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article imageNigeria denies Bill Gates' visa application

By Chris V. Thangham     Oct 7, 2007 in World
Bill Gates’ visa application for Nigeria was rejected by its government initially. They wanted Gates to show proof that he would not reside in Nigeria indefinitely and cause a strain on Government’s services.
Bill Gates was recently visiting Africa, probably for his Gates Foundation charities, wanted to travel to Nigeria. He needed a visa from Nigerian Government, so when he applied for the visa, Nigeria denied him. The Nigerian government required proof that the Bill Gates would not stay in the country for a long time and become a burden to Nigeria’s social services and immigration.
Nigeria because of its oil wealth, many from other African countries immigrate illegally, so the Nigerian governement required assurances from Bill Gates that he will not be in the country for long.
A travel document expediter CIBT helped the billionaire Bill Gates overcome the hurdle by helping him with his application, obtained a letter from Gates’ bank that reassured the Nigerian authorities, who later approved his visa.
Gizmodo.com writer says his holiday plans to Nigeria goes down the drain, if Gates has problems getting into Nigeria, he has absolutely no chance. No, not even with a Gizmodo email account as collateral—shocking.
I don’t know where the Nigerian government got the idea that Gates is going to stay in Nigeria for long; it must have been embarrassing for Gates. At least we have to admire Nigerian officials they didn’t care who the person was and just followed the government procedures.
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