A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Ladi Williams, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to personally petition President Donald Trump on the case of Nigerians denied entry into the United States.
The SAN, who is the eldest son of the late legal luminary, FRA Williams, specifically asked President Buhari to demand reimbursements for Nigerians who were not allowed to enter the United States after obtaining visas.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday, Williams said the travel advisory issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, that Nigerians should postpone their travel to the United State, was true and in order.
Williams said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, should have personally investigate Dabiri-Erewa’s claims before issuing a counter statement that Nigerians could proceed to the US.
The senior advocate said the minister’s counter statement had made many Nigerians to suffer losses in the past few weeks as many cases of entry denial have been reported.
He called for the immediate sacking of Onyeama on the grounds of alleged incompetence and insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.
He said, “The minister (Onyeama) should quietly resign or be sacked immediately. President Muhammadu Buhari should issue a strong-worded protest letter to President Donald Trump and the US government to demand reimbursement for all the expenses that these Nigerians have made.
“It is true that when you get a visa, it does not guarantee you an entry to the United States. But if Nigerians must be denied entry, it must be for a justifiable reason. If you are denied entry because they say they don’t like your face, that is not a good reason.
“If anyone is denied entry because they found cocaine in your luggage, that is a good reason. If you are denied entry because they found $100, 000 cash on you, that is a good reason.
“As a matter of urgency, the Federal Government should summon the United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria to give an explanation of what is happening. Nigeria is a friendly country to the United States.”