The upper house of parliament members in the United Kingdom, have expressed concern over the killings by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt region.
The thirteen members of the House of Lords, expressed its concern in a letter to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, dated September 14, co-signed by Baroness Cox, Baroness Kennedy, Jim Shannon, Fiona Bruce, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams and 14 others saying the failure of the Nigerian Government to protect Nigerians was a breach of the Commonwealth Charter and requesting the Commonwealth to raise the killings with its Ministerial Action Group.
They also cited a report titled, 'Nigeria: Unfolding genocide?' by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, which accused unnamed officials of being complicit in the bloodshed in the country.
According to the House of Lords members, the APPG's concerns reflected the findings of a report by Amnesty International, 'We dried our tears: Addressing the toll on children of Northeast Nigeria's conflict', which concludes that the Nigerian armed forces have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during their operations.
The letter reads in its part as "The Nigerian army's former Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, whom some of us have met and spoken to, says the armed forces are "not neutral; they collude" in the "ethnic cleansing in... riverine states."
"The state's failure to protect the citizens is a clear breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter in respect of human rights"
It added, "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 requested the Commonwealth to raise the urgent concerns with the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.
They said "We would be very willing to meet in person (or perhaps more practically, online via zoom) to discuss how we might proceed,"