The United States of America has imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerians for allegedly undermining the democratic process during and after the 2019 general elections.
Morgan Ortagus, the spokesman for the US Department of State, revealed in a statement in Washington that the individuals operated with impunity at the expense of Nigerians.
The action was part of the Department of State’s commitment to work with the Nigerian Government to end corruption and strengthen democracy.
In January, the US had warned that it would sanction those who intend to undermine the democratic process ahead of the general elections.
Read the statement in parts below;
“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 emphasises 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 realise its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.”
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