…Says it is Treacherous Act of misleading Information
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned what it describes as treacherous misleading Information which was circulated by the Special Advisers to the President on media and Publicity, Mr Ajuri Ngelale, regarding the UAE visa ban on Nigerian travellers.
HURIWA in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said that Mr. Ngelale has deceived Nigerians by falsely claiming that the UAE had lifted its visa ban on Nigerians after President Bola Tinubu met with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
According to HURIWA, CNN reported that an unnamed official from the Gulf country refuted this statement and said that the visa ban, which was imposed on Nigeria and 19 other African countries in October 2020, still stands.
Onwubiko also noted that the UAE government did not mention the removal of the visa embargo or the resumption of flights in its statement after the meeting between the two leaders. Instead, it only stated that they had “explored opportunities for further bilateral collaboration” and “reinforced ties between the UAE and Nigeria”.
“President Bola Tinubu and President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Monday in Abu Dhabi, have finalised a historic agreement, which has resulted in the immediate cessation of the visa ban placed on Nigerian travelers
“Furthermore, by this historic agreement, both Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines are to immediately resume flight schedules into and out of Nigeria, without any further delay,” the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said in a statement.
The group demanded that Mr. Ngelale be queried and make to apologies for his ‘’brazen act of deception and outright falsehood on this issues’’ while stating that Nigerians do not want another four years of misinformation and fake news as they saw with Lai Mohammed in the last eight years.
Onwubiko on behalf of the group charged Presidency on transparency, accountability and truthfulness to Nigerians. They also called on Nigerians to be vigilant and critical of any information coming from the government and to verify it from credible sources before accepting it as fact.