The Presidency on Friday faulted final Monday’s report by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief (APPG) which accused the federal authorities of permitting armed Islamist teams to kill, maim and displace Christians, by means of a scientific cleaning
Government mentioned the APPG report was a misrepresentation of points in Nigeria.
In the report entitled ‘Nigeria – Unfolding Genocide?’, the group had mentioned : “assaults by armed teams of Islamist Fulani herdsmen have resulted in the killing, maiming, dispossession and eviction of hundreds of Christians.
“Thousands of civilians are thought to have been killed in assaults led by Fulani herders and periodic retaliatory violence. Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust report that over 1,000 Christians have been killed between January-November 2019, ‘in addition to the estimated 6,000+ deaths since 2015.’
“Amnesty International estimate that between January 2016 and October 2018 ‘at the very least 3,641 folks could have been killed, 406 injured [and] 5,000 homes burnt down. Local teams, such because the Christian Association of Nigeria, report greater figures: between January and June 2018, over 6,000 folks have been killed by Fulani herders.’”
“These components are compounded by the Nigerian Government’s failure to reply adequately to the violence, to guard communities or to carry perpetrators of violence to justice.
“These points have to be addressed if we’re to save lots of lives and enhance the welfare of civilians and the report makes many suggestions about how this may be carried out.”
But in an announcement responding to the place of the organisation, the Presidency countered the claims of lack of readiness by the federal authorities to answer the violent happenings, primarily involving the phobia group, Boko Haram and the herders and farmers’ battle.”
But responding to the allegations on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, mentioned tensions have at all times existed through the years in Nigeria between “our main religions, Christianity and Islam – and between herders and farmers – each for entry to ever-decreasing arable and farmland as a result of a quickly rising inhabitants, temperatures and desertification by means of world warming.
He mentioned: “Exacerbating these tensions, our nation has additionally been in latest occasions and centered inside the northern states – topic to vicious and legal assaults by the phobia group Boko Haram.
“In live performance with our American and British allies, Nigeria’s navy has pushed again the terrorists and largely decreased their capability during the last 5 years in comparison with the earlier decade.
“Boko Haram has focused Christians and Churches particularly as a result of they comprehend it drives ahead non secular and lands tensions already existent in the nation. Similarly, they assault mosques and Muslims in order to concern the risk: radicalize, or turn out to be targets yourselves.”
Shehu spoke on efforts to finish the conflicts, saying: “in the months and years forward, our President who’s Muslim and our Vice President who’s an evangelical Christian pastor are irrevocably dedicated to addressing these a number of and long-term challenges for in the present day’s and future generations.”
These, in accordance with him, embrace making certain peaceable coexistence, sustained battle against Boko Haram, negotiations on landholding, inter-faith dialogues,” persevering with and rising Nigeria’s efforts alongside our allies to totally defeat and eventually end Boko Haram, in order to carry safety to the north of the nation
“Continuing to hunt, negotiate for, and safe the return of all these held hostage and in captivity by the terrorists, whatever the non secular religion or perception.
“Uniting our nation by means of dialogue organized round respect for distinction in faith. Such a programme is already underway beneath the management of the Vice President, Pastor Yemi Osinbajo.
“Addressing, by means of Joint Federal and State Governments programmes, entry to arable farmland – with land mandated each for farmers and herders. The federal authorities will concern detailed measures concerning this plan and its rollout in the approaching weeks
“Countering pretend information – notably on social and digital media – by working with the non-partisan stakeholder neighborhood, the National Broadcasting Commission and social media platforms themselves, to deal with the proliferation of false and inflammatory commentary.
“The President and Government have and can always work with these – each inside and with out Nigeria – with a priority for the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and faith.”
Government invited members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group to Nigeria to “see for themselves the work that’s going on to advertise these elementary rights of our residents.”