The United States has closed its embassies in Abuja and Lagos ahead of Saturday’s general elections.
The US, who made this known in a statement on Friday, said it took the decision after the Federal Government declared Friday work-free.
On Wednesday, the Federal Government declared Friday work-free to enable the electorate prepare for the elections. However, bankers and those offering essential services were excluded.
The US explained that the closure of the embassies was to allow its Nigerian employees to prepare and participate in the rescheduled polls.
It advised those seeking consular services on Friday to reconsider their decision as none would be available.
It also said those whose appointment for regular visa or ACS has been fixed for February 22 would be contacted for rescheduling.
The statement reads: “The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, February 22, 2019, as a Work-Free Day to enable Nigerians to prepare for the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly Elections on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
“In recognition of this declaration and to encourage all our Nigerian employees to exercise their right to vote, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed.”