- Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, asks the United States of America to reverse its visa restrictions on Nigeria
- Aregbesola says the immigration and consular issues between both countries can be resolved through cooperation
- The minister discloses that Nigeria has complied with most of the issues of concern raised by the US regarding the visa restrictions
The federal government has appealed to the United States of America to reverse its visa restrictions on Nigeria based on the long-standing relationship between the two countries.
Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, made the appeal on Wednesday, February 19, when the American ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, and her team paid him a visit at his office in Abuja, Channels TV.
Aregbesola stated that immigration and consular issues between both countries can be resolved through cooperation.
He said Nigeria has complied with most of the issues of concern raised by the US regarding the visa restriction.
Aregbesola appealed to the US to review its visa validity to Nigerians from two years limit to at least five years.
Meanwhile, USA, through its ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, has revealed the condition on which it may review and possibly lift the visa ban on citizens of the country.
During a visit to the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, Leonard said that the ban is a temporary decision, adding that it has nothing to do with character definition of Nigerians, The Nation reports.
The US envoy stated that there are possibilities that the ban will be done away with if Nigeria upgrades her data intelligence and ability to share vital information of each of its citizens intending to visit the US.
She went on to say that the visa ban does not affect the status of persons already resident in the US.
In another news, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on Monday, February 17, praised the country despite the US visa ban that was placed on Nigeria.
The handle quoted the chairman of the commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, where she said that “Nigerians in Diaspora are the best across the world”.
The same tweet also has a video where CNN journalist, Fareed Zakaria, made a case for Nigerians against the ban, saying citizens of the country are the most educated in America.
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In the same video, he spoke about how Nigerians have the highest purchasing power because they are highly placed in the American economy.
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