Biden Silent on Slaughter of Dozens at Church in Nigeria 

An unknown variety of gunmen killed as many as 50 worshipers Sunday throughout Mass at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo, a state in southwestern Nigeria. 

As of Wednesday morning, no group had claimed accountability for the bloodbath, nor had President Joe Biden, himself a Catholic, made public remarks on it. The White Home didn’t challenge an announcement, nor did it reply to The Day by day Sign’s request for remark Tuesday. 

Authorities mentioned the loss of life toll within the city of Owo was unsure as a result of relations had been believed to have carried some our bodies away. The gunmen, who apparently additionally set off explosives, had been each inside and out of doors the church as worshipers celebrated Pentecost Sunday, ABC Information reported.

In 2020, the Trump administration recognized Nigeria as a “nation of explicit concern” for crimes in opposition to spiritual freedom. The Biden administration eliminated Nigeria from the listing forward of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s go to there final yr throughout his tour of Africa.   

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In June 2021, a State Division report recorded over 10,000 violent deaths in Nigeria. Over 1,000 of these violent deaths concerned conflicts between teams of various ethnicities or religions.  

Joshua Meservey, a analysis fellow at The Heritage Basis who focuses on counterterrorism and Africa, advised The Day by day Sign that the Nigerian authorities “fails to guard its residents from religiously motivated violence” by way of incompetency and lack of will to take action.  

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“That alone ought to have required the Biden administration to maintain Nigeria on the listing,” Meservey mentioned. 

The Biden administration’s delisting of Nigeria as a rustic of concern “was not referred to as for,” former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, the Trump administration’s ambassador at massive for worldwide spiritual freedom, mentioned earlier than the bloodbath, The Washington Stand reported.  

“The state of affairs continues to be horrible, and that’s proven forth, as nicely, within the report,” Brownback mentioned.

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