By Vera Samuel Anyagafu & Prisca Sam-Duru
LAGOS — United States Embassy has dismissed fears that the spate of terrorists attacks in the country would serve as an excuse to deny Nigerians visa to the US.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, the Consular, Chief Carl Cockbum, said: “This year has been challenging for both Nigerians and Americans residing here (Nigeria) due to the violence in the North and recent nationwide strike but we have tried to provide information to assist them live their normal lives.
“The Consulate would maintain issuance of visa based on the usual criteria, which revolve around an applicant being able to supply all the requirements and convince the consular officers that he/she is willing to come back to Nigeria on the expiration of visa.”
Extending condolences to families of those who lost their lives during attacks by the Boko Haram sect, he said: “The truth is, after the September 2001 attack on the United States, a lot of things changed. The US Congress decided that consular officers have to be very strict and more careful in visa processing. Now US President Barack Obama is interested in legitimate travellers to the US, who will enjoy as well as contribute to US.”