The U.K. House of Lords Monday debated incessant killing of civilians, especially Christians by Boko Haram and Fulani herders. Baroness Cox, a crossbench peer in the UK’s House of Lords, highlighted the “murder of hundreds of Christians in recent months” and asked the UK government to step up its representations to Nigeria. The House of Lords also spoke about the release of Dapchi schoolgirls by Boko Haram. Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon stressed that the attacks are “abhorrent and must stop”.
He said the actions of some Fulani herders have had a “devastating impact” and welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to help the communities affected.
Baroness Cox has always shown interest in Nigerian affairs. In 2016, Baroness Cox, alongside several members of her delegation, were said to have narrowly escaped an ambush by Islamist militants in Nigeria.
“Shortly after leaving the village near Jos in Plateau State, the delegation was contacted and informed that armed men had come into the valley (the village’s sole exit point) and shot at people driving through,” HART reported at the time.
“The events occurred a mere 30 minutes after the delegation had departed. It is believed by local Christian minister Rev. Gyang Boyi that the delegation was the original intended target of the attack.”