By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Federal Government has reacted to a statement issued by the Government of the United States of America warning its citizens not to go to 20 states of the country.The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement issued on Thursday said the US itself has been a subject of attacks as no week passes bye without recorded incidences of violent crimes.
The US Embassy had on Friday listed Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Zamfara, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as states to be avoided by its nationals.
â€œThe ability of the Mission to provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states remains severely limited. The Department recommends against all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks.
â€œThe U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers.â€ A statement from the Embassy read.
Reacting however, Mohammed in the statement noted that US itself has been the subject of terrorism attacks, as there is no week when a killing is not recorded.
â€œRecently, all the newspapers carried the negative story that 20 states in Nigeria are not safe, according to a US report.
â€œWe are in Nigeria, how can we believe the claim that 20 states in Nigeria are not safe? That is not correct. There is no state in Nigeria that is not safe today.
â€œIs there any week they are not killing people in the US by either shooting in schools or driveways, or people committing suicide or mass bombing?
â€œHow many of these stories do their media celebrate? If they want to tell their people not to come to Nigeria, it is not for us to help them propagate it.â€