Nigeria: Violence

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the remarks by the Bishop of Gboko Diocese in Nigeria, William Amove Avenya, about the level of violence committed by Fulani tribesmen and the inadequacy of the response to it.

Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the remarks by the Bishop of Gboko Diocese in Nigeria, William Amove Avenya, about the response of the international community to violence committed by Fulani tribesmen.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We are deeply concerned by the ongoing ‎violence across Nigeria and the devastating impact it has had on affected communities. We regularly raise the issue with both the Federal Government and the governments of affected states to express our concerns about clashes between pastoralists and farmers of all faiths. Urgent action is needed by the Nigerian authorities to prevent further loss of life and we encourage the government to address the underlying causes and develop a solution that meets the needs of all affected communities. The UK continues to explore options for how we could best assist the Nigerian government in achieving this. The Prime Minister discussed the violence between pastoralists and farmers with President Buhari during her visit to Nigeria, emphasising the need to tackle the crisis through mediation and reconciliation, eschewing religious rhetoric.

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