In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 25th, September, 2020

‘We Resolve Who Visits The UK’

'We Decide Who Visits The UK'

Muhammadu Buhari and Boris Johnson

Muhammadu Buhari and Boris Johnson


The British Authorities has reacted over complaints by the federal authorities on visa ban positioned on some politicians by the nation.


The British Excessive Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, who spoke throughout an orientation programme for individuals with incapacity searching for Chevening scholarship alternatives in the UK, mentioned the UK completely respect the sovereignty of the Nigerian Authorities and it welcomed the truth that the Nigerian Authorities have been following up on any violence.


Laing additional mentioned the difficulty of visa restriction on perpetrators of electoral violence was the UK’s visa coverage, including that the Authorities of the UK can decide who travels to the nation.


“It’s our visa coverage, the UK, and we are able to decide who involves the UK. So, that could be a non sovereign proper.

“And all we’re saying is that in step with Nigerian coverage, that those that commit violence or who incite violence, there could also be an implication for that individual once they apply for a visa within the UK.

“So, I believe it’s truly fully in step with the Nigerian coverage. That is our visa coverage, however clearly, it’s for Nigeria to find out how they cope with these perpetrators in Nigeria,” Laing mentioned.


Recall that the UK had barely a day after the USA imposed visa restrictions on election offenders within the November, 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa States elections, mentioned it’ll impose visa restrictions on these concerned in violence over the last Saturday Edo governorship election and the October 10, 2020 Ondo State gubernatorial election.

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Following the risk, the Federal Authorities, in a press release by the Spokesperson, Ministry of International Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, mentioned it took be aware of the considerations of a few of its companions, particularly the USA and the UK governments relating to the elections in Edo and Ondo States.


The Authorities additionally famous that each the USA and the UK expressed intention to take punitive measures towards these they resolve will likely be concerned in what you termed as ‘undermining democracy.’


The Authorities additional mentioned there have been ample provisions in its legal guidelines to sanction violators and perpetrators of electoral violence and fraud, including that it could be thought of disrespectful of the sovereignty of Nigeria for any outdoors authority to sit down in judgment over the conduct of its residents and apply punitive measures akin to visa restriction, unilaterally.


Requested if the UK will heed the Nigerian Authorities’s response and drop such plans of imposing visa ban on the people, Laing additional mentioned she was stunned with the response of the federal government.


Laing recalled that previous to the 2019 common election, the Nigerian Authorities welcomed its coverage, including that possibly the federal government in all probability assumed that its coverage utilized to the Individuals’s Democratic Occasion (PDP) solely.

“I’m stunned in the best way they mentioned this as a result of earlier than the final election, they welcomed our coverage. In fact, they in all probability assumed it utilized to PDP people.

“This isn’t about which get together is. It may be from any political get together or certainly, simply an atypical particular person who just isn’t a member of a celebration.

“So, it has nothing to do with get together politics and I’ll hope the Nigerian Authorities will see us as supporting them. All we intend was only a peaceable elections,” Laing additionally mentioned.

On the award of Chevening scholarship to Nigerians, Laing disclosed that many Nigerians had benefited through the years, placing the numbers in hundreds.

“As a result of the programme has been working for a very long time and on this yr, we’re sending 49,” Laing acknowledged.

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