Ambassador John Musa tells Nigerian press of “discord”, “deteriorating situation” with Barbados
Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Maxine McClean, refuses to receive the Nigerian Ambassador. According to Ambassador Musa (also called Musa John Jen), this is because the image of Nigeria has “sunk to the gutters” in the Caribbean.
How right the Ambassador is! Can anyone in Barbados recount even one successful joint venture between Bajan business and Nigerians? The last business announcement we remember was that disastrous venture to offer Bajan solar water heating technology in Nigeria. Wuhloss! Better count your fingers after shaking hands on a Nigerian business deal!
While it is good to see the Nigerian Ambassador concerned over the negative reputation of his country, that doesn’t make good on the damage suffered by honest and well-meaning Bajan and Caribbean business people who were plucked like chickens over the years by Nigerian crooks in and out of their government.
Hey… like we said. Can any Bajan name ONE successful Bajan business venture with Nigerians?
As well, Ambassador Musa seems to think that the Nigerian reputation is generally undeserved and the result of a “few misguided” Nigerians.
To the Ambassador, it’s all an image problem…
Vanguard News: “Sir, how is Nigeria and the Nigerian seen by the average Caribbean? Why is the Nigerian treated with so much humiliation and bitterness and what are you going to do to erase this negative image that has stood against any meaningful restoration of friendly relations?
Ambassador Musa: “As the Ambassador of a great country, I’m dismayed that the history and the reality of Nigeria as the foremost Black nation in Africa has been distorted by the unfortunate activities of a very few of our misguided citizens. But we cannot be guided by that distortion.
To present Nigeria through the prism of these few undesirables is detestable. Other countries have more criminals than us. It is my persuasion as long as I’m here to embark on a massive image reconstruction for the real Nigeria in the Caribbeans. That is why we have invited you and the Vanguard to come to our aid.”
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