Emerging facts have double confirmed that Nigerians are suffering the current visa restrictions placed on them (and five other countries) based on the negligence and ineffectiveness of the Nigerian government.
Despite the sentimental sermons that Nigerian government officials are preaching, the primary reason for the restrictions are the following:
- Inability of Nigeria to provide information on suspected terrorists and embedding electronic data into passports.
- How to handle lost and stolen passports
- Provision of relevant traceable data about the citizens through their passports, national identity documents and other means
- Corruption and mismanagement
- Terrorism Threat linked to porous immigration and security system
Though the United States and Nigeria voiced hope on Tuesday that the Trump administration would soon lift the onerous visa restrictions.
On a previously scheduled visit to Washington, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said he sought more information on President Donald Trump’s latest immigration crackdown announced last week which targeted Nigeria and five other countries.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting Onyeama, said that Trump took action partly due to the “terrorism threat” in West Africa, where Nigeria has fought alongside the United States against Islamist extremists.
Diplomatically yet shamelessly, Onyeama said his talks were “very gratifying” but acknowledged, with a smile, that Trump’s move caught Nigeria off-guard.
“We were somewhat blindsided by the announcement of the visa restrictions,” Onyeama said.
“We know, and the US officials have also confirmed, that we have been able to tick most of those boxes,” he said.
WHY IS NIGERIA STILL TICKING MOST OF THE BOXES WHEN SHE WIL BE SIXTY YEARS THIS OCTOBER?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TICK BOXES THAT BORDER ON SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE PEOPLE?
Nigeria remains a “strategic partner” but Trump restricted visas as it has “room to grow in sharing important national security information.”
These restrictions primarily involve foreigners who seek to immigrate rather than visit.
Along with Nigeria, Trump imposed the curbs on nationals from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania.
It is hightime Nigeria rose to the occasion and become decently responsible.