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FG rejects US claim that Nigeria systematically violate religious freedom

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has rejected claims by the United States that Nigeria systematically violates religious freedom. 

The Secretary to the US government, Mike Pompeo on Monday announced that the US had blacklisted Nigeria, China and eight other countries for systematically violating the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

“Today the U.S. designates Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, the DPRK, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as countries of concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for engaging systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations,” Mike tweeted.

While reacting to the claim on Tuesday, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed said that the allegation is 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.”

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