2023 Elections: US Imposes Visa Ban On Nigerians Undermining Democracy
The United States has imposed visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process during the just concluded 2023 general elections.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made this development known in a statement on Monday.
“We have imposed visa restrictions on specific individuals who undermined the democratic process during Nigeria’s 2023 elections. We remain committed to supporting Nigerian aspirations to strengthen democracy and rule of law,” he tweeted.
Although the US Government did not disclose any of the individuals or groups of persons affected, they were said to have been involved in the intimidation of voters through threats and physical violence, the manipulation of vote results, and other activity that undermines Nigeria’s democratic process.
“Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these individuals will be subject to restrictions on visas to the United States under a policy covering those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy,” he said in a statement posted by the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, he noted that the restrictions are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Government of Nigeria as a whole.
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