US Congressman hails placing of Nigeria on watchlist warning for religious persecution
* Vows to monitor herdsmen attacks, Buhari regime in 2020
By Emmanuel Ogebe
Please find below details of the case of the Nigerian Engineer, abducted, tortured and detained by the DSS for allegedly preaching to a Muslim girl. This case was one of those noted by the US government as an indication of government collusion in religious persecution in Nigeria. The notorious case of the man from Plateau was debated in the Nigerian National Assembly but still with no justice for him against those who molested him. http://www.nass.gov.ng/document/download/9558
In addition, prominent human rights champion, US Congressman Chris Smith has welcomed the addition of Nigeria to the persecutors warning list.
Mr. Smith who was the congressman who traveled the most in Nigeria at great personal risk to meet victims and consult widely with stakeholders on religious freedom promised that “We will pay particular attention to Nigeria and the deteriorating situation under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in the year ahead.
He added, “President Buhari must address the murderous attacks conducted by Fulani extremists on Christians in the Middle Belt and the oppression of Shia Muslims in Kaduna State.”
Congressman Smith stayed further, “I also call upon the State Department to monitor the actions of Miyetti Allah with regard to its complicity in attacks by Fulani extremists.”
Full remarks below:
We welcome Congressman Smith’s commitment to monitor the Buhari regime’s deteriorating situation in 2020.
We especially commend his forthrightness in directly identifying the issue of the Killer Fulani Herdsmen. This is much better than the new report of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court which did not for one second mention the Killer Fulani Herdsmen atrocities but rather euphemistically and falsely referred to the most horrific genocidal attacks in Nigeria today as “communal conflicts.”
With this development, although Buhari has subjugated all arms of democracy at home, the international community has shown that there will be accountability for human rights abroad.
Buhari may not be subject to impeachment here but he is susceptible to censure.
Events in America show democracy at work while events in Nigeria show democracy is dead.
International human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe with veteran US Congressman and human rights champion Chris Smith at the Congress on December 10, 2019
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