Dr. Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), has called on Nigerians to stop calling Nigeria ‘Naija’.
Abari made this called in an interview he granted NAN on Tuesday in Abuja where he said the new trend whereby some Nigerians to make funky the country’s name called her ‘Naija’ was worrisome.
“We try in all our advocacy visits to insist that Nigeria must be referred to as Nigeria and not ‘Naija’. So, our schools have a role to play in this; the media itself has also got a very fundamental role to play because it is the media that helps in the propagation of this kind of misnomer.
“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,” Abari told NAN. .