The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Garba Abari, has appealed to Nigerians to stop calling Nigeria as ‘Naija’, in order to keep its originality.
“ALL OF US, AS INDIVIDUALS, AS CORPORATE ORGANISATIONS, AS MEDIA, WHETHER BROADCAST, PRINT OR ONLINE, MUST WAKE UP TO THE REALITY.
“THAT THE MORE WE USE THESE MISNOMERS REFERRING TO OUR COUNTRY, THE FALLOUT OF IT IS THAT, A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF OUR YOUNGER ONES WILL NOT EVEN REMEMBER THAT NIGERIA IS THE ORIGINAL NAME OF OUR COUNTRY.
“I WANT TO APPEAL TO ALL NIGERIANS, YOUNG AND OLD TO ALWAYS REFER TO OUR COUNTRY AS NIGERIA,” HE SAID.
Abari also urged parents to discourage their children and wards from using the name `Naija’.