The federal government has told the United States that granting visa to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), could create the impression that it has endorsed him for the 2019 elections.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, gave the government position at an interactive session with media executives in Abuja on Thursday.
Mohammed said the government was aware of the move by the former vice-president to lobby the US to lift the visa ban imposed on him.
He said, while the US has the prerogative of whom to issue visa, it should be mindful of the timing.
“We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the US to grant a visa to anyone who applies,” he said.
“However, we want the US 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…
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