Kokination has decided to publish the Top 10 safest cities to live in/visit in Nigeria for a good reason today.
With the rising rate of insecurity in Nigeria arising from banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, armed attacks and over vices, there is need to enlighten travellers and Nigerians alike on the safe states to be in.
The insecurity doesn’t take away the fact that Nigeria is a completely peaceful place and a joy to live and work in either as a foreigner or as a citizen.
However, for the tourist who has never visited Nigeria before or the citizen who has spent too much time abroad (or was even born outside Nigerian shores), a guide is very well in order.
Top 10 Safest Cities To Live In Or Visit In Nigeria
10. Enugu, Enugu State
The city of Enugu – which also shares a name with the state is the 10th most safe city in Nigeria according to our rankings.
Populated predominately by the Ibos and situated at the eastern part of the country, the city of Enugu bustles with businessmen and women who mostly mind their businesses.
For visitors and tourists who are interested in either visiting or staying at Enugu, the cool, sub-tropical weather of the city (thanks to the various hills that dot the landscape) will certainly make the visit worthwhile – and very interesting.
Further, there are a lot of things to see and activities to carry out – if you’re interested in using your camera during your visit or stay at Enugu.
There’s the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, the Polo Park Mall, Milken Hills, Udi Hills and a plethora of others.
If you’re looking for institutions of higher learning, there’s the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State University, Caritas University and Godfrey Okoye University.
Aside these awesome side attractions, the people are generally friendly and are always eager to help visitors and strangers – so far as they do not perceive them as threats/competition to their business.
Also, it is worth noting that, Enugu was the proposed (and operational capital of Biafra).
Accordingly, if you’re interested in history as a visitor – and would love a piece of the Biafran history, there is no better place to get it than the place where the real action actually took place.
9. Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
The 9th safest city in Nigeria on our list of top 10 safest cities in Nigeria is Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, situated in South-West, Nigeria.
The city is populated majorly by Yoruba. However, because of the peaceful nature of the state, there are many other tribes either visiting the state, actually working there, doing business there or simply visiting.
Ado-Ekiti As A Safe City In Nigeria
Aside the fact that the city of Ado-Ekiti is very warm and friendly to visitors especially, it is also worth noting that, it also qualifies as a cheap city to live or visit, with food and accommodation being on the low side.
Furthermore, crime is relatively low and the people enjoy nights that are completely devoid of fear of armed attacks or kidnappings.
If you ever land in this city, be certain to check on the Palace of The Ewi of Edo, right in Ado-Ekiti.
There, you’ll be treated to the rich history of the people, dating many centuries back.
8. Osogbo, Osun State
8th on our list of top 10 safest cities in Nigeria according to our rankings is Oshogbo.
Situated at the heartland of Yorubaland and in close proximity to the university city of Ilorin, the old city of Ibadan and the former capital and commercial nerve center of Nigeria, Lagos, Osun is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria to visit either as a citizen or tourist.
The residents of Osun, mostly Yorubas are warm, welcoming and accommodating of strangers – and it is one of the cities in Nigeria that it is next to impossible to hear of a bomb detonation – or even riffle shots.
Osogbo, the city of lonely lights is one of the least known cities in Nigeria. Though, dry in business activities and dull for pleasure seekers, it bears the label of city solely because it is the capital of one of Nigeria’s 36 states—Osun.
Politically advantaged as the capital of Osun, safer, given the violence that Ife used to be known for, and, most especially, with a more efficient power supply.
The city of Osogbo remains one of the safest in Nigeria
Aside these clear ‘goodies’, Osun is one of the states in Nigeria that has near constant power supply.
This means, the epileptic power challenges that plaque Nigeria do not disturb it at all – which is a very good thing if you love to sleep with the air conditioner on in the tropics or simply love the assurance that there will always be power to tackle your ‘power lust’.
However, it must also be warned that the roads in that city are not in the best of states.
7. Ibadan, Oyo State
City ranking 7th on our list of top 10 safest cities in Nigeria, Ibadan.
One of the oldest cities in Nigeria also made the list of the most peaceful cities in Nigeria and one of the very best to visit or live in.
Apart from the state’s security unit, it has effective local vigilant grounds that ensure that the inhabitants have no reason to fear for their safety and properties.
The entry point of this city is at point 7.
Despite the fact that Ibadan is known and rightly addressed as the ‘city of brown roofs’, there is no denial of the fact that the people of the state are warm, peace loving and importantly, uninterested in crime or the discomfort of their visitors.
Housing the University of Ibadan – one of the premier universities in Nigeria and a host of other institutions of higher learning such as Lead City University, Federal College of Forestry and a host of others, you will not be disappointed if higher education or academics is of interest to you.
Furthermore, if you’re interested sight seeing, there are a plethora of options that will leave you excited: The National Museum of Unity, The Irefin Palace, The Army Pool Reserve, The Laomos Palace amongst others.
Finally, Ibadan is less than two hours drive to Lagos – the commercial capital of Nigeria.
6. Makurdi, Benue State
Makurdi – Benue State.
The city, comprising primarily of the Tiv people – and a healthy array of other tribes, most prominently, the Idoma, Ibo and Itulo is so far, the most hospitable city in the whole of Nigeria – and very well, the safest to live in/work or visit.
The people of this city are very welcoming to the point that an unfortunate rumor emanated from the lips of some misguided visitors that they give visitors their wives as a sign of welcome.
While the above is not true, it is simply added to show you how really caring and hospitable the people are.
Makurdi is the capital of Benue and it remains a thriving hub of peace and progress for residents. . Most of its residents are into farming, little wonder Benue state has the slogan “food basket of the Nation” and they are known to grow subsistence crops that sustain many people in Nigeria. On rare occasion will one get reports of killings, political violence, among other social vices in Makurdi. Whatever the yardstick, Makurdi remains one of the peaceful cities in Nigeria.
5. Akure, Ondo State
Akure is the capital city of Ondo State – and is perfectly safe to both visit and or live in.
Akure is the capital city of Ondo State and has tight security measures due to it being one of the most important cities in Nigeria. It has many first class schools and hospitals that run efficiently and is a wonderful place for foreigners.
Right here on our little list, it occupies the 5th position – a position that cannot be taken lightly.
Prices of foodstuff and the overall cost of living in Akure is cheap – or for the working class, at least affordable.
This means that, living or visiting the city, you’ll have the privilege of saving the rest of the funds you earn for whatever you wish for or desire – instead of spending it on the necessaries of life or living.
Akure Is One Of The Most Peaceful States In Nigeria
Having visited this city ourselves, we find that there are simply no challenge at all – in terms of any negative indice that would amount to discomfort when visiting.
Further, the night life of the town, its social/tourist attractions and its overall structure is impressive enough to attract even the most sophisticated tourist, used to the most advanced of societies.
Further, the warmness of the people here is also impressive – and the hospitality is legendary, as is common in typical Yoruba settings.
4. Ilorin, Kwara State
Ilorin is home to the world acclaimed University of Ilorin – one of the country’s most respected institutions of higher learning.
The city is quite family friendly with a low crime and unemployment rate.
Aside the obvious glories of Ilorin, the city also has some very important attractions that would be well worth the attention of any serious tourist or the amateur sight seer.
For the business minded visitor, the activities and quality of life in Ilorin is attractive enough to ensure a determination to expand to the state or at least, a desire to revisit.
If you ever get lucky and visit this city, be sure to check on Owu Falls and the Esie Museum – all impressive sights that are just some kilometers away from the capital city.
3. Benin, Edo State
Benin City is the 4th most peaceful city in Nigeria – according to our rankings.
Though, the city is known informally as the base for sourcing Nigerian prostitutes to Italy, that is completely business for another day.
What is important is that, the city is the 4th most peaceful and family friendly cities in Nigeria.
Benin City Is One Of The Most Peaceful Cities In Nigeria
Visitors – both local and foreign are always pleased with the fact that the city is clean, violence free and importantly, cheap/affordable for the numerous people that throng to it, all day long, all year long.
It is also worth nothing that the world famous University of Benin is situated in this city.
Together with other privately held universities like the Benson Idahosa University, it satisfies the academic yearnings of those who are academically inclined.
Further, the sheer array of cuisines and cultural variants in Benin is enough to wow a visitor for a lifetime.
There is legendary hospitality coupled with the super awesome food.
Benin-city might not be safe for some because cult killings are rampant; it has become a hub for the infamous Nigeria’s variant of internet fraud (the ‘yahoo’ boys and girls) and importantly, of late, has seen an increase in house break-ins, carjackings, armed robbery, kidnapping and general criminality.
If you must live, sleep or work in the city, keeping to the GRA (Reservation, Central, Boundary, Ihama, First and Second Ugbor roads) will be a wise decision.
Also, Airport road is relatively safe – and rivals the GRA in terms of peace and general quiet.
2. Calabar, Cross-River State
City ranking 3rd on our list of top 10 safest cities in Nigeria city of Calabar is an awesome place – and the dream of many a tourist.
Calabar, the capital of the Cross Rivers made the list thanks to security measures of Governorment which has ensured peace and stability in Cross River State.
The Canadian and American government identified the state as one of the safest in the country. Despite this recognition, the state government is keen to sustain the momentum, as security is essential to the economic prosperity of the state.
The city is ultra-clean and there are many things that one can do on a daily basis/many things that will certainly make one decide to visit again or better still, make it one’s permanent abode of residence.
From whichever standpoint one looks at Calabar, there is little doubt as to the fact that the city is filled with greenery, nature is adored and traffic is almost non-existent.
If you’re thus the type of person who is better at home around nature, be rest assured that you’ll find in Calabar much more than you ever imagined.
Calabar has many sights that will certainly wow any tourist, aside the super clean environment and pollution free air.
There’s the National Museum, the Slave Museum, Kwa Waterfalls, the Mary Slessor House amongst many others.
If you happen to visit the city around the end of the year, there’s the Calabar Carnival – which has rightly been dubbed ‘Africa’s Biggest Street Party’.
Aside these awesome attractions, crime free environment and pollution/noise free air, there is also an important wonder to see – the Obudu Cattle Ranch which is just outside the city – a wonder of a settlement right on top of an impressive set of hills, boasting temperate weather and importantly, an impressive engineering feat amongst the rocks right to the top by means of a road.
Bonus city to our list of top 10 safest cities in Nigeria
The city of Uyo is located in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. The safety of the residents is taken care of by the huge amount of budget that is set in tackling crime, equipping the police and soldiers in order to ensure safety and peace. On top of that, Uyo is blessed with scenic attractions, beautiful hotels and unique cuisine.
Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria – the giant of Africa.
Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria is known for its well-designed buildings and clean environment. It the abode of the president and every law maker and high profile politicians in the country, which has provided the city with well-structured security measures and mobile police men who are seen all over the city.
Unlike other parts of the country – or in some of the cities shared here where potholes, bad roads and some basic lack of amenities rule supreme, it is worthy of note that living in Abuja is comparable to living anywhere in either Europe or the US.
As is it to be expected, you’ll find out that Nigeria is at its very best, in terms of all the goodies of life, luxury and comfort.
Further, as the capital of Nigeria, all serious companies, government ministries/parastatals and all that matter have offices or representations there.
Further, Abuja is a melting point – meaning that all the tribes in Nigeria meet and live there, in peace. Tribalism is thus at its very least in the city, at least, overtly.
Abuja has the very best hotels in Nigeria – 5 star hotels that will give you comparable comfort to the best hotels in France or New York.
If safety is your utmost concern, your 2nd best bet is to land at the Murtala International Airport at Abuja and lodge at the Sheraton Hotels or any other awesome hotel that catches your fancy.