Wednesday, April 22, 2015

America Declares Orubebe, Dokubo, Tompolo Persona Non Grata, Barred From USA 

America has declared a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godsday Orubebe, Rivers State
Governor-elect, Nyesom Wike, former militant commanders, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo) and several other persons who either encouraged violence through inciteful comments or interfered with the electoral process during the last general elections as persona non-grata, meaning that they are barred from entering the United States and subjected to visa sanctions.

Though the US government did not specifically name those it intends to punish for their actions
before, during and after the elections, Orubebe, Wike, Tompolo, Asari-Dokubo, First Lady
Patience Jonathan, Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema and several other major political
actors made national news headlines by their heated comments and actions.

According to Greenbarge Reporters, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs,
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who disclosed this in an article captioned ‘When Nigeria decides,
Nigeria wins,’ hailed Nigerians for participating peacefully and enthusiastically in the electoral
process which culminated in the election of General Muhammadu Buhari of the opposition All
Progressives Congress (APC).

The Assistant Secretary of State, who was also one of the international observers that monitored
the elections, noted the commitments made by President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost his
reelection bid and Buhari to work together in order to ensure a peaceful and smooth transition
to the new government. She warned Nigerians that the next phase will be critical.

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