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Nigeria Wants US To Remove It From Visa Restriction List

By on February 21, 2020 0 212 Views

As the United States (US) visa restrictions on six countries, including Nigeria kick off today, February 21, 2020, Nigeria has asked the US government not to implement the measure against it in the interest of the relationship between the two countries.
The US government had announced a travel ban list early in the month, which includes Nigeria and five other countries to take effect from Feb. 21, 2020.
The new policy stated that the six countries failed to meet U.S. security and information-sharing standards, necessitating the new restrictions.
However, Nigeria’s interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola, made the request to drop the ban to the U.S. ambassador in Abuja.
“Nigeria is too important an ally of America to deserve such a sanction,” Aregbesola said in a statement issued by his office.
“We are positive that (the) visa restriction is a temporary one, it will soon be put behind us,” he said, adding that Nigeria had complied with most of the concerns raised by the United States.
The statement did not say how U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard responded to the request, but it said she assured Aregbesola of “her country’s determination to continue to collaborate with Nigeria”.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is the biggest country on the list whose citizens will be suspended from U.S. visas that can lead to permanent residency.
The original travel ban, issued in 2017, barred nearly all immigrants and travelers from seven countries with majority Muslim populations.
The policy was revised amid court challenges, but the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately upheld it in 2018.

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