The latest coverage of President Donald Trump-led US authorities to limit Nigeria, alongside 5 different international locations from buying immigrants’ visas into the USA, has been greeted by impolite shock and reactions within the final 48 hours.
As anticipated, political bigwigs have joined the prepare to extensively categorical dissatisfaction and discover the inclusion of the most important West African nation ‘a big slap’.
Curiously, some misconceptions in regards to the new coverage have additionally surfaced.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in an try and make a case for the nation, had claimed Nigeria joined forces with the US throughout the Gulf Battle code-named ‘Operation Desert Shield/Storm’ within the early 1990s.
The assumed participation of Nigeria was subsequently refuted by the Presidency on Saturday evening.
Some additionally misinterpreted the restriction to imply Nigerian passport holders might not have the ability to fly to the US for in anyway purpose.
To make clear on such controversies, under are some explanation why Nigeria might quickly exit the journey ban listing:
- Precise journey ban:
In keeping with the appearing Homeland Safety Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday, the restriction solely implied a suspension of the issuance of visas that may result in everlasting residency for nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.
Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals may also not have the ability to apply for “diversity visas”, which can be found by lottery for candidates from international locations with low charges of immigration to the US.
The explanation given was because of the international locations’ failure to adjust to its established identity-management and information-sharing standards. The restriction turned imminent for the safety of the People.
So, non-immigrant visas given to individuals for short-term stays – together with guests, these doing enterprise or individuals in search of medical therapy – wouldn’t be impacted by the brand new guidelines.
- US lawmakers’ stand:
Then again, the US Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has frowned at Trump’s journey ban.
The Speaker said the home will quickly -in the approaching weeks – set up an act to restrict the president’s “ability to impose such biased and bigoted restrictions”, as she condemned all types of anti-immigrants agenda which don’t conform with US conference.
It may be famous that President Trump continues to be present process impeachment trials earlier than the Senate on the 2 prices introduced by the Home of Representatives which led to his impeachment (totally different from removing from workplace) in December final yr.
- Nigeria’s place:
In 2018, the US issued greater than 8,000 immigration visas to residents of Nigeria – twice as many as all the opposite 5 nations mixed.
In a fast response to the brand new coverage, Femi Adesina, the spokesman to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday afternoon introduced the institution of a committee to be headed by Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola to “study and address” the brand new visa necessities.
Within the assertion, President Buhari mentioned he desires Nigeria to have “productive relations” with the US.
Notably, Nigeria is a counter-terrorism companion for the US.
Additionally, the journey ban is not going to take impact from February 21. If the federal government’s committee is fast-tracked, Nigeria might even exit the listing a short time earlier than it kicks off or simply scarcely a number of days into it.