Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture has responded to a US publication that 20 states out of the 36 States in Nigeria are not safe for American citizens.
While receiving a delegation from the Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN) in Abuja, Lai Mohammed said that “there is no state in Nigeria that is not safe today” contrary to a recent report by the U.S.
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 also warned Nigerian media houses to desist from spreading negative news about the country. He said it would scare away foreign investors and hamper the growth of the tourism sector in Nigeria.
“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.