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FG backs US visa ban for ‘democracy saboteurs’

The decision of the United States of America to impose visa sanctions on those undermining democracy in Nigeria is being supported by the Federal Government, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said.

According to Mohammed, the Federal Government has asked the US to feel free to ban such democracy saboteurs.

The minister, who made the government’s positions known at the 20th edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard in Abuja, also said there is no going back on the May 29 handing-over date by President Muhammadu
Buhari.

He said no President has been unambiguous about leaving office after two terms than Buhari. Mohammed added that no administration since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999 has shown more fidelity to the democratic process than Buhari’s.

He clarified that the Buhari administration has not been mired in any third-term controversy like under the People Democratic Party (PDP).

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The minister’s words: “Let me respond to the numerous requests that we have received from the media on the decision by the United States of America to slam a visa ban on some Nigerians who are undermining democracy.
“Let me be clear: whatever action is taken against anyone who undermines this democracy that has been watered by the blood of many of our patriots is right and justified.”

Mohammed said Buhari had shown more fidelity than other past presidents. In the forthcoming general elections, the minister insisted that there was no security threat.

He added: “The President has also given unprecedented support to INEC while also signing into law the Electoral Bill 2022 that Nigerians have hailed as a reason to have confidence in the electoral process.

” Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, you must also not forget our firm response on this same podium on Jan. 10th, 2023, to inquiries from the media over a widely-circulate report, credited to an INEC official, that the 2023 general elections face a serious threat of cancellation due to insecurity.

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