The United Arab Emirates has disregarded the appeal made by President Muhammadu Buhari to lift a visa ban imposed on Nigerian nationals since October 2022.
The visa ban, however, does not affect persons holding diplomatic passports.
Buhari had last month appealed to his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Mohamed Al Nahyan, to remove the visa ban on Nigerians in a telephone conversation whose content was relayed by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Since the phone conversation took place nearly a month ago, the UAE appears uninterested in his offer and has remained silent on the matter.
Instead, the UAE has said the travel restrictions on Nigerians and other Africans accused of constituting unrest in its territory through cultism and other illegal activities stay.