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President Buhari reacts to US visa ban

Nigeria’s President,  Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday , February 1, has reacted to the Visa ban to Nigerians and five other countries by the United States’ government.

He established a committee to “study and address” the recent US visa ban on Nigerians.

The committee is chaired by the former Osun State governor and currently the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

Recall that, on Friday, January 31, the US’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary travel restrictions to Nigeria and five other countries.

The restriction will affect the issuance of US “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders from February 21, 2020.

The suspension does not apply to other U.S visas such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel.   

The DHS stated that the suspension of “immigrant visas” became necessary due to security concerns related to information sharing between Nigeria and the US.

According to the statement released by President Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina, said “The committee will work with the US Government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders ensure all updates are properly implemented.”

“Accordingly, President Muhammadu Buhari has established a committee, to be Chaired by the Hon. Minister of Interior, to study and address the updated U.S. requirements,” the statement said.

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Ilesanmi Adekanbi

Ilesanmi Adekanbi is a Journalist by profession. He has been working in the Nigeria media industry for the past 6 years. He holds several professional certificates. contact me on email: [email protected]

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