- The US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, is presently in Nigeria to see President Muhammadu Buhari
- Blinken arrived at Presidential Villa, Abuja in the afternoon of Thursday, November 18, for some major signings
- The US envoy will meet Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Nigerian minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama before leaving the villa
Upon his arrival at the villa on Thursday, November 18, Blinken was received by State Chief of Protocol (SCOP), Ambassador Lawal Kazaure, who led him to President Buhari's office.
After his meeting with the Nigerian leader, Blinken will proceed to meet with the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, to sign some agreements between the US and Nigeria.
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Blinken is also expected to have a joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, before leaving Nigeria.
Nigeria's fate decided as US releases full list of nations violating religious freedom
Meanwhile, the President Joe Biden-led government in the United States (US) on Wednesday, November 17, restated its full support for religious tolerance as it fights against the violation of human rights to worship across the world.
This commitment on the part of the US government was made known by its secretary of state, Blinken, scheduled to visit Nigeria soon.
Blinken in his statement said that Nigeria has been removed from the list of nations infamous for violating the religious freedom of citizens and foreigners.
Part of the US' secretary of state statement read:
“The United States will not waiver in its commitment to advocate for freedom of religion or belief for all and in every country.
"In far too many places around the world, we continue to see governments harass, arrest, threaten, jail, and kill individuals simply for seeking to live their lives in accordance with their beliefs.
“This administration is committed to supporting every individual’s right to freedom of religion or belief, including by confronting and combating violators and abusers of this human right."