The Nigerian presidency has warned its citizens not to travel to the US amid ongoing uncertainty over Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries.
This is the first time, as far as anyone can tell, that the Nigerian government will be issuing a travel warning against a country like the United States, travel warnings usually come from the opposite direction. For example, Earlier in February the US State Department warned US citizens to avoid travelling to Nigeria due to violence from extremist group Boko Haram, and said the security situation in northeast Nigeria remained “fluid and unpredictable”.
Nigeria is not on the list of six countries affected by Mr Trump’s so-called travel ban executive order, but the special assistant to the President on foreign affairs and the diaspora said in a statement that several Nigerians with valid visas have been refused entry to the US.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa said their visas were cancelled when they landed in the US and they were put on return flights.
She said: “Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the US to postpone their travel plans until the new administration’s policy on immigration is clear.”