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Nigeria: Crimes of Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 161136, tabled on 5 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to help prevent escalating violence against predominantly Christian farming communities in Nigeria.

Answered on

10 July 2018

We have raised the issue of farmer herder violence regularly with state and federal government, including with Abba Kyari, President Buhari's Chief of Staff. The High Commission has raised it with the governors of a number of affected states (Benue, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano). The High Commissioner raised the broad issue of insecurity and the need for an end to violence during a call on the Vice President at the end of June.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have also raised the issue of Freedom of Religion and tensions between religious communities, specifically with state officials in Borno and Yobe during a visit there in May.

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