US imposes visa restrictions on Kogi, Bayelsa election riggers

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on individuals responsible for violence, intimidation or corruption which undermined the November 2019 elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

In a statement by Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson for the US Department of State, the American government said individuals responsible for undermining democracy in the run up to September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo State elections are also affected by the restriction.

READ FULL STATEMENT

Imposing Visa Restrictions on Nigerians Responsible for Undermining the Democratic Process

The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes,” Ms Ortagus said..

“We remain committed to working together to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations.

We condemn the acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption that harmed Nigerians and undermined the democratic process. As the Edo and Ondo State off-cycle elections near, we urge all stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, the political parties, and the security services, to uphold the tenets of democracy and facilitate genuinely free and fair elections, conducted in an appropriately transparent and non-violent manner.

In a statement on January 24, 2019, the U.S. Government said we would consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organizing election-related violence. In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections. Today, the Secretary of State is imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections and in the run up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo State elections. These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.

The Department of State emphasizes that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people. This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realize its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here