must respect their nation. Those countries they go to and say bad things about Nigeria, their citizens dare not do that”.
He continued, “when they go outside, they speak well of their nation. They are ambassadors of their own country. They are salesmen for their nations. Why do we go out and tell the worst stories of our own country?”
Shehu believes that if citizens don’t promote the country, nobody will. In his words, “I think that Nigerians have to change. If we don’t love this country and if we don’t promote it, nobody will do it for us”.