U.S adds Nigeria to Special Watch List with North Korea, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, others #china_kills_Muslims

The United States Government has added Nigeria to a Special Watch List (SWL) of countries with severe violations of religious freedom.

In an announcement made by the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Friday, the U.S government stated that the inclusion of the “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.”

According to him, Nigeria has been included in the watchlist after a thorough investigation was carried out into several cases of religious violation by the country.

Nigeria will be joining Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Other countries on the watchlist include Comoros, Russia, Uzbekistan, Cuba, Nicaragua, Sudan.

Pompeo also stated that China was added to the list for the atrocities against Muslim in Uighurs, Kazakhs and others.

“We placed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs, or other members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, China.”

Nigeria has been criticized globally for the severe treated against members of the Shiites Islamic group. Christian groups across the world have also criticized the inability of the government to bring to justice to suspected Fulani herdsmen who killed and attacked Christians in the Northern part of Nigeria, especially Kogi, Benue and Plateau.

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