The former Vice President of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has obtained a visa to travel to the United States of America.
It was learnt that Atiku had received the visa to enable him to travel the USA, which he last visited about 13 years ago.
Atiku on Tuesday appeared at the US Embassy in Abuja, where he was interviewed and his fingerprints taken.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had called on the US not to grant the visa, saying doing so now could be interpreted as endorsement for Atiku’s presidential ambition.
However, commenting on Atiku’s visa status on Friday, Rusell Brooks, spokesman of the US consulate in Lagos, said issuance of visa to
Nigerians irrespective of their status is strictly a confidential matter.
He said the U.S government will not discuss such confidentiality in public.
Reacting to the issuance of visa to Atiku despite Federal Government stance, publisher of the Ovation Magazine and former presidential candidate, Dele Momodu through his twitter handle said “I’m excited that those who used America as criteria for qualification to Nigeria’s Presidency are now singing a different tune.
“ATIKU on my mind… International diplomacy is different from local championship… When God has blessed you, please don’t block others.”