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14 Apr 2017

Nigeria Is The Most Dangerous Country In The World To Be A Christian – US Congress

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Nigeria has been called out as the most dangerous place for Christians
in the world by the United States House of
Representatives.


The chairman of its
subcommittee on Africa,
Global Health, Human Rights
and International
Organisation, Christopher
Smith, stated this in a letter inviting former President
Goodluck Jonathan to make a
presentation to the Sub-
Committee on the challenges
faced by Christians in Nigeria
and the Niger Delta issue.

Although, the event held on
the 1st and 2nd February, the
actual content of the letter is
only just revealed with its
labeling of Nigeria as the
most dangerous country to be a Christian and that impunity for those
responsible for the killing of Christians in the country "seems to be
widespread." According to ThisDay, Smith
said; "My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing
Christians in Nigeria today.

My staff director, Greg Simpkins and I have made several visits to
Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across
the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such as in Jos.
Unfortunately, Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for
Christians in the world and impunity for those responsible for the
killing of Christians seem to be widespread.

"In fulfillment of your foundation's mandate to promote democracy,
peace and transformational
change, I invite you to come to the United States next week to share
your views on this matter, including the alleged Islamisation of
government under the current administration and the actions your
foundation is prepared to take in pursuit of religious freedom."

The sub-committee also
congratulated the Nigerian
former President on the
establishment of the Goodluck Jonathan
Foundation, adding,

"Your timely concession after your electoral loss in 2015,
demonstrates a commitment to democracy and the stability of your
nation, which was acknowledged by current President Muhammadu Buhari."
Jonathan, who was invited by the sub-committee in his capacity as
Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, first addressed the
sub-committee on Wednesday, and was invited to a closed-door session
on Thursday, during which he said that the implementation
of the resolutions of the 2014
National Conference was the panacea for ethnic and
religious tensions in Nigeria
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