The constitution prohibits religious discrimination and stipulates individuals are free to profess and practice their religion. Registration is required for religious groups to have legal status. Female Muslim secondary school students reported that testing officials from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) ordered them to remove their hijab and/or veil before they could take a standardized examination, but WAEC officials subsequently took corrective action.
There were no reports of significant social actions affecting religious freedom.
The U.S. embassy engaged with government officials to emphasize the importance of mutual understanding, religious tolerance, and respect for all religious groups. The embassy discussed religious freedom and tolerance with religious leaders and community organizations and sponsored several events to promote interfaith dialogue and tolerance. In September the embassy hosted an American Muslim scholar and interfaith advocate who discussed with religious leaders and youth the importance of cooperation between Islamic groups.