The President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Mukhtar Sirajo, on Thursday expressed his concern over insecurity in the country, saying that as a result of which Nigeria’s reputation is declining on the minds of its potential foreign investors.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Federal Capital Territory Chapter of the NIPR, Mr Sirajo stated that unless something is done to arrest the negative situation, the country would fail to attract the much-needed capital that could drive growth and development.
“When a country does not have a good reputation, even investors are afraid to come there, because according to capitalists, capital is a coward; it does not go where there is no security.
“We need to work on our reputation, so that capital will not continue to flee from us. We should rather have a reputation that would be pulling capital into our country,” Mr Sirajo said.
The NIPR’s national president disclosed that the institute was planning to organise a reputation summit with a view to addressing finding a lasting solution.
He said: “What the national body is thinking of doing at the moment is to organise a reputation summit for the country where Nigerians of all hues, all shades would gather, talk to one another in a very honest but respectful manner; ask the necessary questions, where we missed it; so that we can begin to retrace our steps and go back to that Nigeria, with a view to making things better for ourselves.”