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What You Need to Know About President Trump’s Ban on Immigrants/Non-immigrants from 7 Countries & Suspension of U.S Refugee Program

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U.S. President Donald Trump signs executive orders in the Hall of Heroes at the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Trump signed an executive action on Friday to establish new vetting procedures for some people seeking to enter the U.S., saying the measure would prevent terrorists from being admitted into the country.

U.S President, Donald Trump‘s Executive Order signed on Friday is sending shockwaves round the globe, as the businessman turned politician banned citizens from seven countries, including three from Africa, from entering the U.S for the next 90 days. The policy also affects Green Card holders.

Trump also banned refugees from entering the U.S for 120 days, during which the U.S. Secretary of State will review the application and screening process for refugees to be admitted to the U.S.

Highlights of the Executive Order

The executive order banned citizens of seven countries, including three from Africa – Sudan, Libya, and Somalia – from entering the U.S for at least the next 90 days. The order countries are Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Yemen. This amounts to at least 134 million people, based on 2013 World Bank census data. Those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as “countries of concern.”

The policy also says that citizens of those countries who have U.S. resident’s permit are included in the ban.

But the executive order also makes clear those seven countries are just a starting point for a likely broader ban.

The order exempts diplomats and members of international organizations from the ban.

The order also directs the secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a 30-day review to determine which countries do not provide “adequate information” for its citizens to be issued visas to enter the US.

The Order also says no more refugees will be allowed in the U.S. for the next 120 days. Very few exceptions will be allowed on a one-to-one basis. Over 100,000 refugees entered the U.S. last year. When the program restarts, the number has been capped at 50,000.

During the 120 days ban, the U.S. Secretary of State will review the application and screening process for refugees to be admitted to the U.S.

Trump also states in the order that refugees should be prioritized for entry on the basis of religious persecution, “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion.” That would open the door for Christian refugees from Muslim-majority countries to be accepted in the U.S. while Muslims fleeing those countries would be excluded.

In the Order, Trump banned refugees from Syria. “I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry,” Trump said.

Read the full text of the Executive Order HERE.

Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg has reacted to the ban in a heartfelt letter, saying that “The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.”

Also, the United Nations (UN), has cautioned the U.S government on the said move.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in a joint statement said the contributions of refugees to their countries of refuge had been positive.

“The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the U.S. resettlement programme is one of the most important in the world. The longstanding U.S. policy of welcoming refugees has created a win-win situation: it has saved the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world who have in turn enriched and strengthened their new societies. The contribution of refugees and migrants to their new homes worldwide has been overwhelmingly positive,’’ the UN agencies stated.

According to the statement, resettlement places provided by every country are vital.

The UN agencies pledged to engage with the U.S. government to ensure the protection of refugees and migrants in the country.

“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organisation for Migration, hope that the U.S. will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution. UNHCR and IOM remain committed to working with the U.S. Administration towards the goal we share to ensure safe and secure resettlement and immigration programmes,’’ the statement said.

The statement said the UN agencies also urged equal treatment for refugees and migrants without discrimination.

“We strongly believe that refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, and opportunities for resettlement, regardless of their religion, nationality or race. We will continue to engage actively and constructively with the U.S. government as we have done for decades to protect those who need it most, and to offer our support on asylum and migration matters,’’ it stated.

Photo Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool/Bloomberg

99 Comments

  1. Weezy

    January 29, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Any Nigerian who supported this man (Bruno and friends) is a disgrace.

    You think it will stop at Iran. News flash NIGERIA is a majority Muslim country and has a terrorist organization. You wait, the list will be expanded.

    • Onyx

      January 29, 2017 at 12:41 am

      Weezy you need to stop listening to main stream news propaganda. Trump is doing what’s right for America and Americans. They’re many Germans who today wish Merkel didn’t play big brother with the acceptance of all those refugees who are now wreaking havoc in the country. Terrorism is no child’s play and president Trump owes it as a commander in chief to put the safety of his citizens first. Quick question. Why are Saudi Arabia and Qatar who are relatively safe and very wealthy too not accepting those refugees as per brotherly love concerned? Go figure

    • A

      January 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Safety for Americans indeed. What are we talking about here? In as much as terrorism is bad but they have their grieviances and reason for attacking America. In the name of claiming world power and putting themselves in businesses that doesn’t concern them, America go in the guise of helping these said countries and totally destroy them, render them useless. Hence the anger. U mentioned Saudi Arabia, why wasn’t the country included in the banned list when their nationals are mainly the ones that have terrorized the US? OIL. Where are Turkey and Egypt in the list? Cos he has businesses and interests in said places. Let us be truthful,he has a god complex and is trying to use his new found position to demonstrate it. Have they finished dealing with their home grown terrorists who most of the time commit these acts and try to blame it on foreigners? Their so called citizens are committing worse crimes against each other everyday. Outsiders have to be blamed for everything. Remove the log in your eye before reaching for the speck in another’s. Foolish man indeed.

    • Damilola

      January 30, 2017 at 1:48 am

      And why is Saudi Arabia not on that list when majority of the terrorists on September 11 were saudis. Osama bin laden was saudi. Another one is Lebanon. You can’t be anti muslim and leave the main threat just because you have business there.

    • me to you

      January 30, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Good and valid point. how many of the Muslim countries will allow that number of Christians into their countries. You people might not see it but God is using Trump for the revival of America just as he used cyprus who was a pagan king to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Americans preach on love to one another but do you think in the demonstration of love Jesus would allow certain Vices to go on? God is actually using Trump to rebuild the morality value in America. Where truth persist there is bound to be conflict.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 29, 2017 at 12:50 am

      “Trump also states in the order that refugees should be prioritized for entry on the basis of religious persecution, “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion.” That would open the door for Christian refugees from Muslim-majority countries to be accepted in the U.S. while Muslims fleeing those countries would be excluded.”

      I’m no Trump mark in the true sense, but this is what the article you’re commenting under says up there.

    • Anon

      January 29, 2017 at 12:56 am

      Majority Moslem country? Do you have the stats please?

    • Weezy

      January 29, 2017 at 1:09 am

      about 50% of Nigerians are muslim. Christians are around 40%.
      When you think majority muslim, you probably think Saudi Arabia (which interestingly is not on the list). But there is nothing to stop Trump from putting Nigeria on the list if he wanted.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 29, 2017 at 1:13 am

      http://www.thearda(dot)com/internationalData/countries/Country_166_2(dot)asp

      http://www.cia(dot)gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ni(dot)html

      Conflicting reports I guess.
      But in this context, only the CIA’s matter.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 29, 2017 at 1:16 am

      thearda(dot)com/internationalData/countries/Country_166_2(dot)asp

      cia(dot)gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ni(dot)html

      Conflicting reports I guess.
      But in this context, only the CIA’s matter.

      Disregard the first reply if BN even posts it.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 29, 2017 at 1:24 am

      @Weezy, Saudi isn’t on the list because he’s got landed property there I believe??

    • Anon

      January 29, 2017 at 2:02 am

      Your stats are from 2001! Please look for the current stats.

    • Me

      January 29, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Saudi i not there becos America will suffer from shortage of oil. This is poltical Trump knows wot he is doing

    • A voice of truth

      January 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Smh. Propaganda is what they thrive on-manipukating census data & counting the whole north as muslim. Even in the core north, there are huge & significant christian populations -Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna etc… thats why they keep trying to kill & exterminate them

    • mr.A

      January 29, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Nigeria is not a majority muslim country.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 29, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Officially it is.

    • Anon

      January 29, 2017 at 3:15 am

      A Real Nigerian – is there a gazette that documents this? At least one from 2016.

    • Abena

      January 29, 2017 at 4:44 am

      51% of respondents in the 2013 *DHS* surveys (which are considered to be nationally representative) reported being Muslim.

      *DHS = Demographic and Health Surveys

    • Lara

      January 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      It’s common knowledge in any textbook you’ll find that Nigeria has been a majority Muslim country for decades. Please wake up, read a book and maybe look at the world around you.

    • Boss

      January 29, 2017 at 2:39 am

      It’s their country, develop your own.

    • AceOfSpades

      January 29, 2017 at 9:10 am

      I typed a long reply but I deleted it. I am thinking you are in Lagos yeah? Probably got a good job and earning good. OK

      Now are you a lagosian? Why don’t you go to your state and develop it rather than coming to hustle in Lagos? Do you get the picture yet?

    • Jay

      January 29, 2017 at 4:45 am

      Nigeria isn’t a majority Muslim country. I’m not sure where some of you get your analysis from.

    • Anon

      January 29, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Of course we are a majority Muslim country! Nigerians are so ignorant about Nigeria. The Muslim population of Niger state alone is larger than all the Christians in all the Igbo states combined. Then add Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa etc. Then the Muslim population of Yoruba states, then states like Edo states with muslims as well. Their land mass is MASSIVE, and they are a lot, with a polygamous population that marries early. Muslim women also remarry quite easily so they can have a lot children for different men. Can’t believe this is even up for argument.

    • nnenne

      January 30, 2017 at 2:58 am

      @Aceofspace. ..
      Let’s not forget too quick that Lagos was Nigeria’s capital and the money ( Lion’s share) used to develop it came from the oil producing states. Lagos is not another country or just any state capital! You can’t compare it to Akure ,for instance.

    • Authentic Sunshine

      January 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

      That list is incomplete, Pakistan is omitted.

    • Mama

      January 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Wetin you dey find for America???? The man is God sent. Since when did Nigeria become a majority Muslim country??? Can’t you see Gambia has quickly removed “Islamic Republic” from its name.
      President Trump is acting in the best interest of his country. Stay in your own country it is not by force!!!

  2. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    January 29, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Time to make Nigeria great by fire by force

    • Weezy

      January 29, 2017 at 1:36 am

      Now that’s funny.

    • LemmeRant

      January 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Lol

  3. Heyy

    January 29, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Lawyers say dozens of travelers from countries named in President Trump’s recent executive order were held at John F. Kennedy International Airport and other airports Saturday amid confusion about whether they could legally enter the country. At least two of the detained were legal U.S. visa holders who were not allowed to speak to their attorneys for several hours.

    “Both recipients have approved visas, got on a plane before executive order was signed, arrived and were then detained,” says Lara Finkbeiner, deputy legal director for the International Refugee Assistance Project, which represents two of the twelve detainees. “We have no idea how they’re doing.”

    As of early afternoon on a Saturday, one of the detainees, Iraqi citizen Hameed Khalid Darweesh, 53, was released. Darweesh worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Iraq, which caused local militia to threaten his life.

    Julie Kornfeld, a lawyer working to secure the release of the other known detainee Haider Sameer Abdukhaleg Alshawi, 33, said that he arrived Friday around 8:30 p.m. from Sweden. Kornfeld says his wife had been “very emotional,” and had not slept since her husband was detained. Alshawi’s family members had worked for a U.S. security contractor in Iraq.

    No details are yet known about the other detainees.

    Two members of congress, as well as roughly 150 protesters, were at JFK to register their objection to the ban and the detainment. They described a scene of contradictory orders and confusion regarding travelers who were already en route to the United States at the time the ban was ordered.

    “When asked if the presidents executive order supersedes a valid visa, they said that they’re ‘trying to figure that out,’” said Rep. Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler, D-NY. “This whole thing is shameful.” Nadler noted the irony that the ban was signed on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    “This is not who we are. This is an affront to our American values,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY. “We cannot go back to those dark days in our country.”

    Trump defended the order on Saturday and attempted to paint a different picture of the confusion playing out at airports around the country, characterizing it as a smooth implementation.

    “We were totally prepared,” he said. “It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely.”

    Port Authority officers at JFK expelled reporters and demonstrators from the international terminal, saying that the terminal was “private property” and that reporting was not allowed inside according to “the client.” JFK’s Terminal 4 is the only privately owned terminal in the U.S., owned and operated by JFKIAT, which is owned by a division of Amsterdam’s Schipol Group.

    Nearly a dozen lawyers gathered inside Terminal 4 to offer pro-bono assistance to detained travelers, but since the names of the detained have not been released, it’s difficult for the lawyers to do their work. “We’re trying to get the word out that if people are expecting family members, reach out,” said Nisha Agarwal, Commisioner for Immigrant Affairs in NYC. lawyers for the IRAP say the best way for family members to get assistance for a detained loved one is to email their name to [email protected], with the subject line “Name of Detained Person.”

  4. Me

    January 29, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Can’t say I blame him. Muslims have not helped their case at all!. Where is the outrage when their sons go on a murderous rampage? It’s only when they face the consequences of their mad sons’ actions that we get all this ‘outrage’. I quite frankly have no desire to be on a plane with a Muslim.

  5. My2Cents

    January 29, 2017 at 2:39 am

    There are millions of American born Muslims. So if this idiot president think he is banning Muslims to avoid terrorism attack in USA then he’s sadly mistakened. They are millions of them already on this soil who are ready to retaliate this hate. Today the racist whites already bombed a mosque in Texas. I am naturalized citizen (and UK too) but I am getting the fuck outta here in the next few months as I’d already planned in November . This nation is in trouble cos once mosque have started being bombed I don’t want to be here for what’s to come. I already had plan B when he won in November anyway. American Embassies around the world should be on high alert cos these folks will not tolerate their brothers and sisters in America being hurt. They’ll retaliate.

    As for Mexico, I advice thr President with a simple solution, get on the phone with Vladimir Putin and give them the right to use Mexico as a military Base. Same way America yearned to make Crimea a military Base but Putin outsmarted them and took their region back from Ukraine. Putin is way too smart. 🙂

    I 100% believe the talks that the only reason Trump been kissing Putin ass is cos the KGB have a sex tape of Trump with Prostitutes in Russian hotel room when he went there for miss world thingy. I 100% believe the story. So now Russia got America by the balls with this idiot as the leader, why did you think they celebrated when he won. He’ll continue to kiss Putin ass. Putin tell him to jump he’ll say high high.

    I don’t think this bigot will last two years, I am certain they will take him out him. BET.

    America is in big shit and I don’t want to be here before this shit hits the fan. Am so out.

    • Mama

      January 29, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Ode like you!! What is a sex tape on Trump going to do that we haven’t heard or seen before! His own wife aka 1st Lady did a full nude spread on Playboy!!! My friend receive sense. Nothing can stop DJT.
      You leave America as you’ve planned since November go back to Nigeria! Foolish people!!!

    • 2cents

      January 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Stupid b**ch thank God I am not Nigerian. Why do u think only Nigerian make comments here.

    • Eni

      January 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      His wife is not the president, he is. Gosh!!!!

    • Lilo

      January 29, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Goodbye. It’s been real!

    • Me

      January 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      This is step one. Once he has barred the ones from outside the US coming in, he will now face the ones at home, and put them on a muslim registry. If they mess up, they and their families are finished. It’s harsh, but it’s the only language these people understand. There. I said it.

  6. Lolarae

    January 29, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Abeg the truth is not all Muslims are terrorist
    in fact majority are not
    but a strong number of Muslims are terrorist
    they hate anything west and west is the leading civilization and they run to them for succor the question is why?

    They hate anything Christian and their religion is intolerant but they want you to tolerate them
    they want to build mosque in your country but will ban churches from their own

    The London mayor refuse to swear by bible in London but its a crime to use bible to swear in Pakistan

    Muslims must discuss their religion in modern world

    Muslims are the main reason for anti-immigration sentiment
    in us and Europe they rape, kill and try to impose their way of life on you
    in china they did the same thing but trust the Chinese government to make Ramadan illegal and gave a robust response.

    ISLAMIC TERRORIST ONLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE OF FORCE
    AND IF THEY BAN NIGERIANS FROM ENTERING USA ITS A GOOD THING AT LEAST WE WILL BE FORCED TO FOCUS ON THIS ZOO CALLED NIGERIA

    • Anon

      January 29, 2017 at 3:45 am

      “You are going before the Queen, what sort of Bible would you like?’ I said: ‘I swear on the Koran, I’m a Muslim’. They said: ‘We haven’t got a Koran, can you bring your own?’ So I went to Buckingham Palace with my Koran and afterwards they returned it and I said: ‘No, can I leave it here for the next person.”

    • Anon

      January 29, 2017 at 3:55 am

      This was in 2009 and since he had already done this, when he became the Mayor in 2016 he just had a signing in ceremony at the Southwark Cathedral. “So I wanted to do the signing-in ceremony here. In the very heart of our city, surrounded by Londoners of all backgrounds.”

    • Abena

      January 29, 2017 at 4:18 am

      @Lolarae, you have contradicted yourself by stating not all Muslims are terrorists, yet “Muslims are the main reason for anti-immigration sentiment in us and Europe they rape, kill and try to impose their way of life on you. Europeans (and Americans) rape, kill and do similar things. No one is condoning the actions of Islamic extremists, but is Drumpf’s ban the best solution to radicalization?

      Your statement about Sadiq Khan….alternative facts. Sadiq Khan was sworn in a denominational ceremony that included Christians and Jews. He made sure that was the case. Are you implying he should have sworn on a bible?

    • Lolarae

      January 29, 2017 at 6:54 am

      yes if you examine the reason for anti-immigrants sentiments in western world its most violent muslims .

      UNITED KINGDOM IS A CHRISTAIN NATION hence its base is Christianity not Islam.

      NIGERIANS know they can’t face their leaders and instead they will run to USA and be forming human rights come and protest against the sham Nigeria is atm

      Islam is a religion to me that is useless it comes with no innovation or modern education unlike Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism

      Muslism must ask why only them that must have issues with others
      even within islam the two divisions kill themselves shite and shat or whatever they call themselves why are protestants not killing Catholics

      ISLAM belongs to a long outdated era of an expired Arab culture

      I pray Canada locks its door to certain Muslim immigrants and let all Christian nation send a strong collective message to Islamic extremist there is nothing they can do and they will be dealt with should they cross their boundaries.

    • Anon

      January 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Religion isn’t the culprit here. RAPIST, MURDERERS, KIDNAPPERS ARE NOT ALL MUSLIMS and there is no research to suggest that majority of these crimes are committed by any particular region. What do you know about the IRA in Ireland or the Knights Templar. I find the most dangerous weapon contributing to the largest human fatalities is IGNORANCE. Hitler built a ridiculous campaign against the Jews comparing them to vermin. The people filled with ignorance and hate bought into this and colluded with this mad man to commit the most prolific mass murder ever documented. I wish there was a drug to eradicate ignorance. But at last as long as profit seeking groups benefit from the ignorance of many , no such drug will ever see the light of day. However knowledge is out there, for free easy to access it just means opening a DAMNED BOOK. people need to stop getting an education from the university of dumb ass Google. Educate yourself. No shading.

  7. Na wa o

    January 29, 2017 at 3:22 am

    I read somewhere that his administration may also consider ending birthright citizenship. Choi!

    • Lolarae

      January 29, 2017 at 9:08 am

      I dont blame him

    • Lilo

      January 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      That’s been long overdue. Bloody Nigerian skipping hospital bills after they come here and give birth. Awon onigbese. Is it by force to born citizen? Flossing on Instagram yet you are in Georgia and Texas collecting welfare under the pretext of coming to America to give birth

  8. Anon

    January 29, 2017 at 3:30 am

    “The London mayor refuse (sic) to swear by bible in London but its a crime to use bible to swear in Pakistan.”

    False. Sadiq Khan is a Moslem and why should he have sworn an oath with the Bible?

    False. It’s not a crime to use the Bible to swear an oath in Pakistan.

    Your comments in caps will not change a thing re-focussing on the country. I trust my people they will discover other countries to travel to. Hello Canada ??

    • Jay

      January 29, 2017 at 4:46 am

      Canada are tightening their own rules too, so better don’t say hello.

  9. tunmi

    January 29, 2017 at 4:27 am

    A New York judge just granted a stay. This is bad, very bad. People have been deported and they don’t know what to do next. One Iranian green card holder was taken off a flight. She went to school in the US and works as a data scientist. One US Army translator was detained for about 19 hours. This is really bad.

    • Lilo

      January 29, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      But ki le n WA kiri? When did America owe you the rights to stay in her country? It baffles me to read these rants laced with entitlement

    • tunmi

      January 29, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      If you can contribute in a positive way to the American society, you get to stay. That’s it. Kí la’n wá kiri? Opportunities to better our lives. The data scientist has a valuable skill and her American company realized it. The nation realized it. The Iraqi translator has a valuable skill, especially within the US army. They realize it. Because one person is drafting illegal orders does not mean those people are not wanted and valuable to the country.

      But our country does not value us. Our people do not value us. So we go where we are valued. We go where we can improve our lives and add value to society. That’s what we are looking for

  10. Jules

    January 29, 2017 at 4:47 am

    But isn’t Trump the chosen one going by all the praise from the pentecostal Nigerian who believe he is a “Cyrus”. I love how they had so much of an opinion, knew so much about the US press, system and politics. Just waiting for when Nigeria is added to the banned list and what these very opinionated Nigerians will have to say. After all, we did have the underwear bomber and are a Boko Haram incident away from making the list.

  11. A

    January 29, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Muslims do not understand the notion of equality, . A Muslim will say he is being oppressed and denied his fundamental human right in his country, than he comes to a country, that grants him all holidays rights , he proceeds to want to deny others in his new country their fundamental human rights,For the records Nigeria is not a majority Moslem country, Moslems like quoting numbers of how big the members are, forgetting that the numbers are out there and nobody is intimidated .

    • Tobi

      January 29, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Jeez here we go again. What really gets on my nerves is people making unfounded swiping generalisations. So you know every single Muslim abi, or half or maybe 3/4. Pray tell us what ratio of Muslims have you based your research on. It is bad enough that racist make up hate statements without you an ethnic minority’ like yourself running off and peddling these untruths. Shame shame on you. And no I’m not a Muslim I’m just someone with the common sense not to prostitue the lies of a pimp racist.

  12. Nakoms

    January 29, 2017 at 5:15 am

    See the way Nigerians are studying the pronouncement of a foreign leader as if they get Jamb exam to write. Weather we all like it or not the only sure path for Nigerians is to make nigeria great (again). No matter what you have achieved in another man’s land you will lose everything overnight by one policy statement of your host country.

    • #Proudnigerian

      January 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

      My dear tell them ??. No place is home except home.Nigeria I will stay Nigeria I will die #proudNigerian

    • Passingby

      January 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      At the damisco if your family is sending you dollars from Nigeria to America. Mehhhhhhhh it’s time you haul your sorry ass back home. How can you even admit to such a thing. What!!!!!!!. Come home and carry block ode! Go figure ni! God forbid you.

    • Honestly

      January 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      @proud Nigeria Na lie visa has been denied several times. And yes life is sweeter even in Ghana compared to Nigeria so start crying bad belle tinz @passerby hmmmmmm Naira to dollar I no fit laugh LMAO!!!!

    • tunmi

      January 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      … Dude. Not every person on BN is based in Nigeria. But since you are in Nigeria (una get light?), you no get choice but to proudly claim am. Now if the visa lottery were to reopen to Naija, well see how many applicants they’ll receive.

      Please stop deceiving yourselves. A governor is being investigated for giving his mistress 10 million dollars (we no dey use our own currency again), but that’s not my business

    • Damisco

      January 29, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Tunmi, I’m not based in Nigeria, I live in the USA too, so what? Did you have to shade Nigeria to make a point. Yes, electricity is not constant in Nigeria, that’s sad but is the US perfect, is the US heaven? Sorry I had to come at you but I just find it irritating when Nigerians abroad feel they have a better life just because they live outside 9ja. Take it or leave it, some Nigerians in Ngeria are living a better life than some Nigerians in the US. I have family in Nigeria and even with the recession and high dollar rate, they still send me monetary gifts in dollars and they aren’t politicians or part of the oil subsidy cabal. So, go figure!

    • Honestly

      January 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Damisco please I beg you come back home. It seems your suffering is on another level

    • alicia

      January 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Damisco your family is suffering to change their hard earn nsira into dollar to send to you in America and you have the nerve to waste their money on data to comment rubbish here. Tufiakwa.

    • Damisco

      January 30, 2017 at 3:51 am

      Ese o, thanks for the insults. Perhaps you think Nigeria is so backward that there’s nothing called a domiciliary account where people keep foreign currency in Nigeria. So there’s no need to convert naira to dollars to actually get dollars. Perhaps whenever a family member gives you money, it means you must be suffering. And I can then conclude that anytime someone gifts you money, you are really suffering. Like people don’t gift the Dangotes and otedolas of this world money, even though i’m not close to being that rich just yet.

      And oh yes, I am so looking forward to coming to 9ja…and if I could relocate I would but destiny has led me here and so it is. But you don’t know me and I don’t know you, so you can’t understand.

    • tunmi

      January 30, 2017 at 3:42 am

      @Damisco, it’s not shade, it’s the truth. But we all know the truth is bitter. Electricity that had not been constant since before 2003, that’s what you call sad. Habaaaa. It’s more than sad, it’s pathetic, mediocre, and it kills.

      And frankly, yeah the US is heaven. For the students who can have semesters uninterrupted by strikes or who-knows-what, it’s heaven. For not having to deal with lecturers who mentally, sexually, and otherwise bully you without redress,
      Oh it is heaven. For knowing that the drugs you buy in drugstores won’t kill you, it is hella heaven. Abi na the police officer that is not trying to kill you over N50, na heaven. Or is it tankers crushing people’s legs and hospitals having to request money upfront??

      And yes I do have a better life just because I live outside Naija. Stop deceiving yourself otherwise we all would be back in Naija in a heartbeat. I’m on track to finishing my Bachelor’s with scholarships on merit with a job waiting for me after graduation on merit. My sister started university before me, and she’s still has a year to go, hopefully. Let’s not kid ourselves.

      Sorry oh, I don’t have anyone sending me monetary gifts. All I get are kòkòrò and kilishi but that’s what I request. We are from Mushin, there is no gifts in dollars. No me dey send money home, and so many more live on money their family sends home. But since you have family sending you dollars, we should go and sit down ehn. May God bless you.

  13. Hmm

    January 29, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Hmm Nigeria will soon be on that list o

  14. Anon

    January 29, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Whenever there’s immigration threats some Nigerians become so excited that others won’t be able to live or travel abroad again. Lool why does that excite you? When Herod wanted to kill child Jesus and they fled to Egypt, was there visa ban stopping them? They lived AND worked in Egypt for years. It’s peoples business where they want to live and find happiness. “There is no place like home” doesn’t mean “home is where your father is from” because home is where the heart is. Some people can’t find jobs in Nigeria, or do you have jobs for the Nigerians living in Nigeria that don’t have jobs first of all? Some may not fit in with the conservative values, may enjoy colder climates or living solitary lives or white life partners or would rather have Starbucks next door than live in a big mansion in banana island. Or are comments like this coming from a place of jealousy?

    • Shao

      January 29, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Haha how can I like your comment a million times???

    • Lilo

      January 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Why is your heart is on another mans country though? Lol instead of you to vex Buhari you are vexing trump. Misplaced priorities as usual

    • Ememobong

      January 29, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Nobody is saying don’t emigrate even the Americans and Europeans emigrate, but it should be an option not a necessity. Nigerians will kill themselves in another man’s embassy, chop insult, forge documents etc just to emigrate to another man’s country. But why? Because the country is not working. Stay, fight and demand change. Read up on the history of most of these countries, some people had to fight and make necessary sacrifices to get to where they are now. Then you don’t expect them to implement policies to protect the changes they fought for??!! You got to be joking!!

    • #Proudnigerian

      January 29, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Emem God bless you

    • Canon

      January 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      I totally agree with you. I am amazed at how people in Nigeria are even supporting Trump without any meaningful reason to backup their preference.
      It shows how much hate and jealously we have amongst ourselves when we see other people doing well. And trust me they want to leave the country too as they keep complaining bitterly about the ecomomy. Sigh!

    • zee

      January 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      is america the only country in this world? C’mon stop it!

    • Shandi

      January 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Jealousy? I live in Canada and I disagree with you. That you think they’re “excited” doesn’t mean they’re jealous. Jealous of what if I may ask? I’m originally from Cameroon but I was born and raised in Canada. What’s your point? Are there jobs for everyone in the U.S? Is everyone employed in the U.S? Or even here in Canada? When Africans want to chastise African nations, they bring unemployement into it. Unemployment is a global issue. They’re lots of people in African countries that are better off and more financially stable than some of us in Canada, U.S, etc, despite their economic challenges. There’s unemployment everywhere. You won’t get automatic employment by moving to the U.S or Canada; so I don’t understand. While I agree with some of your points, I also disagree with some of them and your delivery was off.

  15. A voice of truth

    January 29, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Smh. Propaganda is what they thrive on-manipulating census data & counting the whole north as muslim. Even in the core north, there are huge & significant christian populations -Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna etc… thats why they keep trying to kill & exterminate them

  16. Nene

    January 29, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Even if Nigeria is banned, trust Nigerians to always have a solution to their problems. Let’s fix our country, it’s all we have

  17. Ememobong

    January 29, 2017 at 9:16 am

    God! I thank you for how the world is changing. Maybe Nigerians will finally fight against their corrupt elected officers and demand real change since there will soon be nowhere to RUN!!!

  18. Prisca

    January 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

    There is indeed no place like home. America is my home. My parents are here, my siblings are here, I have a large numbers of cousins and relatives here. As much as I would like to say that Nigeria is my home, it’s really not so. I don’t even long to visit. I still love Nigerian culture and people, but I would be deceiving myself by saying I will move back. So for those who say we are forming human rights instead of coming home. You see, we are already home, and fighting for our country. We would however encourage you to fight for yours.

    • Lolarae

      January 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      aunty prisca well done ma, that i have allowed you into my house and you help me take care odf it, pay bills etc does not make you own it your help is appreciated but it will never be your house 🙂

    • tunmi

      January 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Na jealousy go kill una. So why come on a post that had nothing to do with you tho ☕☕

    • Ajala & Foodie

      January 29, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      @lolarae, so please pray tell who “owns” the “house” as you put it, the Europeans that migrated to the US as well? or is it the Mexicans that California, New Mexico and Texas were taken from?? or is the Native Americans? Because at the end of the day what has made America great is that majority of its population is made of Migrants like Prisca. The Caucasian population are ALL immigrants as well. So pray tell who owns the country, the “Priscas” of the world are according to you, “taking care of” . The same Mexicans, he is building a wall against are the same people whose lands were forcefully annexed by Anglo-Americans or European immigrants of the US.. The same goes for native Americans, so who exactly owns the land, Europeans, Mexicans, Native Americans or is it the Slaves ? No ONE is taking care of anything if we are to get rid of all immigrants in the US then Mr. Trump himself will be marching out leaving the “real owners”.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      January 29, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      @Ajala & Foodie, abeg, help me and ask them.

      WHOSE HOUSE??? The one that was stolen from its original owners, as the then immigrants from Europe killed off a large percentage of the natives (calling them savages…. As dem no follow wear suit and tie, na) and forced the remnants into reserves? Is it that same “house”??

      To anyone here talking about “owners of house” and why Nigerians can’t lay claim to any land they legally settle in and choose to call home, I beg you in the name of God Almighty – study some damn history every once in a while.

      Do you realise that Trump himself is the child of immigrants? His father was German and his mother was Scottish. So who go come get the house, na (including the almighty White House his behind is sat in), if everyone returns to their land of ancestry?

      For the love of Heaven, let’s quench this useless rhetoric. It’s an argument that makes no bloody sense.

    • Mama

      January 30, 2017 at 4:52 am

      As in seriously, the delusion and self hate in some of these comments is appaling. No matter how bad, i repeat-NO MATTER HOW BAD Nigeria is, this is almost the only place you’d ever feel like a first class citizen and human being.

      Yes, we have our many gigantic problems. It is good to emigrate if you get the opportunity, but to begin to belittle your country because you are out is utter foolishness. I have never felt more patriotic and affiliated to Nigeria than at this point in my life eventhough Nigeria has never done anything for me to deserve such loyalty.

      The American people have spoken through their votes that they don’t consider you one of them. Yet, you stay forming American more than the Americans. Utter folly!

  19. maymay

    January 29, 2017 at 11:41 am

    @Anon…u are pained..nobody is jealous..y not use dat d money that will take u to abroad to establish urself in ur country..must gov’t provide everthing for u..”Nigeria is not gud Nigeria is not gud” that u are anouncing..with ur bsc n Msc, some of u go there and work as cleaners, dog worker n so on yet u can take a gateman job in a bank..the betterment of this country begins with u n I period..

    • Voices

      January 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      but it’s the money we make from cleaning dead bodies, washing toilets that we send home to feed, afford health care and educate our families in Nigeria. Are you so dim witted as to not understand that most Nigerian families survive on the foreign currency sent to them from abroad. Please think before you let your spite filled brain direc your words and actions. Thank you.

    • Naynay

      January 29, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Oh please you are not deceiving anyone. You are not in Nigeria by choice it’s because no embassy is willing to give you a visa with your inadequate grammar. So you that has been “forced” to remained in Nigeria what have you done to improve life there? YEYEFOWL

  20. Tobi

    January 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Bye Kadashians ?. Kanye u better speak up.

  21. Tobi

    January 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Nigeria wouldn’t be on that list as long as they can cut cheap oil deals that benefit American. This ban is just a show of consolidation to maintain the right wing support. But of cause the right wingers brains are so consumed with hate they don’t see how they being played. If this was all about terror control and protecting America why isn’t Pakistan, Egypt Saudi Arabia on the list. It because Trump benefits from these countries. Co incidentally the high profile terrorist have direct links to these countries. Weren’t the 9/11 bombers Egytian based?. He says American first well clearly it is TRUMP FIRST. He is a selfish business’s man that would use anything in his power be it racism to stay in power, bullying, lying to get what he wants. He’s the devil. Trump first , every body else is affordable collateral damage. So the poor countries with no economic benefit to Trump, then it’ll be the ethnic minorities then the trailer trash whites, middle class whites taxed heavily to support Rich bastards. But God is in control. He’s plan will fail just like the Tower of Babel.

    • Strolling by...

      January 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Tobi, exactly!!! Thank you o jare

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      January 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Don’t mind Nigerians arguing with just the barest understanding of how global political economics really works.

      You think America ever does ANYTHING without an agenda? After fully supporting Muslim extremists when the Soviets were trying to gain hold of Afghanistan, na today dem wan sabi say person dey carry nyash for back?

      I laugh out loud. The US practices some of worst kinds of hypocrisy & Trump being in power isn’t really going to change those backyard treaties which so happen to be shielded from public view. Otherwise and as already pointed out, why has Pakistan (the very country that created the Taliban) been excluded from this list?

      The BS keeps being served to the masses in shed loads.

  22. Strolling by.....

    January 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    OMG!! The amount of ignorant comments on here is insane!! Funny ignoramuses, jeez! If you support this man you are evil and a hypocrite and don’t even claim you’re a (good) Christian. Do you think he means well? He is the biggest racist/bigot. I hope he bans Nigerians just to teach you all a lesson, then they can deport everyone including the green card holders.
    If you live in Lagos, you have at least one Muslim friend. Will you be ok with that friend being discriminated against? Detained? Hurt? Their mosque burnt?
    Just because you are not among the minority group being persecuted doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care, tomorrow it might be you.

    Oh and guess what? Nigeria IS a majority Muslim country! That means there are more muslims when you count than there are other religions. Just because you know more christians in your little bubble doesn’t make it untrue. WAKE UP!!!

  23. Maurice Abiagom

    January 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    it can happen to Nigeria…Nigeria does not have majority of musilms…day trump looks like a racist and religious fanatic

  24. NG

    January 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Unfortunate situation indeed. Ironic too that fundamental Christians in the US have forgotten a major tenet of faith- evangelism. Their father’s went across seas to access people like thesr Moslems to evangelise but they low hanging fruits and are not seeing them for what they are.

    But again, the Moslems had this coming. Make no mistake about this, the whole Xtian world will soon have no option but toe this line. Radical Islam holds sway the world over. The moderates if there is any such group have given up their voices just the same way the Nazis in Germany took charge and executed their plans while non Nazis were effectively emasculated.

    Americans, Europeans & the world see Muslims breeding and spreading across nations of the free world with ease, to the extent that statics are showing major demographic changes in these non Muslim countries in as little as in 2 decades or less. Muslims claim they are fastest growing religion and u can ask how? By suppressing others. You cannot practice your faith freely in their countries. Converts to other faith are killed and as visitors in other people’s lands, they insist on imposing their cultures and ways. Haba!
    Check Nigeria and how xtians cannot freely worship in the north even in their segregated sabon gari or whatever they call it.

    My surprise is that it has taken this long for fundamental xtianity to respond. These are early days in fact.

    As for Naija-in-diaspora, if green card holders are also being vetted now, tells u that plan B is not out of place no matter how comfy u feel there. Jews of many generations got uprooted in Nazi Germany.America can get that nasty with the level the world has been pushed by radical Islam.

    • Xtian

      January 30, 2017 at 5:02 am

      it is your basic fundamental human right to practice whatever religion or belief you want. Discrimination base on religious grounds is a violation of basic human rights and a dangerous precedent . Religious persecution has been used before for genocide and racial cleansing. It happened in Rome AD and more recently read up on the Bosnia genocide. The thing with legalising discrimination is you never know which group will be targeted next. It could be you sitting pretty feeling superior and untouchable.they will cook up a reason just like you have done, a reason why blacks are an inferior races, I.e aggression, smaller brains, predisposition to sexual immorality, quotes in the bible etc. Then someone like yourself will make reference to these unfounded generalisations turn them into alternative facts and say yeap “Some” blacks had it coming. Terms like SPREADING / BREEDING have being used BY BIGOTS for scare/ hate mongering purposes . I’m a Nigerian I’ve lived in the north all my life and never felt threatened by my Muslim neighbours. I cannot bear false witness against my neighbors. All of a sudden the notion of Muslims being violent is spread by foreigners who no Zilch about them and some fellow Nigerians have decided that yeah foreigner you no better than we do about our Muslims Negbours. I am not afraid of Muslims I am terrified of this NEW WORLD OF LEGALISED ACCEPTABLE BIGOTRY. How would you feel if your freedom of worship was threatened read up on Russia’s ban on Christian evangelism it took effect 2016.

  25. Tilda

    January 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    It is religious discrimination it’s VERY WRONG. ITS ALSO ALARMING THAT THIS IS HAPPENING IN THIS CENTURY. History is a gift, because knowledge of history enables man recognise evil creeping in and then prevent the reoccurrence of evil. They did this to American Japanese in 1942. Someone mentioned how ignorance is mans greatest plight. It is indeed. Ignorance is darkness the tool of Satan. People need to stay enlightened. I am not a Muslim. I’m a human being who understands the concept and difference between wrong and right. This here is very, very wrong. No good will come from it.
    Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the following quotation:

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
    To all those supporting this evil for whatever reason remember you are not immune to discrimination whether you live in the states or in Nigeria, Christian or Muslim, fist degree holder or school drop out, rich or poor. Sooner or later it will catchup with you. That’s the honest to god legacy of evil.

    • Sibo

      January 29, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      What is alarming is that the very people he is discrimiting against are actually buying into his racial profiling. Whenever I read their comments I just remember a nature programme I once watched where a shark was stabbed with one of those under water gun things it started to bleed and then started to eat it’s self alive. But that’s a pea size brain dumb shark. What excuse do people have for attacking them selves . So sad.

  26. Sibo

    January 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    There are bad people who are Muslims and bad people who are Christians. You can’t just discriminate against a whole religion due to the acts of some people same way you can’t discriminate against a race because bad people exist in all races and in all religion. Trump has mentioned that Muslims are bottom of the barrel. This is a guy who has discriminated against blacks by not renting properties to them. That to me confirms that this character is a fascist . Im with you @Tilda.

  27. nnenne

    January 30, 2017 at 3:37 am

    My question is, how’s SAUDI ARABIA, THE HOLY LAND, that make tons of money from Muslims around the globe through the Hajj plus their oil money, with their tiny population, helping with these refugee situation in the middle East? ? How much refugees are they absorbing?
    Even our dear brothers and sisters have to take discount from our precious foreign exchange amidst recession to visit last year.
    How do they assist poor Muslim countries in areas like education, health, agriculture?
    Please don’t get offended by my question. Saudi is a very rich country, even without oil, the money they make from hospitality industry through the Hajj, is enough to keep them rich for ever! !!

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