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Nigeria: Christianity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 111643, tabled on 6 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the number of Nigerian Christians who have been killed in Nigeria in each of the last five years.

Answered on

14 November 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not hold information on the number of Nigerian Christians who have been killed in Nigeria, but it is clear that, in the North East, Boko Haram have caused immense suffering in both Christian and Muslim communities. We are fully committed to helping Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against Boko Haram. We are providing a substantial package of military, intelligence and humanitarian support to Nigeria and its neighbours. This includes training and advice for Nigerian armed forces deploying against Boko Haram and £5 million to support the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Nigeria also faces the challenge of inter-communal clashes involving pastoralists and local farmers, particularly in central Nigeria. We continue to call on all parties to find a peaceful solution to the underlying causes of these incidents, and welcome President Buhari's commitment to ending this inter-communal violence.