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Nigerians faces Visa Restriction for Undermining Democratic Process – US Govt
US government warned Nigeria earlier in January to maintain democratic process. Those involved in election violence and others will face US Visa Restriction.
The government of United States has warned Nigerians to remain to country’s democratic process, said anyone undermining got in act will face visa restriction.
In a post on its website, on Tuesday, US expressed its interest to support Nigerian democracy.
The posts reads: “We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes.
“As Nigeria marks the twentieth anniversary of a return to democratic rule this year, we remain committed to working together to continue to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations.
“We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process,” the statement read in part.
The statement reminded that in January 24, the U.S government had stipulated to consider consequences to be melted on those undermining the Nigerian democratic process or organizing elections related violence.
“To that end, the Secretary of State is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria. These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.
“The Department of State emphasizes that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government.
“This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realize its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights,” according to the statement.
The statement however, did not mention the names of individuals affected by the restrictions.