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Travel restriction: Nigeria, S’Africa should retaliate – Moghalu

Former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu has disclosed that Nigeria and South Africa should respond in kind to the travel restrictions by the UK and other western nations.

Following the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, Canada, Indonesia, the US and a number of countries in Europe, including the UK, banned travellers from African countries.

Recall that the UK on Saturday announced that it would add Nigeria to the list of countries on its red list — which means only UK residents or citizens of the country can visit from Nigeria.

Reacting to the development on Monday, Moghalu said it is “unconscionable” to restrict travel from Africa over a COVID variant that did not originate from the continent.

“Nigeria and other African countries such as South Africa should issue reciprocal restrictions or bans on any western countries that restrict or ban travel by Africans because of the Omicron variant of #COVID19,” he wrote on social media.

“It’s unconscionable to subject Africans to restrictions because of a variant that did not originate from the continent when western countries with similar or more cases are not subject to similar restrictions.

“This is more than public health. It’s about worldviews in international relations. Our dignity matters. Our leaders should protect it instead of as is the case with Nigeria today, travelling around the world with a begging bowl for foreign assistance.”

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