Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has admitted that he cannot travel to the United States of America because he has been refused the visa.

He said: “it is the sole prerogative of America to determine who they want in their country or not. I’m not running away from America. I applied, but wasn’t issued a visa.”

Atiku, who spoke to Boss Newspaper owned by Dele Momodu, also alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was unable to enter the US for 15 years due to “religious considerations”.

He said the US did not “categorically” deny him visa rather, “they’ve only said my application is going through administrative process.

“This is not peculiar to me. For about 15 years, Buhari could not enter America on account of religious considerations.”

Atiku also cited the case of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who he said was also unable to enter the US “for years.

“Today, he (Modi) is being treated to red carpet treatment in America. I fly to different parts of the world, including Europe, if America wanted me, it would be so easy for them to reach out to their allies.”[myad]