US Slams Visa Restrictions On Nigerian Election Riggers, Warns Others
In a statement on Monday, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, revealed that the US had imposed visa restriction on some individuals for their actions during the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections and in the run up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo State elections.
The identities of those affected by the ban were not disclosed.
Pompeo further advised:
“In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections.
"Today, we are imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections,
“These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.
“The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people. This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realise its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.”
He concluded by saying that the US remained a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy and commended all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen democratic institutions and processes.
In the build-up to the 2019 elections, Pompeo had said those who interfere with the process must and will be held accountable.
The FG has yet to comment on the development.
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