We Can’t Talk About Buhari, Atiku Travel Ban – US
Speaking through the Department of State, the American government also said it would not discuss the reasons Atiku is being denied entry into the US.
Two weeks ago, Atiku, in an interview with The Boss magazine, said the US had barred Buhari from the US for 15 years due to his religious beliefs.
The former vice president was responding to a question on why he avoided travelling to the US.
In two email correspondence with SUNDAY PUNCH, the US authorities refused to confirm or deny the ex-vice president’s claims.
When the US Department of States was contacted on Monday to confirm why Buhari was barred from entering the US for 15 years and Atiku for “administrative reasons,” a US official said, “Due to US privacy laws, visa cases are considered confidential. We do not discuss specific cases.”
SUNDAY PUNCH, again, sent another email on Tuesday, asking the American government whether it ever viewed Buhari as holding extreme religious views and if Atiku was free to apply for a US visa.
It also inquired how many politically exposed persons from Nigeria had been barred from entering the US since 1999.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have anything further to add at this time. Regarding questions about visas, due to US privacy laws, visa cases are considered confidential and we do not discuss private cases,” was the response of Nick Sadoski, a US official at the DoS.