US imposes visa restrictions on Nigerians undermining democracy

Those undermining democracy in Nigeria will not be issued American visas, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, has said. 
Blinken, in a statement on Wednesday, said the US took the decision to show its commitment to Nigeria.

He, however, refused to name the individuals already banned. 

“We are 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.

“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. 

”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,” he said.

Blinken added the visa restrictions “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”. 

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