17 December 2017
The United States Government has broken its silence on the long standing allegation that Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was banned from entering the country over an unresolved fraud case.
The allegation which was first made known by former President Olusegun Obasanjo was brought forward two weeks ago when Atiku tried to clear him name by claiming he wasn’t the only one banned from the U.S. as President Muhammadu Buhari was barred from entering the country for 15 years.
Atiku, who claimed Buhari was barred from the U.S. because he is considered a religious fanatic admitted the President’s ban was only lifted when he became President.
The Presidency immediately issued a statement, debunking Atiku’s claim.
Speaking through Nick Sadoski, an official of the Department of State, the American Government said it would not discuss the reasons Atiku is being denied entry into the U.S.
Sadoski told Punch, “Due to U.S. privacy laws, visa cases are considered confidential. We do not discuss specific cases.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have anything further to add at this time.”