The United States government has announced a visa ban on some Nigerians accused of undermining democracy.
While the names of those affected by the ban will not be revealed, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Wednesday, January 25, that it is part of the action to advance democracy and combat corruption in Nigeria.
Blinken also said some family members of those barred from the US may also be subjected to the same restriction.
”We are committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world.” Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in a recent Nigerian election.
‘’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 the 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 U.S. 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,” the statement read.