The United States House of Representatives has cited Nigeria as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world, adding that impunity for those responsible for the killing of Christians in the country “seems to be widespread.”
This revelation was brought to light by the Chairman of its Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organisation, Christopher Smith, in a letter to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The letter was inviting Jonathan to make a presentation to the Sub-Committee on the challenges faced by Christians in Nigeria and the Niger Delta issue.
Although, the event held on the 1st and 2nd February, the actual content of the letter is only just revealed with its labelling of Nigeria as the most dangerous country to be a Christian.
In the letter, which was made available to ThisDay Newspaper, Smith was quoted to have said: “My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today. 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.
“In fulfillment of your foundation’s mandate to promote democracy, peace and transformational change, I invite you to come to the United States next week to share your views on this matter, including the alleged Islamisation of government under the current administration and the actions your foundation is prepared to take in pursuit of religious freedom.”