FGN supports US proposed visa ban on politicians involved in electoral fraud, violence
The Nigerian Government has urged the government of the United States of America to impose a visa ban on candidates found inciting electoral violence.
Earlier, United States Government announced visa restrictions on Nigerian politicians and their families accused of sabotaging the country’s democracy, as part of an action to advance democracy and tackle corruption in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the 20th edition of President Muhammadu Buhari’ (PMB) Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023).
The Minister said the proposed action is justifiable as it would help deter saboteurs of Nigeria’s democracy.
Mr Mohammed said the Buhari administration has always followed the democratic process, which ensures smooth elections.
“As a government, we are proud to say that no administration since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, has shown more fidelity to the democratic process than ours. No President, since 1999, has been as unambiguous as President Muhammadu Buhari, in word and deed, with regards to leaving office after the constitutionally-stipulated two terms.”
Speaking further, he assured that the present administration has created a template for the smooth transition of power with no controversy.
“We have not been mired in any third-term controversy like was witnessed under the Peoples Democratic Party. In Wee creating the template for a smooth transition of power that will guide future administrations. Let those who undermine our democracy be sanctioned, and let them carry their cross. As a government, we have no reason to worry because our hands are clean,” he said.