Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has urged the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, to reconsider the travel restriction imposed on Nigerians.
The politician blamed the Nigerian Government’s failures for the development
Trump had in January, imposed travel restrictions on Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Nigeria.
The move, according to Trump, was because of terrorist threats, and the failure of the nations to share vital information on potential threats.
Atiku said he understood the US’ stance but faulted Trump for not considering the relationship both countries have had over the years.
He said, “I urge the government of President Donald Trump to consider the history of US-Nigerian relationships. Nigeria was one of the few African nations that joined the US-led collation during the Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991, when the US championed the liberation of Kuwait.
“The Trump administration may also consider the pivotal role Nigeria, in partnership with the US, played in bringing peace to Liberia, an American sphere of influence, that now enjoys democracy because Nigerian blood and money paved the way for peace in that nation.”
He said that Nigerians had controbuted largely to the development of the US, boasting 77% of black doctors in the North American country, being the most educated immigrant community in the country, and sustaining a healthy trade relationship.
Atiku said, “The current Nigerian administration may have its deficiencies and deep faults, but the Nigerian people ought not to be punished for their inefficiencies.
“Once again, I call on President Trump to consider adopting measures that individually target those in government who have failed in their duties, rather than target the entire Nigerian population.”