The Nigerian government has accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of applying a double standard when it comes to enforcing the COVID-19 protocol for visitors.
The Nigerian government claims that the UAE government allows citizens of other countries, such as the Benin Republic and Ghana, to travel directly from their home countries to Dubai and other cities, but not Nigerians.
Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, announced this at a Presidential Steering Committee briefing on Monday.
Despite Nigeria’s achievements in the fight against the Coronavirus, Sirika claimed that the UAE’s COVID-19 protocol for Nigeria was not the same as what the UAE announced for other countries.
Investigations revealed that Nigeria’s protocol differed from that of other West African countries, according to him.
He claimed that this was the reason why many Nigerians traveled through Benin Republic and Ghana, the country’s neighbors.
“Nigeria is not opposed to Emirates, but it is opposed to preferential treatment,” Sirika added.
However, Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, expressed his displeasure with the UAE’s alleged use of double standards (UAE).
He stated that the Federal Government would continue to discuss the issue with UAE representatives.
Mustapha stated that the Nigerian government’s primary focus remained the protection of Nigerians’ interests.
“The Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aviation will continue to discuss the issue of Emirates flights between Nigeria and the UAE with UAE representatives.
He stated, “Protection of Nigerians’ interests remains our primary focus.”