British Lawmakers petitions Commonwealth over insecurity in Nigeria

Concerned British Lawmakers are alarmed by the spurring rate of terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. These lawmakers sent a petition to the commonwealth stating that the failure of the federal government to protect the citizens of Nigeria is a breach of its duties under the Commonwealth Charter. The letter was dated September 14 and addressed to Patricia Scotland, Secretary-general of the Commonwealth. It was co-signed by 18 lawmakers.

 “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 SouthEast.

“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.”

“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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