The federal government of Nigeria, effective from Tuesday, December 14, has banned flights from Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Argentina
Minister of Aviation, Capt. Hadi Sirika, made the announcement on Sunday, December 12, in Lagos.
He said the decision was made due to the destination of flights into the said countries because of the Omicron variant
He said: “There is also the case of Saudi Arabia that put Nigeria on the ban list. On Sunday, I participated in a meeting with the COVID-19 task force.
“We have given our input that it is not acceptable by us and we recommended that Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia and Argentina also be put on the red list.
“As they did to us, if they do not allow our citizens into their countries; who are they coming, as airlines, to pick from our country?
“They are not supposed to come in. I am very sure in the next three days; Monday or Tuesday, all those countries will be put on the red list of COVID-19.”
The minister apologized to Nigerians for the new restrictions but stated that it was in the country’s best interest.