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JUST IN: Protest at US Embassy over Atiku’s Visa

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Over 200 groups under the aegis of the Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations, FONGON, on Wednesday, stormed the US Embassy in Abuja to protest against alleged move by the embassy to grant former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Atiku, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate is seeking a visa into the country ahead of the 2019 general elections.

However, the National Chairman and Convener of the coalition, Wole Badmus, insisted that the embassy should resist any overtures to grant Mr Atiku a visa because he has proven cases of corruption.

The group, therefore, warned the US not to interfere in Nigeria’s internal politics, adding that the US government to be fair and steadfast as Nigeria’s 2019 Elections approach.

Politicsngr reports that some of the Protesters carried various placards that read: “Money laundering is the highest level of financial crime. America, say no to Atiku Visa request; Nigerians say no to America’s interference in the nation’s politics;

“We got a letter from America listing people to be investigated for financial crime, Atiku was one of them; USA, please stay clear of Nigeria’s internal politics; No to issuance of politically motivated Visa to Atiku; as well as Donald Trump, don’t Trump for Atiku, say no to Visa request and USA, why now after 14 years of denial due to criminal money laundering?”

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