US senators demand redesignation of Nigeria in ‘religious freedom violators’ list
Five American senators have asked the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken to re-designate Nigeria as a country of particular concern (CPC).
In December 2020, the US listed Nigeria among the countries blacklisted for “violating religious freedom” under the CPC designation.
However, in November 2021, the country was removed from the list.
In a statement dated June 29, 2022 obtained by Vanguard on Friday, the American lawmakers queried why Nigeria was “inexplicably” removed “despite no demonstrable improvement in the country’s religious freedom conditions.”
They referred to the attack on worshippers of St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo state and the killing of Deborah Samuel, a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, as cases of “religious persecutions” in Nigeria.
Part of the statement read: “Given the abysmal state of religious freedom in Nigeria, it is incumbent upon you to reverse last year’s decision and redesignate the country as a CPC. The moment demands that you do so without delay. We look forward to your swift action on this important matter.”
2023: Wike Didn’t Meet Tinubu In France – PDP BoT Member
A member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri, has faulted the report that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in France.
Daily Trust reports that the romance of the Rivers State governor with chieftains of the APC and the Labour Party (LP) has raised dust in the leading opposition party.
On Thursday, Joe Igbokwe, an APC chieftain, via Facebook, claimed Wike met with Tinubu in France. The claim ballooned the speculation about the impending defection of the Rivers State governor to the APC.
Reacting, Maina, a former Minister of Police Affairs, said he has been with the Rivers State Governor on Wednesday in Istanbul, Turkey.
” Governor Wike came directly from Nigeria to Istanbul, Turkey. He did not go to France as speculated. This is to debunk the propaganda of the APC through Igbokwe. This is fake news orchestrated by the sinking ruling party which is on its way out, ” he said in a phone chat today.
Source: Daily Trust