President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said no law abiding Nigerian has been banned from travelling outside the country.

Buhari was reacting to reported cases of VIP stoppages at the nation’s airports. The matter was brought to his attention on Saturday.

A statement signed by the Head, President Muhammadu Buhari Media team, Mallam Garba Shehu said, “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.” It quoted Buhari as saying, “We have not banned anyone from travelling,”

President Buhari subsequently directed all agencies under the government to run their affairs in full compliance with extant rules, regulations and the constitution of the country.

Buhari 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. No one has my permission to bar anyone from travelling abroad.”

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