He gave the explanation on Tuesday while campaigning for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in Abuja.
According to the minister, the Buhari administration’s efforts at improving security and upgrading infrastructure is a deliberate policy to promote tourism in Nigeria.
“Without peace and security, the best tourist attractions will be inaccessible to anybody,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
“As a matter of fact, without peace and security and stability, travel advisories will actually discourage or even prohibit tourists from coming into those areas and the people don’t invest really in the areas where there is instability or insecurity.
“That is why the government has made it a cardinal principle to address the issue of insecurity in the country,” the minister added.
According to Lai, despite the recent setbacks in the fight against insurgency in the country, the government has succeeded in banishing Boko Haram terrorists to the fringes of Lake Chad.
Mr Mohammed noted that before the inception of the Buhari administration, 20 out of the 27 Local Government Areas in Borno State were under the control of the insurgents.
He also claimed that the insurgents could stroll into the Federal Capital Territory to carry out deadly attacks before the present administration, stressing that the case was not like before.
“Today after three years, we have had no single incident of any insurgency in Abuja or its environs,” the minister added.
The President Buhari has succeeded in mobilising regional support to ensure the comprehensive defeat of the insurgents in the Sahel region.
On the provision of infrastructure, Mr Mohammed disclosed that the present administration has invested N2.7 trillion in infrastructure within two years.
He said “Your Excellency, you cannot have tourism without infrastructure. There must be roads, airports, power.
“Without these things, you can’t even access the tourist attractions and it’s on record that this government has in the last two years – 2016-2017 – invested massively in infrastructure.”
The minister, thereafter, assured Nigerians that the president is committed to making Nigeria a tourism sector.