US imposes visa restrictions on Nigerians involved in ‘undermining democracy’

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The United States Department of State has imposed a travel ban today on Nigerians who were involved in election irregularities and were trying to undermine democracy in the presidential and legislative elections earlier this year.

Foggy Bottom did not name any individuals or how many were affected by the visa restrictions. Morgan Ortagus, spokeswoman at the US Department of State said in a statement that, “these individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.”

Ortagus further added, “The Department of State emphasizes that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government.”

President Muhammadu Buhari won the elections for a second and final term in office and the elections were characterised by violence, logistical hiccups, and needless delays.

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