A Texas-based Nigerian, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, and a former aspirant for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination have written a letter to Joe Biden, the president of the United States, asking him to deny Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State and APC national leader, a visa. The letter, dated May 21, 2023, accuses Tinubu of allegedly engaging in corruption and violating human rights.
Ogbonnia’s letter alleges that Tinubu, a prominent figure in Nigerian politics, has amassed enormous wealth through corrupt practices and financial misappropriation. It further claims that Tinubu’s influence over the political landscape of Lagos State and his role in the APC have perpetuated a culture of corruption, thereby undermining Nigeria’s democratic processes.
The former APC presidential aspirant asserts that imposing a visa ban on Bola Ahmed Tinubu would send a strong message against corruption and human rights abuses. Ogbonnia argues that such action by the United States would demonstrate a commitment to supporting democratic values and the rule of law in Nigeria.
The letter has borders on a wave of discussions and debates within Nigeria’s political circles and the international community. Critics believe that the letter highlights valid concerns regarding corruption and accountability in Nigerian politics. Visa bans and asset freezes have been used as tools by international governments to address corruption and human rights abuses in various countries.
As of now, several letters from notable personalities have been sent to the POTUS and the US government regarding the 2023 Nigerian presidential elections conducted by INEC and their outcome. The President of the United States of America (POTUS), Joe Biden, has yet to call Bola Ahmed Tinubu. If the United States decides to act on this appeal, it could have significant repercussions for Tinubu’s political career and Nigeria’s political landscape as a whole.