Travel Ban list: Atiku asks US to target Buhari, Other Govt officers, Not the entire Nigerian population

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
Nigeria's Former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2019 general election Alhaj Atiku Abubakar has asked the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump not to punish the entire Nigerian population due to the non performing and failure of Nigerian President and other officers.

Atiku urged Trump to consider adopting measures that individually target those in government who have failed in their duties, rather than target the entire Nigerian population on his travel ban list.

He specifically asked Trump administration to reconsidered the historic US-Nigeria relationships despite the failures of the present administration in Nigeria.

President Trump had on Friday slapped immigration restrictions on citizens of six countries including Nigeria, in addition to the list of nations already targeted by his controversial travel ban.

Former VP said: "I received with sadness the policy of the government of the United States of America to place Nigeria on its travel ban list."

"While I understand the reasons given by the Trump administration (the failure of the @MBuhari led administration to share information and to address issues of terrorism), the ban does not take into account the pro-American sentiments of the Nigerian public and the solidarity previous Nigerian administrations have had with the United States."

"I urge the government of President @realDonaldTrump to consider the history of US-Nigerian relationships. Nigeria was one of the few African nations that joined the US-led coalition during Operation Desert Storm between 1990-1991 when the United States championed the liberation of Kuwait."

"The Trump administration may also consider the pivotal role Nigeria, in partnership with the US, played in bringing peace to Liberia, an American sphere of influence, that now enjoys democracy because Nigerian blood and money paved the way for peace in that nation."

"Nigeria has also consistently voted in support of the United States and her allies at the

@UN and other multilateral world bodies. This is even as we are perhaps the biggest trading partner that the United States has in Africa, even where we had alternatives."

"Nigerians love the United States and have been a major force for the positive development of that great nation: 77% of all Black doctors in the United States are Nigerians. Nigerians are also the most educated immigrant community in America bar now."

"Surely, the US stands to benefit if it allows open borders with a country like #Nigeria that is able to provide skilled, hardworking and dedicated personnel in a two-way traffic."

"Once again, I call on President @realDonaldTrump to consider adopting measures that individually target those in government who have failed in their duties, rather than target the entire Nigerian population." Atiku concluded.

President Muhammadu Buhari Victory in 2015 was on the premises of his promises to fight the dare insecurity challenges posed by the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist, fight corruption and improve on the economy.

His government failed as the country recorded more insecurity incidences not only from the Boko Haram militias but more from the Fulani Herdsmen who claimed affinities with the administration as the group embarked on attacks and genocidal attacks in many places across the country that resulted into more death of helpless civilians.

Boko Haram are still kidnapping, attacking the military targets and killing the Christians despite government claims that the group have been defeated.

Acclaimed repentant Boko Haram terrorist are either released or absorbed into the army while genuine agitators are either been killed or detained illegally and in fragrant disobedient to court orders under Buhari's military style dictatorship.

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However, Buhari in his characteristic manner said Nigeria remains committed to maintaining productive relations with the United States and its international allies especially on matters of global security. 

Accordingly to statement by Buhari's aide Femi adesina , President Muhammadu Buhari has established a committee, to be chaired by the Hon. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to study and address the updated U.S. requirements. 

The committee will work with the U.S Government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders to ensure all updates are properly implemented.

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