US blacklists Nigeria as a country lacking religious freedom, issues tough warning
In an unfortunate decision, the United States has included Nigeria to a blacklist on religious freedom.
The action makes it the first time Nigeria is being added to the list which paves way for potential sanctions if the country does not improve its record.
Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, described Nigeria, as a “Country of Particular Concern” for religious freedom.
China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia was also added to the list.
In his tweet on Monday, Pompeo wrote, “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.”
He also added in his tweet that America is unwavering in its commitment to religious freedom.
“No country or entity should be allowed to persecute people with impunity because of their beliefs. These annual designations show that when religious freedom is attacked, we will act.”