The Lagos and Abuja offices of the US embassy in Nigeria have been closed following the government shutdown in its country.
The reason for the closure was announced on the embassy’s official Facebook page on Monday.
“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 post on its Facebook page reads.
With the closure of the offices, many Nigerians who may want to apply for visas or renew them would be affected as their appointments will be rescheduled.
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The ongoing shutdown in the US started on December 21.
A shutdown comes following the refusal of congress to appropriate funds for the following fiscal year.
Also, it comes when the president does not sign legislation for the funding of federal government operations and agencies.