An advisor to the ailing President Buhari of Nigeria announced similar guidelines for Nigerians travelling to the US. The Statement from Abike Dabari-Erewa urges all Nigerians planning travel at this time to shelve them until the new guidelines are revealed. It alsoo encourages travel that is considered not to be urgent or unavoidable to be postponed.
When the controversial plan was revealed earlier this year the Nigerian Goverment has reported that a number of Nigerians travelling to the US on Multi-Entry Visas were denied entry and then subsequently returned to Nigeria on the next aircraft. This is the major reason why the Nigerian Action has been taken.
Also the statement revealed that 160 Nigerians were expected to return to the Country from Libya within the next 24 hours. That should in fact have some of the CT Specialists in various Capitals very very nervous for the forseeable future.
This is happening behind the backdrop of what is anually the largest military exercise that the United States fields in Africa. That is correct Flintlock 2017 is underway as well.
The opening ceremonies were held in Chad and the exercises are being held in four other states as well (Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Mali.) In other postings it has been revealed how Mali, Niger and Burkina announced plans to set up a joint intelligence project due to the rising Islamist attacks plaguing their countries.
Several other allies of the US including the UK, Australia, Belgium and France are also taking part in this exercise as well. It is clear that there is a region for concern in the region and its more than just AQIM and the morass that is called Libya.
Earlier this year this site had an update about a $418 Billion sale of Aircraft from the exiting Obama Administration to Kenya. These aircraft could provide some assistance in the restive Northeastern part of the country. The bid went to L3 Technologies.
There have been calls from within the US Congress especially the office of Ted Burr to look into this matter. There was a bid by a small Veteran owned business in North Carolina to offer the same number of aircraft for $281 Million. This was a substantially smaller bid to purchase the aircraft.
And to think that this is only Monday....