The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has accused the Nigerian government of being responsible for religious crises in the country, stressing that the government's violation of religious freedom in connection with its stance on extremism caused most of the violence.
The chairman of the commission, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, while testifying before the National Security Subcommittee of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said that other countries like Egypt, China and Russia also engage in the act of repressing Muslims in the name of fighting extremism in their communities.
Dr. Swett pressed further: "Governments are responsible for religious freedom abuses within their borders, including those driven by violent religious extremism. Such abuses are harmful not only to human rights, but also to the stability of their societies and that of other countries."
Dr. Swett added that reports have shown that unlike Nigeria, the countries that honour religious freedom enjoy greater stability, harmony, and prosperity while women have higher status in such societies.