AS Nigeria marks its 60th Independence day anniversary the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), has urged the federal government to defend the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
The Human Rights group argued that defending the citizens’ human rights would go a long way in stemming the tide of incessant massacres and killings in the various parts of Nigeria, especially in Southern Kaduna.
This is contained in a statement signed the IHRC’s Envoy in Nigeria, Dr Kenneth Anozie, to mark the 60th independence day celebration of the country in Abuja.
Anozie enumerated the fundamental human rights to include the right to life, right to own property, right to freedom of expression as well as the right to freedom of worship.
He added that the rights were entrenched in Nigeria’s constitution and the United Nations Charter, which Nigeria is a signatory to.
“It will be gratifying and of great relief to the International Human Rights Commission to see to the end of the killings going on in Nigeria, especially by Boko Haram and bandits, which have taken the lives of many innocent citizens.
“This type of activity and killings erode the fundamental rights of citizens and the dignity of life, as most people now found themselves in Internally Displaced Persons’ Camps within a country that does not engage in wars with foreign countries.
“This is unacceptable in any democracy, and we will try to use the premise of the organisation to engage the government of Nigeria to work out how these senseless killings must be stopped,” the statement added.
While facilitating with President Muhammadu Buhari on the attainment of the 60 years independence of Nigeria, the group urged Nigerians to keep faith with the government in its onerous task of finding solutions to myriads of problems bedeviling the country. (NAN)
– Oct. 1, 2020 @ 10:49 GMT |