The United States of America (U.S.A) has explained why Nigeria was blacklisted over issues related to religious freedom.
Speaking on the matter, a US official on Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, accused Nigeria of “tolerating egregious acts taking place in that nation
Acccording to him, US decided to take the action against Nigeria’s government due to lukewarm attitudes of government towards response.
He said: “The Secretary and, really, the world, has great concern about what’s taking place in Nigeria at this time. A number of terrorist groups are organising and pushing into the country.
“We’re seeing a lot of religious-tinged violence taking place in that country and indeed in West Africa. It’s an area of growing concern about what’s happening, in particular the tension that’s taking place there between religious groups. And it’s often the religious affiliation that is used to try to recruit and inspire violent acts.”
He said that lack of adequate response by the government is a source of worry for US.
“You’ve got expanded terrorist activities, you’ve got a lot of them associated around religious affiliations. The government’s response has been minimal to not happening at all,” Brownback said.
“A number of cases – there have not been criminal cases brought forward by the government. The terrorism continues to happen and grow, in some places unabated,” he said