Nigeria says U.S. air rule threatens bilateral ties

ABUJA, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Bilateral relations between Nigeria and the United States could be at risk if Washington keeps its requirement for tighter security for Nigerian travellers, a federal minister said on Wednesday.

The procedures, which took effect from Monday, come in the wake of a botched Christmas Day bombing attempt on a U.S. airliner blamed on Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

“Nigeria expresses its disappointment and concern of the undeserved placement of Nigeria on the countries of interest list and views this action as having the potential of undermining longstanding and established U.S.-Nigeria bilateral ties,” said Information Minister Dora Akunyili.

She did not elaborate on what could be at risk. (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Randy Fabi)