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Nigeria Expresses Sadness Over Inclusion In Countries With Severe Religious Violations By US

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The Federal Government has kicked against the inclusion of Nigeria in a list of countries with severe religious violations by the United States.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had on Monday designated Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern for religious freedom.‎

These annual designations show that when religious freedom is attacked, they will act, Pompeo wrote on Twitter.

Nigeria joined other nations such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, China, Iran, Eritrea, Myanmar, North Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan on the religious blacklist.

However, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Tuesday, kicked against the inclusion of Nigeria on the list.

Mohammed said there was no violation of religious freedom in Nigeria, as alleged by the US government. ‎

The denial was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant To The President Media Office of the Minister of Information and Culture.

Mohammed described the allegation as a case of an honest disagreement between the two nations on the causes of violence in Nigeria. ‎

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