by Kolapo Olapoju
Recently, Nigeria has been getting a high degree of bad press from foreign media, especially after the incident of the guest house building collapse at the Synagogue church of all nations, which killed 115 people, 84 of which were South Africans.
A South African publication, ‘Sunday Tribune’, has posted on the streets of Johannesburg, what looks like a pull-out from the paper, which has the caption, “Don’t die in Nigeria, Warning”.
The paper, which is the weekly Sunday newspaper of the KwaZulu-Natal province, also has on its website a story by Robyn Kriel, with the headline, “Nigeria is a bad place to die.”
In the report, Kriel quoted a member of the international press, who had been based in Lagos for several years, as saying, “You don’t want to die in Nigeria. Hell, you don’t even want to get sick in Nigeria. You are just another number. You will be told ‘people die all the time in Nigeria, what makes you so special?”