Nigerian government is still not sure whether its citizens should traveling to the United States of America or not.
After a presidential adviser, Abike Dabiri-Erew, instructed Nigerians not to travel to the US unless on urgent matters, the country’s foreign minister later came out with a different statement.
He denied the travel advisory and maintains Nigeria-US relations are good.
But are they?
President Donald Trump on Monday 6 signed the long-awaited new travel ban and the world has been responding. Nigeria is under close watch since it’s one of the countries producing the highest number of immigrants headed to the US.
In 2015, Nigerian travelers accounted for 32 percent of all African nationals traveling to the United States on visas— the highest percentage of any country on the Continent.
The announcement that they should avoid going to the US came just days after a Nigerian tech worker was detained at the JFK for hours before being asked to take a test to prove he’s an engineer.
Cases of Nigerians being under extra scrutiny and being detained in American airports have surged.
“In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to Nigeria,” said Dabiri-Erew. “In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled.”
Of the 2.1 million African immigrants living in the United States in 2015, 327,000 were born in Nigeria, according to data from the Pew Research Center, published in February.
On the contrary, Nigeria is not on Trump’s revised travel ban with half of it’s citizens being Muslim and the rest are Christians.