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‘Getting a visa is easier’ — Nigerians share bitter experiences getting passport

‘Getting a visa is easier’ — Nigerians share bitter experiences getting passport
March 29
10:34 2019
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“#GettingNigerianPassport is like getting honey from bees. Sounds good and adventurous until you try.” Favour Olufunmilayo.

Ogunbowale Olugbenga, a digital skills expert, had to pray, fast, wait a month, and run a thread on twitter before he could get his passport, 24 hours from missing his Visa appointment.

If he decided to pay N40,000 to an immigration official, he could have got the passport in a day. But as a law-abiding citizen, he didn’t. After his personal diary was published by TheCable, he got his passport the same day.

Olugbenga’s case is one in thousands as Nigerians go through different hurdles in obtaining the passport which ordinarily is not meant to take more than 72 hours.

While most Nigerians shared their bitter experiences from different offices of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), stating how they had to bribe officials, there
were few cases where some said they followed due process and got their passport in record time.

Nigerians shared their experiences with TheCable below.

Maxwell Onuoha and a couple of Nigerians followed due process and got their passport in record time.

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