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 that it is worthy of debate and that such a debate would be popular in the House. The hon. Gentleman will have another opportunity to ask about the issue during Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office questions on 26 April, but I think that applying for a debate in the meantime is the right thing to do.

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