Following allegations from Atiku Abubakar that president Muhammadu Buhari was barred from entering the United States, the US authorities have refused to confirm or deny the allegation.
Atiku in an interview with veteran journalist, Dele Momodu had said the issue of being denied the US visa was not a big concern as President Buhari was also denied visa for 15 years.
Atiku had said: “It is the sole prerogative of America to determine who they want in their country or not. I’m not running away from America. I applied but wasn’t issued a visa. However, they did not decline me categorically.
“They’ve only said my application is going through an administrative process. This is not peculiar to me. For about 15 years, Buhari could not enter America on account of his religious considerations. I fly to different parts of the world, including Europe. If America wanted (to arrest) me, it would be so easy for them to reach out to their allies.”
Speaking of the allegation, Punch newspaper said the US has refused to confirm or deny it.
According to the newspaper, Nick Sadoski said it would not comment on the issue for administrative reasons.
He said: “Due to US privacy laws, visa cases are considered confidential. We do not discuss specific cases.”
Sadoski, a US official at the department of state in response to question about whether Atiku was free to enter the US or not said: “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.”