Prominent pro-democracy and civil rights advocacy group-: Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has carpeted the United States of America under President Joe Biden for unilaterally delisting the President Muhammadu Buhari led Nigerian government from the list of nations in the globe that tolerate selective killings of religious worshippers based on their faith..
HURIWA recalled that the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, made the change in policy known in a statement on Wednesday ahead of his visit to Nigeria.
It added that the American government had blacklisted Russia, China and eight others as Countries of “Particular Concern for having engaged in or tolerated ‘systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”
“The United States will not waiver in its commitment to advocate for freedom of religion or belief for all and in every country. In far too many places around the world, we continue to see governments harass, arrest, threaten, jail, and kill individuals simply for seeking to live their lives in accordance with their beliefs.”
“This Administration is committed to supporting every individual’s right to freedom of religion or belief, including by confronting and combating violators and abusers of this human right.
“Each year the Secretary of State has the responsibility to identify governments and non-state actors, who, because of their religious freedom violations, merit designation under the International Religious Freedom Act.
“I am designating Burma, the People’s Republic of China, Eritrea, Iran, the DPRK, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.
“I am also placing Algeria, Comoros, Cuba, and Nicaragua on a Special Watch List for governments that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom.” “Finally, I am designating al-Shabab, Boko Haram, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Greater Sahara, ISIS-West Africa, Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal-Muslimin, and the Taliban as Entities of Particular Concern, ” the rights group quoted the US Secretary of State to have said.
HURIWA recalled that in December 2020, the US had listed Nigeria among countries blacklisted for violating religious freedom.
HURIWA said the US government under Joe Biden has demonstrated a non challant tendency concerning the massive religiously motivated genocides that are currently going on under the active watch and conspiratorial connivance of the Federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari who concentrated the powers of internal security to only members of Hausa/Fulani Moslems even when Nigeria is a plural democracy with multiplicity of Ethnicities and Religious/Belief systems.
In a statement issued by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and obtained by PlatinumPost on Thursday, HURIWA said it was wrong for United States to adopt this provocative and ignorant decision even ” when hundreds of thousands of Christians of Northern Nigeria extraction are still facing genocides by Moslem Fulani armed militia.”
The Rights group asked the President of the USA and the United States Congress to change the decision immediately.
HURIWA said,”for avoidance of doubts, we will itemise the attacks targeting Christians since the year 2015 which are yet to be resolved by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
” They are as follows: “Herdsmen invaded 15 villages, burnt churches, 405 houses behind army HQ – ECW
Published 5 August 2021 by PUNCH
” THE Evangelical Church Winning All also known as ECWA on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the killings and destruction of houses, including its churches in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
” Suspected Herdsmen Killed 33 Residents, Burnt Churches, 215 Houses – Southern Kaduna Group Laments
” Published JUL 14, 2021 by SaharaReporters
“A statement issued by Luka Binniyat, the spokesperson of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, said about four churches were burnt and 215 homes razed down in the attacks over the past six days.
” Two Christians killed, dozens abducted in attack on church in Nigeria
” Published Friday, Nov 05 2021 by chvnradio.com
“Two Christians were killed in an attack on a Baptist church service in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria on Sunday, Oct. 31, sources say.
” The lethal attack on Baptist worshippers in Kakau Daji village, Chikun County, also resulted in the kidnapping of dozens of Christians from the Sunday service, church leaders said.
” Church Says Over 27,000 Persons Displaced In Southern Kaduna
“Published November 16, 2016 by Channels Television : church in Kaduna State says more than 27,000 people have been displaced from their homes since the renewed attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen against natives of the southern part of Kaduna State.
” Catholic Church Catechist, two others killed by herdsmen in Benue
” Published March 14, 2018 by Vanguard
According to the source, “the both of them were going for early morning Mass when they both ran into the ambushed but his in-law managed to escape alive.
Gunmen storm Benue church, kill 15 worshippers
Published April 24, 2018 by Premium Times
Suspected herdsmen have killed 15 people in an early morning attack on a Catholic Church in Benue State, officials told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday.
The attack occurred in Ayar-Mbalom, a community in Gwer East Local Government Area.
Eighteen killed in Benue church by suspected herdsmen
Published 24 April 2018 by The Guardian
Two priests were among at least 18 people killed in a dawn attack on a church in central Nigeria, police said on Tuesday.
Around 30 suspected herdsmen attacked Mbalom community in the volatile region killing the worshippers and the two priests, said Benue state police commissioner Fatai Owoseni in the state capital of Makurdi.
Suspected herdsmen attack Plateau, kill pastor, wife, three children
Published 30 August 2018 by PUNCH
Over eight persons were killed when suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked churches and houses in Barkin Ladi Local Government area of Plateau State.
One killed, others injured as gunmen attack church in Kaduna
Published September 27, 2021 by Vanguard
One person was yesterday killed, while several others sustained various injuries in an attack at Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Gabaciwa in in Kachia Local Government Area, LGA of Kaduna State.
Gunmen kill one, abduct four in Kaduna church attack – Official
Published 25th April 2021 by Premium Times
The Kaduna State Government has said one person was killed and four others abducted in an attack on Haske Baptist Church at Manini village, in Chikun Local Government Area.
“The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the gunmen attacked the church at about 9.a.m on Sunday.
” Gunmen attack Catholic seminary, kidnap three
“Published October 12, 2021 by Premium Times
Gunmen on Monday attacked a Catholic seminary and kidnapped three people.
” An official said the gunmen attacked the Christ the King Major Seminary in Kaduna State at about 7:26 p.m.
“Two killed, worshippers abducted in gunmen’s raid on Kaduna church
Published Nov 1, 2021 by The Nation
Two worshippers were yesterday feared killed after gunmen killed two at the Baptist Church, Kakau Daji, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
” The worshippers were attacked during the church’s Sunday service. They were said to have surrounded the church before they started shooting.
” Kaduna: Bandits attack church during service, open fire on worshippers
“Published on September 27, 2021 by Daily post
” Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked the Evangelical Church of Winning All (ECWA), Gavaciwa in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, gunning down a worshipper while several others were left injured.
” Gunmen Raid Church In Kaduna During Choir Rehearsal, Kill 1, Abduct 17 Others
” Published May 20th 2019 by SaharaReporters
“At least one person was killed and 17 others abducted when gunmen struck some communities in Kaduna State on Sunday.
” The church attack was carried out on the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).
” The villages affected are Dankande and Dogon Dawa in Birnin Gwari local government area and Guguwa-Kwate village and Rigasa area in Igabi local government area of the state.
” Gunmen Kill Another Priest in Benue
Published March 31, 2021 by This Day
“Gunmen suspected to be bandits yesterday attacked St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sai, Kastina-Ala Local Government Area in Benue State and killed the Catholic Priest, Reverend Fr. Ngugban Fanen.
” Gunmen break into Benue church, kill two priests
Published APRIL 24th 2018 by The Cable
” Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed two priests at St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church, Ayar, Gwer east local government area of Benue state.
“Gunmen invade another church in Benue, ‘kill 7’
Published APRIL 26, 2018 by The Cable
” A source told TheCable that seven persons were killed in the incident which happened two days after two priests and 17 church members were shot dead at a Catholic church in Gwer west local government area of the state.
” The fresh attacked took place at a church and a primary school in Logo local government area (LGA) of the state on Thursday morning.
” HURIWA therefore wonders from which empirical evidence is the USA holding on to before delistimg the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration from the list of global abusers of Religious Rights..”