ABUJA- An organization called Save The Soul Transparency and Eagle Eye International Foundation (STEIF) has accused Nigeria’s Ministry of Interior of attempting to introduce a “Brown Card” that would grant permanent residency status to foreigners.
According to the group, this move could worsen the country’s already fragile security situation. They also believe that the card is a ploy to exploit and extort money from foreigners, as they have received information indicating that the card would cost $5,000. George Davidson, the Chief Research Analyst of STEIF, made these statements during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
Davidson, instead, suggested that resources should be directed towards strengthening the Nigeria Immigration Service to tackle any observed loopholes in the system. He questioned the motive behind the introduction of the Brown Card and the mechanism in place for checks and balances. He also raised concerns about the players involved and whether revenue generated from the project would benefit the government or private individuals. Davidson further asked whether any contracts had been awarded to companies in relation to the Brown Card project and whether there had been any changes to the citizenship laws in Nigeria. He emphasized the need for caution in implementing such a project, especially given the current security challenges facing the country. According to Davidson, Nigeria is the only country that Nigerians can call their own and it is important to prioritize the security and well-being of citizens above any other interests.
Given the significant security challenges that Nigeria has faced in recent years, Davidson stressed that it is essential to avoid any potential dangers associated with foreigners who may have ulterior motives for entering the country. He urged the appropriate enforcement agencies to conduct a discreet investigation into the alleged introduction of the Brown Card. Davidson called on all patriotic Nigerians to recognize the challenges facing the country and take action to address them. He emphasized that corruption and insecurity are closely linked, and that it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to prioritize the security of lives and property in the country.
Source: authorityngr.com/Augustine Aminu
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