- US lawmakers are not in support of President Donald Trump's travel ban on Nigeria and five other countries, mainly from the African continent
- Speaker of the US House of Reps, Nancy Pelosi, views the ban as discriminatory because it reportedly has a religious undertone
- Pelosi and other lawmakers have, therefore, decided to reverse the ban and prevent the same kind in the future by speedily passing a 'No Ban Act' before the Congress
Some key lawmakers of the United States Congress are unhappy with the travel ban placed on immigrants from Nigeria by the North American country's president, Donald Trump.
According to reports in Fox News, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is leading the charge to have the policy reversed.
The report quotes Speaker Pelosi as saying that she found the travel ban which was imposed on the night of Friday, January 31 to be discriminatory against Nigeria and the five other countries on the list.
A statement by Pelosi: “The Trump administration’s expansion of its outrageous, un-American travel ban threatens our security, our values and the rule of law.
"The sweeping rule, barring more than 350 million individuals from predominantly African nations from travelling to the United States, is discrimination disguised as policy."
Pelosi also accused the US president of undermining American heritage which is built on immigrants.
“With this latest callous decision, the President has doubled down on his cruelty and further undermined our global leadership, our Constitution and our proud heritage as a nation of immigrants,” Pelosi added in the statement.
The Speaker said the US House of Reps would speed up the passage of its No ban Act to reverse Trump's policy which the American president's opposition view as a religious ban, targetting largely Muslim countries.
On Nigeria's part, Legit.ng reported earlier that the presidency reacted to the travel ban by announcing that a committee was set up to look into the matter.
A statement on the Nigerian Presidency's official Twitter handle said the committee will be chaired by the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
In other reactions from Nigeria, a former vice president of the country, Atiku Abubakar expressed sadness at the visa ban on Nigeria which also affected countries like Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar.
He called on the administration of Trump to consider the role Nigeria played in partnership with the US, in bringing peace to Liberia which now enjoys democracy.
But a former senator and firsthand critic of the President Buhari-administration, Shehu Sani, said the US was entitled to its decision.
The rights activist hinted that the Nigerian presidency had made policy decisions that did not go down well with other countries too in recent times- and he gave an example.
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