Nigeria Mocks US, UK Over Frivolous Travel Advisories Against Abuja

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Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed.

With Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), remaining safe three months after both countries issued what the Federal Government labelled frivolous travel advisories against the city, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is virtually gloating, mocking the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) as veritable messengers of doom.

The News Room recalls that the two countries had warned their citizens to avoid the Nigerian capital due to risk of terrorist attacks.

However, on Monday in the FCT, the Federal Government, through its spokesperson, said that three months after the US Embassy and the UK High Commission issued frivolous travel advisories warning their citizens to avoid Abuja, the city has remained safe.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, was speaking at the 25th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s (PMB) Scorecard Series, which featured the Minister of Defence, retired Major-General Bashir Magashi, who presented the scorecard of Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Mohammed recalled in his opening remarks that the advisories issued by the US and UK allegedly created much panic and tension in the country and a number of Americans reportedly fled Abuja in the wake of the warning.

Since the advisories were issued, according to the Information Minister, residents of Abuja had been going about their businesses without any threat.

Commending Nigeria’s security agencies, he said: “We want to commend our gallant troops, the police, the intelligence agencies and all other security agencies for their commitment and sacrifice to keep our country safe.

“We also call on Nigerians to continue to support the security agencies as they carry out their onerous task.”

The Information Minister re-echoed the President Buhari’s call on Western countries to cease issuing frivolous travel advisories on Nigeria.

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