US ban: Disregard Dabiri-Erewa's false alarm - FG *She's incompetent to speak

By Editor on 07/03/2017

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Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, may incurred the ire of the Federal government for apparently embarrassing Nigeria by Mondays call that Nigerians should shelve their plans to travel to the US for now, with the government taking a totally different posture, less than 24 hours after.

In what clearly shows a case of overshooting her brief, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said on Tuesday, dismissed the statement credited to her as a false alarm, as no Nigerian with full valid entry visa has been denied entry to the U.S. contrary to reports.

He told reporters in Abuja, Nigerians were neither on the banned list contained in President Donald Trump’s executive order, nor had there been any of them having problems entering the country and were therefore free to travel to US.

Dabiri-Erewa, had in a statement signed by her spokesman, Abdurrahman Balogun that: “In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to the Nigeria.


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“In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled.”

But Onyeama countered, saying, he was in constant touch with the Nigerian Ambassador to the US and the US Ambassador to Nigeria, who had no report in their record that any Nigerian with a valid visa was denied entry into the US.

His words: “On the issue of Nigerians being turned back from the U.S., this is not the case. “I am in touch with the U. S. Embassy and the Ambassador said no, there was nothing of such nature.

“I can tell you to ignore any call or advice to reconsider travelling to the U.S. because there is no basis for that.

“We have absolutely no report whatsoever from the U.S. that people are being turned back from the U.S. or any of our consulate or any Nigerian that any of our people are being turned back.”

Short of lambasting the former lawmaker, for overshooting her brief, Onyeama said such a high-level alert ought to have come from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Presidency, and any other source was not competent to speak at that level.

 “The U.S. Government has been reaching out to Nigeria.

He added: “The U.S. president took all the trouble to call our president and to offer the hand of cooperation to see how he was doing. And, to congratulate him on the efforts he is being making and expressing the respect that he had for him, his leadership and his government.

Informing that the US was actually worried about the report that the Secretary of State, had actually called to deny it he said: “Nigeria is on no list and Nigerians are on no list ban by the U.S. Government and it is always business as usual and very good business with the U.S. Government. Anything you hear in respect of the U.S. is incorrect, so any one that has valid document to go to the U.S. or any other country should please proceed to do so.”





Posted on March, 7 2017

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