During a news conference in Abuja on Monday, Nigeria’s minister of information, Lai Mohammed, argued that the verdict of a travel ban against Nigeria by Britain is unjust, harsh, punishing, unjustified, and discriminatory, and that it is not founded on science.
He believes that the Presidential Steering Committee will react to the United Kingdom’s decision.
“As you are aware, Britain has placed Nigeria on its red list, prohibiting foreign travel to our nation,” he stated. This is due to the identification of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria (Omicron variant). Britain has now joined the list of countries that have taken similar measures against Nigeria over Omicron, including Canada.
“Let me state right immediately that it is up to the Presidential Steering Committee to respond to the British government’s and others’ actions, and I have no doubt that the Committee will do so appropriately.”
“However, as the Federal Government’s Spokesman, I can say unequivocally that the British government’s decision to place Nigeria on the red list, based on a few dozen Omicron cases that, by the way, did not start in Nigeria, is unjust, unfair, punishing, unjustifiable, and discriminatory.” The choice is also not based on scientific evidence.”
As a result of worries of an epidemic of the COVID-19 virus’s Omicron strain, Nigeria has recently been added to the UK’s red list of nations, and stricter entrance requirements will take effect on Monday, December 6th.
Only residents and citizens of the United Kingdom and Ireland traveling from Nigeria would be allowed entry into the region, according to Sajid Javid, the UK Secretary of State for Health, who stated on his verified Twitter account that they will be quarantined upon arrival.