The Federal Government via Prof Dora Akunyili has condemned a recent advertisement on the Internet, which it said was damaging to Nigeria’s image. The advertisement it was learnt was allegedly placed on Youtube.com and Facebook.com by Sony Corporation, an electronic company based in Tokyo, Japan.
A letter dispatched to the company by the government said the advertisement by the organization creates the impression that Nigerians hardly do genuine business.
The letter signed by the Information and Communications Minister, Professor Dora Akunyili and dispatched to Sony Corporation through Embassy of Japan said the government sees the advertisement as an attempt to undermine Nigeria’s business interest around the world.
The Federal Government said Sony Corporation should immediately withdraw the advertisement from circulation and tender an apology to Nigeria for the negative campaign.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has as a matter of policy put in place institutions and mechanism to rid the country of any form of fraudulent pracitises.
“Nigeria therefore, does not see the basis to single out the country as an example in that infamous advertisement,” FG said.
The government said the apology must be given the same measure of publicity by Sony Corporation in all channels where the advertisement, were aired.
While assuring investors around the world that Nigeria remains a major investment destination and a country where most business thrives in trust, good faith, competition, competence and integrity, Prof. Akunyili said Sony Corporation has operated in Nigeria since the country’s independence and has enjoyed tremendous patronage from Nigerians at home.