The Nigerian Government has said that they may reciprocate the visa restriction imposed on its citizens by the United States and other countries.
This was made known by the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mohammed Babandede, who gave the insight when explaining the new visa policy that was launched by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) earlier in the year.
It can be recalled that sometimes in January, The US government has said it would suspend the issuance of visas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals which includes Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar. Though he added, such affected could apply for other visa categories. Also in the cost of obtaining visa.
However, the immigration boss said the new Nigerian visa policy is reciprocal in nature, adding that like the US, Nigeria has the right to dictate who it allows in or restricts from entering the country.
Babandede also added “I can tell you that US is a country, it is a nation like Nigeria. They have the right to restrict who will enter their territory or not just like we can restrict US citizen or whomsoever from entering Nigeria,”
According to Him, 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. and he added “So, we will test this for a year and see those who reciprocate and we take actions for those who do otherwise,”