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US Travel Ban: Atiku Pleads With Trump To Reconsider Nigeria

Funsho Akinwale

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, called on the President Donald Trump to reconsider Nigeria on its visa restriction policy, noting that such decision is a threat to the long-standing bilateral relations between the two countries.

Atiku also berated Buhari administration’s handling of the issues that preceded President Donald Trump’s decision to prevent potential Nigerian immigrants to the U.S.

Trump, on Friday, announced the executive order, considering Nigeria for the restriction.

The restriction which takes effect on February 21 will affect many Nigerians moving to the US with the aim to obtain permanent residency.

“I received with sadness the policy of the government of the United States of America to place Nigeria on its travel ban list.

“While I understand the reasons given by the Trump administration (the failure of the Buhari led administration to share information and to address issues of terrorism), the ban does not take into account the pro-American sentiments of the Nigerian public and the solidarity previous Nigerian administrations have had with the United States.

“I urge the government of President Donald Trump to consider the history of US-Nigerian relationships,” Atiku said.

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