By Adebiyi Adedapo
The Federal Government has declared that Nigeria is safe for foreigners carry out business and tourist activities unlike the situation before President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in 2015.
This assertion was made yesterday in Abuja by the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammad when he bade farewell to some bikers from Latin America.
Mohammed said that the feat was achieved due to the political will and commitment of President Buhari to ensuring safety in the country.
He said that the activities of the bikers across eight states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) attested to the fact that Nigeria is safer for both tourists and investors.
The minister said that “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 showed by the administration and the commitment of our security agencies,” he said.
He explained that the bikers who crisscrossed the country by road were all safe, sound, and ready to share their experiences.
“They are not armchair analysts. 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,” Mohammed said.
The bikers visited Niger, Kogi, Enugu, Cross River, Rivers, Edo, Oyo, and Lagos States, as well as the FCT.
During the tour, the bikers visited several tourist attractions such as Gurara Falls in Niger, the coal city of Enugu, the Millennium Park, Slave History Museum, Tinapa Lake Resort in Cross River, and the National Museum in Port Harcourt.
The President of Latin America Motorcycle Association (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”.
Nieves described the tour as a “trip of a lifetime” and that he was practically blown away by the sheer discovery of history, adding that Africa is indeed the cradle of civilisation.
He conferred an honorary membership on the minister, saying he is the 11th honorary member of LAMA in the 41-year-old organisation.