In a bid to eliminate the hiccups faced by Nigerians while procuring visas of other countries, the Federal government has warned that henceforth, reciprocity will govern the issuance of Nigerian visas to foreign nationals.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made this known on Monday after a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama, Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede.
An eye for an eye: According to Dambazau, the hassles Nigerians are made to face in procuring foreign visas is becoming embarrassing to the Federal government and a resolution has been reached to treat foreign nationals the way their respective countries treat Nigerians on visa issues.
“It is embarrassing that one will wants visa and will have unnecessary delays from the issuance countries. We as a country need 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,” he said.
Nigeria also has its pride to protect: On his part, Babandede stressed that “Anybody who delays visa for our nationals, we would also do the same as a country because we have a pride as a nation.”