Nigeria:Written question - 226895

Asked by Jim Shannon

Named Day

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Asked on: 10 March 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the protection of Christians and their right to worship in that country.
Answered by: James Duddridge
Answered on: 16 March 2015
The Nigerian constitution, and other laws and policies in Nigeria, provide legal protection for religious freedom in the country. The two main religions in Nigeria, Christianity and Islam, have a history of tolerance and coexistence. Boko Haram are attempting to challenge Nigeria’s secular state and democratic constitution by attacking all Nigerians who do not follow their extremist and intolerant views. Their activities, which do not command widespread support, have caused immense suffering in both Muslim and Christian communities. We regularly discuss the impact of Boko Haram with the Nigerian Government, and with Nigerian religious leaders. The UK is committed to helping Nigeria combat these extremists and stop their heinous activities against the civilian population.

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