Nigeria – Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State governor, and Yahaya Bello, Kogi governor, have been banned by the US.
Other prominent who also have been banned are a former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna governor, whose visa ban was extended – he has been banned from penetrating the US since 2010 over a graft case.
As stated by US officials, after the governorship elections in Edo, more powerful political leaders in Nigeria politics may be included on the visa ban list election provided they are involved in electoral malpractice and that might include governor of another state.
Morgan Ortagus, spokesman for the Department of State, said in a statement on Monday that those issued visa bans got the sanction for undermining democracy in Nigeria.
“In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections. Today, the Secretary of State is imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa states elections and in the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo elections.
“These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.
“The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people. This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realise its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.” The statement read.