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‘It’s embarrassing’ — Atiku’s aide chides presidency over UAE visa ban lift claim

‘It’s embarrassing’ — Atiku’s aide chides presidency over UAE visa ban lift claim
September 17
22:21 2023

Phrank Shaibu, an aide to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, says the claim by the presidency that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had lifted a visa ban on Nigerians – when it had not – embarrassed the country.

Last week, Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesperson, said the Middle Eastern country had lifted the ban after President Bola Tinubu met with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

However, a UAE official contradicted the claims by the federal government.

In a statement on Sunday, Shaibu said the “false” claim by Tinubu’s government announcing that UAE had lifted the visa ban imposed on Nigerians is “just the tip of the iceberg”.


“Last month, the NNPC claimed to have obtained a loan of $3bn with which it would help stabilise the naira,” he said.

“We raised the alarm that it was all a ruse to deceive Nigerians. Now, we have been justified as the naira is now approaching $1/N1,000 on the black market.

“After his trip to the UAE, Tinubu claimed the visa ban had been lifted immediately. Now, they have shifted the goalpost after the UAE authorities revealed that the news was false.


“This is the sort of embarrassment Nigeria will continue to attract in this season of balablu.

“The report by FTSE revealed that Tinubu’s so-called FX unification policy was failing and Nigeria was degraded from frontier market to unclassified.”

Shaibu said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government has not put adequate relief in place since the removal of the petrol subsidy.

“Tinubu removed the petrol subsidy without any plan whatsoever and decided to hand over a few bags of rice to millions of poor Nigerians,” he said.


“Till date, the minimum wage remains N30,000 or $31 per month based on the parallel market exchange rate.”



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