Muhammad Babandede, The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) In an interview with TheSignature50 magazine says they Can Restrict US Citizens from Entering Nigeria over US Visa Ban.
He said this, while reacting to the decision of the United States of America to include Nigeria in its list of countries with visa restrictions.
The Immigration boss added that while it is understandable for any country to impose a visa or travel ban, other countries also have similar rights to reciprocate such action.
He said: “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,” Babandede said.
“So they have the right, but I want people to know that Visa restriction is not a Visa ban, it is a ban for people who want to take residency not people who want to go for short visits.
“You are aware that President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR just launched a new visa policy for Nigeria, the visa policy has 79 classes of visa. So, we will be in a position to say to countries, if you allow us for short visits we will allow you for short visits and if you stop us from other visits, we do the same, because the new visa policy is based on reciprocity.
“So, we will test this for a year and see those who reciprocate and we take actions for those who do otherwise.” He added.