The US Government has imposed visa restrictions on individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process.
“These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights,” Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement announcing the travel restrictions on Tuesday.
“This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realize its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights, ” she added.
To that end, the Secretary of State is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria. The spokeswoman emphasized that the restrictions are targeted at specific individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people.
“We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes”.
“As Nigeria marks the 20th anniversary of a return to democratic rule this year, we remain committed to working together to continue to advance democracy, and respect for human rights, and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations”.
“We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process,” Ortagus added.