Nigerians travelling abroad have been advised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, to always travel with the appropriate documents to prevent anomalies and unfavourable outcomes.
The NIDCOM chairman issued this warning during a visit to many Nigerians in a shelter in Brampton, Canada.
"Situation is getting tougher in many countries," Dabiri-Erewa warned Nigerians planning to fly to Canada without the necessary documents or seek sanctuary.
Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NIDCOM's Director of Media, Public Relations, and Protocols Unit, revealed this in a statement.
“The NIDCOM boss sympathised with their condition and urged others planning to travel without proper documentation, arrive in the country to seek asylum, to desist, as the situation is getting tougher in many countries, adding that. It is just not worth it, more often than not.
“Mr Wale Rabiu, owner of Matlock bakery donated hundreds of loaves of Agege bread to the shelter inmates, while Mr Bayo Adedosu, a Nigerian living in Canada, and an immigration consultant also gave some words of counselling, adding that they should not talk ill about their home country, Nigeria, to avoid future repercussions, adding that Nigerians should be patient and law-abiding.”
However, in light of travelling with proper documents, a few days back Saudi Arabia authorities cancelled the visa of 264 passengers airlifted by Nigeria’s major carrier, Air Peace on arrival at the country from Kano.
According to reports, the flight took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, via the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano on Sunday night and arrived in Saudi Arabia’s major city, Jeddah, without issues.
However, on landing, the Saudi Arabian authorities announced that all the passengers’ visas were cancelled and insisted that the airline should return them (passengers) to Nigeria.