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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed that the standoff between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Nigeria over the issuance of visas and outstanding face-off with Emirates Airlines be resolved.
The President offered to personally intervene on the two issues so that people-to-person socio-economic relations between the two countries could resume.
Tinubu spoke on Thursday during the presentation pf Letter of Credence by the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Salam Saeed Al-Shamsi at the State House.
Just last year, the UAE immigration department notified its trade partners and travel agencies that it was stopping visa applications from 22 countries, 20 of which are African nations.
Others include Uganda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, Burundi, Republic of Guinea, Gambia, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin, Ivory Coast, Congo, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Comoros, and the Dominican Republic.
Concerning Nigeria, UAE authorities said all applications were on hold until issues between the UAE government and the Nigerian government were resolved.
In August 2021, a viral message on Twitter showed how some Nigerians were held against their wish and maltreated at a Dubai airport, in spite of carrying valid travel documents.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), said it might not be unrelated to the violation of new visa rules by some Nigerians in Dubai, prompting the government to evacuate over 500 citizens stranded in the UAE.
Indeed, some Nigerians were suspected to be engaged in criminal activities, such as cybercrime. This led to new visa rules, including age restriction and a visa regime that focuses on family.Google+