Thousands of Nigerians affected as US shuts down Embassy in Nigeria

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The US embassy in Nigeria has announced a closure of its Lagos and Abuja offices .

This is due to the ongoing government shutdown in its country.

The shutdown will affect thousands seeking to apply for, or renew their visas, as their appointments would have to be rescheduled.
In a post on its official Facebook page, the embassy said

“Due to the current U.S. government shutdown, the American Centers located in the Embassy, Abuja and Consulate General, Lagos are unfortunately closed,”

“They will re-open once the U.S. government shutdown is resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience to our valued patrons.”

The government had partially shut down after the White House and congress reached a deadlock on budget funding deal of five billion dollars for the construction of a wall along the US- Mexico border.

Mick Mulvaney, incoming chief of staff of President Donald Trump, said the shutdown may continue till congress convenes on January 3.

“It’s very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress,” Mulvaney had told ABC.