US visa ban on Nigeria: Buhari reacts, sets up committee

US visa ban on Nigeria: Buhari reacts, sets up committee

- The presidency has taken action following the travel ban on Nigeria by the President Trump-led administration

- President Buhari has established a committee that will work with the Interpol and the American government to ensure the implementation of all updates

- In reaction to the move, Nigerians are wondering why the government had to wait till the country was banned before doing the needful

The presidency has reacted to the travel ban on Nigeria which was announced by the President Donald Trump-led administration.

A statement on the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria presidency said a committee has been established by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The committee will be chaired by the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola. It is to study the updated requirements of the United States in relation to the assessment of compliance with certain security criteria by foreign governments.

The presidency announced that the committee will be working with the United States government, Interpol and other stakeholders to ensure the proper implementation of all the updates.

According to the presidency, Nigeria is committed to maintaining productive relations with the US and other international allies especially on issues of global security.

Nigerians are not having it and have shared their opinion about the move by the Buhari-led government.

Mamuzo, in reply to the tweet, wrote: "You guys are very docile. You had gotten the memo before now that the US wants to ban Nigeria from emigrating there. Why wait before it is done before you do something about that. Nigerian ought to be giant of Africa, for the US to ban us, it shows how bad this government is. Fix up."

Folarin Opeyemi Joseph FOJ wants to know what they are studying. "What are you studying for God's sake? Must you expose your cluelessness on every issue at every point in time?" he said.

@dollarain2000 wrote: "We all knew this was coming like since last year. Knee j*rk approach as always. Well, your committee won’t make any difference. It’s just so it’s on record that you reacted."

In his own opinion, John Ako said governments that are sensible plan ahead.

"Sensible governments plan ahead and have a timeline of implementation. The reciprocity fee imposed by the US for visas issued still continues even after we stopped charging the same. We will wait to they're ready to review!"

News received news on Friday, January 31, that the Trump-led government has imposed a visa ban on Nigeria.

Nigeria and five other countries affected were said to not have complied with the U.S. minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration.

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Prior to the announcement, there had been speculations that Nigeria was among the countries that will be banned from getting certain types of visa.

Ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar did not receive the news with joy.

He said Nigerians love the United States and should not be punished over the inadequacies of the federal government.

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