By Ike A. Offor
In what has been seen as a clash of interest and cracks in the government when special adviser to the president on foreign affairs, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa handed out some travel advisory, which was later countered by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the U.S embassy gives out some clarification to all that.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa has been criticised in some quarters as trying to do someone else job, referring to the job of the Minister of Foreign Affiars, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, whose ministerial job it is to hand out travel advises to Nigerians.
While some quarters saw it that she was worried about few cases of Nigerians being turned back from the United States on their arrival at their various ports of entry. There have been cases of some citizens of Nigeria been humiliated with questionnaires about their jobs right at the airport. One Engr. Emmanuel Omin was given a test at the airport to prove his capability as a software engineer, though he was invited by U.S. Software company Andela for a job.
The U.S. Embassy gave out this statement in its website to clearly state that Nigerians should not be afraid of traveling to the United States.
Here is the official statement:
The U.S. Embassy in Abuja wishes to clarify that there is no reason for Nigerians with valid visas to postpone or cancel their travel to the United States.
Nigeria is not named in the Executive Order on Immigration issued on March 6, and there is no prohibition against Nigerian lawful permanent residents or persons with a valid visa or other U.S. government authorization from entering the United States.