President Buhari and Joe Biden
President Buhari and US President Joe Biden

US removes Nigeria from religious violators’ list

NEWS DIGEST – The United States has removed Nigeria from its list of religious violators, even as it blacklisted Russia, China and eight other countries “as Countries of Particular Concern for having engaged in or tolerated ‘systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made this known in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘Religious Freedom Designations’.

While the US had in 2020 placed Nigeria and six other countries on its special watch list of states that had engaged in or tolerated the severe violation of religious freedom, Nigeria was missing from the list of countries designated in 2021 for religious violations.

Blinken, who is currently in East Africa on an official visit, is scheduled to visit Nigeria on Thursday and meet with the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and other members of his cabinet.