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Visa ban: Igbo Congress to dialogue with US State Department

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The Chairman, World Igbo Congress, Prof Anthony Ejiofor has assured its members and their families that the entry restrictions placed on Nigerians into the United States, due to the failure of the Buhari regime for not complying with identity-management and information-sharing criteria, may not adversely impact them. 

He, however, noted that the situation, where Nigeria does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information, makes it difficult for Nigerians to have a working relationship with the civilized world.

“Also, it has been discovered that Nigeria has received substantial aids in assistance for border protection. Unfortunately, this was not appropriated accordingly.

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“This regime has also opened its border to all manner of people into Nigeria, a situation that terrorists may even exploit. Worthy of note is that we have free entry through the Northern borders, whereas the borders in the Southeast and Southwest remain closed.”

He observed that the government continues to invest substantially in the meaningless project of Boko Haram rehabilitation and reintegration into the heartland of the Southern states, while the civilian victims of the terrorist acts are languishing in penitentiary called hospitals waiting for their deaths.

On his part, WIC Public Relations Officer, Hon. Basil Onwukwe said: “We will continue to dialogue with the State Department to ensure that this restriction does not affect genuine visitors to the United States.”

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