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How Femi Fani-Kayode Reponds To US Visa Ban On Nigerians



Femi Fani-Kayode

How Femi Fani-Kayode Reponds To US Visa Ban On Nigerians

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister in Nigeria, has responded to the United States of America, following the announcement of visa restrictions on some Nigerians who undermined the just concluded general elections in February and March, 2023.

According to Fani-Kayode, the US should allow the court determine the people found guilty of undermining Nigeria’s democracy.
He said, “It is also my view that foreign policy which ought to be based on the principle of equality of nations and conducted on the basis of reciprocity, requires the Nigerian Federal Government to consider the possibility of doing the same to nationals of those that have implemented and announced this measure and issue a visa ban to any foreign citizen or member of any corporate entity or institution that may have indulged in undermining democracy or rigging elections in either their own or any other country in the world over the last 25 years.”
Flippstack learned the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, made it known via a statement the scope of the sanctions.
He said, “The United States is committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world.

“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.

“These actions are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Government of Nigeria as a whole.”

Blinken further explained that, “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. These individuals have been involved in intimidation of voters through threats and physical violence, the manipulation of vote results, and other activity that undermines Nigeria’s democratic process.

“The decision to take steps to impose visa restrictions reflects the continued commitment of the United States to support Nigerian aspirations to strengthen democracy and the rule of law.”

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