U.S.: We’ve sanctioned those who undermined elections

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The United States yesterday said it has imposed visa restrictions on individuals who undermined the democratic process during the 2023 general election.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, in a statement, said the move was not targeted at Nigerians or the government.

He did not name the affected individuals.

“The United States is committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world.

“Today, I am announcing that we have taken steps to impose visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process during Nigeria’s 2023 elections cycle.

“These actions are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Government of Nigeria as a whole,” he said.

The decision, Blinken added, complies with Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

These individuals “will be subject to restrictions on visas to the United States under a policy covering those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy”.

The Nation

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