Breaking: FG swings into action over US visa ban

Osinbajo discussing with Buhari

President has set up a committee to look into the recent visa ban order on and five other countries

An official press statement from the special adviser to the President on media and publicity reads, “On January 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced temporary travel restrictions on six countries, including .

“For , the restriction is the suspension of the issuance of ‘immigrant visas’ to Nigerian passport holders only.

“This suspension shall come into effect on February 21, 2020. The suspension does not apply to other U.S visas such as those for official, , tourism and student travel.

“The DHS states the suspension of “immigrant visas” became necessary following a review and update of the methodology (performance metrics) adopted by the Government to assess compliance of certain security criteria by foreign governments.

“This resulted in certain enhancements on how information is shared between Nigeria and the .

“Nigeria remains committed to maintaining productive relations with the and its international allies especially on matters of global security. Accordingly, President has established a committee, to be chaired by the Honourable , to study and address the updated U.S. requirements.”

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