Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that “If, as a nation, we do not kill religious persecution and extremism, then religious persecution and extremism will kill Nigeria.” He also said that, “the potential danger associated with the level of conflicts going on across the country is so glaring that no sane mind can ignore.” He said it is not in the best interest of the U.S. and indeed the international community to ignore Nigeria.” Jonathan gave the statement in a speech he delivered at the U.S. House Sub Committee on Africa on February 1, 2017. The speech is titled, “Challenges of Nigerian Christians and the Niger Delta Question-A Summary.”
Read the full speech below: Challenges of Nigerian Christians and the Niger Delta Question-A Summary A Presentation by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to the U.S. House Sub Committee on Africa, February 1, 2017 Let me start by thanking Congressman, Christopher H. Smith, Chairman U.S. House Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations for inviting me to share my views on the crisis facing Christians in Nigeria today and the Niger Delta question.
The U.S. Congress is a powerful institution not just for good governance in the U.S. but also for global peace and development. Over the years, the U.S. Congress has shown consistent interest in African affairs and I thank you for this and for showing interest in Nigeria. Congressman Smith has personally visited troubled spots in Nigeria and especially those geo-political zones that are considered the frontline of ethnic and religious conflicts. He has also visited the Niger Delta. I sincerely thank him for these efforts.