US travel ban: Geoffrey Onyeama says Nigeria is working to lift restriction

US travel ban: Geoffrey Onyeama says Nigeria is working to lift restriction

- Nigerian foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama says the federal government is working to lift the US travel ban on prospective immigrants from the country

- Onyeama discloses that Nigeria is working on the security and information-sharing requirements with the United States with a view of lifting the ban

- The minister says the federal government had identified the concerns raised by the US and had actually started to address them

The Nigerian foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday, February 4, disclosed that the federal government is working to lift the US travel ban on prospective immigrants from the country.

Onyeama disclosed at a joint news conference in Washington with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, that Nigeria was working on the security and information-sharing requirements with the United States with a view to lifting the ban, Reuters reports.

Geoffrey Onyeama says Nigeria is working to lift US travel ban

Geoffrey Onyeama says Nigeria would be taken off this US visa restriction list once all the criteria are met
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He said the country had identified the concerns raised by the US and had actually started to address them.

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"We've identified all those requirements and we had actually started working on all them. It was very gratifying to come here, speaking to U.S. officials and to understand more clearly the reasoning behind this," Onyeama was quoted as saying.

The minister, who did not specify a time frame, noted that Nigeria would be taken off this visa restriction list once all the criteria were met.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has set up a committee to periodically review the security situation in the country.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed this after he met with the president alongside Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan Gbajabiamila told State House correspondents that the committee members are expected to be drawn from the executive, legislature and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said the committee will help proffer lasting solutions to the entire security structure in the country.

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In another report, Peter Obi, the vice-presidential aspirant of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections has said the current security situation in Nigeria is the worst the country has ever experienced.

Obi, who is also a former governor of Anambra state, told Channels TV on Sunday, February 2, that the prevailing insecurity in the country is worse than it was before 2015.

Still on security, the Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have charged President Muhammadu Buhari and others in the position of authority to address the insecurity situation in the country.

The Bishops specifically urged the president to“wake up and do more than pay mere lip service to the issue of security in Nigeria.

The Bishops tasked the president in a communiqué signed and issued by the president of the province and Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin after a meeting held at the Jubilee Conference Centre, Oke-Ado, Ibadan between Monday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 4.

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The politician said the insecurity in the country had worsened to the point that churches have now started protesting.

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He pointed out that globally Nigerian security indices have fallen. He argued that Nigerians elected Buhari hoping that he would provide them security, but that things have gotten worse.

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