I have lived in Nigeria on and off for the last 30 years. Judging by the name, it looks like Mr. Ologe is a Nigerian himself conducting some kind of a research. Nigeria is a third world country and has the same safety problems as most other such countries. The issues result from the fact that the State does not really act as one and does not render the minimal services to its citizens that in a developed country are naturally expected: there is no central I.D. registration, no health care system, no emergency numbers for police, ambulance or fire brigade or any nationwide social security services. It is a democracy but not really and the country is deeply divided on ethnic and clans rivalry fights between the north and south and almost any other geographical section. One may disappear over night without anyone really caring about it unless he has a close family. When one asks about safety - he must be more specific. Safety for who and where? Is a safe country for tourists or for the thousands of expatriates that live here or is it safe for its locals. And if locals - is it safe for the rich ones or for the regular or poor ones? Safety as compared to which country? One matter is clear - the Nigerian police is not really something they can be proud of and the locals will think twice before getting any matter to them.
Nevertheless, in spite of the above, the average Nigerian is openhearted and tolerant and I have felt at home here all during the many years I have been in Nigeria as an expatriate. I would categorically NOT recommend it as a place for tourists unless exceptionally adventurous. over 6 years ago
That still does not make the country unsafe. The world generally is an unsafe place. Natural disasters, wars, terrorism, religious and political instability all contributing to the problem of today's world. Is Nigeria not part of the world, why will things be different there?
That you stay in country for 18 months is already a testimony that the country is safe whatever the recent situation. over 6 years agoAnswered by Oladimeji Adisa (CometoNigeria Online) via WorldNomads.com
Nigeria is potentially a very unsafe place,(it's not the worst place in the world, but it's up there!) and the travel warnings by several foreign governments reflect that, as do the facts.
Nigeria has a very high crime rate. It has a very high murder rate. It has the highest hard drug use of all of Africa (there are about half a million heroin users out of a total population of 122 million). The security situation is deteriorating. Even Nigerian commentators are calling it a "slide to anarchy".
The US State department warns since january 2009 over 140 foreign nationals have been kidnapped. Six of them were murdered during the abductions. In November 2010 two more US citizens were killed in an attempted abduction.
Since 2010 the Boko Harem group has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings, including at a fish bar in Abuja. The Abuja police HQ was bombed in mid June 2011.
Recent reports state that the Nigerian police have run out of funds for petrol for their vehicles, so don't expect to see them at any crime scene.
Anecdotal evidence from me... as I scour the world's news every day (about 2000 articles a day) Nigeria keeps popping up as a serious trouble spot.
The governments of USA, UK, NZ and Australia have significant travel warnings for Nigeria. for example, Australia's smartraveller site says DO NOT TRAVEL to Riverine areas of Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Abia State, Akwa Ibom, Anambra State, Borno and Plateau states, and says you should Reconsider Your Need to travel to the remainder of Nigeria.
This is very sad, the Nigerians I know are wonderful and generous of spirit.
Of course it is possible to go to a place like this and not be touched by crime of violence, but you take a big, big risk.
If you decide to go to Nigeria you need to be very, very cautious. And be aware travelling to areas against government advice will most likely invalidate your travel insurance.
Sorry Mr Adisa, I understand your livelihood may depend on tourism, and I don't make these statements lightly. I wish you good luck and hope for peace to return to Nigeria. over 6 years ago
The reason I was safe because I lived behind a barbed wire guarded compound. The police regularly stopped our car to extort a few hundred Naira. Trips to the airport required armed security from MOPOL. It is safe if you can afford security, otherwise stay home. over 6 years ago
The latest bad news from Nigeria which is indicative of a volatile and potentially dangerous destination: AP reported on Monday Aug 15th:
JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials said attackers on Monday stabbed eight people to death in a central region beset by religious and ethnic tensions, while police in the restive northeast said members of a Muslim sect attempted to drive a car loaded with explosives into a busy police station.
The separate attacks on Monday underscore the fragile security and religious tensions in Africa's most populous nation, which is almost evenly split between Muslims in the north and the predominantly Christian south.
Captain Charles Ekeocha said the stabbings happened Sunday night in the volatile city of Jos. He said soldiers dispersed rioters who gathered in a predominantly Christian neighborhood Monday morning to protest the killings.
Sporadic violence recently resumed after months of relative calm in Jos and surrounding areas, which are heavily policed. A clash there left five dead in July after a Muslim locksmith was found dead in a Christian neighborhood.
Human Rights Watch says at least 1,000 people were killed in the area in 2010 and another 200 died at the turn of the year. Violence there cuts across religious lines, but has roots in political, economic and ethnic strife.
Also on Monday, a 25-year-old man was killed by guards as he attempted to drive a sedan loaded with gas cylinders, cans of gasoline and gunpowder into a police headquarters, said Borno state police commissioner Simieone Midenda.
The failed attack in the country's troubled northeast came during a drive to recruit 1,500 new officers for the region.
Police blamed Boko Haram, a group whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language. The group claimed responsibility for a bombing at national police headquarters in Abuja that killed at least two people in June. over 6 years ago
Depends. Despite all of the latest news of strikes and bombings, It's still far safer in Abuja than anywhere else. The foreigners traveling here are mostly business people, NGO volunteers and diplomats who are either drawn by our huge consumer markets/oil or have been conscripted to work here. We are not big on tourism, in spite of the many tourist sites we have. If you have been sent to work in Nigeria, and you have been posted to Abuja or Lagos, I can confidently tell you that you will be fine, in spite of all the incessant security alerts....something that curiously doesn't dissuade the Asians who keep disembarking into our international airports in droves. almost 6 years ago
The Nigerian people I deal with when I travelled to Lagos recently where open hearted and friendly and I felt safe around them. The officials at the airport, police and the masses of people in generally uncontrolled areas of the city made me feel very unsafe. I will not recommend traveling alone in the streets or going with people you don't know. If you go here for business, book into a four star hotel and stay in the hotel. Try to do business from the hotel or get a good driver to take you around. over 5 years ago
No over 3 years agoAnswered by Bepo Kan via WorldNomads.com
It is totally unsafe .Im a Nigerian over 3 years agoAnswered by bella via WorldNomads.com