Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List

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The U.S. government has added Nigeria to a “Special Watch List (SWL)” of countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom.”

This is coming at a time many Nigerians and the international community have criticised the Nigerian government for its serial violations of court orders and the shrinking civic and media space in the country.

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The inclusion of Nigeria in the religion violations list was announced by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

“On December 18, 2019, the Department of State re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom.”

“The Department renewed the placement of Comoros, Russia, and Uzbekistan on a Special Watch List (SWL) for governments that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom,” and added Cuba, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Sudan to this list,” Mr Pompeo said.

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According to Mr Pompeo, the U.S. also designated al-Nusra Front, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qa’ida, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Khorasan, and the Taliban as Entities of Particular Concern.

Nigeria is ranked 12th on Persecution Watchdog, Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.

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  1. This is just the beginning of the fight against oppression in Nigeria. Very soon the lies from the present administration covered up by the West over selfish reasons, will be made clearer to us in no distant time, and it will backfire on the cabals and untouchables in Nigeria. Touch not my anointed , Nigeria your impunity and oppression , in the background of inept leadership from President Buhari, will be too obvious to be hidden. Whoever attempts to cover your sins will go with you. time shall tell.

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