The United States Government has urged Nigerians to stop the trafficking and habitat destruction of Nigeria’s endangered species.
US Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Mr. David Young made the call at an occasion to commemorate the World Wildlife Day in Lagos.
The event was jointly organised by the U.S. Consulate General Lagos and the Lekki Conservation Centre.
Young commended government’s effort in putting in place a legislative framework against trafficking of endangered animals.
“Sustainable ecotourism is important to many nations of Africa, creating numerous tourism sector jobs. Conserving natural resources is vital. If Nigeria loses its precious large apes and other mammals, ecotourism revenue and jobs disappear with these animals,” he said.
“Communities and consumers can refuse to do business with illicit traders and poachers. In the social media age, everybody has an ability to hold people accountable for what is happening – documenting the dangers, and joining together for action. So I urge you to take up the challenge to preserve your forests, and the wildlife that depend on the remaining forests to survive,” he said.