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IPOB Spent Millions Of Dollars To Mislead US Government To Blacklist Nigeria Over Religious Freedom Violations—Buhari Presidency

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 IPOB Spent Thousands and thousands Of {Dollars} To Mislead US Authorities To Blacklist Nigeria Over Non secular Freedom Violations—Buhari Presidency Garba Sheh…

IPOB Spent Thousands and thousands Of {Dollars} To Mislead US Authorities To Blacklist Nigeria Over Non secular Freedom Violations—Buhari Presidency

Garba Shehu, Senior Particular Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari (Media & Publicity) has accused the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) of deceptive the US authorities to blacklist Nigeria for “participating (in) systematic, ongoing, egregious non secular freedom violations”.

In December 2020, the US-listed Nigeria amongst international locations blacklisted for “violating non secular freedom”.

However in a a press release on Wednesday, Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, introduced 10 international locations “of specific concern”, with Nigeria now lacking from the checklist.

In a response to the event, Shehu stated Nigeria doesn’t have interaction in non secular freedom violation or have a coverage of non secular persecution.

He stated the ban got here on the heels of 12 months of lies by some “extremist teams and the banned terrorist group the Impartial Folks of Biafra, IPOB’s well-funded worldwide media marketing campaign.”

He stated the nation was included on the checklist after IPOB allegedly paid right-wing American lobbyists tens of millions of {dollars} to unfold falsehoods and misinformation about Nigeria.

“The removing of Nigeria from the non secular violators watchlist by the Biden-led US administration within the run-up to the go to of Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State is a triumph of diplomacy and sagacity over hate-driven overseas coverage, itself based on false propaganda,” Shehu stated.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is actually glad with the choice by the USA to take away Nigeria from that undesirable checklist of nations. Blinken stated the choice of the Joe Biden Authorities on this was “based mostly on information.”

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“In expressing the nation’s appreciation for this, the President famous that there’s freedom of worship in Nigeria, and nobody is discriminated in opposition to on the idea of his or her religion. Since Nigeria was included in December 2020, within the aftermath of the Donald Trump’s election loss, it has taken solely 11 months for this resolution to be reversed underneath the Biden administration.

“This unhappy and uncalled for ban got here on the heels of 12 months of lies by some extremist teams and the banned terrorist group the Impartial Folks of Biafra, IPOB’s well-funded worldwide media marketing campaign.

“Nigeria ought to by no means have been on the checklist. It was included after paid right-wing American lobbyists have been funded tens of millions of {dollars} by IPOB to unfold falsehoods and misinformation about Nigeria. Those that willingly took cash from terrorists unfold falsehoods in opposition to a democratically elected authorities. They took benefit of well-meaning, God-fearing Individuals to whom they unfold their lies.

In the meantime,the U.S. Fee on Worldwide Non secular Freedom (USCIRF) on Thursday stated that Nigeria underneath President Muhammadu Buhari stays on its non secular freedom violators watch checklist. The USCIRF immediately liable for enlisting international locations in the USA Particular Watch Listing, in a press release, stated it was displeased with the U.S. Division of States for eradicating Nigeria from its “Nation of Explicit Concern” (CPC) designation. “USCIRF is disillusioned that the State Division didn’t undertake our suggestions in designating the international locations which might be the worst violators of non secular freedom,” the assertion quoted USCIRF Commissioner Nadine Maenza as saying.

She pressured that the State Division didn’t undertake the fee’s advice that rightfully positioned Nigeria as one of many worst violators of non secular freedom.

“Whereas the State Division took steps ahead on some designations, USCIRF is very displeased with the removing of Nigeria from its CPC designation, the place it was rightfully positioned final yr, in addition to the omission of India, Syria, and Vietnam,” she added.

On Wednesday, the Division of State went past its purview to take away Nigeria from the checklist of non secular violators with out adopting suggestions of USCIRF.

Making the announcement, U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, stated that the USA Authorities eliminated Nigeria from its checklist of non secular violators, blacklisting China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and 7 different nations as international locations of specific concern for participating in or tolerating systemic, ongoing and egregious violations of non secular freedom.

Nevertheless, USCIRF faulted the report urging the State Division to rethink its designation based mostly on information. In December 2019, the U.S. authorities enlisted Nigeria on its “Particular Watch Listing of nations which have engaged in or tolerated “extreme violations of non secular freedom. The blacklisting got here at a time when many criticised the Nigerian authorities over its incessant violations of courtroom orders and the shrinking civic and media area within the nation.

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