The fact that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has secured a visa to travel to the United States is still mind-boggling to some people.

On Wednesday, members of the Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations in Nigeria, stormed the US embassy in Abuja, asking the American government to deny the former Vice President, visa to its country.

Atiku, according to the group, was allegedly involved in a bribery scandal for which Senator William Jefferson was tried and jailed for 13 years in 2009.

The National Convener of the group, Wole Badmus who led the protest, said: “Granting his (Atiku’s) visa request will amount to a negation of the Patriot Act which makes the acceptance of foreign corruption proceeds a US money laundering offence.

“It also makes a mockery of the United Nations Convention against Corruption enacted in 2003 in which USA played an active role in its enactment and presently ratified by over 40 countries.

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“It is also against the spirit of investigative group dedicated to combating foreign corruption by Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) formed in 2003 by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“Finally granting such request makes a mess of a president Bush Presidential Proclamation 7750 denying Us visa to foreign officials involved with corruption, and other supporting legislations by the congress.”

He noted that if the US denied the former Vice President its visa for 13 years and now grants it to him in the twilight of his presidential election, it will be tantamount to making a mockery of the United Nation’s Convention against corruption.

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