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Nigerian Government refutes claims about “Christian genocide”

Advocacy groups are refuting a statement released on Sunday by the Nigerian Presidency saying that international rights groups who say there is ongoing “genocide” against Christians in Nigeria received funding from a separatist organisation.


Garba Shehu, a spokesperson for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, accused the Indigenous People of Biafra of spending $85,000 per month to fund an international smear campaign through non-governmental organisations and media outlets in the United States and Europe.

“This statement from Buhari’s officials is meant to distract from their own incompetence or collusion with the perpetrators of genocide on the Christian communities in the North and Middlebelt parts of Nigeria,” commented Ann Buwalda, President of Jubilee Campaign USA, which advocates for ethnic and religious minorities. 

The Nigerian government has been facing increased international pressure to protect its citizens as thousands have reportedly been killed in recent years by Islamic extremist groups like Boko Haram in the northeast or herdsmen radicals who have launched several attacks on farming communities in the Middle Belt.

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