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FG praises US for removing Nigeria from Religious Freedom Blacklist

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has expressed his gratitude to the United States for removing Nigeria off its list of “religious violators.”

On Thursday, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, made a statement in France revealing this information.

He said that Nigeria will not relinquish its commitment to safeguarding the constitutionally protected rights of Nigerians to freely practice their religion.

”We will continue to ensure that every Nigerian has the freedom to practice his or her own chosen religion or belief without hindrance,” the minister said.

According to him, the Nigerian government does not violate religious freedom, praising religious leaders for their efforts to maintain religious harmony and peace in the nation.

Before, Nigeria was included on the US list of religious offenders, along with China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and seven other countries, which have all been banned by the US government for participating in or tolerating systematic, ongoing, and severe religious freedom violations.

For the first time since the United States identified Nigeria as a religious offender in 2020, the country has not been included in the new list of countries designated for religious violations in 2021.

U.S Secretary of State, Blinken said the US will not waver in its commitment to advocate for freedom of religion or belief for all and in every country, as they continue to see governments harass, arrest, threaten, jail, and kill individuals simply for seeking to live their lives in accordance with their beliefs in too many places around the world.

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Written by Babatunde Okerayi

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