ACI Africa, Jan 22, 2024 / 16:45 pm
British politician Lord David Alton of Liverpool has called on the U.K. government to urgently address persecution in Nigeria, starting with last year’s Christmas attacks that left more than 200 Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau state dead.
The former Liberal and Liberal Democrat member of Parliament appealed to the U.K. Parliament to take action to address jihadist extremism, which, according to a Jan. 16 report by the charity foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), is driving terrorist attacks across Nigeria.
Alton, who serves on Westminster’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, asked Lord Richard Benyon, the U.K. minister of state for climate, environment, and energy, and others in the chamber: “Who is being brought to justice for the further 200 killings in Plateau state in Nigeria just two weeks ago, over Christmas?”
Alton demanded urgent action to identify and bring to trial the perpetrators of the attacks that started on Dec. 23, 2023, and continuing through Christmas, as well as other extremist atrocities in the West African country.