UK Visa Restriction: We decide who we issue our visas to— British high commissioner to Nigeria

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The government of the United Kingdom has slammed the Buhari-led government over its reaction to the Visa Ban placed on some politicians in the country.

The UK in a statement said it is surprising that the federal government  could consider disrespectful to Nigeria’s sovereignty, for any outside authority to punish it’s citizen with visa restriction due to their conduct.

Catriona Laing, British high commissioner to Nigeria addressed the issue  at an orientation programme for people with disability seeking Chevening scholarship opportunities in the United Kingdom.

Laing made it clear that it is only the government of the UK that can determine who enters the UK, she re-emphasized that the issue of visa restriction on perpetrators of electoral violence was the UK’s visa policy.

“It is our visa policy, the UK, and we can determine who comes to the UK. So, that is a non-sovereign right.”

“And all we are saying is that in line with Nigerian policy, that those who commit violence or who incite violence, there may be an implication for that person when they apply for a visa in the UK.”

“So, I think it is actually completely consistent with the Nigerian policy. This is our visa policy, but obviously, it is for Nigeria to determine how they deal with these perpetrators in Nigeria,” Laing said.

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