The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) has come out to kick in opposition to the eradicating of Nigeria from the guidelines of countries blacklisted for “partaking in violation of spiritual freedom” by america.
On Wednesday, November 17, Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, launched 10 worldwide places “of particular concern (CPC)”, eradicating Nigeria from the guidelines a yr after inserting Nigeria.
Nevertheless Samson Ayokunle, CAN nationwide president, talked about Christians all through Nigeria are nonetheless going by persecution from terrorist groups and questioned the data or statistics utilized by the US authorities sooner than deciding to remove Nigeria from the guidelines.
“The US authorities didn’t contact us as soon as they’ve been itemizing Nigeria among the many many worldwide places of ‘Particular Concern’ on religious freedom, neither did they search our opinion sooner than eradicating Nigeria from the guidelines. In the event that they’d carried out, we’d have been able to study the statistics then and now on the issue of freedom of religion in Nigeria,” the assertion reads.
“Irrespective of could be the information they used, our prayer is that Nigeria could be a rustic the place no religious group is discriminated in opposition to or persecuted and that our authorities would see to it that every one religiously biased insurance coverage insurance policies are discontinued with.
“Christians had confronted and are nonetheless going by persecution from ISWAP and the Boko Haram Islamic group till as we communicate as sooner than. These are the people who talked about their agenda was to wipe away Christianity from Nigeria and to plant Islam because the one religion from the North all the best way all the way down to the Atlantic Ocean throughout the South. That agenda with the killing of Christians has not stopped till as we communicate and Nigerians reside witnesses.
“The bandits have joined completely different militant Islamic groups to be ferociously attacking church buildings, killing worshippers and kidnapping for ransom. The herdsmen are equally doing their havoc. Now we now have misplaced many people and places of worship to their assault, notably throughout the Northcentral and the Northeast part of the nation.
“Now we now have been shouting on the excessive of our voice almost in ineffective, that authorities insurance coverage insurance policies must be religiously neutral adequate so that no religious group might be seen as being favoured or discriminated in opposition to.
“Up till as we communicate, our authorities stays to be funding the membership of Nigeria in all the Worldwide Islamic organisations like OIC and its allies with out being part of any worldwide Christian organisation.
“As quickly as as soon as extra, we urge the US authorities to help us by allowing us to know what has modified between the time our nation was put throughout the guidelines of ‘worldwide places of particular concern’ and now.”