More prominent Nigerians have been reacting to the imposition of a £3,000:00 refundable fee to be paid to the British government by Nigerian nationals applying for visas to visit the United Kingdom.
Joining the ranks of critics is the traditional ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu who described the initiative by the British government as ‘a big insult to the country’.
The traditional ruler was speaking in Lagos, at the opening ceremony of a five-day workshop on corporate fraud organised by the Police Special Fraud Unit in conjunction with the City of London Police.
He was quoted to have said, “It is unacceptable to us as a nation. We will not take it.” The Oba went on to say, “It is a big insult on us for Britain to demand 3000 Pounds before we can go to London. We are not criminals.”
Lending support to the traditional ruler’s view was the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who was also present at the opening ceremony.
Meanwhile, the Indian government has announced that it will be charging the British government visa fees for overstaying till 1947 and arrears in rent. Calculations will begin from the early 17th century.
This move is also in reaction to the imposition of the same visa fees on Indian Nationals.
According to an Indian government spokesperson, extra fees will be charged on behalf of Lord Mountbatten because he stayed till 1948.
The Indian government has also arrested prominent Britons Mark Tully and Katrina Kaif, prior to deportation for non-payment.
In addition to the above measures, the Indian government has further instructed that Doordarshan newscasters will now speak in American accents, and decided that the Indian Army will no longer play bagpipes.
The government has also demanded for the return of the Kohinoor Diamond, Art Malik, and the entire North West Wing of the British Museum.
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is said to have reacted strongly to the new measures announced by the Indian government.