Former Vice President of Nigeria and the Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar has urged President Donald Trump of the United States to reverse the ban the country has placed on Nigeria.
Nigeriatunes has reported that President Trump’s administration signed into law a policy to stop Nigeria and 3 other countries from applying for the US immigration visa. “The restrictions are tailored to country-specific deficiencies, as well as travel-related risks to the homeland”, US State Department announced on Friday night.
On Saturday morning, February 1, 2020, Atiku shared a series of tweets to react to the ban and to give reasons why President Trump should reconsider the ban. He pleaded with Trump not to punish the whole country for the “inefficiency” of President Muhammadu Buhari led government.
He suggested that instead of placing the whole country on such a derogatory list, he should target those in government who have failed to perform their duties.
On the reasons why President Trump should reverse his decision, Atiku recounted how Nigeria was among the few countries that supported the US in its effort to liberate Kuwait. He reminded Trump how Nigeria always voted in favour of the US and its allies at the United Nations.
He also reminded Trump how Nigeria spent blood and money to fight for democracy in Liberia which is under the influence of the US. The former Vice President also pointed out that over 70% of black doctors in the US are Nigerians, and the most educated community of immigrants in the US are also Nigerians.
Well, the former Vice President has done his bit, it is now left to President Trump and other authorities involved to reconsider the ban which would take effect from February 22.
Read The Full message Atiku Abubakar sent to President Trump here:
“I received with sadness the policy of the government of the United States of America to place @Nigeria on its travel ban list.
While I understand the reasons given by the Trump administration (the failure of the @MBuhari led administration to share information and to address issues of terrorism), the ban does not take into account the pro-American sentiments of the Nigerian public and the solidarity previous Nigerian administrations have had with the United States.
I urge the government of President @realDonaldTrump to consider the history of US-Nigerian relationships.
Nigeria was one of the few African nations that joined the US-led coalition during Operation Desert Storm between 1990-1991 when the United States championed the liberation of Kuwait.
The Trump administration may also consider the pivotal role Nigeria, in partnership with the US, played in bringing peace to Liberia, an American sphere of influence, that now enjoys democracy because Nigerian blood and money paved the way for peace in that nation.
Nigeria has also consistently voted in support of the United States and her allies at the @UN and other multilateral world bodies. This is even as we are perhaps the biggest trading partner that the United States has in Africa, even where we had alternatives.
Nigerians love the United States and have been a major force for the positive development of that great nation: 77% of all Black doctors in the United States are Nigerians. Nigerians are also the most educated immigrant community in America bar none.
Surely, the US stands to benefit if it allows open borders with a country like #Nigeria that is able to provide skilled, hardworking and dedicated personnel in two-way traffic.
The current Nigerian administration may have its deficiencies and deep faults, but the Nigeria people ought not to be punished for their inefficiencies.
Once again, I call on President @realDonaldTrump to consider adopting measures that individually target those in government who have failed in their duties, rather than target the entire Nigerian population.”