Alleged Christians persecution: Buhari replies 5 U.S. Senators over call to relist Nigeria on ‘redlist’ countries

  • Earlier, five U.S. Senators jointly sent a letter to the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken urging him to immediately redesignate Nigeria as a “Country of Particular Concern”
  • The lawmakers made this call while reacting to the recent acts of violence targeting Nigerian Christians
  • In reaction, the federal government has condemned the move, noting the call was based on false ground amid the major issue the country is faced with

On Monday, July 4, the federal government condemned the call by five US Republican Senators asking for the redesignation of Nigeria as a country of particular concern because of the alleged persecution of Christians.

The Senators who made the call in a letter to the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken also alleged violation of freedom of Christians’ rights to practice their religion, The Nation reports.

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The federal government reacts to U.S. Senators’ call over alleged Christians persecution.
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FG reacts

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed responding to the allegation in an interview, said the call was based on a false premise and misunderstanding of what was going on in the country, The New Telegraph also reported.

He said:

“You will recall that only few months ago Nigeria was taken out of the list of countries of particular concern because it was proven that here is no iota of true in the allegation that Christians or any religion was being persecuted or people were not allowed to practice religion of their choice.

‘We want to say once again that Nigeria does not have a policy that denies people the freedom to practice their religion

“The country also does not have a policy of violation freedom of religion and it is not true that Nigeria persecute anybody on account of his or her faith.”

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Nigerians have the right to practice their own faith

Mohammed noted that the Constitution of Nigeria guarantees the right of anybody to practice his or her own faith without molestation and the government has always safeguard the constitutional provision jealously.

Fire for fire: Pastor Adeboye clarifies statement on Christians buying guns, defending themselves

The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, has said he never instructed anybody to buy guns for self-protection.

Speaking at the monthly Thanksgiving service of the church on Sunday, July 3, the cleric used Samson in the Bible as an example, saying he did not use a gun rather he used the jaw bone of an axe.

The RCCG leader was reacting to media reports that he said it was now “fire-for-fire’’ for any attack on Christians as he condemned the rate of insecurity.

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Gabriel Zock, a lawmaker representing Kachia/Kagarko federal constituency, Kaduna, on Wednesday, June 29, claimed that the Nigerian leadership has failed the nation in terms of security, especially in the states.

Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Zock said the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not march their campaign promises on security with actions.

According to him, the federal government is doing nothing decisive to stop the menace of insecurity across the country.


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