Former Vice President of Nigeria and Peoples Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate in the last election, Atiku Abubakar has appealed to President Donald Trump to reconsider the United State’s travel ban on Nigeria because of the two nation’s long-standing relationship, saying he should not punish Nigerians as a result of President Muhammadu Buhari’s gross inefficiencies.
Recall that Trump has banned Nigerian immigrants from traveling to the United State, the visa ban taken effect from 22 February.
“I received with sadness the policy of the government of the United States of America to place Nigeria on its travel ban list.
“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 coalition during Operation Desert Storm between 1990-1991 when the United States 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.
“Nigeria has also consistently voted in support of the United States and her allies at the United Nations and other multilateral world bodies. This is even as we are perhaps the biggest trading partner that the United States has in Africa, even where we had alternatives.
“Nigerians love the United States and have been a major force for the positive development of that great nation: 77% of all Black doctors in the United States are Nigerians. Nigerians are also the most educated immigrant community in America bar none. Surely, the US stands to benefit if it allows open borders with a country like Nigeria that is able to provide skilled, hardworking and dedicated personnel in a two-way traffic.
“The current Nigerian administration may have its deficiencies and deep faults, but the Nigeria 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