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CAN Knocks US Govt For Removing Nigeria From Religious Violators List




The management of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed concern over the information or statistics utilized by the US authorities in arriving at delisting Nigeria from the checklist of ‘International locations of Explicit Concern’ on the difficulty of freedom of faith.

Naija Information experiences that in an announcement launched by the US State Division, the US introduced it has positioned China, Russia among the many checklist of such international locations with Nigeria lacking.

Recall that the previous administration of President Donald Trump had positioned Nigeria amongst international locations that clampdown on freedom of faith.

Reacting in an announcement on Saturday, CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, puzzled what statistics was used to position and take away Nigeria from the checklist.

No matter could be the knowledge they used, our prayer is that Nigeria can be a rustic the place no spiritual group is discriminated in opposition to or persecuted and that our authorities would see to it that every one religiously biased insurance policies are discontinued with,” CAN stated.

The group acknowledged that Christians had confronted and are nonetheless dealing with persecution from ISWAP and the Boko Haram Islamic Group until immediately as earlier than.

“These are the individuals who stated their agenda was to wipe away Christianity from Nigeria and to plant Islam as the one faith from the North right down to the Atlantic Ocean within the South,” Ayokunle stated.

He identified that the agenda with the killing of Christians has not stopped until immediately and Nigerians live witnesses.

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The assertion reads: “The bandits have joined different militant Islamic teams to be ferociously attacking church buildings, killing worshippers and kidnapping for ransom. The herdsmen are equally doing their havoc. We’ve got misplaced many individuals and locations of worship to their assault, particularly within the Northcentral a part of the nation and the Northeast. Although, the insanity has grown now and people who aren’t Christians are being attacked, killed and kidnapped, it’s because these felony acts have turn into profitable enterprise and it’s whoever you may kidnap for cash! If the federal government had responded appropriately when this felony insanity started and subdued these evil teams instantly, we wouldn’t be the place we are actually!

“We’ve got been shouting on the prime of our voice in Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), virtually in useless, that authorities insurance policies must be religiously impartial sufficient in order that no spiritual group can be seen as being favoured or discriminated in opposition to. For instance, for nearly a yr in the past now, a few of our church buildings are discovering it troublesome with the Ministry of Inside to get new marriage certificates booklet after they’d exhausted those they had been utilizing. Some had utilized for brand spanking new provide way back to January this yr with none response from Ministry of Inside until now. Because of this such church buildings licensed to conduct marriage ceremony had been denied the best to take action for no cogent cause from the federal government!It’s not solely in Nigeria that church buildings are allowed to conduct marriage ceremony as soon as they had been licensed to take action. Why are the church buildings being denied the best to take action now in Nigeria? If there may be nothing to cover by the federal government and it’s not a delicate spiritual discrimination, why didn’t the ministry in a written type or verbally clarify to the church buildings that wanted new marriage certificates booklet why the provision is delayed?

“We’re seizing this chance to enchantment to the Ministry of Inside to place its acts collectively and permit the licensed church buildings to gather the marriage certificates booklets from the native authorities registries nearest to them with out additional delay and value.

“All proper considering individuals would proceed to ask the US authorities to let the world know what has modified on the difficulty of non secular freedom and persecution the Christians are dealing with between the time they positioned the nation within the checklist of ‘International locations of Explicit Concern’ and now! CAN particularly wish to know! It’s because all these elements that put Nigeria on CPC checklist for the primary time in 2020 are nonetheless there.

“For instance, many states within the North are but to reverse the coverage which denies Christians the Certificates of Occupancy to construct church buildings in their very own nation. Equally, some, if not many states within the North don’t enable Christian college students to review Christian Spiritual Research within the public faculties as a result of it’s not made accessible of their curriculum. In an identical vein, Christian college students had and are nonetheless complaining that they’re denied admission to authorities owned universities within the North to review programs like Legislation and Medication, amongst others. Christian college students corresponding to Leah Sharibu and college students kidnapped from Bethel Baptist Excessive College had been left with the abductors with none purposeful rescue mission organised for them.

“The family members and church buildings of the kidnapped individuals had been compelled and are being compelled to pay ransom price hundreds of thousands of Naira to safe their individuals or youngsters! Up until now , the Federal Authorities refused to see banditry as terrorism and has subsequently refused to label them as terrorists. For whose good is that this? Is it as a result of the bandits are near these in authorities or due to spiritual consideration?

“Equally, ISWAP and different Islamic terrorists that surrendered or had been captured weren’t allowed to face the wrath of the regulation however quite, in contrast to different criminals are being slated for a programme of de-radicalization or rehabilitation! These are individuals who had despatched many individuals to early graves! Is that this motion of presidency truthful to the individuals they killed and the remainder of us whom these individuals traumatized and put in unhappiness over our property or family members they killed? Why had been the armed robbers not de-radicalized? What turns into of our felony justice system if this type of anomaly is allowed to remain?

“Up until immediately, our authorities remains to be funding the membership of Nigeria in all of the Worldwide Islamic organisations like OIC and its allies with out being a part of any worldwide Christian group.

“As soon as once more, we urge the US authorities to assist us by permitting us to know what has modified between the time our nation was put within the checklist of ‘international locations of explicit concern’ and now.”

CAN Knocks US Govt For Eradicating Nigeria From Spiritual Violators Checklist


CAN Knocks US Govt For Eradicating Nigeria From Spiritual Violators Checklist