To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to (a) tackle the origins of conflict in Nigeria between Fulani herdsmen and farming communities and (b) help reduce that conflict and protect communities.
We are deeply concerned by the suffering caused by inter-communal violence in Nigeria, with several serious clashes in recent weeks. The causes of these clashes are deep rooted and complex including rights of access to land and water. The UK has supported a number of initiatives that have brought communities together and provided livelihoods and economic opportunities in the affected areas. We have raised our concerns at federal, state and local government level, as well as with religious leaders and advocacy groups. We continue to urge the Government of Nigeria to work with affected populations to develop a solution that meets the needs of all the communities affected.