Foreign Minister contradicts Presidential Aide on US trip by Nigerians

Posted by News Express | 8 March 2017 | 2,627 times

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•Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has refuted claims suggesting that Nigerians with valid visas and documents were denied entry into the United States.

He says there are no reports of Nigerians being turned back at any US airport.

This follows a warning issued by Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa on travels to the US.

Dabiri-Erewa on Monday said there were complaints by Nigerians with valid multiple-entry U.S visas being denied entry and sent back to Nigeria at U.S airports.

She had advised Nigerians ‎who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the U.S to postpone their travel plans until the Trump administration’s policy on immigration was clear.

But the foreign affairs Minister, addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that any source of genuine information relating to Nigeria on the foreign scene can only come from the Presidency or his Ministry.

Onyeama added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not gotten any information of the sort from the Nigerian consulate in US.

According to him, Nigeria is not among the countries currently under US travel ban as both countries enjoy cordial bilateral relations.

He urged Nigerians to dismiss Dabiri-Erewa’s advice.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations.

The revised order, which earlier featured Iran among six Muslim states including Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen placed a 120 day ban on refugees.

The ban takes effect from 16 March to limit travel disruption.

Onyeama who also addressed the xenophobic attacks on foreigners including Nigerians in South Africa insisted that no Nigerian was killed in the attacks.

He added that the government is engaging the South African government at the highest level to put an end to the violence and attacks. (


Source: News Express

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