They better have their game on, because you can’t be having a talk with a country without a convincing point. I really hope for the sake of everything important to the ‘Seen it all’ Citizens of this country, they make us proud for the very very very first time. But before then, I urge you all to keep your fingers crossed and lower your expectations. This way, we won’t be hurt and disappointed if things don’t go our way.
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The committee set up by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to look into issues surrounding the recent suspension of United States’ immigrant visa issuance to Nigerians has begun talks with the# American government officials over the matter, Saturday PUNCH learnt on Friday.
Buhari had named the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, as the head of the committee, raised to liaise with the US government on the matter.
The visa ban effective from February 21 listed Nigeria together with Eritrea, Myanmar, Tanzania and Kyrgyzstan.
It was also reported that the US justified the decision, stating that Nigeria didn’t adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information necessary for the protection of national security and public safety of the US.
A highly placed source privy to the development told Saturday PUNCH on Friday night that the committee which included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, held a meeting with the US government in Abuja on Wednesday night.
The source said the issues raised by the US were largely addressed even before the sanction was slammed on Nigeria. He, however, stated that the absence of proper communication caused Nigeria to be sanctioned.
He said the sanction by the US was for an ‘offence’ committed in 2017, adding that things had greatly improved and Nigeria would soon be delisted by the US.
The source said, “The US Consul General was invited and they held a meeting on the issue. The meeting was held on Wednesday night. They made progress and another meeting has been fixed for next week. “The Minister of Interior, and the US Consul General were at the meeting. On the refusal to share information on security which the US accused us of, the Migration Information and Data Analysis System which have been activated at four of our international airports will take care of that…”
Trump officially expands the travel ban to Nigeria, others
The Trump administration announced new restrictions on immigrants from Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania on Friday that will go into effect this month.
The new restrictions aren’t as severe as those currently in place for other countries covered by the travel ban: They will still allow people from the newly listed countries to travel to the US temporarily.
Starting February 22, immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Nigeria will no longer be able to obtain visas allowing them to immigrate to the US permanently.
But they will be able to come to the US on temporary visas, such as those for foreign workers, tourists, and students.
Citizens of those countries, as well as Sudan and Tanzania, have also been banned from participating in the diversity visa lottery under which 55,000 citizens of countries with low levels of immigration can come to the US annually.
The expansion of the ban will likely hit Nigeria, the largest African country by population, the hardest. In 2018, the US granted Nigerians almost 14,000 green cards.
Citizens from other countries on the list, by comparison, were granted a combined total of fewer than 6,000 green cards.