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Visa Ban Lift an Indication of Close Ties Between Nigeria and America – US Secretary of State

Anthony Blinken, the current United States Secretary of State, revealed the revocation of immigrant visa restrictions on Nigeria by President Joe Biden was an affirmation of the close ties between American and Nigeria.

In a press statement titled, ‘Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama’, a spokesperson at the US Department of State, Ned Price, quoted Blinken as being aware of the important relationship between both countries.

The statement read, “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama to highlight the importance that the United States places on our relationship with Nigeria

“Secretary Blinken outlined a holistic approach to the U.S.-Nigeria partnership based on our shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, and robust people-to-people relations

“Acknowledging the threats that violent extremists pose to Nigerian and regional security, he welcomed President Buhari’s recent appointment of military service chiefs to bring new approaches to combat terrorism in the northeast and provide national security throughout the country

“Secretary Blinken referenced President Biden’s revocation of immigrant visa restrictions on Nigeria as an affirmation of the close ties between Americans and Nigerians

“Secretary Blinken reiterated U.S. support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as the new Director-General of the WTO.

Recall thatin February 2020, during Donald Trump’s administration, he placed an immigrant visa ban on Nigeria, alluding his decision to Nigeria’s lack of a robust  database.

However, upon President Joe Biden’s resumption of office in January, he signed some executive orders thereby lifting the immigrant visa ban placed on Nigerians by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

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