In a bold declaration, Hannatu Musawa, the designated Minister of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy, has revealed her determination to alter Nigeria’s notorious status as the “world’s capital of 419 scams” under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu.
Commonly associated with fraudulent activities and illicit financial gains, the term “419” has plagued Nigeria’s international image for years. Musawa, however, aims to reshape this narrative by leveraging her position within the ministry to showcase Nigeria’s vibrant culture and entertainment industry.
“We are committed to reshaping the global perception of Nigerians. The era of being labeled the 419 capital ends now!” Musawa stated emphatically.
During her recent visit to her home state of Katsina, Musawa emphasized the ministry’s pivotal role in this transformation. She emphasized that the ministry’s endeavors will not only spotlight Nigeria’s diverse culture and entertainment sector but also underscore the nation’s commitment to safeguarding its cultural heritage.
Musawa also articulated her plan to engage top-notch talent, both within Nigeria and among the diaspora, to contribute their expertise toward this endeavor. Her aspiration is to draw professionals back to Nigeria, fostering a positive change that will not only elevate the country’s global standing but also bolster revenue streams in support of the Tinubu administration.
Speaking to the pending legal challenges surrounding President Tinubu’s electoral victory, Musawa remained steadfast in her mission. Despite the ongoing dispute, she expressed confidence that her experience and vision would serve as the driving force behind this significant transformation for Nigeria.
As opposition figures such as Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party continue to challenge President Tinubu’s victory, the nation eagerly watches for the outcome of the Presidential Election Tribunal. The legal proceedings have centered on allegations that Tinubu failed to secure the required percentage of votes in the Federal Capital Territory and his alleged association with illicit activities abroad, including accusations related to drug trafficking in the United States of America.