Nigeria: Christianity

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 7 June 2023.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch Non-affiliated

To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, to the government of Nigeria about the large-scale killing of Christians in that country; and what has been the outcome of any discussions.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government condemns the devastating impact that rising insecurity is having on Nigerians of all faiths. Religious identity can be a factor in this, but the root causes are often more complex and frequently relate to competition over resources, historical grievances, and criminality. We are committed to supporting the Nigerian Government in their efforts to address insecurity. The Minister for Development and Africa raised the effects of rising insecurity with Nigerian President Tinubu, in December 2022. Our High Commission in Nigeria regularly engages Nigerian officials and local communities on this issue, including through the Nigeria Governors' Forum and National Peace Committee. We will continue to raise this with the Nigerian Government and support them with assisting affected communities and implementing long-term solutions.

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