The United States Embassy in Abuja and its consulate in Lagos, have shutdown indefinitely in a development which was caused by the government shutdown in the US.
The US Embassy in Nigeria has announced a closure of its Lagos and Abuja offices due to the ongoing government shutdown in its country.
The closure 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 the both offices would re-open once the shutdown is resolved.
“Due to the current U.S. government shutdown, the American Centers located in the Embassy, Abuja and Consulate General, Lagos are unfortunately closed,”the post read.
“They will re-open once the U.S. government shutdown is resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience to our valued patrons.”
In US politics, a government shutdown occurs when congress fails to appropriate funds for the following fiscal year.
It could also occur when the president refuses to sign legislation for the funding of federal government operations and agencies
The shutdown, the third in the US this year, began on the midnight of December 21.