No State in Nigeria is Unsafe – FG Replies US

The Federal Government said on Thursday that every state
in the country is safe, contrary to a recent negative report
by the U.S.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, stated this in Abuja when he received in
audience a delegation from the Association of Tourism
Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN).
Mohammed said that the advisory published by the U.S.,
which was awash in national dailies declaring 20 Nigerian
states “unsafe and completely no go area’’, was not
The minister admonished the media to desist from
propagating negative news about the country, stressing
that it would discourage investors and be counter
productive to tourism growth.
“Recently, all the newspapers carried the negative story
that 20 states in Nigeria are not safe, according to a U.S.
“We are in Nigeria, how can we believe the claim that 20
states in Nigeria are not safe.
“That is not correct. There is no state in Nigeria that is not
safe today.
“Is there any week they are not killing people in the U.S. by
either shooting in schools or driveways or people
committing suicide or mass bombing.
“How many of these stories do their media celebrate?
“If they want to tell their people not to come to Nigeria, it is
not for us to help them propagate it,’’ he said.
The minister urged the media and members of the
association to complement efforts of government to
reposition the tourism sector.
He noted that tourism was driven by perception rather than
reality, adding that every Nigerian must invest in
perception management for the country.
The minister also urged leaders in the public and private
sectors to help promote local tourism by spending their
vacations and holidays at tourist sites within the country.
He said that the ministry would soon embark on visitation
of major tourist sites in the country to assess their
potential for development.
Earlier, the National President of the association, Alhaji
Kabir Malan, who led the delegation, commended the
minister for his efforts at repositioning the tourism sector.
He called for the review and implementation of the Tourism
National Plan as well as the enactment of laws that would
guide the operation of tourism practitioners.
Malan also urged the government to encourage investors
to set up tourist camps across the country and make loans
accessible to them. (NAN)

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