Nigeria: Conflict Prevention

Department for International Development written question – answered on 5th July 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

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.

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 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.

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