- President Buhari has disclosed that Nigeria is making efforts to resolve the issues that made the USA impose visa restrictions on Nigerian citizens
- The Nigerian president made the disclosure at a meeting with the committee on citizen data management and harmonization
- The president expressed delight that two out of the six areas of concern raised by the United States had been fully addressed
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The Nigerian government has disclosed that it is making efforts to resolve the issues that led to the suspension of the issuance of the United States of America’s (USA) immigrant visas to Nigerian passport holders.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August 13, assured Nigerians that the issues with the United States will be addressed.
The Nigerian leader was said to have given the assurance when the committee on citizen data management and harmonisation chaired by the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola paid him a visit in Abuja, The Nation reported.
The president’s comments were disclosed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
According to the presidential aide, Buhari expressed delight that two out of the six areas of concern raised by the United States had been fully addressed.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has disclosed that the federal government may reciprocate the visa restrictions imposed on its citizens by the United States and other countries.
This comptroller-general of the NIS, Mohammed Babandede made the statement when reacting to the inclusion of Nigeria by the USA to its list of countries with visa restrictions.
According to The Cable, the immigration boss told TheSignature50 magazine in an interview that the new visa policy launched by President Buhari earlier in the year is reciprocal in nature.
He said like the US, Nigeria has the right to dictate who it allows in or restricts entry from.
He explained that visa restriction is not the same as a visa ban, noting that a ban applies to people who want to take residency not people who want to go for short visits.
In other news, the United Arab Emirates has denied restricting Nigerians from travelling to their country. The country, in a statement posted on its embassy Twitter account in Nigeria, said it made this clarification after reports surfaced on social media concerning the issue.
UAE noted that truly, there was a restriction as a result of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, but this has now been lifted and people have been allowed into the country.
The country claimed the issue of Nigerians not gaining access to the UAE was due to the closure of Nigeria's airspace.
The UAE reiterated its commitment to the friendship between the two countries.
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