US Visa Ban Will Affect Only Vulnerable Nigerians, Says Lai Mohammed
The federal government says the purported plan to place Visa ban on Nigerians by the United States Government will affect vulnerable citizens of the country.
There were reports last week that the United States President, Donald Trump planned to add Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania to the list of countries on US visa travel ban
But in an interview with Reuters, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said only vulnerable Nigerians would be affected by the Visa ban.
Lai Mohammed who is in London to officially engage with international media and other think tank, said although the report is speculative, but if it turns out to be true the government will respond comprehensively.
“On the issue of the travel ban, our position is that it is still speculative because we are yet to be communicated. When we are communicated we will respond comprehensively,” he said.
“However, in our view, it was not well thought out but based largely on negative narratives spread by naysayers.
“I know that we are working very well with our neighbours to ensure that terrorism is addressed. We are working with the international community including the EU and the US.
“Our advice to the US is that it should have a rethink on the issue because any travel ban is bound to affect investment and growth in the country and those who will be affected are the most vulnerable people in Nigeria.”
“Not only that they are sabotaging the economy of the country but also the security of the nation was being threatened,” he said.
“Under the guise of smuggling rice, a lot of small arms and light weapons are being smuggled into the country.”