Nigerian sovereignty, hunger, American visa and electoral criminality

American visa

By Owei Lakemfa

THERE have been wailings among the Nigerian political class over visa restrictions placed on some of their members by the United States. The Americans say that the visa restrictions were placed on Nigerians who, it alleged, “operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights”.

Since visa issuance or rejection is usually private, a full list of those affected or who may be affected is not known. However, the American statement mentioned the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

Although the names of those affected were not mentioned, but where bones are mentioned, some toothless elders would think it is an allusion to them. In any case, the guilty are always afraid. So when the visa ban was announced, the Kogi State government wrote a letter to the American ambassador pleading the case of its governor, Yahaya Bello.


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