The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede has addressed security fears raised by some Nigerians over the decision by the Federal Government to allow Africans into Nigeria without Visa from January 2020.
Babandede who issued a statement in Abuja on Friday through Sunday James, the NIS Public Relations Officer, said that the decision would remove barriers hindering free movement of people within the continent.
Recall, that a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode had raised alarm over supposed dangers that would come with President Muhammadu Buhari government’s visa free policy for Africans.
In a post on his verified Twitter handle- @realFFK, the former minister argued that the policy was a “subtle attempt to alter the racial and religious demographics of our country and open our front door for mass Fulani, Berber, Taureg and Arab migration into our shores.”
But Babandede in his statement, allayed the fears, stating that “Nigeria’s strategic decision is taken to bring down barriers that have hindered free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the visa at the point of entry into Nigeria with effect from January 2020,” the statement by Babandede read in part.
He also assured of the NIS commitment to high professionalism in delivering its services without compromising the National Security of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Recall that in the month of October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said Nigeria is gradually moving to a “visa-on-arrival” regime as part of efforts to improve “Ease of doing business in the country.”
Onyema, who stated this at a meeting with his Namibian counterpart, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, said that the two countries have also agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas that would be beneficial to both countries.
He added at the time that efforts to move Nigeria towards a “visa-on-arrival” regime as part of the policy of “Ease of doing business” has necessitated the development of “online applications which will facilitate that, but it is still a work in progress.”
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: How N70m road construction created more hardship for Sokoto residents
“To address recurrent accidents on Gagi to Gidan Dilo road and Fakon Idi roads, in Sokoto State, the Federal Government,...
INVESTIGATION: Inside Kwara school where students are used as labour on teachers’ private farms
In this report, SHEREEFDEEN AHMAD uncovered how young students in Kwara State, Nigeria, are being used for labour work on...
INVESTIGATION: How Kano SUBEB awarded contracts to inactive contractors, non-existent schools
In an effort to address issues hindering quality education, the Kano State Government in 2020 awarded N88,406,667.10 for the construction...
SPECIAL REPORT: Hike in gas price forces more Nigerians to use coal, sawdust, as smoke kills 93,300 yearly
In the build-up to the 27th Conference of Party (COP 27), Nigeria recently launched its energy transition plan (ETP) as one of...
INVESTIGATION: How roadside foods endanger consumers’ life with trans fat in northern Nigeria
With an estimated 854,000 deaths in Nigeria, and 3,229 attributed to trans fatty acids (TFA) -related cardiovascular deaths, ADESOLA IKULAJOLU visited Nigeria’s...