Unic Press UK: The U.S. State Department says it has imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians, who engaged in acts that undermined democracy in the country’s General Elections 2019.
Though the names of those restricted has yet to be released, a press statement, ‘Imposing Visa Restrictions on Nigerians Responsible for Undermining the Democratic Process’ Tuesday by the Department Spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, reads:
“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.”
The United States has imposed visa restrictions on those believed to have undermined the democratic process throughout #Nigeria’s 2019 elections. The U.S. remains committed to working with President Buhari to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy and improve respect for #HumanRights.
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) July 23, 2019