To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
(1) whether he has made representations to the Nigerian government on the violence in Jos, Nigeria in January 2010; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what reports he has received on the number of people displaced following the outbreak of violence in Jos, Nigeria in January 2010; and if he will make a statement;
(3) what his most recent assessment is of the security situation in Jos, Nigeria; and if he will make a statement;
(4) what discussions he has had with members of (a) the Commonwealth, (b) the Economic Community of West African States and (c) the African Union on violence in the Nigerian city of Jos in January 2010 on preventing the recurrence of such violence; and if he will make a statement.
We are deeply saddened by the recent violence in Jos, Nigeria, where media reports suggest that over 550 people have died. It is not yet clear how many people have been displaced by these tragic events. We understand that the security situation has calmed and stabilised following the deployment of additional security forces by Vice-President Jonathan.
Our high commissioner in Abuja regularly discussed the situation in Jos with both the federal and state governments. He has consistently raised concerns about loss of life, and urged all sides to work together to achieve peaceful reconciliation. On