BUHARI: We’ve Not Banned Anyone From Travelling
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said officials of past administrations including ministers are entitled to full rights and privileges under the constitution and must not be subjected to any undue harassment and intimidation at airports or other points of entry and exit.
“We have not banned anyone from travelling,” said the President.
Responding to some cases of “VIP stoppages” at the airports, as reported to him yesterday, Buhari directed all agencies under the government to run their affairs in full compliance with extant rules, regulations and the constitution of the country.
“Unless otherwise directed by the courts, no law-abiding citizens should be barred from travelling abroad. We must treat fellow citizens with courtesy and respect. Officials at the borders and other points of entry and exit should conduct their affairs in strict compliance with due process. No one has my permission to bar anyone from travelling abroad,” the President said.
Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron has urged Buhari to come before the G7 industrialized nations with a ‘wish list’ when he shows up at its meeting, scheduled for June 7-9 in Berlin, Germany.
Delivering this message to the President at a meeting on Friday shortly after the inauguration, British Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond, said his Prime Minister had requested a list of what Nigeria wanted to help succeed against the current challenges facing the country.
“We are waiting for your own list,” said the minister on behalf of Cameron.
This meeting was a follow-up to an earlier one between the then President-elect and Prime minister Cameron, at which commitments were given to the in-coming administration in several areas, including the fight against terrorism, power and energy and such matters of common concerns of migration challenges facing the continent, as well as what he called “intelligence fusion” to secure Africa from global terror.