On Wednesday, the United States announced visa restrictions on certain individuals in Nigeria.
The US government said those affected had undermined the democratic process in the recent elections.
The last electoral race in the country was the gubernatorial elections in the states of Anambra, Ekiti and Osun.
A statement by Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirmed the United States’ commitment to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world.
“Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on certain individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in the recent Nigerian elections.”
Under Section 212(a)(3)c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, individuals will be found ineligible to obtain visas to America.
Blinken noted that some of these people’s family members may also be subject to these restrictions.
“Additional people who undermine Nigeria’s democratic process – including in the run-up to, during and after Nigeria’s 2023 elections – may be ineligible for US visas under this policy,” he said.
Blinken clarified that the recent visa restrictions are only aimed at specific people and are not directed at people or the government.
“The decision to impose visa restrictions reflects the United States’ commitment to support Nigeria’s aspirations to fight corruption and promote democracy and the rule of law,” the official concluded.
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