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FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by bcomputer101(m): 12:48am On Aug 01, 2013
THE Federal Government on Tuesday insisted on retaliatory action against British citizens if their government went ahead with its plan to impose a £3, 000 visa bond on visitors from Nigeria and five other Commonwealth countries.

It expressed displeasure that Downing Street, which had already set November as the discriminatory policy’s commencement time, had not deemed it neccessary to formally communicate to it on the next step of action.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, had at a meeting with the British High Commissioner, Andrew Pocock, conveyed the desire of Nigeria to retaliate the policy.

The spokesperson for the ministry , Ogbole Ode, said in a statement in Abuja, that the British authorities were already aware of the Federal Government’s position on the matter.

The statement reads, “Media reports in Nigeria on Monday, July 29, 2013, indicated that the United Kingdom Government will begin to implement from November, 2013, the £3,000 cash bond for first-time visa applicants from Nigeria, and five other Commonwealth countries. The other countries are India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. These media reports themselves were quoting the Financial Times of London.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to receive any official communication on the final decision of the UK government on this matter. The Federal Government has already conveyed its objection to the bond payment to the UK government. This was done when the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ashiru, summoned the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Pocock, to the Tafawa Balewa House, on June 25, 2013.

“If and when a communication to that effect is received, the Federal Government will take appropriate steps to reflect its national interest. ”

When contacted, the spokesman for the British High Commission in Abuja, Rob Fitzpatrick, said, “No final decision has been made” on the controversial policy.

He said, “As British Prime Minister David Cameron has said, we want the brightest and the best to help create the jobs and growth that will enable Britain to compete in the global race. So, for example, if you are an overseas businessman seeking to invest and trade with world class businesses, one of the thousands of legitimate students keen to study at our first-class universities or a tourist visiting our world class attractions, be in no doubt: Britain is open for business.”

It will be recalled that Ashiru, at the meeting with Pocock, warned that the government would retaliate the discriminatory policy.

On Monday the British government defended a campaign advising illegal immigrants to “go home or face arrest.”

Two trucks, each displaying a large poster with a number for migrants to send text messages if they desired to return to their countries , were seen in six London boroughs for a week.

It was learnt that posters, leaflets and advertisements in newspapers would run for a month to further promote the campaign, a pilot scheme by the interior ministry.

A member of the Liberal Democrat Party, the junior partner in the coalition government with the Conservative Party and Business Secretary, Vince Cable, called the campaign “stupid and offensive.”

The opposition Labour Party’s home affairs spokeswoman, Yvette Cooper, also said the scheme was “ludicrous.”

But Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman defended the campaign, saying it was clear that it was “already working” as some illegal immigrants had voluntarily agreed to leave the UK.

http://www.punchng.com/news/visa-bond-we-will-retaliate-fg-insists/
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by cjrane: 1:47am On Aug 01, 2013
Otunba Gbenga Ashiru is the best Foreign Minister Nigeria has had since the time of Jaja Wachukwu.
Nigeria became a laughing stock in the world principally because over the years,Nigerians and the country's interests were rudely violated by many countries without Nigeria raising a finger to complain.

Until the South Africans were rudely surprised with the retaliatory deportations,Nigeria's foreign policy had lacked focus and teeth.
I'm glad the FG will retaliate this singling out of Nigerian citizens for humiliation by the Brits.If nothing were done,the same policy would soon be copied by many countries that wish to exploit the fact that Nigerians visit their countries in large numbers.

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by inspirenet: 2:32am On Aug 01, 2013
Interesting







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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by mrking3(m): 3:04am On Aug 01, 2013
For Once! Nigeria should Grow Some Ball! I'm in full support of any necessary move †ђξ Federal Government can make to save us from this mess! To hell with UK!!! I have couple of Friends that have lived in UK for like 13 yrs now! And I swear! They've got nofin to show for it! Killing people with heavy Tax and all that! Its about time Nigeria stopped looking for useless aids from these western countries and should start fixing our country in †ђξ right track! I'm confident that some day, they would come queueing to get a Nigerian Visa!!

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Nobody: 5:20am On Aug 01, 2013
I never expected Cameron's Conservative government to backpedal with this policy. The move is clearly a political one to curry favour with his right-wing anti-immigration base.

Cameron doesn't really care about limiting immigration (it's a senseless move, really) - he cares about winning the next elections.

I would suggest that Nigeria liaise with India, Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on the possiblility of adopting a coordinated, multilateral approach to this issue. I think that would better achieve the desired effect than taking a unilateral retaliatory measure.

Meanwhile, what are we still doing in the Commonwealth?

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by tpacalipse(m): 5:53am On Aug 01, 2013
Who still goes to this messed UK?

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by musiwa36: 5:56am On Aug 01, 2013
we are trying to escape that. hopefully, the Queen we grant us our wish. And exclude us.

western nigeria is different from eastern nigeria and northern nigeria.

the golden pen and a letter.




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he lied, save the people


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t71nQKiZNK8

can this be equal to this in population

5 million oyo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO5FblPrIFI


bauchi 5 million

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXmCcK-QjL0

Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by mickyarams: 6:11am On Aug 01, 2013
Another reason we should not be part of the common wealth. I know that a lot of Nigerians abuse the system in Uk but did you know that there are more illegal migrants from Australia living in the UK but this discriminatory law will not apply to them for the simple reason they are white. I wake up every day and pray for God to change the situation in Nigeria because a lot of our people are victimized all over the world.

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by soundtruth(m): 6:19am On Aug 01, 2013
Its bad enough that many legits are denied visitors visa then you now add a bond of £3000.

The Nigerian govt need not liaise with anybody.

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Nobody: 6:36am On Aug 01, 2013
As much as I support this move; I will still implore all the thieving public and civil servants to shun thieving, embezzling, misappropriation and focus on using the funds available to them judiciously, and coming up with innovative ideas as well...

Reduce or better still stop religious fanaticism beef up serious security measures.

These will reposition our economy and increase our infrastructural department... Thereby attracting better investors and reduce the need for our people to travel out in search of greener pastures.

Are these so impossible to carry out?

Bunch of fools at the top!

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Nobody: 8:12am On Aug 01, 2013
Nice one from the FG
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Nobody: 9:27am On Aug 01, 2013
musiwa36: we are trying to escape that. hopefully, the Queen we grant us our wish. And exclude us.
How are you trying to escape that? What are you really up to? Opening up your own Yaba left?
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Nobody: 9:29am On Aug 01, 2013
Just retaliate and stop ranting about it. Did the Uk warn you that they would impose such trash on you? They just declared it! Surprise them as well johr. FG no dulling!

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by bloggernaija: 9:55am On Aug 01, 2013
Retaliate with what and against whom.this bond reveals the president's lack of international political clout .
If he had one,all it would have taken is a phone call or cashing up on IOUs.
This was something OBJ knew how to do very well .
As we speak ,family members and girl friends of the political elites(those without a foreign passport) are probably prepping their £3000 bond for their next shopping trip to harrods.
So who is deceiving who .

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by akatonero(m): 10:22am On Aug 01, 2013
I wish Nigerians can ignore this UK of a thing. They is nothing left there and discover re countries please.
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Skywalker5(m): 10:23am On Aug 01, 2013
Rubbish. what will they do? Its Nigerians that will still suffer the whole case or how many British with no ties to Nigeria visit Nigeria for hols. This visa bond if for people Visiting and will be returned to the person once they leave before their visa expires

Flexing muscle on unnecessary things

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by MrAboki: 10:23am On Aug 01, 2013
Good One Oga Jonathan... angry






Make all the British guys for Nigeria start to pay Damage deposit of 25,000 Pounds before they enter the country.. angry

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Mavor: 10:25am On Aug 01, 2013
300,000 pounds for any Brit who wants to come here. Plus temporary exclusion from the commonwealth. What a racist $hithole the UK is becoming.
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by claremont(m): 10:25am On Aug 01, 2013
The FG should stop talking and start acting, all this talk without any concrete action is all white noise.
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by mankand: 10:27am On Aug 01, 2013
Headless leaders leading biased and greedy citizens

why not make your country liveable and conducive for your citizens I bet nobody in his or her right sense will be ready to pay such amount to the British thieves

After they have drained this country and discover that it is impossible to suckling Nigeria dry because a mosquito cannot suckling dry the blood of anyone, they are deviating another means.

The best the government can to to retaliate is to start setting up projects, improving the lives and standard of living in the country then give Nigeria 5 years, those running abroad will start running back. It is a simple mathematics and you need no prophet to tell you this

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by yuzedo: 10:27am On Aug 01, 2013
If there's something i love about this accursed country of ours, it's Nigeria's retaliatory policy on the world stage. In fact as far back as the 70's, our foreign policy has been the best thing this country got right. Big brother in Africa, tit-for-tat outside the continent. Even non-alignment policy we practice (in theory, because we leaned more to the the west than the east after the cold war) dey gimme joy. Make Britons pay £10,000 bond to enter Naija when they come to do business and steal our oil, and see whether Cameron will not capitulate to our reversal demands! cool Morrafockahs dey demand say make we recognize gay marriage but dem wan collect £3,000 bond for our hand! [size=15pt]Na Gad go pernish una![/size] angry

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by executinal(m): 10:31am On Aug 01, 2013
When it come to retaliation, we don't joke.

Lets see how it goes
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by MAYOWAAK: 10:32am On Aug 01, 2013
To retaliate a country’s policies, you must have a corresponding amount of power to act. If Nigeria slams a £10,000 visa bond on the UK citizens, what other cards do we have to deal with if the country responds with another policy? Can Nigeria match them discrimination for discrimination, and xenophobia for xenophobia? Do they display as much desperation to come here as we do to their country? How many UK nationals want to visit Nigeria compared to the 180,000 Nigerians that apply to their country? Do they hold “Anointing for Visa” services in their churches like we do here? Do their citizens go to church to “praise God” and testify that they had been offered a visa to abandon their own country? We have been too true to Nietzsche’s observation: no one is such a bold liar as an indignant man.

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Qrisful: 10:34am On Aug 01, 2013
WEALTH

Wealth was not the plan, of MANKIND
But the mystery we bear in our HAND
Wealth can't say to be EVIL
But the way we run after it, turns us DEVIL
I have lived without FOOD
Stand people calling me FOOL
Intelligent never gives you WEALTH
Hard labour can only propel your HEALTH
Only a madman sees what, we can't SEE
Ritualistically, he has to BE
Kobo thieves, get killed in STREET
Death silent his ability to EAT
Big thieves are hail like UBAH (an Igbo Language for wealth)
Claims to give us oil, but turns us to BEGGAR
The Government don't CARE
All the pains, the masses BEAR
Wealth kiss, falls for CRIME
Slowly it gets to it PRIME
Wealth comes beyond our IMAGINATION
It is a spiritual PROCESSION

By: Qris Ebeatu

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by justsayemma(m): 10:35am On Aug 01, 2013
Retaliation isn't d solution, y wasn't SA,or even north african countries included? because our leaders have failed us,they made Nigeria look like hell,that's y we kip running 2 some 4ny countries,if all was well,no sane Nigeria will visit visit countries like Uk n abscorn 4 a means of survival.if they retaliate it won't affect d rich,its d common Nigerians there that will suffer,I can't remember ever seing a British man coming here 4 treatment,schooling,or roaming d streets of Nigeria 4 jobs.

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Dabss(m): 10:36am On Aug 01, 2013
It's not their fault.Nigerians in the UK are really messing up.I am sure more than 50% of the illegal immigrants are Nigerians
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by vislabraye(m): 10:36am On Aug 01, 2013
If Nigeria puts her acts togeda, no country should be able to bluff us. There's nothing in UK as such. Its just dat people choose there holidays and education.
I wouldn't even think of living there.

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by sicily4u: 10:37am On Aug 01, 2013
Is not by force to travel to UK, so why all this noise, if you can not win then join then and stop ranting like a mad dog

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Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by ihesiuloa(m): 10:39am On Aug 01, 2013
Please get your facts right! is Kenya inclusive? with my readings in Heralds newspaper and other brits paper its Nigeria & Ghana from the African countinent.. when was Kenya included? Get your fact right!
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by rozayx5(m): 10:41am On Aug 01, 2013
wonder what guys are going to look for in that village undecided undecided undecided
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by israel007: 10:41am On Aug 01, 2013
Action please. Not words
Re: FG Will Retaliate Against UK Visa Bond by Nobody: 10:43am On Aug 01, 2013
bloggernaija: Retaliate with what and against whom.this bond reveals the president's lack of international political clout .
If he had one,all it would have taken is a phone call or cashing up on IOUs.
This was something OBJ knew how to do very well .
As we speak ,family members and girl friends of the political elites(those without a foreign passport) are probably prepping their £3000 bond for their next shopping trip to harrods.
So who is deceiving who .

Your hatred for the president know no bound. So what would you say about the Presidents of the other 4 countries that the bond was imposed on?. This is a political decision based on the re-election of the uk's president do you really think a phone call could sort it out? By the way which Nigerian president has ever sorted any sort of issue with just a phone call. Try to buy some sense from the market and stop dragging the presidents name into every issue.

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