In a global passport ranking 2017, by a Canada-based global consultancy firm, Arton Capital, Nigeria is named one of the least most powerful in the world.
This means that Nigerians can only travel to 44 countries either without a visa or can have one issued on arrival, according to the ranking list known as ‘The Passport Index.
Singapore tops the list as number one in the global passport ranking; It’s the first time an Asian country has topped the list. Approximately 3.4 million citizens of the Southeast Asian country are allowed entry to the highest number of (159) countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival.
Most of the African countries passport ahead of Nigeria include Djibouti and Congo with visa-free to 45 countries; Algeria (46); Liberia, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Burundi and Cameroon (47), Central Africa Republic (48); Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Egypt (50); Comoros, Gabon, Mali, Madagascar (52); Togo, Niger, Mozambique (53); Rwanda (54); Senegal, Mauritania, Burkina Faso (55); Guinea, Ivory Coast (56); Sao Tome, Benin, Morocco (58); and Ghana, Sierra Leone (60).
Others with stronger passports than Nigeria are Uganda and Zimbabwe with a higher rank of 61 and 62 visa-free countries respectively, while Cape Verde, Tunisia and Zambia are on 63; followed by Tanzania (65); Gambia (66); Namibia (67); and Kenya, Malawi (68).
While Singapore, known as a financial hub quietly climbed the ranks, the U.S. passport has fallen in the sixth position of passport ranking, alongside Malaysia, Ireland and Canada.
Europe usually takes the lead on global passport ranking, however, Germany joins second on the list this year with its citizens able to visit 158 countries without a visa, followed by Sweden, and South Korea in third place.
Afghanistan is spotted at the bottom of the list of global passport ranking with visa-free access to just 22 countries.
Passport Index said the US passport’s usefulness has fallen since President Donald Trump took office, with Turkey and the Central African Republic becoming the most recent countries to revoke their visa-free entry for holders.
The global consultancy firm ranks passports worldwide based on the cross-border access a holder has. Philippe May, the managing director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office, said,
“For the first time ever, an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world,”
“It is a testament of Singapore’s inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy.”