CAN kicks against US’ removal of Nigeria from ‘religious freedom violators’ list

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has kicked against the removal of Nigeria from the list of countries blacklisted for “engaging in violation of religious freedom”.

On Wednesday, Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, announced 10 countries “of particular concern (CPC)”, with Nigeria missing from the list.

In a statement on Saturday, Samson Ayokunle, CAN national president, said Christians all over Nigeria are still facing persecution from terrorist groups.

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He said the association was at a loss on the data or statistics used by the US government in arriving at the decision to remove Nigeria from the list.

“The US government did not contact us when they were listing Nigeria among the countries of ‘Particular Concern’ on religious freedom, neither did they seek our opinion before removing Nigeria from the list. If they had done, we would have been able to compare the statistics then and now on the issue of freedom of religion in Nigeria

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