Nigeria pleads with Trump not to impose travel ban on Africa’s most populous nation

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

The Trump travel ban on Nigeria expected to become official this week will send “the wrong message to investors” and “stifle the good of the country”, information minister Lai Mohammed told Reuters on Monday.

“We are doing everything we can,” Mohammed told Reuters in an interview. “A travel ban is going to send the wrong signal to investors, it is going to stifle the good of the country and vulnerable people who need medication and schools will be the most affected.”

He said Nigeria had no prior warning about the reported travel ban, adding that Nigeria had done very well in the fight against terrorism.

“Nigeria has done very well in the area of fighting terrorism,” Mohammed said, adding that Washington help drive militant groups such as Islamic State out of Nigeria.

President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that he would be adding additional country to his travel ban. Nigeria, Tanzania, Eritrea, Sudan were the four out of seven countries mentioned to be included on the list. Others were the European country of Belarus and the Asian nations of Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar.

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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