The Federal government of Nigeria has advised citizens to postpone non-essential travel to the United States until the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is clear.
The decision comes in the wake of Nigerians having been denied entry into the US despite having valid visas.
A statement attributed to the President’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora said, ‘‘In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to the Nigeria.
In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to the Nigeria.
“In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled.”
Nigeria advises against non-urgent travel to the US after multiple cases of Nigerians with valid US visas denied entry— Tomi Oladipo (@Tomi_Oladipo) March 6, 2017
The most recent engagement between the two governments was a phone-call between US President Donald Trump and his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in Britain – where he has been for over a month resting.
During the meeting, Buhari congratulated Trump on his election victory and both leaders also spoke about the fight against terrorism particularly the Boko Haram insurgency in the north.