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US: We’ll impose visa ban on those who undermine Nigeria’s election



The United States has vowed to impose visa sanction on people who try to undermine Nigeria’s democratic process in 2023.


The political counselor at the US Embassy in Nigeria, Rolf Olson made this known on Thursday while speaking at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship alumni association seminar.

Olson said sanctions have been placed on persons who undermined the nation’s election before and would be repeated in the next election.


He said “When we say ‘all’ Nigerians, we mean all: politicians, candidates, students, leaders of religious, traditional, community, youth and business organisations and entities – everyone has a role to play in this effort.

“Even a small number of troublemakers can cause substantial havoc to an election. It takes a comprehensive effort to try to eliminate the use of violence and inflammatory rhetoric.

“Individuals seeking to undermine the democratic process, including through violence, may be found ineligible for visas to the United States.

“We have imposed visa restrictions in the past against those responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process, and remain fully willing to do so again in the context of the upcoming elections.”

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