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Nigeria denies AU claims, says no visas on arrival for Africans

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s information minister

Washington, DC —Authorities in Nigeria say the Buhari’s government it has no plans to start issuing visas on arrival for all Africans.

Over the weekend, the African Union’s political affairs office had tweeted on Friday that the West African nation of Nigeria had announced the plan, during a retreat for permanent representatives to the continental body, to issue visas to all Africans upon arrival in the country.

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s information minister, told Globe Afrique on Sunday: “It is not true that we have any such plans.”

The AU has and continues to advocate for a single African passport and for abolishing all visa requirements for all African citizens in all African countries by 2018.

Few African nations, including Ghana, Rwanda, Mauritius, and the Seychelles, have started issuing visas on arrival to all African passport holders.

According to the AU, Africans need visas to travel to about 55 percent of the continent, a factor that AU officials say hurts trade and integration.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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