US Embassy explains the expected impact of visa restriction on Nigerians

The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy.

In its Tuesday publication, the United States Embassy in Nigeria commended all Nigerians who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and worked to strengthen Nigeria’s democratic institutions and processes.

As Nigeria marks the twentieth anniversary of a return to democratic rule this year, the embassy in Abuja said it will remain committed to working together towards advancing democracy and respect for human rights for the purpose of achieving greater peace and prosperity for both our nations. Here is an excerpt from the publication:

“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 organizing 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.

“The Department of State emphasizes 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 realize its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.”