The United States Government led by Donald Trump has announced visa restriction on Nigerians who were involved in election violence in the 2019 general elections.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term in office in February, in an election characterized by rigging, logical problems, widespread violence and killings.
Those affected by the latest policy, according to the US, are all those who undermined or sabotaged the country’s democracy.
The US government, however, failed to name the affected individuals neither did it give a particular figure.
In a statement signed by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson of the US Department of State, said the restrictions are for certain individuals and not for the entire Nigerian people or Buhari’s government.
“The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes.
“As Nigeria marks the twentieth anniversary of a return to democratic rule this year, we remain committed to working together to continue to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations. We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process.
“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 organising 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 individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.”