The United States has removed Nigeria from its list of religious violators, as the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Nigeria on Thursday. 

Before this development, Nigeria was placed by US on the special watch list of states that had engaged in or tolerated the severe violation of religious freedom last year.

Meanwhile, Nigeria is not in the 2021 list which has Myanmar, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Some countries that are on the special list of governments that have violated religious freedom are Algeria, Comoros, Cuba, and Nicaragua, the US state department reports.

Considering the state of security situation in the north-east Nigeria, the jihadist groups, Boko Haram and Iswap operating within the region of the country are still designated as entities of particular concern.

The visit of Mr Blinken to Nigeria on Thursday has been tagged the second leg of his three-nation trip, which will be extended to Kenya and Senegal.

The aim of the visit is for Blinken is to meet discuss how both countries can further co-operate on global health, security, expanding energy access and economic growth, when he meets Nigerian President Muhamadu Buhari.

Despite all the security measures put in place to curb brutality and other menaces, Nigeria still remains synonymous with the long-running Boko Haram insurgency, inter-communal clashes and more recently, a wave of mass abductions at schools by armed gangs.