An American educationist and newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Yola-based America University of Nigeria, AUN, Dr DeWayne Frazier, has faulted the negative way Western media portrays Nigeria, saying Nigeria is a great country in many respects.
DeWayne Frazier who became the AUN president and vice-chancellor in March 2023, said during an interaction with newsmen Friday that considering the stories he heard and read about Nigeria, he was nervous upon his appointment and the prospect of coming to Nigeria but has found the reality to be different.
“The Western media gives us an unfair presentation of Nigeria, especially, with regards to security,” he said, adding that insecurity was exaggerated by Western newspapers, radio and TV stations, and that also on personal fronts, he has found Nigerians to be most friendly.
“When I got here I found that the Nigerian people are so welcoming,” he said, stressing that of the over 40 countries he has visited, he had not felt as welcome as he did in Nigeria.
DeWayne had presided over the 14th Commencement (Convocation) of the AUN Yola last Saturday, May 27, during which 234 graduating students, nearly half of them women, received their degrees.
He said during the media chat on Friday that he is happy to be head of an institution giving women the development that they require.
“What I kept watching out for was how many women walked across the stage during the graduation ceremony of last Saturday. We want to continue to be part of the system that helps women develop. Educating women will help Nigeria to grow,” he said.