United States To Impose Visa Ban On Nigerians Undermining Democracy
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on May 15, 2023
The United States Government has said it had taken steps to impose visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process during Nigeria’s 2023 elections cycle.
This was made known in a statement by the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, on Monday, published on the website of the US government.
While noting that the United States is committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world, Blinken added that the visa restrictions “are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the government of Nigeria as a whole.”
Although as at the time of writing this report no name has been mentioned, Blinken added, “Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the individuals will be subject to restrictions on visas to the United States under a policy covering those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy.