USA government denies Atiku visa



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.

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. 

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