The federal government has said it is using foreign media, public relations firms for lobby consultancy to change misconceptions and misinformation about Nigeria.
This comment came from the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed on Thursday.
His said this before the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and values, headed by Olusegun Odebunmi.
“The world has become a global village and what happens in Nigeria today reverberates all over the world and we in the administration we face a lot of challenges, especially from the comments of the foreign media, from the sometimes hostile positions of foreign governments, even foreign parliaments,” he said.
“So, it is the duty of the Ministry of Information to regularly lobby and address in international media in the countries.
“I remember that in 2018 we made two trips to the UK and two trips to the US and these two trips helped tremendously in actually helping the people in diaspora and foreign governments to understand the real dynamics of the herdsmen/farmers clashes.”
According to him, “Until we got there, the impression held by many of them was that thing was Christians/Muslims, North/South and that time we had to book for interviews with CNN, BBC, Aljezeera, Reuters and AFP.
“I think it is an important part of governance so that if you cannot mould their opinions, at least it can give them the opportunity of hearing our own side of the story.
“I am sure you have all noticed a lot of very erroneous editorials that have been carried by some highly respected pens like the New York Times, Boston Globe, which do not actually represent the true situation in Nigeria.
“So we go there, not just for government but to give the correct impression about what goes on in this government.”