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See Why Trump Imposed Travel Ban On Nigeria & Other Countries

Here are some reasons why Nigeria was placed on the travel ban list and why the West African giant may soon be removed from the ban.

The travel ban Explained
According to the acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday, the restriction only implied a suspension of the issuance of visas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.

Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals will also not be able to apply for “diversity visas”, which are available by lottery for applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the US.

The reason given was due to the countries’ failure to comply with its established identity-management and information-sharing criteria. The restriction became imminent for the security of the Americans.

So, non-immigrant visas given to people for temporary stays – including visitors, those doing business or people seeking medical treatment – would not be impacted by the new rules.

US lawmakers’ response:
On the other hand, the US Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has frowned at Trump’s travel ban.

The Speaker stated the house will soon -in the coming weeks – establish an act to limit the president’s “ability to impose such biased and bigoted restrictions”, as she condemned all forms of anti-immigrants agenda which do not conform with US convention.

It can be noted that President Trump is still undergoing impeachment trials before the Senate on the two charges brought by the House of Representatives which led to his impeachment (different from removal from office) in December last year.

Nigeria’s position:
In 2018, the US issued more than 8,000 immigration visas to citizens of Nigeria – twice as many as all the other five nations combined.

Notably, Nigeria is a counter-terrorism partner for the US. The travel ban will take effect from the 21st of February 2020.



  1. Kingsley Ogubor

    February 4, 2020 at 11:17 PM

    The racist should be impeached and allowed to go with his badluck

  2. Metu Nyetu

    February 5, 2020 at 2:08 AM

    I STILL BELIEVE that this ban may not be unconnected with the Shiites protest oger the death of Soleimani early this year. It looks to me like the US do not know how to completely ban Nigeria, otherwise this would have equally affected immigrant visas.

  3. Lola O

    February 6, 2020 at 2:19 AM

    Nigeria is so corrupt that any document can be forged or produced so long as money is paid. We have no effective method of verifying people’s identity, which translates into criminals being able to obtain various identities and conceal their crime. Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia have effective background identity verification and are not included in Trump’s ban. Shame on Nigeria. Ordinary accurate census and birth registration data we cannot put together. We can’t blame countries for trying to protect their citizens. Trump is doing what past Presidents were not bold enough to tackle for fear of being labeled racist and don’t be surprised if he wins a second term. Look how your government is protecting Boko Haram and letting criminals get away with evil without punishment. Besides, Nigerians’ misbehavior and lack of respect for the laws of their host countries have made others lose respect for us. Which country in the world is as disorderly as Nigeria?

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