African citizens would be able to enter Nigeria visa-free from 2020 onwards.
According to an announcement from President Muhammadu Buhari, the country is extending visa-free privileges to citizens of every other African country.
Buhari revealed the huge news during the Aswan forum, an agenda for peace and sustainability amongst African countries, held in Egypt this year.
The policy reportedly takes effect from January 2020.
Some African countries have deals with each other which allow their citizens to travel between them visa-free, such as Ghana’s recent deal with South Africa – but this beats them all as it’s extended to every African country from Angola to Zimbabwe.
After announcing the new policy at Aswan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Somalia, Ambassador Ahmed Awad, took to Twitter to congratulate Buhari.
“I wish to profoundly commend President @MBuhari of #Nigeria who just announced at the Aswan Forum complete visa exemption for all Africans. Starting January 2020 Africans will be able to arrive in Nigeria without visas. It’s such an exemplary decision. Thanks your Excellency.” he tweeted.