by Dare Lawal
The news that the UK government planned to demand for a 3000 pounds (N750, 000) bond from Nigerians who intend to visit that country on a 6-month visa starting from November continues to draw reactions from Nigerians.
Nigeria is not the only country to be affected by the new charges however,as five other countries including India were also named in the proposed policy by the Conservative Party led government as part of its efforts to check illegal migration.
The first official response of the Nigerian government came from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, who said that the Federal Government will not hesitate to defend the interest of Nigerians on consular related issues with foreign countries.
He however said that the Nigerian government has not yet been notified of the new policy.
“Really, we have received no official communication from the U.K. government.
“When we receive communication from them, we will study whatever proposal they are trying to do but I can assure all Nigerians that President Jonathan’s government will defend the interest of Nigerians by whatever means it can,” he said.