The Trump administration had just put Muslim-majority Nigeria on the religious freedom watch list due to the persecution of Christians. The Biden administration, for some reason, took it off.
Thousands of Christians have been murdered in the country in recent years.
According to Fox News:
Republican lawmakers are demanding answers after the State Department removed Nigeria from a watch list for countries that raised “particular concern” about religious freedom.
In a Monday letter to Secretary Antony Blinken, seven GOP senators requested the department place Nigeria back on the list, which includes countries like North Korea and Saudi Arabia.
The African nation has been rocked by attacks from groups like Boko Haram and punishes individuals who violate its blasphemy laws. Last year, the Trump administration placed Nigeria on that list but the Biden administration released an updated list In November that omitted Nigeria ahead of Blinken’s visit to the country.
“We find this development alarming given Nigeria’s appalling record,” wrote Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., James Lankford, R-Okla., Kevin Kramer, R-N.D., Mike Braun, R-Ind., James Inhofe, R-Okla., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
“While much of the violence in Nigeria overlaps with ethnic conflicts, hostility between ethnic groups is not solely to blame. Religious intolerance and persecution is a primary factor, and it is important that the State Department acknowledge that.