Nigeria rejects being called ‘Naija’

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Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), has appealed to Nigerians to stop referring to Nigeria as “Najia” to keep its originality.

Mr. Abari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that the new trend of making funky the original name of Nigeria was worrisome and not in the best interest of the country.

“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,” he said.

“I want to appeal to all Nigerians, young and old to always refer to our country as Nigeria.

Mr. Abari also urged parents to key into the efforts to preserve the country’s original name by discouraging their children and wards from referring to Nigeria as “Naija”. (NAN)


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  • zeon

    I honestly think that this is the least of our problems Mr Garba Abari…

  • Eja

    Given a choice between nigeria, a name made up by flora shaw (concubine of the lousy british pirate frederick lugard), and naija, any self-respecting African human would choose naija.

    As a wise man once said, if you can’t get roast chicken, enjoy roast groundnut. It is one thing to be citizens of a country that is called something that was meant as an insult by people who meant us no good, it is something else to embrace and cherish the insult. So thank you but no Mallam Orientation, since thanks to unconscious people like you, it has not yet been possible to escape the ugly label nigeria, naija will have to do for now.

    • thusspokez

      Given a choice between nigeria, a name made up by flora shaw (concubine of the lousy british pirate frederick lugard), and naija, any self-respecting African human would choose naija.

      So you, as a self-respected African human would chose the corrupted version of flora Shaw Nigeria? You are not making any sense, are you?

      • Eja

        Sorry about your inability to comprehend simple reasoning, I hope the struggle to make sense out of plain speaking does not give you a headache. The topic of the article is about which of two names are preferable, nigeria or naija. I will not repeat my reason for going with the less distasteful option. Think on it and if you still don’t get it, find a six year old child to explain it to you.

        • thusspokez

          I will not repeat my reason for going with the less distasteful option.

          Listen to yourself again. Maybe you have lost your marble.

          • Eja

            What is the meaning of ‘lost your marble’? Is this an original saying of yours? LOL. This is the same person complaining because his beloved word nigeria has been ‘corrupted’. Do you know the meaning of the word ‘context’?

          • thusspokez

            What is the meaning of ‘lost your marble’?

            Wow, you have never heard of this idiom, which has been in the English language since 1886?

  • truthseeker

    “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,” he said.”

    Duh

    That’s not correct, they are thought in school and at home.

  • Du Covenant

    Mr. DG , be more concerned about corruption and out right stealing by the elite especially our governors, members of NASS and other civil servants. Formulate a program to teach our youths patriotism, how to blow the whistle on their parents and relatives who steal us dry!. Be more worried about the stigma of corruption and criminality on Nigeria than the way we fondly call the bits and pieces that remains of our country after the neglect and humongous stealing by our elite!!.

  • Otile

    It doesn’t matter, each time government propagandists try to white wash Naija the worse off the country’s image becomes. Naija so to say is like dog’s tail, the more you try to straighten dog’s tail the more it comes out crooked. Did Lie Mohammed not waste N6billion trying to brush up Buhari’s image in what he called ‘Change Starts With Me’? Has the image of Imam’s government not gone to the pit?

  • Sword of Damocles

    Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), we the Nigerian people are appealing to you( the spokesperson for Naija’s accursed, THIEVING ruling elites), to tell those treacherous folks you represent to stop looting our commonwealth,lest when Naija’s history is written, the ages will record that the French & Russian upheavals of 1789 & 1917 respectively were “picnics” compared to what happened in “hobbesland”

  • Idris

    What has calling naija got to do with us? Is that why the nation’s economy is crumbling like pack of cards?
    It’s obvious this man is bereft of ideas. Rather than dissipating your energy on frivolous and trivial matters, I’ll advice you to concentrate on how to make the nation’s economy work better – you and your paymasters in govt.
    …that’s what happens when you have square pegs in round holes.

  • Dazmillion

    The name Nigeria was given to us by the wife of Lugard, after smoking Elegushi weed in bed with her husband late one night. We were not given the opportunity to chose a name for our country that truly defines us. Even a little research on the origin of the name will show that it even has occult connotations. The woman was a practicing witch.

    On top of that, even the constitution that pretends to hold us together was also handed down to us from a smokey backroom courtesy of the mad Khaki boys.

    Please let us enjoy our own chosen name for our country in peace. That is the only thing we can lay claim to in this godforsaken country.

  • Abdullah Musa

    Is that your priority?

  • Josephrainz Allwell

    I’m surprised that people are tongue lashing the man for saying we should call our country with its original name. I think he’s right. Can u imagine even the so-called big brother is now big brother Naija instead of big brother Nigeria. Let’s try to be original in this country jare, no wonder too many fake things now in the market here.

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      The man is not right. Nigeria means darkness which has to do with evil. Naija may be a better name, hoping that the name NAIJA has a better meaning that links to righteousness, honesty and peace. Nigeria depicts and represent everything evil.

    • Pappy

      Where have you been? Countries have nicknames all the time, America is Yankee, Britain is Brit, Australia is Aussie or Oz, etc. What the government needs to do is provide services for its citizens and stop telling it’s citizens what nickname they want to call their country. This isn’t North Korea.

  • Rommel

    I have no problem with Nigeria being called Naija of 9ja,it’s all signs of the times we are living in, just like calling an American ‘yankee’ many other countries are looking for acronyms that will make them more popular and here we are with some individual battling with a very lovely name that Nigerians are known by,this Mr Abari needs to concentrate on not inflating the costs of running his orientation agency as they all do rather than chasing winds

  • Man_Enough

    The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), is right: Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmarks which thy fathers have set.

    • Pappy

      What the hell are you talking about?

    • Allwell

      That’s true!