‘Unfortunate statement’ – Ex-minister reacts to Tinubu’s comment on bribe-seeking officials

Osita Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, has described President Bola Tinubu’s comment on Nigeria’s bribe-seeking officials as unfortunate.

Recalls that Tinubu had during a meeting in Qatar told investors to report any Nigerian official asking them for a bribe.

However, reacting to the statement on Channels Television’s current affairs show, Sunday Politics, Chidoka accused Tinubu of demarketing Nigeria in the eyes of investors.

“It was an unfortunate statement. I was embarrassed that the President was continuing Buhari’s type of demarketing of Nigeria.

“There are many Nigerians who will not ask you for bribe. The people who will probably ask for bribe are in the minority. The job of the President is to sell Nigeria, to be the chief salesperson of the country.

“I don’t really blame the President. I blame the inability of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Information for the theme of the government.

“The government has to have a theme like we are pro-investment, and we want to attract foreign exchange. Our mission is to deodorise Nigeria, to tell a good story about Nigeria, Africa’s rising narrative, and to say that this change of government is a new mandate that tells how Nigeria has been able to sustain democracy for going to 25 years now.”

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