Visa-on-ar­rival pol­icy por­tends dan­ger, Or­tom warns Buhari

The Punch - - NEWS - John Charles Makurdi

GOV­ER­NOR Sa­muel Or­tom of Benue State on Wed­nes­day urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to re­view its de­ci­sion to give African trav­ellers visas on ar­rival in the coun­try with ef­fect from Jan­uary next year.

Or­tom in a state­ment is­sued by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary,

Terver Akase, said the de­ci­sion meant that Africans wish­ing to travel to Nige­ria could freely do so when­ever they de­sire.

The gov­er­nor said as pop­u­lar as the pol­icy might sound, “it por­tends dan­ger ahead as Nige­ria will soon turn to a safe haven for per­sons with ques­tion­able char­ac­ter such as ter­ror­ists and other crim­i­nals who would come into the coun­try with­out hin­drance.”

He ap­pealed to the Pres­i­dent, Major Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.), to re­con­sider the de­ci­sion in the over­all in­ter­est of the na­tion.

In the same vein, the gov­er­nor com­mended Nige­ri­ans whose dogged clam­our led to the re­lease of hu­man rights ac­tivist and pro-democ­racy cam­paigner, Omoyele Sowore, as well as a for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Col. Sambo Da­suki (retd.).

Or­tom equally com­mended re­tired Major Gen­eral Buhari for or­der­ing the re­lease of Sowore and Da­suki in ac­cor­dance with the rule of law.

He stated that Nige­ria, which prides it­self as the gi­ant of Africa and bea­con of democ­racy, must, at all times, be seen as a cham­pion of the rule of law and re­specter of hu­man rights.

The gov­er­nor stressed that “coun­tries which prac­tise true democ­racy across the world obey court or­ders and re­spect the fun­da­men­tal rights of their ci­ti­zens.”

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