ICYMI: US Government Includes Nigeria To Religious Freedom Blacklist

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The United States government has added Nigeria to a religious freedom blacklist, paving way for potential sanctions if there is no improvement on the record.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who disclosed the news on on Monday December 7 said the US designated Nigeria which is an ally as a “Country of Particular Concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for religious freedom, for engaging ”systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.”

Pompeo who did not elaborate on the reasons for including Nigeria, which has a delicate balance between Muslims and Christians, wrote on Twitter:

“Today the U.S. designates Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, the DPRK, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as countries of concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for engaging systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations.

“The U.S. is unwavering in its commitment to religious freedom. No country or entity should be allowed to persecute people with impunity because of their beliefs. These annual designations show that when religious freedom is attacked, we will act.”

Nigeria now joins nations like China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on the list. Other nations on the blacklist are Eritrea, Myanmar, North Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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