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Nigeria: Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL15341, tabled on 25 April 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about reports of ongoing attacks by Muslim Fulani herders on Christian communities in the northern and central-belt states.

Answered on

8 May 2019

We are concerned about growing levels of intercommunal violence between farming and herder communities in Nigeria, and regularly raise these concerns the Nigerian Government at the highest levels. The Foreign Secretary met with Nigerian faith leaders, both Muslim and Christian during his recent visit to Nigeria, to discuss how the UK can support their work to promote interfaith relationships and long-term peace. Our assessment is that religious identity is a factor but the root causes are highly complex and include disputes over land, farming rights, the impact of climate change, grazing routes and access to water. Our High Commission in Abuja is engaging closely with international partners, the Nigerian Government, state governments and the National Economic Council to develop measures, which address the underlying causes of the conflict, including the recently-announced bi-partisan National Livestock Transformation Plan.