The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has declared that Nigeria is safe for investment citing success of the two-week tour of cultural heritage and historic sites across the country by local and foreign bikers, under the auspices of the Latin America Motorcycles Association (LAMA).
The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Monday while bidding
farewell to the foreign bikers at the end of the tour that took them
to eight states covering four geo-political zones and the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT).
“From the report that I have received, this tour is a great success.
It is also an attestation to the fact that Nigeria is indeed a safe
destination for tourists and business people alike. Yes, there are
security challenges here and there – and this is not peculiar to
Nigeria. But our country is safer today than it was before the advent
of this Administration in 2015, thanks to the political will shown by
the Administration and the commitment of our security agencies,” he
Alhaji Mohammed said the bikers who crisscrossed Nigeria by road all
returned to Abuja, the starting point of the tour, safe and sound and
will be in a better position to tell the world the situation in the
“They are not armchair analysts or critics. They are practical men and
women who zoomed across the country on their power bikes. No one can
tell the story better than them. And the feedback we have received is
overwhelmingly positive,” he said.
The Minister said the tour, which he flagged off in Abuja on 23rd of
October 2018, took the bikers to Niger, Kogi, Enugu, Cross River,
Rivers, Edo, Oyo and Lagos as well as the FCT.
He listed some of the sites toured by the bikers as Gurara Falls in
Niger; The coal city of Enugu; the Millennium Park, Slave History
Museum and Tinapa Lake Resort in Cross River; the National Museum in
Port Harcourt, Rivers State; the National Museum and other sites in
Benin in Edo State; the ancient city of Ibadan in Oyo State; Lagos
Mega City and many sites in the FCT.
In his remarks, the President of LAMA, Mr. Mario Nieves, described the
tour as an ”incredible experience”, saying he discovered that
contrary to what is being portrayed by European historians, Africa has
a ”beautiful history” and an ”incredible civilization”.
“There are many people in this world who are trying to hide our
history but one thing I learnt here and in South America is that our
history has been hidden from us.
“They taught us all Africans were always in the bush. They had no
history, they don’t write, they don’t do anything and the same thing
with South Americans and North Americans, the Indians, the Azteca that
all these people they are animals and they had nothing. No! We had an
incredible civilization and we have been lied to,” he said.
Mr. Nieves described the tour as a ”trip of a lifetime” and that he
was practically blown away by the sheer discovery of history, saying
Africa is indeed the cradle of civilization.
While thanking the Minister for giving them such a life time
opportunity to discover the history of their roots, particularly those
of them from the Caribbean, Mr. Nieves urged government at all levels
to continue to promote history.
He also conferred an honorary membership on the Minister, saying he is
the 11th honorary member of LAMA in the 41-year history of the