Engaging State and Local Government in Nigeria to Protect Religious Freedom

Feb 16


Feb 16th 2:00pm - Feb 16th 3:00pm


USCIRF Conversation: Engaging State and Local Government in Nigeria to Protect Religious Freedom

February 16, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)
Virtual Event

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event about engaging state and local government in Nigeria to protect and promote religious freedom. 

The event will highlight the recent decision by the U.S. government to designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern for engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. Panelists will explore the regions of the country experiencing the most severe violations, the role of state and local authorities in engaging in and/or tolerating these violations, and opportunities for the U.S. government to assist local actors to protect and promote religious freedom for all Nigerians. USCIRF Vice Chair Tony Perkins and Commissioner Frederick A. Davie will host the discussion with guest panelists Oge Onubogu of the U.S. Institute of Peace and Nnamdi Obasi of International Crisis Group. USCIRF Director of Outreach and Policy Dwight Bashir will moderate the conversation followed by questions and answers from attendees. 



  • Tony Perkins, Vice Chair, USCIRF
  • Frederick A. Davie, Commissioner, USCIRF
  • Oge Onubogu, Director of West Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Nnamdi Obasi, Senior Adviser, International Crisis Group



  • Dwight Bashir, Director of Outreach and Policy, USCIRF


This virtual event is open to the public and media. The video recording will be posted on USCIRF’s website. For any additional questions, please contact media@uscirf.gov.