President of Nigerian Muhammadu Buhari has called on the government of the United Arab Emirates UAE to suspend the blanket visa ban on Nigerians.
The President made the call on Monday, February 13, during a telephone conversation with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who doubles as the Emir of Abu Dhabi.
Recall that Emirates Airlines suspended its operations in Nigeria in 2022 in the wake of its inability to repatriate funds trapped in Nigeria.
The President expressed the readiness of the Nigerian government to apply necessary sanctions through appropriate judicial processes against anyone identified to have committed criminal acts in the UAE.
He urged that the issue be allowed to be handled by the relevant security/intelligence agencies of the two countries and to come up with lasting solutions to the problems associated with criminalities and illegalities. President Buhari also requested a resumption of the suspended operations of Emirates Airline in the country.
President Buhari, who assured the UAE leader that the issue of the Emirates funds was receiving appropriate attention alongside those of other foreign airlines operating in Nigeria, added that the Central Bank of Nigeria had been directed to increase foreign exchange allocation to the airline.
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