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Nigeria: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 149573, tabled on 4 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of protections on discrimination against religious minorities in the northern and central states of Nigeria.

Answered on

7 June 2018

Nigeria is a secular, multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. We are aware of concerns that in some cases prosecutions have not been secured for some religion-related crimes and that a full assessment of the effectiveness of prosecution in such cases might not have been made. However, the UK is committed to promoting and protecting the freedom to practise faith or belief without discrimination The Nigerian Constitution provides for the protection of religious freedom which we raise frequent at the highest levels of government.

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