A visiting Nigerian lecturer Prof. Austin Nwagbara at the University of Ghana has been picked up by the police for interrogation in Accra over the contents of a video that has gone viral on social media.
Professor Austin Nwagbara, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon over the video in which he is allegedly heard inciting the Nigerian Community in Ghana to devise strategies to destroy the country’s image.
The Professor of English has been charged with incitement and breach of peace following the contents of a leaked tape in which he was captured making damming remarks about Ghana’s educational sector
In the video, he was seen meeting with some Nigerians in Ghana and implored them to use the Nigerian media to destroy Ghana in the eyes of the international community through negative reportage.
According to the professor, Nigeria already has a bad image mainly because of how they have been branded by others, especially by Ghana, so it is time to reciprocate that by coming up with innovative ideas and strategies.
“We’re highly skilled and highly talented and blessed people but many at time we lack strategy, Nigerians tend to lack strategy. You can have good skills, if you don’t know how to let people know it, it is there; dies, like having a factory full of items in the warehouse. If you don’t advertise it remains in the warehouse”.
“They have harassed us a lot, I know that… What I’m saying is we need strategies. I’ll suggest something which the embassy can think about; I know they know which they can do immediately at the Nigerians community. There is bad image for Nigeria; we can take it back through the press. We can reverse it.
“We have powerful Nigerian media stations, channels broadcast all over the world, there’s active online social media, the plot in Nigeria. Let them come here and run documentaries of the experiences of Nigerians and blast it all over the world. In three days Ghana would respond,” he said in the video.