United States didn’t grant Atiku visa – Embassy

The United States has not granted Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku visa, contrary to the wide reports that was being circulated in various news media, Daily Independent reports.

An embassy source revealed that U.S. position on Atiku has not changed and a family source confirmed that Atiku only traveled to the UK and is also back in the country.

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United States didn’t grant Atiku visa – Embassy


The family source said Atiku did not even apply for visa from the U.S. embassy as reported in the week.

The Federal Government fearing that the U.S. wanted to grant Atiku visa had cautioned that it would mean endorsing him for the 2019 election.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the government position at an interactive session with media executives in Abuja on Thursday.

Mohammed had said that the government was aware of the move by the former Vice President to lobby the U.S. to lift the visa ban imposed on him.

He said, while the U.S. has the prerogative of whom to issue visa, it should be mindful of the timing, in order not to give the impression that Atiku has been endorsed by the U.S. government.

“We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the U.S. to grant a visa to anyone who applies.

“However, we want the U.S. to be neutral and be wary of taking any decision that will give the impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other

“Impression must not be created that the U.S. government is endorsing one particular candidate over the other,’’ he had said.

The minister recalled that for years, there has been a kind of congressional bi-partisan investigation on corruption against certain individuals which had made it difficult for Atiku to secure a U.S. visa.

“I am sure you will all recall the Jefferson’s case and the cold 90,000 U.S. dollar in fridge.

“We are not unaware that Atiku has engaged the services of some lobbyists to persuade the U.S. to issue visa to him.

“Our position is that if the former Vice President is seeking the U.S. visa we have no problem about it.

“However, we want the U.S. government not to create the impression that it is endorsing one candidate over the other,’’ he said

179 Comments

  1. Who are we going to believe, another source stated he had been granted visa, when will Nigerian stop propaganda .

  2. The family source said Atiku did not even apply for visa from the U.S. embassy as reported in the week.

  3. What exactly his he going to do at the US… That he is eager to have the visa… Abeg stay for your country ooo see who want to be the next president..

  4. visa or no visa, this can not stop Nigerians from choosing the person they want, all this news was political propaganda.

  5. Wiaris he going?
    Lemme first ask dat question.
    He should sit his ass down here and do what he wants to do!
    Na Naija all of us go dey

  6. Nigerians and their news,read he was granted visa yesterday,today is a different story.All i want is for a good leader to win in 2019 election.

  7. So it’s now Nigerian government that will tell the US embassy whether to grant him visa or not, and how does granting him visa endorse him. Nigeria and corruption.

  8. Which one we go believe now,yesterday he was granted visa, today he is not.Nigeria medians should be very careful before they will start paying for defamations

  9. Our problems are not visa, sit right here to know the problem this country is facing, traveling out this country has not helped us for one day

  10. US visa issues is very alarming, what as it got to do with our economy? If US grant Atiku visa or not we will still vote him.

  11. What exactly his he going to do at the US… That he is eager to have the visa… Abeg stay for your country ooo see who want to be the next president..

  12. I don’t know why we can’t hear something again about this US visa thing for Atiku must he travel to US before he becomes the president of Nigeria

  13. Am totally tired of blood rumour Now tell me which news do you want us to believed Some source claims that the ban as been lifted since yesterday

    This is Nigeria

  14. Am totally tired of blood rumour Now tell me which news do you want us to believed Some source claims that the ban as been lifted since yesterday

  15. Why is he even traveling?
    Can’t he stay put back here?
    Politicians and their way of lavishing the country’s money. So annoying

  16. Who are we to believe now please? We once read about him being granted US visa, now it’s a different story.

  17. What is happening in this country today the media will say one thing,tommorow it will be another.na wa for this country.

  18. Now i dont even know which one to believe, but all i know is atiku should visit wherever he wants and not stoping him with unknown story

  19. Apc is evil always looking for the downfall of others… Can they rest on this visa of a thing and face your campaign

  20. Nigeria politics is something else, may God help us. Because Now i dont even know which one to believe, but all i know is atiku should visit wherever he wants and not stoping him with unknown story

  21. Why was a Visa ban imposed on him by the US? Whether he was granted Visa or not, he will still win the 2019 election.

  22. They like traveling to the developed country but will never do the needful for our country to be like theirs so they can be traveling down to Nigeria as well

  23. I don’t understand why the interest of people in wheather he was issued a visa or not ,or is it that its forbiden for presidential candidate to travel to us?

  24. They said it yesterday but why is granting former vice president vise to us a problem, sso those that have been going there have been endorse

  25. Nigeria, its only in this country they will read news they r not sure of on the television and radio

  26. The APC party is already fidgety, what’s the business of an individual traveling poised to them? I just wonder…the party(APC) is afraid of losing.

  27. Just last week they were telling us they have given him visa . If he wants visa he should apply like every other normal person

  28. Whose story will I now believe. Yesterday, Atiku was granted US Visa and today, no Visa was given to him and he didn’t apply for US Visa in the embassy. Too many rumours

  29. All we need is a credible presidential candidate, who cares whether he is granted a visa to the US or wherever as long as the person is good for the country he intends to lead. Let’s talk about more important issues that will benefit Nigerians, not a president that we embark on travelling all the time.

  30. What’s all these debate about USA visa? Is Atiku going to govern Nigeria from America? Let’s face issues and jettison sentiments.

  31. But why did people circulated the news that Atiku has been granted visa to US . Nigerians are very good in carrying out rumors. Thanks for this update, I hope the embassy speech is from a right source too. Before we go hear another turn up story about the visa

  32. Nigerians are very good in carrying out rumors. Although the embassy has cleared the air about Atiku’s visa to US

  33. Why we can’t hear something again about this US visa thing for Atiku must he travel to US before he becomes the president of Nigeria

  34. ALl these fake news sef…it was all over tge social media yesterday that he was granted visa by US embassy

  35. So the news spread earlier about him been granted visa is not true can you imagine political stunts on us abi we are not t be fooled

  36. Nigerians can be quick to carry fake news, so if he wasn’t granted visa, why are they displaying wrong informations on social media, people should be true

  37. What do they want us to believe…atiku better remain in your country..dont start with traveling around..

  38. We don’t even know who to believe cos it was on news that he was granted anyway is there business…

  39. But why are they monitoring Atiku’s movement up and down. Today they will say his his visa is confidential another one he was granted visa and he trelled now he didn’t travel again. Which one are we to believe

  40. Well circulation of fake news is now the order of the day as people say anything they feels and it will still end up to be wrong…so which one are we to believe is that he has been granted visa or not?

  41. hahahhahahahha na wa who has betrade him. well betraying fellow human being is not a new thing to me shall. God will deliver him and give him victory come 2019 election even if he couldn’t travel again

  42. But I don’t understand why his traveling to the USA is linked with becomeing the president. Is there something that we don’t know. Or is it the US President that determines the president of Nigeria.

  43. I wonder why lai mohammed is carrying fake information can’t you look for a way to carry this country forward and stop saying all this nonsense.

  44. Even if the United States of America endorses Atiku I see nothing bad there ….after all is a free world

  45. Which are we going to believe, he has been given visa or note, to travel is not by force, If they don’t want to give him visa let him stay in his country.

  46. Who are we going to believe now fake news everywhere I’m sure he will get it granted soon now or later

  47. The game of politics sha. It’s up to the US Embassy to decide on what to do about Atiku and his ban. The president is afraid that Atiku may be more popular if his ban is lifted.

  48. From Lai Mohammed’s comments, it is now obvious, that the APC had planned to use the outcome of Atiku’s visa request to confuse the electorate into believing that America is against him

  49. You guys should leave this man alone
    I feel his visa situation doesnt worth the news unless during the time for election

  50. Visa to where??
    He should sit down in his country and think of solutions to d country if he plans to win

  51. This is the problem with misleading news from the media
    We had it everywhere on the news
    It us a wa oo
    But if the fg is saying this
    Meaning not giving Atiku visa means they are endorsing buhari cos APC and PDP are the two main rivals
    Just saying sha

  52. The media should always verify and ascertain the news the have to dish out to people.The U.S. gov’t should stay clear of Nigerian politics

  53. Opposition party are always liable to do anything to destroy their opponents. God help our nation.

  54. Why are they dribbling us like this now, I thought that they says that they have grant him visa to USA before, why are they lying like this now.

  55. What’s the meaning of this na but they gave him the Visa before okay what are we to do about that, is the internet lieing or what.

  56. For the USA to deny Atiku entry into their country means Atiku must have committed a crime that is so shocking.

  57. Who are we going to believe, another source stated he had been granted visa, when will Nigerian stop propaganda .

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