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U.S. Considers Visa Restrictions on Nigerian Government Officials & Withdrawal of Aid over Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon



The United States of America might be considering Visa restrictions on Nigerian government officials  and a cut off in the aid being sent to Nigeria as a result of the presidential pardon granted a former governor of Bayelsa State accused of corruption, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

A diplomatic source told Punch that Nigeria currently stands at a disadvantage should the visa restrictions be  imposed.

There are a lot of options open to Washington. For one, if this matter is not resolved,  they can issue visa restrictions on  government officials and then follow it up with other sanctions recognised within international law.

“Your country stands at a  disadvantage because international opinion weighs heavily against  it  on this one (state pardon). Financial crime, especially money laundering, is  closely linked to drug trade and drug trade is linked to terrorism; the whole world is affected by it. So, if any government is seen to be condoning  financial crimes  in any form, it stands the risk of international isolation.”

Also, in another report by The Hill, a U.S. Newspaper, the Obama administration threatened to cut off aid to Nigeria after the government of President Goodluck Jonathan pardoned Alamieyeseigha.

The State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was quoted as saying: “The United States government is deeply disappointed over the recent pardons of corrupt officials by the Nigerian government. We see this as a setback for the fight against corruption and also for our ability to play the strong role we’ve played in supporting rule of law and legal institution building in Nigeria, which is very important for the future of the country, obviously.”

When asked if the United States could cut off aid, she didn’t rule it out. “We have made clear to the Nigerians that this puts a question mark on the kinds of work that we’ve been trying to do with them. We haven’t yet taken the kinds of steps that you’re suggesting, but we’re continuing to look at what’s appropriate.

Nigeria was slated to receive $660.5 million in the president’s 2012 budget, more than any other sub-Saharan country except Ethiopia.

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  1. Q

    March 18, 2013 at 7:29 am

    The grandmasters of everything related the financial crimes should practise their charity at home, we are quite aware that they are battling with their budget deficit currently and would therefore look for any means to cut spending, if you would cut aid to Nigeria please do it , it hasn’t really helped us much over time. and you are certainly not in the right place to criticise our internal affairs. To every Nigerian supporting this interference please do seek wisdom from your creator. The US is the most corrupt nation ever, they practice theirs in a convert and highly manipulative manner.

    • Iris

      March 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

      It is not untrue that corruption may be high in the US. However their arrogance is directed towards the betterment of their country’s image. We are just arrogant for nothing. If the Nigerian government has been eating all the aid money can you imagine how much worse things will get when the aid stops? Their cutting off of aid will DEFINITELY make a difference and I for one am in FULL SUPPORT of restricting visas to government officials. For every small event they’ll come in their hundreds like sardines on a ship going to a Faji. That Rio thing still pisses me off. Over 100 people went and to have a common stand at the event was such a challenge for us that other countries were literally laughing *hiss*

    • nene

      March 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

      i highly agree with you. it is them who have created Africa: The Monster. all they care about is our money. isn’t most of this stolen wealth going back to them? the yeye aid they give african countries is smaller than the debt repayments and their exploitation of our weak financial systems that they take advantage of. However, i will be very happy for them to ban every nigerian official from their country, even xtend it to their families. so they can begin to look inward and think of the future of this country. idiots!

  2. giggy

    March 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

    this i not a welcome development 🙁

  3. giggy

    March 18, 2013 at 7:34 am


  4. Slim

    March 18, 2013 at 7:52 am


  5. J

    March 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I totally support this. They should be given the restrictions. I also never knew we were given that amount for aid. I’m not seeing the effect of it because it definitely wasn’t implemented well. Our leaders and government officials need a rude awakening. This is only the beginning. We all know the deplorable conditions in the different sectors in Nigeria and yet, a corrupt govt official has been given another opportunity to steal.

  6. anonymous

    March 18, 2013 at 8:47 am

    anything can happen in nigeria, and the president is shouting about stopping corruption will pardonning a corrupt person also help in stopping corruption. I never knew that nigeria receives that large amount of money and there is nothing to show for it.

  7. x factor

    March 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Excellent, the Visa Restriction Works………..

  8. pynk

    March 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    they need to restrict their visas jare.

  9. Teris

    March 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

    first of all, “…We have made clear to the Nigerians that this puts a question mark on the kinds of work that we’ve been trying to do with them…” Clearly, most of us missed the memo on that one.
    Now here’s my take:

  10. Haba

    March 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Since they pardoned top rogues, they might as well pardon all d small rogues that are still in prison. Mschewww! Pls d usa should ban their visa very well. Wicked men! Jonathan all i want is for u to leave dat post by God’s grace

    • Ms lala

      March 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

      lol….yes oo by God’s grace or by force…he needs to leave office and not run 2015. the whole pardoning made me sick. Ban the visa jor…but deep down inside America won;t do squat jare..when Nigeria has oil..

  11. Joe

    March 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    9ja receiving that huge amount from the states!! Hmmmmm

  12. Cynthia Y

    March 18, 2013 at 9:42 am

    All these money handed to us on a platter of gold… and no one sees or accounts for it anyway… all the better to cut us off. The less aid we are given the less forks and knifes clattering on the plate of corruption * hiss*

  13. Ready

    March 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Do it! Do it! Do all of it! Restrict their diplomatic visas, and I hope the UK and all their other top destination choices do the same. Rubbish Reuben Abati talking about “clemency is different from pardon” Tani ko ni dictionary? Who go school wey no sabi the difference? Doyin Okupe said we should accept the decision because it’s like how not all decisions made by parents are palatable or acceptable to children. Who born who? Who is who’s father? Let even those in political leadership positions who don’t even consider it their business feel the pain too. Bring on the pressure!

  14. Dee

    March 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Please do it. We don’t want those thieves in Aso Rock travelling anywhere. In fact the UK and others should follow with the same sanctions. Then let’s see where they’ll go for medicals and such. Let them finally start to experience what the average Nigerian goes through!

  15. hrs

    March 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

    halleluyah,plz do ooooooooo.i support ur move that d govt will sit at home and use their head to think of ways to generate funds.(i no dey even see wetin dem dey use all that plenty moni do sef,mschew).and it wld even curb this trend of stealing public funds and stacking them away in foreign plz do it.cos i support my presido granting his oga state pardon.and i also support what you intend please go ahead.but this isnt the first time any state has granted state pardon.take for instance,in January 2001, a day before leaving office, President bill clinton issued pardons to several individuals, including financier Marc Rich and his associate Pincus Green. Rich and Green had fled to Switzerland in 1983 to avoid prosecution on Fraud charges in the United States. Soon after the pardon was announced, it was revealed that Rich’s ex-wife, Denise, had made a gift of $450,000 to the Clinton Library please isnt this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?besides the president even has reasons for granting him state what are we going on about?please lets go on to other issues.america please hold your financial aid and dont grant our officials visa.oga presido please stand firm on that state pardon,in short its already done sef.

  16. Grace

    March 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

    smh……Look at what politics is making GEJ do. This country annoys me day by day with it present govt and actions. Pardon a criminal? GEJ sure needs to sit down and think of a better way to help development this country too. Sometimes i wonder why i have to be a Nigerian.

  17. TA

    March 18, 2013 at 11:16 am


  18. Moche

    March 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

    @ hrs … ur point is interesting … i doubt USA would complain if DSP spent 18 years outside Nigeria (in Gabon, Sengal or Liberia) instead of having been released the same day he was found admitted guilt ( released for “time served” ) he was sentenced for 2 years for corruption. …. Rich & Green spent 18 years on Exile in sweden If he had spent 18 years instead in a self imposed exile for his crimes in 2005, …. to compare Clinton’s pardon to DSP is wrong …. if DSP was pardoned by the Nigerian President in the year December 2023 (18 years after DSP was caught in 2005) …. i doubt the US govt would complain much … i doubt there would be much noise in the news about it …. & Rich wasn’t a political elected official sworn to protect the constitution, making DSP’s case even worse

  19. taiwo

    March 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    pls i support!!

  20. nich

    March 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Most people do not understand the aid they give to africa……..our govt officials steal most of it……if the withdraw it….our hospitals are doomed…….oh africa…….

  21. ope

    March 19, 2013 at 3:29 am

    USA should withdraw d aid and restrict d visa but for USA to pardon Green and Rich that were convicted for embezzling money shows that they have no moral right to correct us. Thou, I’m against d pardon but USA should put her house in order before interference in other people’s matter

  22. gregwillams

    March 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

    A boy to a criminal is now the president rully a nation where is the further of that country? How can we classify this president? A criminal or mafia? the country need to be reform, in-short our top leaders need to be killed to enable the young kindhearted once rule

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