Well, I couldn’t have said it better myself!
#BuyNigeriaToGrowNigeria is trending but what effect does this hashtag have on the real world?
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If you are an avid follower of Nigeria’s social media space, I am sure you must have come across the BuyNigeriatogrowNigeria hashtag. For my non-Nigerian readers, this trend is supposedly a means to stem the falling value of the Naira by encouraging the patronage of locally produced goods.
While it is indeed commendable to encourage Nigerians to be patriotic; I think this hashtag business grossly fails to address the underlying reasons why Nigerians apparently do not patronize locally produced goods or put in a better way why locally manufactured goods in Nigeria are not as competitive as their foreign counterparts.
If anything, I think it is a convenient, irresponsible and disingenuous means by the Senators and the APC Government to abdicate the responsibility of creating a conducive environment and the policy framework needed to support the growth of businesses; by passing the blame to Nigerians. In essence, they are saying…
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