Nigeria: Ethnic Cleansing:Written question - 144272

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 15 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nigeria: Ethnic Cleansing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Nigeria on reports of the armed forces' participation in acts of ethnic cleansing in the riverine states of that country undertaken by the Fulani militia.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 22 May 2018

​We have seen no evidence of collusion by the Nigerian Armed Forces in inter-communal violence between settled farming communities and Fulani pastoralists. It is essential that all action taken by the Nigerian Armed Forces and security services is in accordance with International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. We welcome President Buhari's commitment to prioritise ending the violence, and echo his calls for calm and reconciliation between the many ethnic groups and communities that make up and contribute to the strength and diversity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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