The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has described the removing of Nigeria from the list of countries that violate religious freedom as fair and just.
United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken had on Wednesday announced the removal of Nigeria from the list of countries that limit religious freedoms around the world.
The Minister said this in a statement issued on Thursday through the Special Assistant to the President on Media, Segun Adeyemi, titled ‘FG Hails US For Removing Nigeria From Religious Freedom Blacklist.’
The statement noted that Lai Mohammed reiterated his earlier stance when Nigeria was put on the list last year, that the country does not engage in religious freedom violation or have a policy of religious persecution.
According to the statement, he said Nigeria jealously protects religious freedom as enshrined in the country’s constitution and takes seriously any infringements in that regard.
”We will continue to ensure that every Nigerian has the freedom to practice his or her own chosen religion or belief without hindrance,” the minister said.
He commended religious leaders in the country who have been working to ensure religious harmony.