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U.S. TRAVEL BAN: NIGERIA TO SATISFY NEW CONDITIONS REQUIRED BY AMERICAN GOVT – BUHARI

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President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has constituted a committee headed by the Honourable Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola to work with the United States government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders to fulfill the security requirements stated by the U.S. Department of Homelan Security (DHS) as the reason for placing and immigration ban on Nigeria.

This was stated in a press release on Saturday afternoon by Femi Adesina who is the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to President Buhari.

BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE PRESS RELEASE:

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On 31st January 2020, the United States (U.S) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary travel restrictions on six (6) countries including Nigeria.

For Nigeria, the restriction is the suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders only. This suspension shall come into effect on 21st February 2020. The suspension does not apply to other U.S visas such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel.

The DHS states the suspension of “immigrant visas” became necessary following a review and update of the methodology (performance metrics) adopted by the U.S Government to assess compliance of certain security criteria by foreign governments. This resulted in certain enhancements on how information is shared between Nigeria and the U.S.

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.

FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
February 1, 2020

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