- Nigerians on social media have backed the US on its listing of the country among nations tolerating religious persecution
- 61% of Nigerians backed the move on Twitter while 78% on Facebook supported it
- There have been accusations and counter-accusations between Christian and Islamic groups in the country over Nigeria being added to the watch list
The listing of Nigeria by the United States government among nations tolerating religious persecution has been backed by the majority of Nigerians in a new poll conducted by Legit.ng on Facebook and Twitter.
According to Nigerians, who responded to the poll, the move by the US government is appropriate.
61% of Nigerians who responded to the poll on Twitter said Nigerians deserved to be listed while 23% said the country does not deserve the listing. Meanwhile, 12% said they don't care if Nigeria is listed or not.
On Facebook, 78% support the listing while 22% said Nigeria should not have been listed by the US.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) backed the recent listing.
This was disclosed by Samson Ayokunle in a statement by his special assistant on media and communications.
In the statement, the association warned that discrimination against Christians can result in another civil war which Nigeria may not survive.
CAN also claimed that it had proffered several solutions to the issues fuelling religious intolerance to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Legit.ng equally reported that the Federal Government of Nigeria rejected the designation of Nigeria as a country that engages in or tolerates violations of religious violations.
The minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, said the tag by the US government against Nigeria is iniquitous and stems from an orchestrated narrative that has long been discredited.
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