Nigerian Americans Seek Co-Sponsors for H.Res.82 and Advocate for the Persecuted in Nigeria

Encouraged by recent legislation of Representatives Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), titled H.Res. 82, the International Committee on Nigeria and other Nigerian Americans were hosted for a legislative briefing on Capitol Hill. There was an appeal for other U.S. Representatives to sign and designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern, as well as to appoint a Special Envoy to Nigeria (and Lake Chad region).

Rep Chris Smith (R-NJ) & For Rep Frank Wolf address Nigerian Americans

Nigeria is experiencing an escalation in religious violence. A recent report highlights that Nigeria accounts for 89% of martyred Christians worldwide, but the U.S. State Department excluded Nigeria from the Countries of Particular Concern list. Nigeria's recent election has increased concerns about the commitment to religious freedom and the protection of minority groups, including Muslims.

Representative Chris Smith stressed the importance of  H.Res.82 and was joined by former Congressman Frank Wolf, and former Assistant Secretary of State, Robert Destro. They agreed this administration's policy regarding Nigeria is a failure, adding if this was happening anywhere in Europe, the U.S. government would react differently.

As a Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Wolf upholds USCIRF's strong support for CPC designation and appointing a Special Envoy. He implored the Nigerian American leaders in attendance, who represent thousands of Nigerian Americans, to contact their legislative leaders and have them sign this resolution so we can quickly stop the killings in Nigeria.

Rep Smith stresses that the Nigerian people are the ones suffering - mainly Christians but also Muslims. He wants the Nigerian government to be held accountable and the CPC designation will address religious violence and promote stability. It was learned that there are additional co-sponsors: French Hill (R-AR), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), and  Jake LaTurner (R-KS).

The delegation of Nigerian Americans addressed the impunity fostered by the Nigerian government's inability or unwillingness to stop the slaughter and prosecute the killers. "If we do not act now, there will be global implications," acknowledged Stephen Enada, President of International Committee on Nigeria. He added, "There will be increased refugees fleeing persecution, inflation, famine due to farmers unable to farm, and worshipers unable to worship in peace." 

There remains ongoing religious violence and political challenges in Nigeria. 

Source: International Committee On Nigeria


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