Nigeria safe for tourism, business — FG

The Federal Government has said the  two-week tour of cultural heritage and historic sites in  the country by local and foreign bikers, under the auspices of the Latin America Motorcycles Association, has confirmed that Nigeria is safe for tourism and business.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  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 and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said, “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.”

Mohammed said the bikers, who crisscrossed Nigeria by road all returned to Abuja, the starting point of the tour, would be in a better position to tell the world the situation in the country.

The minister said the tour, which started  in Abuja on October 23, took the bikers to Niger, Kogi, Enugu, Cross River, Rivers, Oyo and Lagos states 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.

Others are  the National Museum in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the National Museum and  sites in Benin in Edo State,  Ibadan in Oyo State,  Lagos Mega City and many sites in the FCT.

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 civilisation’’.

“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,” he said.
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