- Governor Kayode Fayemi was not denied US visa, so says the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF)
- The forum's spokesperson, Bello-Barkindo, explained that the passport of its chairman was withdrawn during a visa application because he needed it in time for a trip to South Africa
- Bello-Barkindo described reports that state otherwise as mischievous and uncalled for
Reports that the United States embassy in Nigeria rejected the visa application of the chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, has been rejected by the group as false claims.
Daily Sun reports that the forum described the report as mischievous even as it went further to explain why Fayemi withdrew his passport from the embassy without a visa.
According to a statement by NGF's spokeperson, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Fayemi was not rejected visa but rather withdrew his application upon finding out that it would not be ready in time for his Friday, November 8 trip for the Africa Investment Forum, an AfDB-organised event in South Africa, on Monday, November 11.
“The Governor’s visa application was not denied.
“When the American Embassy indicated that the visa may not be ready by Friday, 8th November, Dr Fayemi retrieved his passport because of a crucial speaking engagement at the AfDB Africa Investment Forum in South Africa on Monday, 11th November 2019."
The forum recalled that Fayemi recently returned from the United States where he attended the United Nation’s General Assembly.
The forum noted that Fayemi would reapply for the US visa after he returns from his trip to South Africa.
Legit.ng notes the claim and the denial by NGF came months after the United States imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians it accused of undermining democracy during the 2019 general elections.
The development was made public in a statement released by a spokesman for the US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, on Tuesday, July 23.
The statement, seen by Legit.ng, however, did not name any individuals in particular or outline how the measure will affect them.
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