Contrary to the claims in the trending fake news published by some online news platforms that the United States (US) Embassy has denied the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu visa to travel to the US for a planned engagement, the US embassy has stated that the Asíwájú did not apply for United States visa recently, and was not denied a visa.
It was however revealed that Tinubu currently does not need to apply for a US visa at present, anytime this year, or indeed for the next year, because his US visa is still valid.
The APC presidential candidate renewed his US visa last year 2021 and was issued a two-year visa, the maximum period of validity any Nigerian can get. It was also revealed that the current visa was issued on November 18, 2021, and will expire on November 15, 2023. From the US visa bromide available to this news platform, Tinubu’s type B1/B2 visa carries control number: 20213207840001.
Perhaps, miffed by the fake and groundless report, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, was recently reported to have recently visited Tinubu at the APC Presidential Campaign Office in Abuja. The ambassador was accompanied on the visit by U.S. Political Counselor, Rolf Olson.
Recall that the APC presidential candidate has been a subject of opposition attacks and sometimes mischievous fake news even before and after he emerged as the flagbearer of his party.
Ambassadors and High Commissioners from European and African countries have also paid scheduled visits to Tinubu since he won his party’s nomination. Among the envoys that have visited him are South African High Commissioner, Thamsanqa Dennis Mseleku and British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing.