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US Imposes Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Democracy



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The Nigerian democratic process during the 2023 elections has faced interference from certain individuals, leading the United States Government to announce visa restrictions on these individuals.

News About Nigeria reports that the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, highlighted this in a statement published on the US government’s website.

He emphasized that these visa restrictions are specifically targeted at those who have undermined the democratic process and not directed at the Nigerian people or government as a whole.

Secretary Blinken referred to Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which enables the United States to impose visa restrictions on individuals believed to be responsible for or involved in activities that undermine democracy.

However, at the time of writing, the names of these individuals have not been disclosed.

The US government revealed that the visa restrictions are a consequence of the involvement of these individuals in voter intimidation, including threats and physical violence.

Additionally, they have been implicated in manipulating vote results and engaging in other actions that undermine the democratic process in Nigeria.

By imposing these visa restrictions, the United States demonstrates its ongoing commitment to support Nigeria’s efforts in strengthening democracy and upholding the rule of law.

It is important to note that the US government’s actions are intended to target specific individuals rather than the entire Nigerian population or government.

These measures are implemented in the spirit of advancing democracy not only in Nigeria but also around the world.

The United States reaffirms its dedication to promoting democratic values and ensuring that the democratic process remains free from external influences that seek to compromise its integrity.

Visa restrictions serve as a means to hold accountable those individuals who actively participate in activities detrimental to democratic principles.