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Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Ecstasy154(m): 11:02am On Dec 21, 2019
The U.S. government has added Nigeria to a “Special Watch List (SWL)” of countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom.”

This is coming at a time many Nigerians and the international community have criticised the Nigerian government for its serial violations of court orders and the shrinking civic and media space in the country.

The inclusion of Nigeria in the religion violations list was announced by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

“On December 18, 2019, the Department of State re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom.”

“The Department renewed the placement of Comoros, Russia, and Uzbekistan on a Special Watch List (SWL) for governments that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom,” and added Cuba, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Sudan to this list,” Mr Pompeo said.

According to Mr Pompeo, the U.S. also designated al-Nusra Front, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qa’ida, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Khorasan, and the Taliban as Entities of Particular Concern.

USCIRF report

The 2018 report of the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which recommended Nigeria’s designation as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC), noted that religious freedom trended negatively in 2018.

“Religious freedom conditions in Nigeria trended negatively in 2018. The Nigerian government at the national and state levels continued to tolerate violence and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, and suppressed the freedom to manifest religion or belief.”

The report added that “religious sectarian violence increased during the year, with Muslims and Christians attacked based on their religious and ethnic identity”

Another case cited is the violation of rights of Shi’a members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

“The Nigerian military and government continued to violate the religious freedom and human rights of the Shi’a members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). IMN leader Sheikh Ibrahim Al Zak Zaky remained in detention”.

“However, in 12 Muslim-majority northern Nigerian states, federalism has allowed the adoption of Islamic Shari’ah law in the criminal codes. The Nigerian constitution also establishes the roles of customary law and Shari’ah courts for Islamic personal law, family”.

PREMIUM TIMES has reported on how the Nigerian government has continued to clamp down on Shiites with maximum force since 2015. Over 300 members of the Shiite IMN were killed in December 2015 for blocking a public road.

The leader of the IMN, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenah, have been detained since then for their alleged roles in the death of a soldier during the massacre. Nobody has been prosecuted for the mass murder of the Shiites by Nigerian soldiers.

Dozens of Shiites demanding the release of Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife have been killed since the 2015 incident.

The Nigerian government and the Kaduna State government have in the past accused the Shiites of disobeying constituted authority and not recognising the government.

The government also denied that it was tolerating or engaging in violations of religious freedom, saying crimes such as those occurring in the Middle-belt states of Benue and Plateau were more economic, between herders and farmers, than religious.

The government also said it was doing everything possible to tackle such crimes across the country.

Perhaps based on the clarifications by the government, the U.S. did not designate Nigeria a CPC but rather included the country in the lower level SWL.

Reactions

International human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, in reaction to the development, highlighted the shortcomings of the USCIRF report saying it lacked accuracy and was not robust enough.

“We are happy to note that despite these shortcomings, the US government saw enough to escalate Nigeria’s designation to the penultimate Warning Watchlist. Nigeria is the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian and it is high time this is recognized,” he said.

“With the atrocities committed by the Major Gen. Buhari in the 2019 reporting period including the elimination of Christians from top government positions and replacement with Muslims, such as Chief Justice Onnoghen amongst others, it is very likely that Nigeria will join the list of the global worst persecutors by next year,” Mr Ogebe said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday.

The rights activist, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be fair in his treatment of all Nigerians, something the presidency has always said Mr Buhari does.

In addition, U.S. Congressman Chris Smith welcomed the addition of Nigeria to the SWL.

Mr Smith, who had visited Nigeria to consult with stakeholders on religious freedom, promised that “We will pay particular attention to Nigeria and the deteriorating situation under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in the year ahead.”

He added, “President Buhari must address the murderous attacks conducted by Fulani extremists on Christians in the Middle Belt and the oppression of Shia Muslims in Kaduna State.”

Congressman Smith stayed further, “I also call upon the State Department to monitor the actions of Miyetti Allah with regard to its complicity in attacks by Fulani extremists.”

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/369232-u-s-places-nigeria-on-special-watch-list-swl-of-countries-that-tolerate-religious-persecution.html

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by saaron(m): 11:07am On Dec 21, 2019
When you have an Islamist regime like Buhari's, freedom becomes an endangered specie.
Buhari's major goal isTotal Fulanization/Islamization of Nigeria.

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by RZArecta2(m): 11:11am On Dec 21, 2019
BRAVO !!! The Daura dûllard has done it again, Nigeria in the radar for all the wrong reasons again cool

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by EzePromoe: 1:43pm On Dec 21, 2019
For me, SWL is not enough when the option of Mummar Ghadafi's treatment is very much available undecided

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by PDJT: 1:51pm On Dec 21, 2019
-Very good. We’re getting there.

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by MANNABBQGRILLS: 1:51pm On Dec 21, 2019
Love is all we want in our nation.

A nation where all men and women will love themselves as christ commanded us to do.

Let us all say no to hatred, negativity and all social vice.

This is the way forward to a New and better nation.

It is a shame that it is a foreign country that will have to teach us as a nation to be tolerant towards each other.
A colossal shame!
Shame to religion bigots, especially on this forum.


God bless Nigeria.

#PreachLoveNotHate

Tumbulum:
why not write open letter to your Daaarly amiable precious president Muhammad Buhari and tell him to stop his islamization agenda
Your reply is the 2nd image below...Hypocrite of the highest order!

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by carterguccy(m): 1:51pm On Dec 21, 2019
K

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by ednut1(m): 1:52pm On Dec 21, 2019
So says a country that bombs innocent civilians

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Kiezodumah(m): 1:52pm On Dec 21, 2019
What will they do to CHINA then ? Mtcheeeww!!! Cowards

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Opinedecandid(m): 1:53pm On Dec 21, 2019
Place Buhari on special watch list, not Nigeria.

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Qasem4: 1:53pm On Dec 21, 2019
Us leave us

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Xcely: 1:53pm On Dec 21, 2019
The US acting independently or through organisations like World Bank etc been putting countries on different lists. I wonder who gets to put the US on “most dangerous places to live”, “worst gun violence attacks” , “most racist countries to live in”lists angry

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Zarian9: 1:53pm On Dec 21, 2019
God bless America

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by tempest01(m): 1:54pm On Dec 21, 2019
All that's needed is a dissent and a major civil unrest. Be rest assured the US will not support the atrocities as commited during biafra war.

You people should continue religious and tribal nepotism, disregard rule of law. Appoint tribal and religious cronies to head all institutions. Take loans, subsidies and allocations and enrich one part of the country and persecute the others. When it reaches the brink, you know you all did it to yourselves.

Once the southern leaders and think tanks come together and say enough is enough, you have already set the divisive tone. You have already shown your agenda and it can acted on to give valid reasons why the union cannot hold.

It is not too late.

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by scribble: 1:55pm On Dec 21, 2019
Bubu and his ilk want you to love the herdsmen and hate the farmers

The herdsmen are the visa free Africans bubu wants to see more of in our beloved lands


The government also denied that it was tolerating or engaging in violations of religious freedom, saying crimes such as those occurring in the Middle-belt states of Benue and Plateau were more economic, between herders and farmers, than religious.

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Flexherbal(m): 1:55pm On Dec 21, 2019
Our leaders dey fall our hand!
Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by NORSIYK(m): 1:55pm On Dec 21, 2019
Us government should ban Nigeria Muslims from entering their country, especially those holding elective positions and political appointees

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by 9jamag(m): 1:55pm On Dec 21, 2019
Cool but wetin dem wan do

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Sukueponmalu: 1:55pm On Dec 21, 2019
Donald Trump ti ya werey

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by Nobody: 1:55pm On Dec 21, 2019
On the one hand I feel pity for Zakzaki and his Shi'ite followers, on the other hand, they are also a sort of an extremist group. Some of their protests involves threatening death against the nation of Israel, which makes them also intolerant as Christians would feel offended.

If Zakzaki is released, Shi'ites should be closely monitored to prevent possible extremist activities...

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by TheBeat: 1:55pm On Dec 21, 2019
The Fulanisation and islamization agenda is creeping up gradually. You begin to wonder if Yaradua wasn't from same state and religion. Nigeria never had it this bad. Shameless liar under the deceit of integrity. Integrity must have a totally different meaning.

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by dalass(f): 1:56pm On Dec 21, 2019
So it should have since! Buhari needs it. The reason why a Pastor was chosen to balanced the guy in order to put our minds at rest.

Am sure they'd do anything to frustrate the VP to resign. Little by little removing Christian heads of Federal organizations/ institutions and replacing them with core Muslim Northeners..
Can't wait for the religious bigot to leave that seat!

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by damtan(m): 1:56pm On Dec 21, 2019
Religious freedom will be history in Nigeria if care is not taken especially for Christians. We really need to start praying…

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Re: Religious Persecution: US Places Nigeria On Special Watch List Of Countries by FemiMaduka(m): 1:56pm On Dec 21, 2019
If we don't rate ourselves and our institutions high, what serious country would?

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