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Would Trump's ban affect Nigeria? US ambassador opens up

Posted: 04 February, 2017 at 08:00 am
Would Trumps ban affect Nigeria? US ambassador opens up
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Recently President Donald Trump of the United States had signed an executive order barring citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from entering the U.S for 90 days and also suspended the admission of all refugees for 120 days.

The move by Trump had fueled speculations and concerns that Nigerians may be affected by the ban.

According to the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, no Nigerian will be discriminated against as the law is being enforced.

US Ambassador to Nigeria allay fears on visa policy on Nigerians

Symington stressed that the Nigeria-U.S is a strategic relationship that must be sustained, adding that the connection between been countries has been strong and will continue to be.

He also said that contrary to some reports making rounds, the U.S has not reduced the visa for Nigeria, saying that the two years multiple entry visa policy is still in place.

Also, for a Nigerian with dual nationality affiliation with the seven affected Muslim countries, the ambassador said would not be banned from entering U.S.

His words: “Let me reassure Nigerians that every single action the US take would be on the basis of legality and due process. No Nigeria would be denied visas because he or she is from a particular region of the country.

“The new order now is for the US government to cross check as many that are coming into the US before issuing visas; we will not discriminate on the basis of religion in issuing visas to Nigerians. The two years visa is still valid contrary to reports we have heard in the media.

“Nigeria's leadership role is crucial in the world and Nigeria cannot be blacklisted. The important of Nigeria in the world is legal.”

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