Despite the nation’s security issues, the federal administration proclaimed that it was not a war zone and was “safe for investment.”
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, made the announcement on Friday in Lagos at the Platform Capital Forum, which was put on by UNICORN Group.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the event is an international gathering of major investors, start-ups, and early-stage technology businesses.
Speaking to a worldwide audience, the minister claimed that there was significant de-marketing of Nigeria, particularly outside of its borders.
If you read about Nigeria from afar, you would believe that the nation is genuinely in a state of war. I’m happy that some of you have been in Nigeria for a while and can confirm that while there are difficulties in specific areas of the nation, Nigeria is not a war zone.
Nigeria is not a nation where Muslims persecute Christians or where one ethnic group rules over another. Nigeria is a secure place to invest, he declared.
We have no other country but Nigeria, and despite the difficulties, we must overcome them, Mohammed urged those who are de-marketing the nation to stop.
From a distance, reading about Nigeria might lead you to believe that the country is actually at war. Although there are challenges in some regions of the country, Nigeria is not a war zone, which is why I’m glad some of you have lived here for a time.
Muslims do not persecute Christians in Nigeria, nor does one ethnic group reign over another. He said that Nigeria is a safe location to invest.
Mohammed asked people who are de-marketing the country to desist, saying that there is only one country like Nigeria and that despite the challenges, we must overcome them.
“Boko Haram has been badly weakened, and the leadership of ISWAP has been removed and is now in disarray. In the first three months of this year alone, no less than 51,000 terrorists turned themselves in. “We are also addressing banditry with the same vigor with which we have taken on Boko Haram and ISWAP, and it is only a matter of time for bandits to be annihilated too,” said the president.
The minister claimed that the administration had reoriented the economy toward domestic production and reduced the country’s susceptibility to external shocks, but added that economic growth was still below expectations due to unfavorable global headwinds like the commodity slump, the pandemic, and the war in Ukraine.
“Our economy’s fundamentals are now better positioned for future growth.
Heavy investment in infrastructure will spur Nigerian growth, link communities, and reduce inequality throughout the nation, he claimed.
Additionally addressing, Dr. Akintoye Akindele, chairman of UNICORN Group, thanked the minister for attending and mentioned that Nigeria offered a variety of investment prospects.
Nigeria, according to Akindele, has enormous potential and creative ideas that could help it overcome its difficulties.