Minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazauhas said that there should be some sort of consequence for countries who delay issuance of visas to Nigerians. The minister made this clear while speaking at a meeting in Abuja on Monday calling the constant delays “embarrassing”.
“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.”
Abubakar Malami, attorney general of the federation and Mohammed Babandede, comptroller-general of immigration who were also at the meeting reiterated the need for “retaliation” to these countries that insist on being difficult to Nigerians.
“What we are saying is that we as a country, we would also like to retaliate.
“Anybody who delays visa for our nationals, we would also do the same as a country because we have a pride as a nation.”
The comptroller-general, however, said Nigeria was committed to ensuring that business was done normally with friends of the country.
“We are committed to issue visa on time and passport to our nationals wherever they are,” Babandede said.