The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) criticized Nigeria’s removal from the list of “countries of particular concern” on the issue of religious freedom, saying it did not know the data or statistics used by the US government to get to that. decision.
The association said the United States government had neither contacted before making the decision nor sought its advice before Nigeria was removed from the list.
CAN President Reverend Samson Ayokunle said in a statement that if the US government had contacted the association, it could have compared statistics yesterday and today on the issue of religious freedom. in Nigeria.
He said; “Whatever data they have used, our prayer is that Nigeria is a country where no religious group is discriminated against or persecuted and that our government ensures that all religiously-based policies are stopped.”
Ayokunle said Christians in Nigeria were still persecuted by ISWAP and Boko Haram Islam, adding: “These are the people who said their goal was to eliminate Christianity from Nigeria and to do Islam the only religion from the North to the Atlantic Ocean in the South This agenda with the murder of Christians has not ceased to this day and Nigerians are living witnesses of it.
“The bandits joined with other militant Islamic groups in fiercely attacking churches, killing worshipers and kidnapping for ransom. Shepherds are also wreaking havoc. country and the northeast.
“However, the madness has grown now and those who are not Christians are attacked, killed and kidnapped, it is because these criminal acts have become a lucrative business and anyone can be kidnapped for profit. ‘Money! If the government had responded appropriately when this criminal madness started and immediately subdued these evil groups, we wouldn’t be where we are now! “
He added that CAN has said government policies should be religiously neutral so that no religious group is seen as favored or discriminated against.