Nigerian government is advising Nigerians who have no “compelling or urgent” reason to travel to the U.S. not to do so.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, advised Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the U.S. to postpone their travel plans until the Donald Trump administration’s policy on immigration is clear.
In a statement in Abuja, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said that the warning became imperative due to series of reports received by her office.
“In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to Nigeria.”
“In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled.”
Mrs. Dabiri -Erewa said that “no reasons were given for the decision by the U.S. immigration authorities.”
The presidential aide said that the statement “is only to advise Nigerians without any compelling or essential reasons to visit the U.S. to consider rescheduling their trip until there is clarity on the new immigration policy.”
Although Nigeria was not on the list, which has since been suspended by a U.S. court, the Nigerian presidency’s statement confirms that several Nigerians may be unjustly suffering from Mr. Trump’s immigration stance.
Editor’s Note: Nigeria’s External Affairs Minister had noted that nothing like this exists. Nigerians are encouraged to travel to U.S. without fear provided they have valid travel documents. It is possible that Mrs. Dabiri -Erewa was not speaking for Nigerian government when she put out her statements.