The Nigeria Immigration Service said it may reciprocate the visa restriction imposed on its citizens by the United States and other countries.
This new development is a plan by the Nigerian Government, The Punch reports.
Speaking on behalf of the immigration service, the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mohammed Babandede, disclosed that the new visa policy that was launched by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) earlier in the year.
Initially, the US in January, said it would suspend the issuance of visas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar. However, they could apply for other visa categories.
The option of reciprocity fees for Nigerians was also introduced by the US, thereby nearly doubling the cost of obtaining a visa based on the premise that Americans seeking Nigerian visa were paying too much to secure it.
the immigration boss also disclosed on Signature50 Magazine that Nigeria has the right to dictate who it allows in or restricts from entering the country, since the new Nigerian visa policy is reciprocal in nature, stressing that like that of the US.
In his words: “I can tell you that US is a country, it is a nation like Nigeria. They have the right to restrict who will enter their territory or not just like we can restrict US citizen or whomsoever from entering Nigeria.”