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25 May

What Steps Are Being Taken By The UK Government To Tackle The Humanitarian And Security Crisis In Nigeria?

The UK has urged the Nigerian Government to adopt long-term solutions that seek to address the underlying factors, largely criminality and competition over resources, while promoting human rights for all. In addition, since 2017, £425 million worth of humanitarian aid has supported 1.5 million people in North-East Nigeria. The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) […]

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25 May

How Safe/Democratic Are Elections In Nigeria? Will The Electoral Amendment Act Make A Difference?

Elections in Nigeria are a flashpoint for violence and conflict. It is thus not a surprise to see Nigeria scoring low on Freedom House’s index, indicating that the country is ‘partly free.’ The Presidential elections in 2019 were particularly troubling, with Freedom House concluding it was “…marred by irregularities.” In response, the UK Government has […]

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25 May

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL – To Ask Her Majesty’s Government What Assessment They Have Made Of The Security Situation In Nigeria Following The Attack On The Galkogo Community In Shiroro Local Government Area Of Niger State On 21 February. To ask Her Majesty’s Government What Assessment They Have Made Of The Security Situation In Southern Kaduna, Nigeria, Following The Reported Abductions Of At Least 26 People In Three Separate Attacks Between 14 And 15 February.

LORD GOLDSMITH OF RICHMOND PARK – The UK Government is concerned about rising insecurity across Nigeria and we condemn all incidents of intercommunal violence, including in the Middle Belt. This violence has a devastating impact on both Christian and Muslim communities. While religious identity is a factor in some incidents of intercommunal violence, we assess […]

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25 May

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL — To Ask Her Majesty’s Government What Is Their Most Recent Assessment Of The Integrity Of Elections In Nigeria; And What Discussions They Have Held, If Any, With The President Of Nigeria About The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2022

LORD GOLDSMITH OF RICHMOND PARK — The UK remains committed to supporting the democratic process in Nigeria, and we continue to stress the importance of free and fair elections ahead of the 2023 presidential race. We warmly welcome the signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law on 25 February. We assess that this […]

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25 May

BARONESS COX – To Ask Her Majesty’s Government What Steps They Are Taking In Response To The Humanitarian And Security Situation In Nigeria

Lord Goldsmith of Richmon Park — The UK Government is committed to working with Nigeria to respond to the causes and consequences of conflict in Nigeria. At our recent Security and Defence Dialogue, we committed to working together to respond to shared threats, support efforts to respond to rising insecurity in Nigeria and promote human […]

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25 May

Lord McCrea Of Magherafelt And Cookstown DUP — To Ask Her Majesty’s Government What Representations They Have Made To The Government Of Nigeria Regarding Christian Persecution In That Country.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond ParkThe Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) The UK Government is concerned by insecurity across Nigeria; this violence is having a devastating impact on affected communities of all faiths and ethnicities. We assess that the principal causes of violence are complex and […]

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25 May

JOHN CRYER MP — Many On Both Sides Of The House Have In The Past Asked For A Debate Or Statement On The Terrible Situation In Nigeria, Which Has Now Just About Met The United Nations Criteria For Genocide. Most Of The Attacks—Not All—Are Against The Christian Community, On A Widespread Scale. I Have Asked Foreign, Commonwealth And Development Office Ministers Questions About This In The Past, But The Answers Have Been A Bit Less Than Satisfactory. The Last Time, The Relevant Minister Said That Some Of The Attacks Might Be Connected To Religious Bigotry—The FCDO Had Clearly Been Sweating Blood On That Analysis. May We Have A Statement Or A Debate?

Mark Spencer Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons The hon. Gentleman is right to draw the House’s attention to the situation in Nigeria. I know that many Members on both sides of the House are concerned about religious persecution, and call it out on a regular basis. I think […]

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25 May

Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth And Development Affairs). To Ask The Secretary Of State For Foreign, Commonwealth And Development Affairs, Pursuant To The Answer Of 14 February 2022 To Question 117762, Nigeria: Development Aid, (A) Which Organisations Will Deliver The Human Rights Training On Sexual And Gender-Based Violence To (I) The Military In Nigeria And (Ii) The Police In Nigeria, And (B) What Is The Estimated Number Of (I) Police Officers And (Ii) Military Personnel Who Will Be Given The Training In Nigeria By The End Of 2022.

Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) The UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF)-funded human rights training on sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria will be delivered by the Centre for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC); the British Defence Section (BDS); the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); and the UN Development […]

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25 May

What Assessment Has The UK Government Made On Factors Driving Conflict Throughout Nigeria?

The UK Government have voiced their concerns and strongly condemned rising insecurity across Nigeria, including the Middle Belt region. They recognise the intercommunal aspect of these violent episodes, as well as the impact they’re having on both Christian and Muslim communities. Religious identity is acknowledged as a cause in some cases; however, the driving factor […]

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24 May

How Much Progress Is The UK Making On Implementing The 2019 Bishop Of Truro Recommendations Concerning Persecuted Christians Globally?

Yes. The UK government has, in responding to various written questions, acknowledged full awareness of the security challenges in Nigeria. HMG often expresses concern and does make condemnation statements about the various atrocities. In 2021, The British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing (British High Commissioner to Nigeria since 2018) wrote about her grave […]

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