Nigeria Touted as the Most Dangerous Country In the World For Christians.
A chairman of the US congress subcommittee on Africa, Global health, Human Rights and International Organization, Christopher Smith has revealed that Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians to inhabit in the world. Explaining this in a sub-committee meeting with former president Goodluck Jonathan, Smith affirmed that he alongside one of his staff have visited Nigeria on several occasions and have held talks with a number of religious leaders from both faiths (Christian and Muslim) on the different crisis rocking the country. He also noted that the impunity for the people committing these heinous crimes is on the increase.
According to a statement credited to Smith by Thisday and reported by Naij, Smith had this to say:
“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.”
Mr Smith also extended an invitation to Jonathan to come over to the states and discuss topical issues including the widespread allegation that the current administration is trying to islamize the country and to proffer solutions or steps that the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Foundation is taking to entrench religious freedom in the country.
Speaking further, Smith commended Jonathan’s timely concession after the last presidential election, and implored him to use his position and his foundation to promote peace, democracy and transformational change in Nigeria.
The discussion with the committee also extended to other matters such as the implementation of the National Conference in 2014, the incessant killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna and a host of other issues.