Nigeria sets up committee to study US visa ban

President Buhari also charged the committee to look at the real reason President Donald Trump banned Nigerians from US immigration visa.
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend constituted a committee chaired by Interior Minister, Ra’uf Aregbesola to study the reason why the United State banned Nigerians from its immigration visa and recommend an appropriate response to the government.

A statement by the President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina in Abuja on Saturday said the committee will work with the U.S Government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders to ensure that all updates are properly implemented.

President Buhari also charged the committee to look at the real reason President Donald Trump banned Nigerians from US immigration visa.

Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s commitment towards maintaining productive relations with the United States and its international allies especially on matters of global security.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had on Jan. 31 announced temporary travel restrictions on six countries including Nigeria.

For Nigeria, the restriction is the suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders only. The suspension does not apply to other U.S visas such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel.

According to the DHS, the suspension of “immigrant visas” which begins on Feb. 21. became necessary following a review and update of the methodology adopted by the U.S Government to assess compliance of certain security criteria by foreign governments.

It stated that this resulted in certain enhancements on how information is shared between Nigeria and the U.S

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