Reportera Fact-Check: We Have Not Lifted Visa Ban To Nigerians – UAE

Reportera Fact-Check: We Have Not Lifted Visa Ban To Nigerians - UAE

Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently visited the United Arab Emirates head of state, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the basis of landmark agreement and economic development between two countries.

Tinubu released a statement on his official X-handle page to brief Nigerians about the outcome of his visit to the United Arab Emirates.

He said, Today, in unity with my friend, UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan @MohamedBinZayed, we have initiated a new era of collaboration and friendship between our nations – Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates.

We’ve also laid a robust foundation for substantial investments in various sectors in Nigeria, a testament to our shared vision for a prosperous future. Together, we are committed to building bridges and fostering a friendship that stands the test of time. As part of our discussions, the following have been reached:

1. Immediate lifting of the visa ban placed on Nigerian travelers by the UAE.

2. Resumption of flight schedules into and out of Nigeria by Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines, without any immediate payment required from the Nigerian government.

3. An agreed framework for new investments worth several billions of U.S. dollars into the Nigerian economy by the UAE government, covering multiple sectors including defense and agriculture.

4. A joint, new foreign exchange liquidity programme between Nigeria and the UAE, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks. 5. A commitment to normalize and enhance the relations between the two countries, fostered by the collaboration between myself and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Furthermore, the special adviser to the president on Media & Publicity also released a statement confirming landmark agreement and operations of Etihad and Emirate will begin without further delay.

Reportera validates the authencity of the statement made by Tinubu on bilteral agreement. The report of the meeting between Tinubu and Sheik Mohamed which was published by the UAE government official media and discovered that there was no mention of any bilateral agreement to lift the Visa ban.

Read More: United Arab Emirates Lifted Visa Ban To Nigerian Travellers As Tinubu Secures Landmark Deal

Furthermore, we contacted the UAE National Carrier, Emirates Airlines and made enquiries on when the airline would start operations to which they responded that flights to Nigeria have not resumed because of the travel restrictions caused by the VISA ban. – Reportera

Following more investigation on the issue, Reportera discovered Emirates News Agency website that reported, “The UAE President and Nigerian President explored opportunities for further bilateral collaboration in areas that serve both countries’ sustainable economic growth, including the economic, development, energy, and climate action fields. The two sides also exchanged views on a number of regional and international developments of interest.

The meeting discussed the upcoming COP28 climate conference set to take place in the UAE later this year, with both parties stressing the vital importance of encouraging and enabling international cooperation to tackle global issues, including climate change.

He further emphasised the particular importance the UAE attaches to its relationship with Nigeria, within the framework of its strategic vision for relations with the African continent.” 

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