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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Nigeria to ban arrivals from 4 countries to reciprocate restrictions over new Covid-19 variants

The Nigerian government has announced its intention to ban arrivals from Canada, Britain, Argentina and Saudi Arabia from Tuesday, after the four countries added Nigeria on their “red list” and banned foreign travels from the country after detection of a new coronavirus variant.

The decision was to reciprocate restricted flights from Nigeria into those countries over the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, said Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika on Sunday at a news conference in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.

Sirika added that if those countries placed Nigeria on a red list, they lacked the moral right to have their airlines fly into Nigeria on commercial operations, Xinhua news agency reported.

“I participated in a meeting with the Covid-19 task force, and we gave our input that it is not acceptable to us and we recommended that Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia and Argentina be put on the “red list”,” he said.

“As they did to us, if they do not allow our citizens into their countries…They are not supposed to come in. I am very sure in the next three days, on Monday or Tuesday, all those countries will be put on the red list of Covid-19,” the Minister added.

Sirika apologised to Nigerians, intending to travel to those countries, but said the Nigerian government’s decision was in the interest of the country.

Nigerian authorities have confirmed six imported cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the country since the country reported first Omicron cases On December 1.

(The story has been published via a syndicated feed.)

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1 COMMENT

  1. IMAGINE we were living in medieval times…. and you’d been invited to a royal banquet. 👑 🍷 🍲

    The ones in charge were extremely keen to get you to drink the wine. They were very insistent. 👀

    You’d probably assume the wine was poisoned.

    “Drink this wonderful wine.”

    “No thank you.”

    “Be a good guest! Drink the wine. We uncorked it especially. It’s a beautiful and rare vintage.”

    “No thank you. I appreciate the offer though.”

    “Drink the wine. It’s very expensive but you can have a glass for free, and we’ll give you an extra plate of supper.”

    “No I’m fine as I am.”

    “Drink the wine and we’ll feed your entire village for a week and reduce your taxes.”

    “Wow all that for wine? What’s in it? Still, no thank you.”

    “We’ll make you a Raja.”

    “Very generous but no thanks I’m content in my home.”

    “You are not anti-wine are you????”

    “No I just don’t feel like drinking this wine this evening.”

    “Drink the damn wine or we’ll stop you working.”

    “Eh?”

    You notice they’re getting desperate now.

    “We’ll ban you from markets.”

    “Wow your tone has changed.”

    “Now you need to drink 3 glasses or we’ll stop you riding your horse or seeing your family for the next year.”

    “Wait, what? 3 glasses? Can’t see my family?”

    “Did we say 3 glasses? We meant 3 bottles.”

    “3 bottles?”

    “Yes…every few months we want you to drink 3 bottles of this particular wine we’ve prepared indefinitely for the next years.”

    “Years??”

    Yes, or we’ll try you for treason.”

    “Ok what is IN this damn wine that you are trying SO HARD to get everyone to drink it?”

    “We can’t tell you. Trade secret.”

    “It’s poisoned isn’t it?”

    “No..it’s…ummm…it’s just really really good for you. It’s um, special healing wine.”

    “Then why all the threats?”

    “We just need you to… I mean we strongly encourage you to drink the wine so you don’t miss out.”

    “But the Rai drank a glass and collapsed.”

    “Unrelated.”

    “No…like he was fine then had a glass then keeled over…he’s still on the floor writhing. Look at him! His face is blue and he’s clawing at his chest.”

    “Coincidence. Guards…please escort the Rai to his chambers. He’s had too much wine.”

    “I knew it was the wine! What about the rest of the court? Half of them also collapsed after the wine.”

    “Those guests got ill from something else. Probably the chicken.”

    “All at the same time?”

    “You sure do ask a lot of questions! Guards! Guards… get this man his wine.”

    “I don’t want it. What if something happens to me after drinking it?”

    “We’re not liable for that.”

    “Not liable for the wine you produce? I definitely don’t want it.”

    “Drink your wine so everyone else doesn’t get a hangover.”

    “Huh? That makes no sense. Maybe if they didn’t keep DRINKING they wouldn’t get HUNGOVER in the first place?”

    “Look at these paintings of people drinking wine all over the gallery. Look how happy they look.”

    “Paintings? Look, I don’t drink wine. I don’t want the wine. Even the idea of drinking this wine leaves a bad taste in my mouth.”

    “Ah no matter if you don’t want to drink it.”

    “Ok good. Let’s drop the subject now”

    “You don’t have to drink it. We can pump it directly into your veins. You won’t even have to taste it”

    “Wait, into my veins? Are you serious? I don’t want your damn wine!”

    “TAKE THE DAMN WINE NOW! WE’VE ALREADY PAID FOR A WHOLE CRATE FOR EACH MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY! WE’VE SIGNED AN ONGOING CONTRACT WITH THE DISTILLARY! ANYONE WHO TALKS BADLY ABOUT THIS WINE WILL HAVE THEIR TONGUES CUT OUT! PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW DRUNK ON THE LAST BATCH WILL BE RECLASSIFIED AS SOBER AND MUST DRINK THE NEW BATCH! AND WE WANT YOUR KIDS TO DRINK THE WINE TOO! EVEN YOUR BABY. SWAP HER MILK BOTTLE FOR WINE! SHE’S OLD ENOUGH FOR WINE NOW! AND YOUR PREGNANT WIFE! SHE NEEDS IT TO KEEP HER HEALTHY! EVERYONE DRINK THE WINE!”

    THIS is how absurd the conversation is getting now.

    Anytime anyone tries so hard to pressure you into something: it’s rarely if EVER because it serves YOUR best interests or because its good for you. More likely it’s in THEIR best interests.

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