2023 Elections: US imposes visa ban on ‘certain’ Nigerians
The United States of America government has imposed visa restrictions on individuals and their families for undermining the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken made the announcement in a statement released by the US Mission in Abuja on Wednesday.
Blinken said that the action was in line with its commitment to supporting and advancing democracy in the West African country and around the world.
“Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in a recent Nigerian elections.
“Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these individuals will be found ineligible for visas to the United States under a policy to restrict visas of those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria.
“Certain family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions. Additional persons who undermine the democratic process in Nigeria—including in the lead-up to, during, and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections—may be found ineligible for US visas under this policy.
“The visa restrictions announced today are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Government of Nigeria.
“The decision to impose visa restrictions reflects the commitment of the United States to support Nigerian aspirations to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law,” he stated.
This is not the first time the US is imposing such visa restrictions to deter people from disrupting the elections.