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Bandits, Boko Haram, Unknown Gunmen And How They Are Affecting Nigeria's Tourism Sector And Economy

For sometime now, Nigeria has been experiencing increasing security issues. From Boko Haram terrorists who keep attacking residents in the northeast part of Nigeria, to the bandits who engage in series of kidnapping. The "Unknown gunmen" have also constantly launched series of attacks in the southeast, creating fear and panic across the region.

These security issues has raised concern among some foreign countries such as the United States and United Kingdom, about the safety of their citizens who who reside in Nigeria, and those who plan to visit soon.

In a memo published by the Foreign, Common Wealth and Development Office (FCDO), foreigners where advised against traveling to places such as Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Kaduna, Gombe, Katsina, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Zamfara and Akwa Ibom States. Source: Gov UK

The FCDO, also advised foreigners against traveling to some other states except on important trips. The states include Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kogi, Abia and Niger State. They also advised foreigners against traveling to anywhere within 20 kilometers of the border between Kebbi state and Niger.

They cautioned foreigners against moving around on the 18th October 2021, due to the one year anniversary of #EndSARS protest. FCDO cautioned foreigners against moving around in places like Abuja and Lagos due to possible heavy security presence due to the planned protest that may hold on the 18th of October, 2021.

Insecurity has become one of the major challenges that Nigerian tourism sector is facing. According to World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism contributed up to 1.9% of Nigeria's GDP in the year 2017. Media reports also suggest that tourism contributed up to $1.5 Billion to Nigeria's economy in 2019, this figured dropped drastically in 2020 due to the pandemic. Source: Stears NG

There is no doubt that the increasing security issues will affect the tourism sector, and this is why the Government of the federation should put more effort in the battle against insecurity.

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