• Sunday, 23 June 2024
Blinken contacts Tinubu after the United States bans 'rogue' Nigerian politicians

Blinken contacts Tinubu after the United States bans 'rogue' Nigerian politicians

Only 48 hours after the United States imposed visa restrictions on "rogue" Nigerian politicians who meddled in the recent presidential election, the country has reached out to President-elect Bola Tinubu to express its support for the incoming administration.

On Tuesday morning, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Tinubu to reiterate his continued commitment to strengthening US-Nigeria relations.

Mr Matthew Miller, the Secretary of State's Spokesperson, said in a statement yesterday that Blinken called 71-year-old Tinubu.

 

"The Secretary acknowledged that the partnership between the United States and Nigeria is founded on common interests and strong connections between their people...these ties should continue to strengthen during President-elect Tinubu's term," he stated.

On May 15, the United States imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians who attempted to undermine the democratic process in Nigeria's 2023 General Election, which resulted in Tinubu assuming power.

Blinken stated on Monday that President Joe Biden's administration was dedicated to promoting democracy in Nigeria and worldwide.

"Today, I am announcing that we have taken measures to impose visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria who undermined the democratic process during the 2023 election cycle," stated Blinken.

 

 

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