Nigeria global passport index now worse than Congo, Burundi – Report

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Report has emerged that Nigeria’s passport ranked 103rd in the world with Burundi and Republic of Congo ahead of that of the most populous black nation.

The East Africa country and its Central Africa counterpart sit 97th and 100th respectively in the Henley Passport Index ranking of the world’s most powerful passport.

The Henley Passport Index, published since 2006, is based on exclusive data obtained from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which has the most comprehensive and accurate travel information in the world.

Ranked in the first position are Japan and Singapore (192); Germany and South Korea coming in the second position with 190; and Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain all together in third place with a score of 189.

Afghanistan is the worst passport to carry in the world with just 26 countries accessible to its holders, followed by Iraq, 28; Syria, 29; Pakistan, 31; and Yemen, 33.

The ranking, based on the most travel-friendly passports across the globe indicates that Ghana is far ahead of Nigeria, as it stands on the 84th spot. The latest edition was published on October 5.

Topping the African countries’ list is Seychelles at 29, followed by Mauritius at 33 and South Africa coming third and ranking 58 worldwide.

However, Nigeria, which stands on the same spot as Ethiopia, beats African countries like South Sudan, 104th, Eritrea, 105th; the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 106th; Sudan, 107th; Libya, 108th; and Somalia, 111th.

In its July report, Henley Passport Index placed Nigeria on the 101st spot, beating countries like Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea and Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia.

The last index also shows that the Nigerian passport had become less valuable than it was in 2013, before Muhammadu Buhari became president, when the country ranked 78 worldwide and ahead of Congo and Burundi who both fell into the bottom ten category at the time.

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