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No Religious Freedom Violation In Nigeria – FG To United States

US President Donald Trump (R) and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari shake hands after a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 30, 2018, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

The Federal Government of Nigeria has denied allegations by the United States of engaging in shocking religious freedom violations.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said Nigeria does not have a policy of religious persecution.

The minister described the allegation as a case of honest disagreement between the two nations on the causes of violence in Nigeria.

“Nigeria does not engage in religious freedom violation, neither does it have a policy of religious persecution.

“Victims of insecurity and terrorism in the country are adherents of Christianity, Islam and other religions,’’ he said.

According to him, Nigeria jealously protects religious freedom as enshrined in the country’s constitution and takes seriously any infringements in this regard.

This comes after the US reportedly on Monday placed Nigeria on a religious freedom blacklist.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated Nigeria as “Country of Particular Concern’’ for religious freedom, alongside nations that include China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

 

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