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Lawyer Launches Petition To Reverse Visa Ban On Nigeria Against White House

A human rights lawyer, Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe has launched a petition against the government of the United Stated of America meant to force it to reverse its visa ban on Nigeria.

Mr. Ogebe launched a petition on the White House website to reverse the Trump visa ban on Nigeria upon his return to Washington yesterday from the university graduation of one of the students from northeast Nigeria he brought to school in the US.

Please find below:

Appeal for signatories on the White House petition below to reverse the Trump visa ban on Nigeria

Dear friends,

I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 99,999 signatures by March 02, 2020, the White House will review it and respond!

We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the White House to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the White House will issue an official response.

You can view and sign the petition here:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reverse-trump-administrations-unfair-visa-ban-nigeria

Here’s some more information about this petition:

REVERSE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S UNFAIR VISA BAN ON NIGERIA

On 1/31/2020, the Trump administration announced an unprecedented and unjustified visa ban on Nigeria – its top African trade partner for years. This does not serve US interests, is grossly unfair and should be revoked.

1. Nigeria was for many years, a leading non-middle eastern oil supplier to the USA. US oil purchases from Nigeria did not end up funding anti-American terrorism.
2. Nigeria’s 11,000 International students pay half a billion dollars into the US helping subsidizes college education
3. Nigerian troops died on behalf of USA in Liberia
4. Nigerian immigrants have never been part of terrorism
5. US businesses like Delta will be affected
6. Nigerian immigrants are the most educated
7. Nigerian immigrants are top caregivers in health care
8. This encourages illegal migration

We need 100,000 signatures in two weeks before the ban comes into effect on February 21.

Thanks,

Emmanuel Ogebe

2. The following acknowledgment and guidance was received from the White House

Thank you for creating a petition on We the People!

You now have 30 days to get 99,999 signatures in order for your petition to be reviewed by the White House. Until your petition has 150 signatures, it will only be available from the following URL and will not be publicly viewable on the Open Petitions section of We the People:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reverse-trump-administrations-unfair-visa-ban-nigeria

Here are a few tips to help you promote your petition and get to 99,999 signatures:

1. Email: Email your petition to your friends, family and others who care about this issue. Below is a sample email you can forward to your friends right now.

2. Facebook: Post your petition to your Facebook wall to let folks know about it. Here’s a sample message you can cut and paste into your Facebook status:

I just started a petition on the White House petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reverse-trump-administrations-unfair-visa-ban-nigeria

3. Twitter: Tweet about your petition. Here’s a sample tweet you can use:

I just started a petition on the White House Petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reverse-trump-administrations-unfair-visa-ban-nigeria

3. I had previously used this White House platform to petition for the designation of Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization several years ago.

Unfortunately at the time, we did not garner the required 100,000 signatures although even a former US ambassador to Nigeria was one of our signatories in favor of the FTO designation.

This time around, we hope that there is enough interest and adequate numbers of people willing to vote on the right side of history.

I call on the Attorney General of Nigeria and the Foreign Affairs minister who also just arrived Washington for the US Nigeria Binational Commission meetings to establish a joint working group to address the visa ban and USA’s concerns.

Below is a screen grab of the White House website after initial kick off of the petition:

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