2023 General Elections: US To Impose Visa Restriction On Promoters Of Violence
In view of the 2023 general elections, The United States of America says it will impose visa restrictions on anyone who promotes violence in Nigeria.
America’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Mr Michael Gonzales,issued the warning at an international conference with the theme, ‘United States Policy and Nigeria’s National Decisions in the 2023 Elections’, held at Johns Hopkins University, United States.
Gonzales, while speaking at conference said the United States government “will continue to use our messaging, as well as other diplomatic channels at our disposal, including visa restrictions, where warranted, to dissuade those who may be tempted to use violence to undermine Nigeria’s democratic process.”
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He further reiterated US government’s commitment to working with Nigeria to uphold its conventions toward ensuring a peaceful power transition in 2023.
The conference, moderated by Dr Ndubuisi Nwokolo, a partner at Nextier and Honorary Research Fellow, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, among other global scholars, therefore, stated that Nigeria should maintain existing political conventions that guarantee peace.
Other event moderators at the conference were Dr Carl LeVan, (Professor, School of International Service, American University and Chair, Comparative and Regional Studies) and Dr Darren Kew (Professor of Conflict Resolution, University of Massachusetts, Boston and Executive Director of Centre for Peace, Democracy and Development.