Former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has reacted to the Visa ban on Nigerians that engaged in electoral malpractice saying it was “necessary to send the right and strong signal” to enemies of democracy in the country.
In media statement he issued on Wednesday, Saraki also enjoined the European Union (EU) several other international partners of Nigeria to follow suit with visa ban on those identified as being enemies of democracy in Nigeria.
“I join millions of Nigerians to commend the United Kingdom and other international partners for responding swiftly to protect Nigeria’s democracy with visa restrictions and asset bans for electoral saboteurs.
“I appeal to the European Union to follow suit. This is necessary to send the right and strong signal that those who undermine democracy in Nigeria are enemies of the rest of the democratic world.
“The sanctions should go beyond politicians and include electoral officers, security officials and judicial officers who undermine our democracy by their actions during and after elections.
The United States Embassy in Nigeria had on Tuesday announced that it had placed visa ban on identified Nigerians that orchestrated election rigging in Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship elections earlier in the year.
The US Embassy on Wednesday, however, indicated that it was not going to make public the names of the those on the visa restriction list.