Information Minister Says Nigeria Very Safe Despite Security Challenges 

L-R: The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, presenting a souvenir to the Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye, during a courtesy visit to the Minister by the Royal Father in Abuja on Thursday.

Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

assured Nigerians that in spite of the current security challenges,

the country is in safe hands.

The Minister, who gave the assurance while receiving the Oluyin of

Iyin-Ekiti, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye, on a courtesy visit to his

office in Abuja on Thursday, urged Nigerians not to succumb to the

apocalyptic or doomsday predictions about the country because such

predictions won’t come to pass.

He appealed to leaders at all levels to give the people a message of

hope instead of making comments that can only aggravate tension

Alhaji Mohammed stressed the critical role of traditional rulers in

the maintenance of peace and security, saying they cannot and must not

be ignored, as the nation seeks to restore peace and security across

the country.

He appealed to Oba Ajakaiye to work with his fellow traditional

rulers, as well as the Government of Ekiti State, to ensure peace and

security in the state.

Responding to a request by the traditional ruler to help put the

tourist sites in the town on the national and global map, the Minister

pledged his readiness to leverage the media and technology to showcase

and popularize the historic ‘Esa Cave’ as well as the ‘Okuta

Abanijorin’ (the rock that accompanies you on your trip), both

foremost tourism sites in Iyin-Ekiti, in the Irepodun/Ifelodun local

government area of Ekiti State.

”Putting the tourist sites on the national and global map will

attract tourists, which will in turn boost the economy of not just

Iyin town but indeed the entire Ekiti State,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed therefore directed the Directors-General of the

National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Nigerian Tourism

Development Corporation (NTDC) and the National Institute for

Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) to undertake a working visit to the

two tourist sites and report back to him.

In his remarks, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye said Iyin-Ekiti is blessed

with numerous tourist attractions that have the potentials to bring

the community to national and global limelight and create jobs for its


He stressed the need for the federal government to leverage on the

tourism industry in its drive to diversify the economy away from oil.

Oba Ajakaiye used the occasion of his visit to invite the Minister to

his forthcoming coronation as well as to visit the tourist sites at

Iyin-Ekiti – the two requests that were granted by the Minister..

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