Following President Donald Trump’s executive order signed over the weekend, the Spiritual Head of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, BCS Worldwide, also known as Olumba Olumba Obu, has issued a note of warning to the US President.
While addressing congregants and guests on Sunday, at the church’s international headquarters in Calabar, the spiritual leader said Trump’s one week in office has created tension around the world and has provoked God.
According to Olumba Olumba Obu, he (Trump) will soon earn the wrath of God, adding that before long, the United States Congress would disappoint him by throwing out all the harsh executive orders which he has signed in his first one week in office.
Speaking on the importance of love and unity, the leader Olumba Olumba said Trump was working against the Holy Spirit by causing division, disaffection and hatred, thinking he was pleasing the American electorate.
“President Donald Trump thinks he is working to please the electorate.
“He does not know that he is offending the Holy Spirit by causing disaffection, hatred, division amongst not only American people but people around the world.
“Trump should not provoke God to bring down His wrath on the US. They should be very careful about threat to deport the so-called foreigners.”
The part of Trump’s executive order which may affect Nigerians directly can be seen in Section 9 of the Executive Order which states that:
“The Secretary of State shall review all non-immigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking non-immigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable…”
Nigeria issues one-year multiple-entry non-immigrant visa to Americans, which is a non-reciprocation of the minimum two-year visa the country issues to Nigerians.
Although Nigeria also issues two-year visas to Americans, the continued issuance of one-year visas falls short of the US treatment of Nigerians.
By implication, Nigerians holding valid two-year US visa are most likely going to be affected as Nigerians too will be issued with one-year visas, if the Federal gGovernment does not quickly move to change its existing immigration policy with the United States.
More so, Nigeria charges higher fees compared to charges by the American government despite shorter visa validity. While the US charges Nigerians $160 for a typical visit visa, Nigeria charges $180, in addition to a $35 “processing fee”.
President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, has since sparked worldwide outrage with many US allies condemning the order.
A country like Iran has in reaction, announced it will ban all United States citizens from entering the country, as contained in an Iranian Foreign Ministry statement.
However, amid the growing criticisms that the measures are discriminatory and divisive, President Donald Trump has on Sunday, defended his executive order.