Admin l Wednesday, January 25, 2023
WASHINGTON – The United States of America has imposed visa ban on Nigerians undermining democracy in the country. The visa restriction is contained in a statement released Spokesman of the Department of State.
The department did not mention the names of individuals affected but said that the US remains committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world.
“Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in a recent Nigerian election”, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
According to him, “Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these individuals will be found ineligible for visas to the United States under a policy to restrict visas of those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria”, he said, adding that certain family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.
“Additional persons who undermine the democratic process in Nigeria—including in the lead-up to, during, and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections—may be found ineligible for U.S. visas under this policy”, the statement said.
He said that the visa restrictions announced today are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Government of Nigeria.
“The decision to impose visa restrictions reflects the commitment of the United States to support Nigerian aspirations to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law”, the statement said.