Recalling that the United States had recently declared her intention to place visa ban on some anti-democratic and corrupt Nigerians, lists of names recommended for U.S visa ban have been popping up from various quarters across the country.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has drawn up the list of names that should be on the US visa ban. Calling on the United States Department of State, HURIWA has recommended the following names for U.S visa ban.
Some of these names include that of former minister of transportation, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Elrufai, and the ministerial nominee from Akwa Ibom State, Mr Godswill Akpabio.
In the case of Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State , HURIWA raise the allegation against him as what happened earlier this year saying “on February 6, 2019, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State threatened that foreign nationals who interfere in the forthcoming general elections would be given a “body bags treatment.”
HURIWA explained that “a body bag” is used for carrying a corpse from a battlefield or the scene of an accident or crime to either a mortuary or place of burial
According to a statement jointly signed by the HURIWA National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and media director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, noted that the Nigerian media recorded some of the politicians who made utterance capable of undermining the democratic process in the country.
Refering to Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, HURIWA insisted he staged a so-called traditional war dance in PortHarcourt, Rivers State and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress,
Others names among the list that HURIWA recommended for U.S visa ban is chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and that of the Peoples Democratic Party Uche Secondus.
As for Secondus, allegation was raised on what he said on January 31, 2019, Secondus, threatened that there would be war in the country if the 2019 presidential election is rigged.
Quoting Secondus : “Today, by your mandate, we warn INEC and we believe there are good people in INEC… we know that government is pressuring INEC to rig this election, but if they rig this election, they’re looking for war.”
Another name that popped up on the list is that of the former minister of information, Lai Mohammed.
According to HURIWA, Lai Mohammed wrongly hinted that it had intelligence information indicating that plans had been hatched by opposition elements to truncate the general elections by instigating violence across the country.
Former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje was also enlisted. According to HURIWA, Goje was facing corruption charges, a N25bn scam until the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation made a dramatic withdrawal of the charges.
Being a civil society organization, HURIWA noted that any list that does not include these people is incomplete and should be reconsidered.
However, HURIWA further stated, reporting that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered a violent crackdown on members of the protesting Shiites Islamic Movement of Nigeria demanding the release of their detained leader.
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