Unic Press UK: In response to opprobrium over the recently announced U.S. travel ban against Nigeria, the Nigerian government has created a committee, hoping to solve the issues behind the United States decision to review the issuance of visa to Nigerians.
In a statement Saturday, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, said:
“Nigeria remains committed to maintaining productive relations with the United States and its international allies especially on matters of global security. 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 committee will work with the U.S Government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders to ensure all updates are properly implemented.”
It was on 31 January that the United States government expanded its travel ban, with immigration restrictions imposed on 6 countries – Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar (known as Burma). In a statement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf said:
“Nigeria does not comply with the established identity-management and information-sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics. Suspension of entry for Immigrants, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the U.S. Government.”