Government Declares Nigeria Safe For Tourism Business

Yemisi Izuora 

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

said.

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

country.

“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

organisation.

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