The Abuja office of the US embassy has rejected a visa application by Igho Otegheri, husband to Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare. This development has brought setback to the couple’s honeymoon plans in Los Angeles. The newly wedded couple had planned to travel to LA where the sprint queen is resident but the US embassy refused to grant visa to Igho, leaving Blessing distraught.
The athlete in her disappointment said, “I feel so bad that the American Embassy would turn down the visa request by my husband to travel with me to Los Angeles. I have resumed training for the season and I have to go back to my base with my husband so that I can concentrate. “I have sent copies of my documents, including my Resident Permit in Los Angeles to them so as to facilitate my husband’s traveling with me to the States, but they refused. “It won’t be easy for me to shuttle between Nigeria and the States every time. I have to concentrate on my training and the only way to do so is to have my husband with me in the States. I have been so sad since my husband returned from Abuja with this bad news. They have to do something about it,” she said.