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US impose visa ban on specific Nigerians for undermining country’s democracy

By Jimisayo Opanuga
15 May 2023   |   3:48 pm
The United States government says it has imposed visa restrictions on specific individuals who undermined the democratic process during Nigeria’s 2023 elections.

Antony J. Blinken, of New York, speaks during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S. January 19, 2021. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

The United States government says it has imposed visa restrictions on specific individuals who undermined the democratic process during Nigeria’s 2023 elections.

The Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

“Today, I am announcing that we have taken steps to impose visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process during Nigeria’s 2023 elections cycle,” Blinken said.

Blinken stated that the visa restriction decision reflects the continued commitment of the US government to support Nigerian aspirations to strengthen democracy and the rule of law.

He noted 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 however he did not disclose the names of those affected by the visa ban.

According to him, these individuals were involved in the intimidation of voters through threats and physical violence, the manipulation of vote results, and other activity that undermines Nigeria’s democratic process.

“Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these 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,” he added

He also noted the US government is committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world.