US State Dept. errs in removing Nigeria from “naughty list”
To the astonishment of International Christian Concern, the U.S. Department of State left Nigeria off its list of designations for state and non-state religious freedom violators, according to a press statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The announcement comes just one day after ICC named Nigeria as its worst persecuting country.
The most severe category of designation, called the “Countries of Particular Concern” list, includes countries that have engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”
This year, Secretary Blinken announced that he would include Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan on the “Countries of Particular Concern” list.
Notably missing from this list is Nigeria.
Please pray Psalm 147:6a for the precious Christians of Nigeria. “The Lord lifts up the downtrodden.” And, for their Muslim persecutors, pray the second half of that verse. “He casts the wicked to the ground.”