Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 election, has urged US President, Donald Trump, to reconsider the immigration visa ban he imposed on Nigerians.
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Atiku, while reacting to the ban on Twitter on Saturday, said though he understands the reasons behind the decision, he insisted that Trump is punishing Nigerians for the deficiencies of President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
Trump on Friday, imposed a visa ban on Nigeria and five other countries, with the proclamation set to take effect on February 22, 2020.
The former vice president expressed sadness over the development.
He wrote: “While I understand the reasons given by the Trump administration (the failure of the @MBuhari led administration to share information and to address issues of terrorism), the ban does not take into account the pro-American sentiments of the Nigerian public and the solidarity previous Nigerian administrations have had with the United States.
“I urge the government of President @realDonaldTrump to consider the history of US-Nigerian relationships.Nigeria was one of the few African nations that joined the US-led coalition during Operation Desert Storm between 1990-1991 when the United States championed the liberation of Kuwait.
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“The Trump administration may also consider the pivotal role Nigeria, in partnership with the US, played in bringing peace to Liberia, an American sphere of influence, that now enjoys democracy because Nigerian blood and money paved the way for peace in that nation.
“Nigeria has also consistently voted in support of the United States and her allies at the @UN and other multilateral world bodies. This is even as we are perhaps the biggest trading partner that the United States has in Africa, even where we had alternatives.
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“Nigerians love the United States and have been a major force for the positive development of that great nation: 77% of all Black doctors in the United States are Nigerians. Nigerians are also the most educated immigrant community in America bar none.
“Surely, the US stands to benefit if it allows open borders with a country like #Nigeria that is able to provide skilled, hardworking and dedicated personnel in a two-way traffic.
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“The current Nigerian administration may have its deficiencies and deep faults, but the Nigeria people ought not to be punished for their inefficiencies.”