The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has condemned the recent travel ban imposed on Nigeria by the President Donald Trump government of the United States of America.
Alhaji Abubakar made the condemnation in statement issued on Saturday and made available to ElombahNews.
In the statement, Abubakar expressed “sadness over the policy of the government of the United States of America to place Nigeria on its travel ban list”.
He ratified the reasons given by the Trump’s administration for the ban, that is, “the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to share information and to address issues of terrorism”.
He, however, noted that 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.
He said: “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 United Nations 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 none.
“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.
“The current Nigerian administration may have its deficiencies and deep faults, but the Nigeria people ought not to be punished for their inefficiencies.”
He, therefore, urged the government of President Trump to consider the history of US-Nigerian relationships and reconsider the decision.
“Once again, I call on President Donald Trump to consider adopting measures that individually target those in government who have failed in their duties, rather than target the entire Nigerian population,” he stressed.