- Lai Mohammed has said that the planned visa restriction against Nigerian travellers by the US is ill-conceived
- Mohammed said if the reports on the restriction turns out to be true, the Nigerian government will respond comprehensively
- According to Mohammed, the idea of a visa ban against Nigerians is not well thought out but based largely on negative narratives spread by naysayers
The Nigerian government has reacted to the recent perceived plan by the United States of America to ban Nigerians from accessing its visa.
Speaking in London during an interview session with Reuters on Monday, January 27, the minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, said the speculated ban by the US is ill-conceived.
Mohammed said although the report is still a speculation, however, if it turns out to be true, the Nigerian government will respond comprehensively.
“On the issue of the travel ban, our position is that it is still speculative because we are yet to be communicated. When we are communicated we will respond comprehensively," Mohammed said.
He added that the Federal Government believes that the idea of a visa ban against Nigerians is not well thought out but based largely on negative narratives spread by naysayers.
“I know that we are working very well with our neighbours to ensure that terrorism is addressed. We are working with the international community including the European Union, EU and the US," he said.
He further advised the US government to have a rethink as a travel ban will affect growth and investment between the two countries and the most vulnerable in Nigeria will be highly affected.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Wall Street Journal report suggests that the US government under the leadership of Donald Trump is considering a visa ban against some countries across the globe.
The countries including Nigeria would allegedly have restrictions placed on specific types of visas, such as business or visitor visas.
Other countries on the list are Tanzania, Eritrea, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Sudan.
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