Recall that the United States Department of State has issued a statement that they will impose visa sanctions on Nigerian politicians who will be found responsible for election violence and misconduct that undermines the democratic process of electing a new leader in Nigeria.
So they did just that. They impossed sanction on some Nigerian politicians, but the names of these politicians were not revealed to the public. This all happened in 2019 presidential election that saw a lot of violence.
Fast forward to the year 2020 after the Edo election and its ensuing violence. The US State Department of State has reissued that statement again and this time around, the Nigerian Government has reacted by sanctioning U.S.
The Government of President (Gen.) M. Buhari has also issued a ban on the United States for allegedly disrespecting Nigeria effectively sanctioning U.S for the visa ban.
In a Statement issued by the Minister of Aviation for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, “effective Monday, 21st September, 2020, Nigeria has banned the operations of Emirates Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM among other airlines from flying into or from Nigeria.
This he said is part of the Federal Government reciprocity action against the United States for having the effrontery to issue a visa ban on its citizens (Politicians who are involved in electoral violence) after the Edo election.
Names of Politicians on the USA Visa Ban List
Here are the current names of politicians on the US travel ban list according to www.saharareporters.com/:
- Adams Oshiomole: On the top of the list is former Edo State Governor and Ex-National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress Adams Oshiomole.
- Abdullahi Ganduje: The second person on that list is the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
- Yahaya Bello: Also on that list of politicians slammed with a visa ban by the United States Government is the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello for his involvement in electoral malpractice and violence during the State election held.
- Nasir el-Rufai: Another person confirmed to be on the list of politicians slammed with a visa ban by the United States Government is the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai. But according to Sahara Reporters, his ban has been in place for a while now and he only just got an extension on his original ban.
What are your thoughts on these visa bans and Nigeria’s reaction to it?
Do you think Nigeria is over reacting?
Do you think they deserve it?
let us know in the comment section bellow.
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