The US Department of States has started the process of placing visa restriction on some corrupt Nigerians who are working against Nigeria’s democracy.
Meanwhile, Atiku reacted to this by noting that the move of the United States to place visa ban on some corrupt elements in Buhari’s government is a proof that the 2019 election was rigged by Buhari’s administration.
The US Department of States noted that it was committed to work to advance democracy and respect for human rights in the country but hinted that it would move against those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corrupt practices harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process in the country.
Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson for the Department of State, in a statement on Tuesday said certain individuals were acting with impunity at the expense of other Nigerians.
Ortagus said, “In a January 24 statement, the U.S. government said that we would consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organizing election-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 corrupt individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.”
Ortagus added that the decision reflected the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realize its expressed commitment to end corrupt activities and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.
The Department of State emphasized that the actions announced were specific to certain corrupt individuals and not directed at the Nigerians or the newly elected government.
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