Sorry America, your visa threats don’t work in Nigeria

In a video clip that went viral on the eve of the keenly contested poll, MC Oluomo, who has a reputation for violence and was once declared wanted over a fracas that left two people killed, said in clear terms that the Igbo people who had no intention of voting for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should sit at home on the day of the election. However, he later backtracked, saying he was only


This would not be the first time MC Oluomo would target the Igbo people for attack. The transport kingpin, who is also a member of President-elect Bola Tinubu’s campaign council and a state government official, had accused the Igbo of plotting against Tinubu’s victory last year. 

Calls for visa restriction

After what was unarguably the most violent election that Lagos State had ever witnessed since the 4th Republic, many are now calling for a visa restriction on MC Oluomo.

There is a catch though.

His aides boast that he is an American citizen, and that MC Oluomo’s children all attend school in the US. He has, on one occasion, even been the special guest of Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia. 

Apart from MC Oluomo, Nyesom Wike, whose opponents have come under violent attacks, is also a subject of a petition on Change.Org. Over 267,000 Nigerians have signed on for the West to hit him with a visa ban following the violent presidential election of 25 February where there was heavy voter suppression. 

In the run-up to the presidential poll, Wike signed a controversial executive order that would give him sole powers to approve political activities in his state. His feud with former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was so heated that the latter had to cancel his plan to campaign in the state due to the ensuing violence.

So far,…

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