Nigerians not in support of Buhari's visa on arrival plan for Africans - Poll

Nigerians not in support of Buhari's visa on arrival plan for Africans - Poll

On Wednesday, December 11, President Muhammadu Buhari announced at the Aswan Forum in Egypt that starting from January 2020, other Africans will be allowed to enter Nigeria without visa.

The president said Nigeria will commence issuance of visas at the point of entry into the country, to other African nationals.

According to him, this is in line with his administration's commitment to supporting the free movement of Africans within Africa.

Muhammad Babandede, the comptroller general of the Nigeria Immigration Service, had earlier made this known before President Buhari officially announced it.

What do Nigerian think about the policy by the Buhari-led administration? finds out in a poll conducted via Facebook and Twitter.

Asked if they support President Buhari's decision to allow Africans enter Nigeria without visa, 81% of the respondents voted no while only 19% expressed support for the decision.

Over 5,000 participated in the poll on Facebook.

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The result of the poll on Twitter is not different as 55% said they were not in support of the decision. Only 18% wanted other Africans to enter Nigeria without visa, according to the poll's result on Twitter which has over 1,000 respondents.

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What informed the position of Nigerians regarding this new visa policy? Some comments posted by some of the respondents reveals why Nigerians are against the policy.

The following comments give an insight into why some, however, supported President Buhari's decision:

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the NIS said that it would soon begin the introduction of different categories of visa for the country as one part of its visa reform programme.

Babandede made this known in an interview with NAN.

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