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UK lawmakers write Commonwealth over insecurity in Nigeria

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 24, 2020, 04:10:39 AM
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Worried by the rising spate of insurgency and farmer/herder crisis in Nigeria, some members of the House of Lords, the British upper legislative chamber, have petitioned the Commonwealth.

The lawmakers, in a letter dated September 14 and addressed to Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth, said the failure of the Federal Government to protect Nigerians was a breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter.

The letter was co-signed by 18 lawmakers.

Referencing a report by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, the lawmakers said thousands of civilians have been killed and “elements of the Nigerian government may be complicit in violence.”

They asked that a probe be carried out into the killings and at the least ensure “adequate protection and aid for those suffering the loss of family members and the destruction of their homes and livelihoods.”

The letter read: “We write to highlight urgent concerns about escalating violence in Nigeria, where attacks led by Boko Haram, Fulani herders, and other Islamist militia continue in northern and central-belt states, with reports of increasing violence in the South-East.

“The state’s failure to protect its citizens is a clear breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter in respect of human rights.

“There is now an urgent need to ensure adequate protection and aid for those suffering the loss of family members and the destruction of their homes and livelihoods.

“And to end impunity by ensuring that complaints related to human rights violations are promptly, independently, and impartially investigated and those responsible are held to account after fair trials.”

The parliamentarians further asked that the issue be raised with the Commonwealth ministerial action group.

“We write, therefore, to ask whether you are able to respond on behalf of the Commonwealth and to raise these urgent concerns with the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group. We would be very willing to meet in person (or perhaps more practically online via zoom) to discuss how we might proceed.”


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Re: UK lawmakers write Commonwealth over insecurity in Nigeria

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 24, 2020, 04:24:49 AM
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The letter read: “We write to highlight urgent concerns about escalating violence in Nigeria, where attacks led by Boko Haram, Fulani herders, and other Islamist militia continue in northern and central-belt states, with reports of increasing violence in the South-East.

“The state’s failure to protect its citizens is a clear breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter in respect of human rights.

“There is now an urgent need to ensure adequate protection and aid for those suffering the loss of family members and the destruction of their homes and livelihoods.

“And to end impunity by ensuring that complaints related to human rights violations are promptly, independently, and impartially investigated and those responsible are held to account after fair trials.”

The British have a special responsibility to stop the killings in Nigeria. And they can, if they want.

One cannot find any nexus between the killings in Nigeria and British economic interests. On the contrary, it paints Britain in ignoble colours.

Eastern Nigeria, for example, has the highest number of Anglican Christians in Nigeria, but one is yet to see direct British involvement in protecting the Eastern Nigerians from Jihadists in the government of Nigeria.
These Jihadists act with TOTAL impunity. They "kill and go". Unarrested. Untried. Unsentenced. Untouchable!

In any case, this letter by the British members of the House of Lords is very welcome, and may signal a change in policy. I pray to God that this letter will be the first of MANY steps to stop extrajudicial killings and tacit support of ethnic cleansing by those "in power at Abuja".

If the international community start holding these people to account, Nigerian peoples will be in their debt.
The people will not forget those who helped to stop the silent Jihad going on in Nigeria.
The Christian religion expect these minimums.

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