Federal Government revoked the approval granting Emirates airline clearance to fly into Nigeria from Monday the 21st September 2020 as part of the principle of reciprocity that government put in place to protect its sovereignty because the UAE refused to issue visas to Nigerians
The Minister’s tweet indicates that all will return to status quo once visa issuance commences.
His tweet read,”UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians; consequently decision has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria. Commencement of the Visa issuance is condition precedent. Please bear with this unusual situation. Many thanks.”
On the 18th September when Nigeria announced it withdrawal of its approval to Emirates commencing Monday 21st September, the airline issued a statement saying it is working closely with the governments of Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the ban on its flights to Nigeria.
The ban was consequent to the fact that Dubai had stopped issuing visas to Nigerians and some other countries, so the federal government decided to reciprocate by banning the airline from operating in Nigeria.
A statement made available by Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu revealed that the approval is based on the undertaking by the authorities of the United Arabs Emirates (UAE) the Nigerian government has agreed to lift the ban placed on Emirates Airlines from operating into and out of the country.
According to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the commencement of the airline’s operations would however depend on the commencement of visa issuance by the UAE.
“UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, consequently decision has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria. Commencement of the Visa issuance is condition precedent. Please bear with this unusual situation.”
The Minister appreciates the understanding of everyone who has been negatively affected by the recent policy decisions which forbade some airlines from operating into the country when Nigeria reopened its air space to international flights.
The decisions, he said, were taken to protect the interests of the nation and its citizens who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, same Nigeria treats other nationals.