Nigeria: Christianity

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 18 October 2023.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the safety of Christians in Nigeria from persecution.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

Rising insecurity has impeded on the rights of people of all faiths in Nigeria. The UK supports Nigeria to deliver on its constitutional commitment to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) through our development programming and security cooperation. We have funded peacebuilding projects to build dialogue between religious groups and, in April 2023, launched the Strengthening Peace and Resilience in Nigeria programme to help Nigeria tackle the causes of intercommunal conflict. Through the UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership, we provide training to the Nigerian police and military on tackling terrorism and serious crime.

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