- The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has spoken with Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama
- During the call, Blinken revealed why President Biden decided to revoke the visa restriction placed on Nigeria
- The US Secretary of State also spoke on the appointment of new service chiefs by President Buhari
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The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, says President Joe Biden’s revocation of immigrant visa restrictions on Nigeria was an affirmation of the close ties between Americans and Nigerians.
Blinken said this in a press statement made available on the US government's website by a spokesperson at the US Department of State, Ned Price.
Price noted that the US Secretary of State disclosed this when the spoke with Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday, March 1.
Legit.ng gathers that Blinken spoke with Onyeama to highlight the importance that the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria.AK-47: Presidency releases video of Buhari’s shoot-at-sight order
Blinken also welcomed President Buhari’s recent appointment of new service chiefs to bring new approaches to combat the Boko Haram terrorists.
Blinken also reiterated the US' support for Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as the new Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the travel restriction placed on nations like Nigeria, Eritrea, Yemen, and Sudan by the Donald Trump-led administration had been lifted by President Joe Biden.
The revocation of the visa restriction was one of the 17 executive orders issued by President Biden just after the inauguration of his government.
Reverting the earlier policy of his predecessor, Biden described it as discriminatory and as such, an assault on what the US stands for.
In other news, Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubaker, has urged President Biden to help Nigeria fight the insurgency in the northwest and northeast.Schoolchildren abduction: We are prepared to help if Nigeria is ready - US
Atiku said this should be done with the provision of "every type of support required to win our war against the insurgency we face and that threatens the peace of our sub-region."
Another demand by Atiku is that the new Biden government should remove "every travel restriction on Nigerian citizens."
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_