US Visa: FG Moves Against Atiku

By Ikenga Chronicles November 30, 2018

US Visa: FG Moves Against Atiku

The Federal Government has called on the United States to be cautious in granting a visa to Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made this call on Thursday at an interactive session with media executives in Abuja.

Lai Mohammed said that the government was aware of the move by Atiku Abubakar to lobby the U.S. to lift the visa ban imposed on him.

“We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the U.S. to grant a visa to anyone who applies.

“However, we want the U.S. to be neutral and be wary of taking any decision that will give the impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other

“Impression must not be created that the U.S. government is endorsing one particular candidate over the other,” he said.

“I am sure you will all recall the Jefferson’s case and the cold 90,000 U.S. dollar in fridge.

“We are not unaware that Atiku has engaged the services of some lobbyists to persuade the U.S. to issue (a) visa to him.

“Our position is that if the former vice president is seeking the U.S. visa we have no problem about it.

“However, we want the U.S. government not to create the impression that it is endorsing one candidate over the other,” he said.