A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Crime Victim Foundation (CRIVIFON), has urged Nigerians to stand up for their rights and that of others.
Mrs Gloria Egbuji, Executive Director of CRIVIFON, said this on Monday in commemoration of the 70th United Nations World Human Rights Day, entitled: “Lets Stand Up for Equality, Justice and Human Dignity’’ in Lagos.
She urged Nigerians to wake up to their responsibilities by educating youths on how to protect their rights as citizens
According to her, the declaration is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human right regardless of race colour and religion.
“The declaration set out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all people and all nations.
”It establishes the equal dignity of every person and the foundation for a more just world has been laid,” she said.
The Chairman of Shomolu Local Government of Lagos State, Mr Abdul Hammed Salawu, said it was worrisome that so many Nigerians, especially the youth, do not know their rights.
“Nigerians are deprived of their human rights, a lot of our rights are being trampled upon, lots of Nigerians have been subjected to lots of brutality, maimed, killed because they don’t know their rights,” he said.
He urged government at all levels to protect the rights of its citizens, especially the youths, by giving them right to quality infrastructure.
CRVIFON National Coordinator, Titus Ofurum, said that in Nigeria so many people are victimised, because they don’t know their rights.
“Even when some of them that knows their rights they don’t know how to apply it to get results,” he said.
Also speaking, Stephen Ejiofor, Class Governor of CRIVIFON, said that to maintain law and order and to respect human rights, enforcement agencies should be used as instrument to achieve the objectives.
He said that it is not encouraging that the reverse has been the case as the law enforcement agents abused their duty.
“The rate of crime is on the increase because the society is ignorant of the law and their rights. There are rules guiding arrests which must be observed in the performance of their duty,” he said.
NAN reports that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.
– Dec. 11, 2018 @ 10:59 GMT |