FG reacts to US blacklisting Nigeria, says we protect religious freedom jealously
The federal government of Nigeria has reacted to the US religious blacklist and denied the allegation that it engages in religious freedom violations.
Recall that the United States on Monday blacklisted Nigeria for “engaging in systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations”
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo announced the measure which is the religious blacklist, saying his country will continue to act when “religious freedom is attacked”.
Reacting to the religious blacklist on Tuesday via a statement, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed 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,” he said.
“Victims of insecurity and terrorism in the country are adherents of Christianity, Islam and other religions.”
The minister said the country “jealously protects religious freedom as enshrined in the country’s constitution and takes seriously any infringements in this regard”.
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