Fani-Kayode (file photo)
‘Gone are the days when Africans or their leaders shiver under their bedsheets and seek validation from more often than not ill-informed and ill-advised foreign government officials with local vested interests and misplaced, malevolent intentions’
By Valentine Amanze
All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode, has carpeted the U.S. government over visa ban on Nigerians, who undermined democracy with violence and the rigging of the 2023 general elections.
Fani-Kayode, who is facing corruption charges at the court, tweeted via @realFFK that the U.S. decision was wrong, while calling on the Nigerian government to retaliate.
He urged his supporters not to loose sleep over the ban because Nigeria is a sovereign nation.
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Fani-Kayode also insisted that the 2023 election was not rigged, stressing his optimism that the Election Tribunal would prove that the exercise was transparent.
“Wherever any of those elections may have been rigged or democracy undermined can only be properly determined by our election tribunals and courts after all the facts and evidence have been adduced, examined and determined and not by any distant and /or partisan foreign government or power.
“It is also my view that foreign policy, which ought to be based on the principle of equality of nations and conducted on the basis of reciprocity, requires the Nigerian Federal Government to consider the possibility of doing the same to nationals of those that have implemented and announced this measure and issue a visa ban to any foreign citizen or member of any corporate entity or institution that may have indulged in undermining democracy or rigging elections in either their own or any other country in the world over the last 25 years.
“Courage, equity, justice, fairness and mutual respect demand no less,” he stated.
He further alleged that it was irony that the president whose government has issued a visa ban on selected Nigerians for rigging has himself been accused of the most blatant and shameful election rigging in the history of their country by his predecessor in office and millions of his fellow country men.
He said that the U.S. must be ignored, stressing, “Gone are the days when Africans or their leaders shiver under their bedsheets and seek validation from more often than not ill-informed and ill-advised foreign government officials with local vested interests and misplaced, malevolent intentions.” email@example.com