U.S. blocks Christian Governor from Nigeria peace talks
March 29, 2014 By Michael Carl
The United States Institute for Peace recently brought together the governors of Nigeria’s mostly Muslim northern states for a conference in the U.S., but the State Department blocked the visa of the region’s only Christian governor, an ordained minister, citing “administrative” problems.
The visa of Plateau State Gov. Jonah David Jang, has been held up by the Obama administration for more than a year, according to Ann Buwalda of the Jubilee Project, which focuses on Nigerian human rights.
Of the 19 states northern states, 12 have implemented Islamic law, or Shariah, noted Buwalda.
Jang’s visa has been tied up in security background checks described as “administrative processing” since July 2012,” she said.
“This is despite the fact that he has never violated the terms of his visa,” Buwalda said.
The USIP confirmed that all 19 northern governors were…
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