Tension as US imposes Visa ban on Nigerian politicians over election violence
The United States, on Tuesday, announced visa restriction on Nigerian politicians who were allegedly fingered in election violence in the 2019 general elections.
The US government said it’s action was in fulfilment of its earlier promise to the Nigerian government to adopt rigid Visa policy for election offenders, in January this year.
“In a January 24 statement, the U.S. government said that we would consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organising election-related violence”, a statement from the US Department of State, read.
The statement revealed that those who undermined or attempted to denigrate the country’s democratic process during the last elections were the ones affected by this Visa restriction policy.
“To that end, the Secretary of State is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria. These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.”
The US government though did not expressly mention the names of these individuals, stressed that “these individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.”
In a statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson of the US Department of State, she stated that the restrictions is not for the entirety of Nigerians but just for certain individuals.
“The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government”, Ortagus added.
Source Nigerian news