Politics US Reacts Angrily To Abike Dabiri's 'Don't Travel' Warning To Nigerians



Following the travel advice the senior special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, Ms. Abike Dabiri-Erewa gave to Nigerians yesterday, the United States has reacted angrily, The Cable learnt.

Dabiri-Erewa on Monday asked Nigerians to postpone their trips to the US be avoided until the Donald Trump administration’s policy on immigration is clear – a travel warning that is causing diplomatic row between the two countries.

She had alleged that the US authorities were cancelling the visas of Nigerians and deporting them on arrival.

A senior official of the ministry told TheCable: “The US authorities are worried that she made such a weighty statement without investigation, without evidence. The bigger issue, though, is that it is not within her remit to issue travel advisory to Nigerians. It is the job of the foreign affairs ministry.

“By failing to observe due protocol, she has caused a diplomatic problem for the country which we have to carefully manage. A travel advisory is a serious issue that cannot be issued by a presidential aide.”


According to TheCable, high-level meetings are ongoing to contain the potential crisis.

Speaking through Abdurrahman Balogun, her media aide, Dabiri-Erewa had said: “In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to the Nigeria.

“In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled.”

She said the US immigration authorities did not give reasons for the decision to turn back Nigerians.

She advised that the US be avoided until the Donald Trump administration’s policy on immigration is clear.

“This is only to advise Nigerians without any compelling or essential reasons to visit the US to consider rescheduling their trip until there is clarity on the new immigration policy,” she said.
What diplomatic row? She acted the right way!! If you keep quiet when treated like shit, people will continue to treat you like shit!!!
Thumbs up for Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and thumbs down for the guys at the External Affairs Ministry. Must Nigerians wait until the Presidential aide is humiliated at Los Angeles Airport before a travel advisory will be issued? The whole world is watching the unfolding drama from the White House, and Americans themselves are not 100% in support of the Executive Orders so far issued in this respect. Let those who have ears be warned: Prevention is better than knowing who did it, and why it was done!