The presidency has condemned what it described as the habit of some Nigerians running to the United States to feed America wrong information on what is going on in the country.
According to the presidency, the development is what made the US government place Nigeria on the list of religious violators in 2020.
Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina who made the submission however said after internal investigations, America discovered it had been misled and subsequently had to remove Nigeria from the list of religious violators.
Adesina aired this view on Monday during an interview with Channels Television where he reacted to the recent decision of the United States government to remove Nigeria from its list of religious violators.
He described the removal as a good development for Nigeria.
In his words, Adesina said, “Nigeria being taken off the watchlist of countries that repress religion. Very good, the Secretary (Blinken) spoke about it: he said America did it when they found out that putting Nigeria on the watchlist was not based on facts and we know the things that happened; Nigerians themselves going to America, going to feed them with incorrect positions about what is happening in the country. That was why Nigeria was put on that watchlist but when America discovered that it was not based on facts, Nigeria was removed from the watchlist. It is a very good development for us.”
Naija News recalls the United States removed Nigeria from its list of countries that engaged in or tolerate ‘systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”
The US Govt have now blacklisted Russia, China and eight other countries as religious freedom violators.
This was made known in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘Religious Freedom Designations’, by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed concern over the data or statistics used by the US government in arriving at delisting Nigeria from the list of ‘Countries of Particular Concern’ on the issue of freedom of religion.
Reacting in a statement on Saturday, CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, wondered what statistics was used to place and remove Nigeria from the list.