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Nigeria: Ethnic Cleansing

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 144272, tabled on 15 May 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Nigeria on reports of the armed forces' participation in acts of ethnic cleansing in the riverine states of that country undertaken by the Fulani militia.

Answered on

22 May 2018

​We have seen no evidence of collusion by the Nigerian Armed Forces in inter-communal violence between settled farming communities and Fulani pastoralists. It is essential that all action taken by the Nigerian Armed Forces and security services is in accordance with International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. We welcome President Buhari's commitment to prioritise ending the violence, and echo his calls for calm and reconciliation between the many ethnic groups and communities that make up and contribute to the strength and diversity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.