The British Government has expressed surprise over the federal government’s stance, that it would consider disrespectful to Nigeria’s sovereignty, for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of its citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa ban, unilaterally.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, made this known while speaking at an orientation programme for people with disability seeking Chevening scholarship opportunities in the United Kingdom.
Laing also spoke on the issue of visa restriction on perpetrators of electoral violence was the UK’s visa policy and they determine who travels to the country.
“It is our visa policy, the UK, and we can determine who comes to the UK. So, that is a non-sovereign right.”
“And all we are saying is that in line with Nigerian policy, that those who commit violence or who incite violence, there may be an implication for that person when they apply for a visa in the UK.”
“So, I think it is actually completely consistent with the Nigerian policy. This is our visa policy, but obviously, it is for Nigeria to determine how they deal with these perpetrators in Nigeria,” Laing said.
Ahead of the Ondo, Edo governorship election, the British Government has threatened a visa ban on politicians who resort to electoral violence.