FG tells US:Visa ban will affect vulnerable Nigerians

Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated that the move with United States to include Nigeria to the list of countries on US visa travel ban will affect the vulnerable in country.

Lai Mohammed who is currently in London for a meeting with international media and other think tanks, told Reuters that they will be responding comprehensively if the speculative move is effected.

He said; “On the issue of the travel ban our position is that it is still speculative because we are yet to be communicated. When we are communicated we will respond comprehensively.

“However, in our view it was not well thought out but based largely on negative narratives spread by naysayers.

“I know that we are working very well with our neighbours to ensure that terrorism is addressed. We are working with international community including the EU and the US.

“Our advice to the US is that it should have a rethink on the issue because any travel ban is bound to affect investment and growth in the country and those who will be affected are the most vulnerable people in Nigeria.”

Last week, there were reports that the Donald Trump administration planned to add Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania to the list of countries on US visa travel ban.

Speaking on the border closure, the minister told Reuters that Nigeria took the hard decision because the neighbours, notably Benin Republic and Niger Republic, failed to respect the ECOWAS treaty on transit of goods.

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