A coalition of 33 organizations and 35 individuals are asking the U.S. State Department to redesignate Nigeria as a “country of particular concern.”
According to The Christian Post, the group sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, asking him to identify the country as one that has “engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom.” The letter also asks that the U.S. appoint a special envoy to “investigate the situation and make recommendations in consultation with local representatives.”
“The CPC designation and Special Envoy are vital to recognizing the gravity of the religious freedom violations occurring in the country and the government’s unwillingness to control the problems, as well as its contributions to the problems,” the letter states.
Human rights activists have long said Nigeria’s Christian farming communities in the Middle Belt are often attacked by Muslim ethnic herders.
Christians also face…