Loyalty to Nigeria non-negotiable – Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbosola, has said that the loyalty of Nigerians to the country is non-negotiable.

Speaking on Thursday in Benin at the opening ceremony of the Comptroller General of Immigration Annual Conference, Aregbosola said the nation’s borders must be protected.


The conference was themed “Migration Management in a Developing Economy: The role of NIS”.

“Our loyalty to Nigeria is non-negotiable. So, we must protect our borders,” Aregbesola said, commending President Muhammadu Buhari for closing the nation’s borders.

The minister also said that the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) must ensure it delivers on providing world-class border and migration management services.

“We need to be committed to increasing revenue generation for the country. NIS is a great economy supporting institution in the country,” he added.

NIS Comptroller-General, Mohammad Babandede, had earlier said that the theme of the conference was chosen in view of the fact that previous conferences dwelt more on security.

Babandede said that the 2019 conference in addition to developing plans for the consolidation of the previous conferences recorded on security and internal monitoring mechanism of NIS.

According to him, the conference would be on how the NIS would effectively contribute to sustainable growth and development of the Nation’s economy in the face of current challenges.


He also said that during the conference, the NIS intends to develop and initiate strategies, policies, and programmes that would be translated into actionable plans.

He explained that the plans would positively contribute to the sustainable growth of the National Economy.