The United States embassy in Nigeria has denied reports that the embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos were closed due to shutdown of the US government.
The embassy said in a press release on Wednesday that only the American Centers and EducationUSA offices operating on embassy and consulate grounds, will remain closed throughout the shutdown.
“The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will remain open during the U.S. government shutdown. This includes the Consular Sections. Prior reports to the contrary were incorrect.
“American Centers and EducationUSA offices operating on embassy and consulate grounds that are managed by Mission Public Affairs Sections will remain closed throughout the shutdown. American Spaces, such as American Corners operated by partner institutions and located off embassy or consulate grounds, however, will remain open,” the statement read.
US President Donald Trump and the Congress have been at loggerheads for nearly two months over Mr Trump’s attempt to build a wall along the Mexican border.
Building a wall was one of Trump’s major campaign promises as part of efforts to curb illegal migration and crime.
He had boasted during his campaign that the Mexican government would pay for the wall.
However, with the refusal of the Mexican government to fund the wall, Trump approached the US legislature, asking for $5billion which would be used in funding the wall.
The shutdown officially began on December 22, 2018 and is expected to last for a few weeks.
While many federal workers are left without pay, some who are providing essential services will not be affected for now.