- Not directed at Nigerian people
- Or newly elected government
- Committed to working with government to end corruption
- Strengthen democracy, accountability and respect for human rights
The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria.
Secretary of State Pompeo said, “these individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.”
In a January 24 statement, the U.S. government said it would consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organizing election-related violence.
“The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes,” said Mike Pompeo.
“As Nigeria marks the twentieth anniversary of a return to democratic rule this year, we remain committed to working together to continue to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations.
“We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process.
“The Department of State emphasizes that the actions announced are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government. 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,” he added.