Due to their refusal to take naira as payment, the government has threatened to impose sanctions on foreign airlines operating in the country.
On September 7th, after President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Aso Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, addressed journalists and made the announcement.
There have been reports to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, according to the Minister, that some international airlines operating in Nigeria are selling tickets in dollars, which is against the law.
According to him, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has been ordered to take action against any violating airlines.
Sirika also warned them against making demands over social media rather than through diplomatic channels.
The Minister also disclosed that non-Nigerian airlines had earned over $1.1 billion in revenue from the country since 2016.
He added that the airlines sent home more than $600 million in 2016 and more than $265 million so far in 2017.