Jan. 26 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The United States has announced visa restrictions against several Nigerians for “undermining” the democratic process in the African country, ahead of the presidential elections to be held in February.
“We are committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, adding that “certain family members of these individuals may also be subject to these restrictions.”
Thus, it has pointed out that “these visa restrictions are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the people or the Government of Nigeria.” “The decision to impose visa restrictions reflects the United States’ commitment to supporting Nigeria’s aspirations to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law,” it concluded.
Peter Obi, candidate of the Labor Party (LP), appears as one of the main favorites for the elections along with Bola Ahmed Tinubu, of the government All Progressives Congress (APC), and Abubakar Atiku, of the opposition People’s Democratic Party ( PDP).