Is it offensive to call Nigeria 'Naija'?

The Federal government four days ago in Abuja condemned in strong terms the use of Naija in place of Nigeria saying such usage is uncharitable and unpatriotic. The Minister of Information Prof. Dora Akunyili frowned at the continuous use of the word especially by musicians, artist, advert managers and corporate companies.

“It is very offensive to call Nigeria Naija. We are making plans to write to companies to stop using the world Naija. I have heard the name Naija in adverts. I want them to go back and remove that word.If anybody says this is Naija, ask the person ‘Where is Naija?’ We have to stop this word because it is catching up with the young. If we do not put a stop to it’s usage now, it will continue to project us wrongly”, she said.
The Minister’s condemnation was prompted by a sentence in the presentation made by the participants of Heir Apparent Reality Show when they paid her a courtesy visit. In the presentation the sentence ‘Our World Is Naija” was used. She ordered that the sentence be changed to “Our World Is Nigeria.”

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