A total of 300 applications have been received by the country from foreign journalists who wish to secure visa and come to cover the forthcoming general election, a development that shows how interested the world is, in Nigeria’s forthcoming elections.
To this end, the Federal Government, Thursday, described as false, media reports claiming that it was denying accreditation to foreign journalists to come into the country for the coverage of the election.
In line with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Information to create media access to report on the activities of the Federal Government, the government confirmed it had so far processed 300 applications from foreign journalists to secure visa and come into the country for the elections. Hundreds of other applications received by the ministry were being processed at the moment.
“Those who could not secure their visas from Nigerian embassies abroad probably did not follow the due process to secure the accreditation,” a statement by the ministry said.
“The Federal Ministry of Information, therefore, appeals to foreign journalists wishing to come into the country to cover the elections to follow the due process in securing the accreditation, including the presentation of official correspondence from their organisations.
“The general public are hereby advised to disregard the report as false and mischievous.”