Despite visa ban, USA invites Nigerian officials to discuss good governance in DC

Despite visa ban, USA invites Nigerian officials to discuss good governance in DC

- The United States government invites a delegation from the Nigerian government to Washington DC for a binational meeting

- The Nigerian delegation to the meeting will be led by Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs

- The US department of state says the meeting themed innovation and Ingenuity reflects the entrepreneurial, inventive, and industrious spirit shared by the Nigerian and American people

The United States government has invited a delegation from the Nigerian government to Washington DC to discuss trade, security and good governance.

The invitation was issued by the US department of state on Friday, January 31, over the 2020 US - Nigeria binational commission meeting scheduled for February 3 and 4.

Despite visa ban, USA invites Nigerian officials to discuss good governance in DC

The Nigerian delegation to the meeting will be led by Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs
Source: UGC

The Nigerian delegation will be led by Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs to the binational meeting themed Innovation and Ingenuity.

The US department of state said the theme for the meeting reflects the entrepreneurial, inventive, and industrious spirit shared by the Nigerian and American people.

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The invitation was published less than 24 hours after the Donald Trump-led administration placed an immigrant visa ban on Nigeria.

Earlier, the US explained why it placed a travel restriction on Nigeria and five other countries.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement that the acting secretary CHd F. Wolf explained the ban was in line with the Executive Order 13780 signed by President Donald Trump in 2017.

According to the Order, the global travel security bar was raised by the US and countries had to meet the new standard.

It said the criteria for entering the US was raised by President Trump through an Executive Order in 2017 but Nigeria did not meet the new standards set

However, a former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed sadness over the US immigration visa ban on Nigeria.

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According to him, Nigerians ought not to be punished for the federal government's inefficiencies.

"Why is that a sadness? Nigeria can place ban on US citizens coming to Nigeria as well we can survive without them that’s self-determination and we will come out strongly if believe in ourselves this is our country," he wrote.

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