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Nigeria may place retaliatory travel ban on UK, Canada, two others

Nigeria is proposing to place travel ban of four countries, the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina and Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic recipocal action over their decision of put Nigeria in red list countries.

The Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika in a leak audio said the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, headed by the secretary to the federal government, Boss Mustapha will announce the retaliatory action in the new week.

The four countries had recently placed Nigeria on the red list in the wake of the outbreak of Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Though Nigeria had protested the inclusion of the country in the red list countries, the four countries have refused to lift the travel ban on Nigeria.

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“Also, there is a case of Saudi Arabia, which put Nigeria on the banned list – no visa, no travel, etc. So also Canada. So, today, there was a meeting, I participated in a zoom meeting, COVID-19 task force, just for your information also.

“We have given our input in aviation, it is not acceptable by us and we recommend that those countries – Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina be also put on red list, as they did similarly to us.

“If they don’t allow our citizens to go into their countries who are their airlines coming to pick from our country?

“So, I am very sure that in the next few days, between now and Monday, or perhaps Tuesday, at maximum, all those countries will be put on the red list from the PSC (Presidential Steering Committee) from the task force of COVID-19.

“Once they are put on the red list, which means they are banned, of course, their airlines will be banned. I’m so sorry, we are going through a difficult moment, but we have to do it in the interest of our country,” Sirika said in the audio.

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