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Nigeria: Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 259253, tabled on 3 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the Nigerian Government to help tackle the farmer-herder conflict in the middle belt of that country.

Answered on

10 June 2019

​We are concerned about growing levels of intercommunal violence between farming and herder communities in Nigeria, and regularly raise these concerns with 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 High Commission in Abuja is engaging closely with international partners, the Nigerian Government, faith and community leaders, 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.