The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, has said that the biggest misfortune Nigeria has ever faced is the discovery of oil and gas.
He said this late on Friday during a courtesy visit by the National Executive of Nigeria Tour Operators (NATOP) to the Oonis palace in Ile-Ife.
Oba Enitan said Nigerians have not succeeded in the development of the tourism potential in the country due to the discovery of crude oil.
His words, “As a nation, our biggest problem has been discovering oil; we have different tourism products rich in content which are nature based, tourism is not exhaustible but oil is.
It is important for us to propagate domestic tourism, it is the future of the country and that is the way things can get better.
We should encourage people to travel within the confines of the nation, we should focus on things nature has blessed us with and take away every negative charge in us.
Tourism is something I am very passionate about, I don’t joke with it so let us all collectively groom it together.”