The federal government yesterday allayed fears of world leaders, invited to witness the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office, of their safety.
It said despite security concerns over the spate of kidnappings and recent disclosure of an alleged plot to forcibly take over the government by the opposition, government had stepped up measures to guarantee the safety of world leaders and other invited guests.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a press conference organised by the Media and Publicity Committee of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, yesterday in Abuja, assured guests and others that the country is safe for them to attend the event, slated for June 12, 2019.
Asked about measures being taken to make the country safe since he had raised the alarm that the opposition was planning to sabotage the government, he said he would not disclose such measures publicly.
“Nigeria is safe for all world leaders to attend the inauguration… Even if we are taking measures, will I tell you here?” Mohammed said.
Mohammed addressed journalists in conjunction with other members of the committee, which included the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen Mansur Dan Ali (rtd); Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu; Minister of Solid Minerals, Mr. Baura Buhari and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama.
Mohammed said invitations had since been sent out to the world leaders.
According to him, they will be safe while in the country for the Democracy Day celebration on June 12 as security agencies are already addressing the concerns.