No Travel Ban On Nigeria – US Embassy Says Nigerians Welcome In America

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria says there's no need for Nigerians to

cancel travel plans to the United States and says suggestions of a

policy change negatively affecting Nigerians are incorrect.


Spokesperson Russell K. Brooks responded to an Associated Press

request for comment after a Nigerian government statement on Monday,

March 6, 2017 said some Nigerians with valid multiple-entry U.S. visas

have been barred entry and put on the next plane home.


Abike Dabiri-Erewa, President Muhammadu Buhari's senior special

assistant on foreign affairs and diaspora, on Monday, advised

Nigerians with no urgent reason to visit the US to suspend their

travel plans pending when there is clarity on Donald Trump's

immigration policy.


Earlier Tuesday, Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability

Project said Nigeria's government "must stand up to Trump and defend

Nigerians' internationally recognized right to freedom of movement."


Possessing a visa has never automatically guaranteed entry, Brooks

notes, but "Nigerians with a valid visa and a legitimate purpose are

certainly welcome to visit the United States."


He says "we encourage all visitors to be clear and consistent about

their purpose and cooperate fully with U.S. immigration authorities."


Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has asked

Nigerians to ignore Ms. Abike Dabire'-Erewa's travel warning saying

that those with valid travel documents and plans to visit the United

States to shun the travel warning by one of President Muhammadu

Buhari's aides.


Nigeria is not part of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

Half its 170 million citizens are Muslims and it's battling Boko

Haram's Islamic uprising in the northeast.

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