Spiritual freedom advocates and organizations from around the globe are calling on the U.S. State Division to designate Nigeria as a rustic of specific concern.
In a letter addressed to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and dated Sept. 19, a gaggle consisting of 33 organizations and 35 people requested Blinken to call Nigeria as a Nation of Explicit Concern (CPC).
A CPC is outlined as a rustic “engaged in” or tolerating “notably extreme violations of non secular freedom.”
The group additionally requested the secretary to nominate a particular envoy to analyze non secular persecution and make suggestions, in session with native representatives.
As CBN Information has reported for the final a number of years, Islamic extremist teams, together with Boko Haram and the Islamic State, function freely within the West African nation. Teams just like the Fulani herdsmen, often known as the Fulani militia, are sometimes radical Muslims who goal Christians of their relentless assaults on villages throughout the West African nation.
The Fulani had been early adopters of Islam, collaborating in holy wars, or jihads, within the sixteenth century that established them as a dominant social and financial pressure in Western Africa, in keeping with WorldWatch Monitor.
The group’s letter additionally referenced the Observatory of Spiritual Freedom in Africa (ORFA) report citing that from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021, 4,303 Christians and a pair of,235 Muslims had been killed in jihadist-related contexts within the nation. The ORFA report additionally discovered that “Christians had been 7.8 occasions extra more likely to be killed in jihadist-related assaults than Muslims,” the letter defined.
This demonstrates that Christians are being particularly focused by terrorists and militants, the letter mentioned.
The non secular freedom advocates additionally instructed the secretary that after the unexplained elimination of Nigeria’s CPC designation final November, the extent of violence and focusing on of Christians elevated.
“Open Doorways discovered extra Christians killed in Nigeria in 2021—4,650—than in all different international locations on the planet mixed. The Worldwide Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Legislation views the development for 2022 as on observe to surpass that quantity, with no fewer than 2,543 Christians killed in jihadist-related violence within the first half of 2022,” the letter mentioned.
In response to the rising violence and homicide of Christians in Nigeria, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) despatched a letter to Blinken final June urging him to instantly re-designate Nigeria as a CPC underneath the Worldwide Spiritual Freedom Act.
In July, the Nigerian authorities denied non secular persecution is happening inside their nation. Nigeria’s Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, denied persecution towards Christians was taking place in Nigeria.
In an announcement, Mohammed mentioned the considerations expressed about Nigerian Christians’ lack of non secular freedom rights hinged upon falsehoods and misunderstanding of the non secular scenario within the nation. He careworn that Nigeria doesn’t have laws that enables for the violation of non secular freedom rights and that “it’s not true that Nigeria persecutes anyone on account of his or her religion.”
“If statistics is to be taken, I can say confidently that as many Muslims as Christians have been victims of those criminals,” and said that, to his data, the extremist group, Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), is the only real identified group to focus on Christians in Nigeria,” the assertion continued.
Worldwide Christian Concern, a persecution watchdog, mentioned on the time it discovered Mohammed’s assertion “regarding because it ignores the continual assaults on Christians by Fulani militants, ICC’s winner for the Persecutor of the 12 months entity, and the violence posed by Boko Haram, the extremist group of which ISWAP is an offshoot.”
Of their letter to Blinken, the non secular freedom advocates famous, “The CPC designation and Particular Envoy are important to recognizing the gravity of the non secular freedom violations occurring within the nation and the federal government’s unwillingness to manage the issues, in addition to its contributions to the issues.”
The letter was organized by ADF Worldwide, a division of Alliance Defending Freedom, a spiritual liberty authorized group.
You’ll be able to learn the complete letter to Secretary Blinken right here.
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