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Nigeria threatens to ‘deal with any country’ that delay visa issuance to it nationals

Minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has threatened a tit-for-tat response to countries that delay issuance of visa to Nigerians.

Dambazau took the stance on Monday when he met with Geoffrey Onyeama, foreign affairs minister, to resolve some of the issues militating against visa issuance. 

“It is embarrassing that one will want visa and will have unnecessary delay from the issuance countries,” he said.

“We as a country needs to take our stand; we should deal with any country the way they deal with us on visa issuance.

“They should not think that we need them more than they need us.”

Also in the meeting was Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation and Mohammed Babandede, the comptroller-general of immigration.

Babandede corroborated the minister of interior’s stand on the issue.

“What we are saying is that we as a country, we would also like to retaliate, he said.

“Anybody who delays visa for our nationals, we would also do the same as a country because we have a pride as a nation.”

Onyeama said the parley was to see how in conjunction with sister ministries, the nation could find solutions to the challenges.

“As part of the presidential enabling business environment council, the issue, as you know, some of the deliverables are there and it is for consular services that we also have to work hard together.

“So, we have always felt that we should all try and be speaking to each other.

“The ministry of interior, immigration services and ourselves, our embassies and missions and consulates are all working other one roof,” he said.


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