The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked the United States to be cautious about granting visa and entry into the US to Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
This was disclosed by Minister of Information Lai Mohammed while having an interactive session with media executives in Abuja on Thursday 29th November 2018.
According to him, that the timing of giving Atiku Abubakar might mean that the US government would be endorsing him for President in 2019.
According to Lai Mohammed, “We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the US to grant a visa to anyone who applies,” he said.
“However, we want the US to be neutral and be wary of taking any decision that will give the impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other
“Impression must not be created that the US government is endorsing one particular candidate over the other.”
The minister recalled that for years, there has been a kind of congressional bi-partisan investigation on corruption against certain individuals which had made it difficult for Atiku to secure a US visa.
“I am sure you will all recall the Jefferson’s case and the cold 90,000 US dollar in fridge,” he said.
“We are not unaware that Atiku has engaged the services of some lobbyists to persuade the US to issue visa to him.
“Our position is that if the former Vice President is seeking the US visa we have no problem about it.
“However, we want the US government not to create the impression that it is endorsing one candidate over the other.”