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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

House Of Rep. Speaker Seeks Audience With US Over Visa Ban On Nigerians

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has come out to question the US decision on Nigerian immigrants and he is requesting for an audience for discussion as their are no clarity given.

The Speaker stated this yesterday when he hosted the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, in his office on a courtesy visit.

Gbajabiamila, who noted with displeasure the visa ban decision, said Nigeria should not be treated that way.

He said: “We’re excited that you’re here because the US and Nigeria have a wonderful relationship. There are two nagging issues which I would like to bring forward this time around, which underscore the importance of our relationship.

“One is the issue of the ban on Nigerian immigrants. There’s still no clarity on the issue. For some, it’s very hazy, and for others, they need to understand what’s going on. Even those who want to visit the US are being affected in one way or another.

“The United States or whichever country has the right to know who comes into their country, but I think sometimes it’s important to look at things and understand why some set of people are being denied the visa. There are ways we can sit down and figure out what the issues are.”

Responding to this, the US Ambassador said the visa issue was not a ban and that the action was not meant to be a permanent one, adding that it would hopefully be resolved soon.

Mary explained that the action was based on information sharing, stressing further that the US is a very good partner of Nigeria.

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