The presidency has reacted to the travel ban on Nigeria by the government of the United States.
A committee has been established by President Muhammadu Buhari. The committee which will be chaired by the minister of interior is to study and address updated U.S. requirements relating to the assessment of compliance with certain security criteria by foreign governments. “The committee will work with the U.S government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders to ensure all updates are properly implemented.
Nigeria remains committed to maintaining productive relations with the United States and other international allies especially on matters of global security,” a statement on the Twitter handle of the presidency of Nigeria read.
News surfaced on Friday, January 31, that the administration of President Donald Trump has imposed a visa ban on Nigeria. The reason for the ban was that Nigeria and the other five countries affected did not comply with the U.S. minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration.
SUSPENSION OF ISSUANCE OF IMMIGRANT VISAS TO NIGERIANS:
Pres. @MBuhari has established a committee, to be Chaired by the Minister of Interior, to study & address updated U.S. requirements relating to the assessment of compliance with certain security criteria by foreign govts.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) February 1, 2020
Prior to the announcement, there had been speculations that Nigeria was among the countries that will be banned from getting certain types of visa. Ex-vice president and 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, did not receive the news with joy.
He said Nigerians love the United States and should not be punished over the inadequacies of the federal government.
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