Nigeria: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd May 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the requirement for government and public bodies to reflect the federal character of the county under its constitution, what reports he has received on the ethnic and religious diversity in the (a) leadership and (b) general personnel of the security forces of Nigeria.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We do not collect statistics or monitor the ethnic or religious diversity of the Nigerian Armed Forces. However, we do know that the Nigerian military recruits on a national basis and that state quotas for an estimated 167,000 active personnel are rigidly adhered to.

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