Two days after the United States government placed Nigeria on a Special Watch List (SWL) of countries that have engaged in, or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom, the Federal Government has maintained sealed lips over the development.
But the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has hailed the action as a welcome development, tasking the Federal Government to address concerns that led to the action.
President of the Association, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle, yesterday, told The Guardian that sincere appraisal of the untold hardship Christians are going through in the country, especially in states such as Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa and Taraba justifies the decision of the US government, as Christians living in those states were being slaughtered like rams by the Boko Haram terrorists, and killer herdsmen while the security agencies appear powerless and government lacks the political will to deal with the criminals.
He said: “In Southern Kaduna, for months, Christians were being killed in their communities, their property were burnt and their lands were confiscated, but till today, those who were responsible for those carnage and genocide are yet to be brought to book. Some suspects paraded by the Police were later set free. A Christian traditional ruler was killed while returning from Kaduna State and his subjects, who were protesting against the evil deed were reportedly punished severely by security agencies.”