President Muhammadu Buhari said weekend that he has not banned anyone from travelling abroad.
“Officials of past administrations including ministers are entitled to their full rights and privileges under the constitution and must not be subjected to any undue harassment and intimidation at the airports or at other points of entry and exit,” the president said in a statement by his head of media Malam Garba Shehu.
“We have not banned anyone from travelling,” Buhari said.
He was responding to some cases of “V.I.P stoppages” at the airports as reported to him on Saturday.
President Buhari, therefore, directed all agencies under the government to run their affairs in full compliance with extant rules, regulations and the constitution of the country.
He said “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.”
The president added that “no one has my permission to bar anyone from travelling abroad.”