Nigerian travel ban is cruel: Medical practitioner in US laments

Nigerian travel ban is cruel: Medical practitioner in US laments

- A Nigerian medical practitioner based in the United States says excluding Nigerians from permanent residency in the United States will be counterproductive

- The medical practitioner, Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu, describes the ban as capricious and cruel

- Okwerekwu says legal permanent residents in the US are confronted with the horror of family separation

A Nigerian medical practitioner in the United States, Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu, has lamented the travel ban imposed on Nigerians who may wish to be permanent residents of the North American country.

Okwerekwu, who said her husband is also a medical practitioner, described the ban as capricious and cruel, adding that the racist and xenophobic intent is obvious. gathers that the medical practitioner expressed her displeasure over the ban in a piece she wrote on Stat.

She said: "Now as American citizens and legal permanent residents, many of us are confronted with the horror of family separation.

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"It’s a tactic this country has weaponized against Black people since the founding of this country. It’s a tactic weaponized against brown people at our southern border. It is an evil employed to undermine our ability to be well."

According to Okwerekwu, 29% of America’s physicians and 24% of dentists are immigrants. She said thousands of doctors, dentists and nurses are working to meet America's healthcare needs.

She said since America has excluded Nigerians from the path to American citizenship, the suffering of American doctors will trickle down to impact American patients, adding that as Nigerians suffer, Americans will too.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the presidency 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 had been established by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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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 would be working with the United States government, Interpol and other stakeholders to ensure the proper implementation of all the updates. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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