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“Religious Freedom in Nigeria”

Hosted by the International Religious Freedom Caucus (IRFC)

October 25th, 2018

 3:00 PM- 4:15 PM

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The International Religious Freedom Caucus invites you to attend a briefing on the ongoing political and religious tensions fueling conflict in Nigeria.

As Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, Nigeria is crucial to the region’s stability, security, and growth. Despite significant promise, Nigeria faces serious challenges when considering issues such as corruption, weak governance, terrorism,
cultural and religious conflict, and poverty.

Nearly equally divided between Muslims and Christians, the country of Nigeria is in a unique position to model pluralism to others in the region. Nigeria’s constitution bars the federal and state governments from adopting a state religion, prohibits religious
discrimination and provides for freedom of religion. However, according to human rights groups, the government has continuously struggled to prevent and correctly respond to violence affecting religious groups. In 2017, the United States Commission on International
Religious Freedom recommended Nigeria be designated a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) by the U.S. State Department.  

There are increasing attacks by Fulani militia on farmers in Nigeria’s Middle Belt that is said to be due territory, but some would argue it was due to Christian discrimination. And according to the Council on Foreign Relations, more than 30,000 people have
been killed by Boko Haram.

Recognizing Nigeria’s critical role in regional security and stability, the United States must address these challenges and support the government’s efforts to prevent conflict and promote a flourishing society and economy.

Panelists will provide information regarding the political and cultural climate regarding human rights, and national security in Nigeria currently, as well as recommendations on how the United States can positively contribute.


  • Lena Smith, Hardwired Global
  • Emmanuel Ogebe, US Nigeria Law Group
  • Nathan Wineinger, 21Wilberforce
  • Ferdaouis Bagga, USCIRF

Please RSVP to Miranda Robinson at

We look forward to seeing you at the briefing.

Most sincerely,

                                         International Religious Freedom Caucus

Co-Chairman Gus M. Bilirakis                                                     Co-Chairman Juan Vargas

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