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US, Nigeria And The Tit-For-Tat Game Over Visa

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ElevateNews takes a look at the hike in Visa fee for Nigerians by the United States.

Something must be wrong with some of our foreign policies. The United State Government does not hide its feeling about Nigeria’s exorbitant Visa fee on US citizens seeking to enter Nigeria.

It slammed a $110 increment on Nigerian tourist seeking US Visa and described it as reciprocity measure. In other words, the US government would not have hiked the fee, about N100, 000 if Nigeria’s Visa fee for US citizens has been kind.

The same day, the Air Namibia suspends flights to Nigeria. These are two unpalatable news items that the Federal Government must look into as it forms part of our immigration policies.

To add salt to injury, a South African police officer killed another Nigerian, Mr. Pius Ezekwem in his house while interrogating him. Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians have not been abated despite the threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students to stop major businesses owned by South Africans in Nigeria.

While Air Namibia cites increasing denial of visas to Namibians by Nigeria as the reason for their action, US says it is retaliating exorbitant fees imposed on Americans seeking Nigerian visas.

At this juncture, one cannot honestly explain what our policy thrust is. We are making it more difficult for people who want to enter Nigeria legally while ignoring our porous land borders being used by hordes of undesirable elements, including armed bandits.

Are we improving our relationships with other countries or worsening them so that Nigerians can suffer more? South African policemen killed a Nigerian during interrogation in his home. Nigeria’s immigration laws and policies have always been too stiff and I don’t understand why.

Not many know this, most of what we suffer in visa denial and all, is because that’s how we treat citizens of other countries.

Tragic for a government that shops for foreign investors! What really is the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama doing about this? He got a second term despite the rampant killings of Nigerians.

This is tragic for a government that shops for foreign investors! I repeat. Besides, somebody should tell the new Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to manage the movement restriction at the Nigeria borders with caution because Nigerian traders have capitalized on this to hike the price of staple foodstuffs.

A “Derika” of rice, which costs N250 is now being sold at N350 within hours that the government announced the movement restriction. Many of the traders are not learned. They do not know the difference between the closing of the border against the importation of banned foods from illegal migration of human being.

There are millions of Nigerians who still do legitimate businesses abroad, which the visa hike on tourism will definitely affect. Onyeama will need to do more in the Ministry of foreign affairs. To me, he has done badly in the last four years and this should not be allowed to continue.

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