Stella Dimoko United State Of America Adds Nigeria To Religious Freedom Blacklist


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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

United State Of America Adds Nigeria To Religious Freedom Blacklist

The United States on Monday placed Nigeria on a religious freedom blacklist, paving the way for potential sanctions if it does not improve its record.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated the U.S. ally — for the first time — as a "Country of Particular Concern" for religious freedom, alongside nations that include China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Nigeria maintains a delicate balance between Muslims and Christians, but church groups have expressed their rising concerns to the United States.

The State Department did not immediately elaborate on why it designated Nigeria but, in its annual report earlier this year, took note of concerns both at the federal and state levels.

It pointed to the mass detention of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, a Shiite Muslim group that was banned last year on terrorism allegations.

The Nigerian army killed some 350 Shiites, many of them gunned down or burned alive, in a 2015 confrontation, according to rights groups.

The movement has taken inspiration from Iran, ordinarily a major target for Trump. But the Catholic Church criticized the prohibition on the group, fearing it set a dangerous precedent for all religions.

The State Department report also highlighted the arrests of Muslims for eating in public in Kano state during Ramadan, when Muslims are supposed to fast during daylight hours, and new regulations on preaching in Kaduna state.

Nigeria is the base of Boko Haram, the Islamist extremists whose 11-year insurgency has killed more than 36,000 people and spread to neighboring countries.

But the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a letter to Pompeo, said that far more Nigerians were being killed in herder-farmer conflicts, in which Christians have borne the brunt as climate change worsens desertification.

Christian groups have also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of paying insufficient attention after jihadists abducted and killed a pastor, Lawan Andimi.

From France24


  1. Information Minister says it's a misunderstanding....This our country is a wa. Security measures are so not available; The world keeps watching us in particular and our leaders keep digging big holes and keep putting us in them.
    We need to get our act irrespective of whatever strata we are in the society; We are the only ones that can save ourselves

    1. Liar Mohammed and Garba Shehu will soon come and defend their olodo master

    2. That Garbage man should come and sue them for us

  2. Nawa o. Nigeria has entered every known blacklist in the world now, since APC government

  3. Hope all of you saw El-Rufai's name written boldly up there? 🙄🙄🙄

  4. And if you think Biden will change this policy, you have another thing this space more sanctions coming up against Nigeria if the leadership doesnt change.

  5. See America wey no fit hold free and fair election, wey their president dey turn them to third world countries, a highly racist country dey blacklist another country. Make una swerve abeg.


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