America has introduced visa restrictions on people believed to be “undermining the democratic course of” in a current election in Nigeria.
“These people will probably be discovered ineligible for visas to the USA beneath a coverage to limit visas of these believed to be answerable for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria. Sure relations of such individuals can also be topic to those restrictions,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in a press release Wednesday.
The assertion didn’t specify the names of these people.
The US announcement comes forward of Nigeria’s normal elections on February 25. The polls will decide a successor to the nation’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who’s serving a ultimate second time period.
Further individuals who “undermine the democratic course of” in Nigeria – together with within the lead-up to, throughout and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections – could also be discovered ineligible for US visas, Blinken stated.
“The choice to impose visa restrictions displays the dedication of the USA to help Nigerian aspirations to fight corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of regulation,” he continued.