The United States of America has imposed visa ban on some Nigerians for undermining the democratic process in a recent election in the country.
A press statement by the U.S Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on Wednesday, said the individuals and their family members, will be ineligible for visas to enter the country.
The statement warns that those who may be found culpable for undermining the ongoing electioneering process and the build up to the general elections, will be restricted from going into the U.S under the same policy.
Though the statement did not give the names of the “specific individuals,” it assured that the visa ban is not against the Nigerian public or government officials.
Below is the full statement:
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.
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.