Nigeria: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th July 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the attack on 30 June on the home of Benjamin Kwashi, the Nigerian Archbishop of Jos and General Secretary of the Global Anglican Futures Conference, which left one civilian dead; and whether they have taken any action to raise the plight of those subject to attacks by Fulani militia with the government of Nigeria.

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We condemn the recent attack in Jos, Plateau state, which included an attack on the home of the Nigerian Archbishop and General Secretary of the Global Anglican Futures Conference. We are saddened by the loss of lives.

We have raised the Farmer Herder violence regularly with state and federal government. The High Commission has raised it with the governors of a number of affected states (Benue, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano). The High Commissioner raised the broad issue of insecurity and the need for an end to violence during a call on the Vice President. Officials have also raised the issue of Freedom of Religion and tensions between religious communities, specifically with state officials in Borno and Yobe during a visit there in May.

This issue has also been raised with Abba Kyari, President Buhari's Chief of Staff. It is imperative that the Nigerian government works with the affected populations to develop a solution that meets the needs of all the communities affected. We welcome President Buhari's engagement on this issue and his commitment to prioritise ending violence in Northern Nigeria. We join his call on all parties to find a peaceful solution to the complex underlying causes of these incidents and will continue to work with the Nigerian Government, NGOs and civil society to improve the security situation and human rights for all the people of Nigeria.

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