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Nigeria: Military Alliances

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL5103, tabled on 5 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government in what ways the UK–Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership protects civilians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, including communities vulnerable to Islamist attacks.

Answered on

14 January 2022

The Government condemns all incidents of intercommunal violence in Nigeria, including in the Middle Belt, which has a devastating impact on affected communities. Islamic extremism is a driver of conflict involving terrorist groups in the North East. The drivers of intercommunal violence elsewhere in Nigeria, including in the Middle Belt, are complex and frequently relate to competition over resources and criminality.

Through our Security and Defence partnership, we are working with the Government of Nigeria to respond to both domestic security challenges across Nigeria, and shared security threats. We are looking to refresh our partnership in the coming months to agree future cooperation to help respond to increasing insecurity across Nigeria, promote human rights and respond to shared threats, including on terrorism and serious organised crime in Nigeria.