United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has accused Nigerian authorities of being less concerned with the increase in Religious extremism in some parts of the country. In a virtual meeting yesterday, the commission warned that such negligence may lead to genocide if left unchecked.
According to the commission, they will facilitate the sending of a special envoy to Nigeria in order to address the growing spate of religious extremism in the North Eastern part of Nigeria as well as the Lake Chad region.
During the virtual meeting yesterday, they said –
“Among the complex web of armed actors and motivations, extremists in various parts of the country target individuals and communities based on their religious identity. Christian and Muslim communities fear for their lives, risking death, mutilation and abduction when they worship in public and celebrate significant religious ceremonies”
“Nigeria is failing and there is little attention by the West to the crisis. History is repeating itself as it happened in Rwanda. If what is happening in Nigeria is happening in the West, the world would have been enraged but there is silence and inaction, which could prove fatal to the West Africa region and rest of the world.”
In April 2021, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended that the U.S Department of State should designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC).