The United States of America, USA, has stated that it has started imposing visa restrictions in Ghana, Nigeria’s West African neighbours.
This came a few days after the United States threatened to impose visa restriction on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, and other Politicians and their family members, over alleged plans to rig the 2019 general elections .
Whike speaking, Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, said that the West African country has not been cooperating in accepting Ghanian citizens to be deported from the US.
“As a result, Secretary of State Pompeo, has ordered Consular Officers in Ghana, to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants. Without an appropriate response from Ghana, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population”, the Department of Homeland Security, DHS, said in a statement.
“The sanctions will remain in place, until the Secretary of Homeland Security notifies Secretary Pompeo, that cooperation on removals has improved to an acceptable level.”
Commenting on the development, Kirstjen Nielsen, the DHS Secretary said: “The United States routinely cooperates with foreign governments, in documenting and accepting US citizens when asked, as appropriate, as do the majority of countries in the world, but Ghana has failed to do so in this case.
“We hope the Ghanaian government will work with us, to reconcile these deficiencies quickly.”
This development comes as some protesters were spotted on major Streets in New York City, yesterday, protesting over the US’ and United Nations’, UN, alleged plot to interfere in the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria.
The protesters armed with placards, showed solidarity to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for suspending the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen.
Recall, that the president had cautioned Representatives of foreign countries and organisations, resident in Nigeria, against interfering in Nigeria’s internal affairs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gave the warning in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, George Edokpa, on Monday, in Abuja. He expressed deep concern on statements made by the United States Embassy, United Kingdom High Commission, and European Union Election Observer Mission, regarding the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
According to the Ministry, the action demonstrated serious and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Nigeria. In there words: “The various statements, especially of those referred to above, appear prejudicial, and signify alignment with the opposition and endorsement of its position, that the ruling party, and by extension, the Federal Government of Nigeria, is working on rigging the forthcoming elections in Nigeria.
“These statements also portend tolerance for corrupt acts, and downplay the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari administration, knowing fully that the suspended CJN had not denied the charges against him. Also, probity requires of him to step aside, while the case is under scrutiny”, it stated.
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