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‘It is possible for US to lift visa ban on Atiku any time’ – Campaign spokesperson

In a recent interview with Punch, the spokesperson of the Atiku
Abubakar Presidential campaign organization, Segun Showunmi, says the
ban on Atiku’s US visa can be revoked anytime soon.

Showunmi said this while responding to a question on whether Atiku’s
performance might be hindered by the visa ban placed on him if he
emerges the winner of the February 14th 2019 presidential election.

In his response, Showunmi said as much as the visa is important,
Nigeria needs a president that would not be globetrotting but would stay
home to fix the problems for which he was elected.

”All nations are sovereign entity. Each of the entity has to
jealously guard its sovereignty. Within that broad concept, nations have
the right to determine their own visa rules – how to give out visa, who
should be given and who should not have it. Some of the reasons for
such action are really, never made clear. Each country has its own
administrative policy of visa issuance. We are the biggest black nation
in the world. We should not insist that the evaluation of our own
leaders should be based on a subjective issue around visa. One of the
bigger economies of the world now is India. For one reason or the other,
their Prime Minister, at one point or the other, had some
administrative restrictions on his visit to America for a while. But
when he became the Prime Minister of his country, he had visited America
a couple of times. For all you know, this (Atiku visa’s) restriction
may be removed even tomorrow. It does not mean that Atiku has never been
to America before or he cannot visit America in the future. We even
need a Nigerian President that would stay at home and work for
Nigerians, not a globetrotter, who will be travelling from one country
to the other when there are lots of issues that need his attention at
home”  he said

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