FG dismisses US’ claims, says all Nigerian states safe

Posted by News Express | 12 August 2016 | 1,753 times

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Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed says all states in the country are safe for travellers and has urged tourists not to be fearful about their safety when visiting any part of the country.

The minister was reacting to a statement by the US department of state which warned its citizens to avoid travelling to 20 Nigerian states.

The states deemed insecure include Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara.

Responding on Thursday while hosting a delegation from the Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN), Mohammed observed that US is itself the subject of terrorism attacks, as there is no week when a killing is not recorded.

“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.”

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 tourism sites in the country to assess their potentials for development. (TV360 Nigeria)

•Photo shows Lai Mohammed.

Source: News Express

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