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FG Replies U.S, Says every State in Nigeria is Safe

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

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, 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 correct.

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. report.

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 re-position 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.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

11 Comments

  1. Manny

    August 11, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I can only LOL at this. Uncle Lai said “There is no state in Nigeria that is not safe today”

    • Oversabi

      August 11, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Uncle Lai Lai, chai. Be like say u don lie sotay u no know truth from lie. Oya na enter Waffi or PHC without escort see.wetin go do you. Go waka outside lekki and all those bougeoise parts of Lagos see whether u go return. The way u go take lost self, pokemon go no go fit find you.

  2. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    August 11, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Tell that to the birds. Even a foetus knows its a LIE

  3. nene+

    August 11, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Why must this clueless people lie to defend the obvious? Can this Onu aso(salivary…) of a minister sleep in Kano? Kaduna not to mention North East? Or Bayelsa? Or ikorodu in Lagos?

    Mtcheeew these are the clowns we have in govt! No wonder the economy is so bad! Keep deceiving your Zombies, Americans know better!

  4. nnenne

    August 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Please don’t blame the man.
    He doesn’t know the difference between safe and unsafe.

  5. kikiki

    August 11, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Buhari need to sack these clueless ministers of his ASAP!

  6. James

    August 12, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Lai says all states in Nigeria are safe to visit, really?

  7. jago

    August 12, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Nigeria is safe,it’s a big mistake that the American are making by saying some States in Nigeria are not save

  8. yemite

    August 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

    lie lie muhamed. lolzzzz so funny man d same lie u frame 4 us against goodluck jonathan. now we done enter one chance as Mr Fayose said!! nawaooooo anyway we ar we8 for wna til 2019. Nigerian knw how so good u people in rigging electn but we can assure u. WE GO VOTE n INEC go COUNT n DECLEAR APC OUT both LAGOS n FEDERAL b4 WE ALL LIVE. U n ur kabal wil b shock

  9. BM

    August 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Oya, move to Gombe or Maiduguri and operate from their

  10. Tayo

    August 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    “He noted that tourism was driven by perception rather than reality” but, but Isn’t Buhari the one leading the campaign internationally that Nigerians are criminals and are corrupt? So what are you talking about, pls shut your trap.

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