The National Human Rights Commission says it will ensure that 80 per cent of Nigerians are aware of their fundamental human rights by the end of December, 2015.
Its Executive Secretary, Bem Angwe, made the declaration on Monday in Abuja when he received Mike Omeri, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency, at the commission’s headquarters.
“By the end of this year, we want to achieve a target of having at least 80 per cent of Nigerians aware of their rights.
“As a result of this, the commission has identified some institutions in the country to partner with.
“We commenced this partnership with parliamentarians who accepted to make available their constituencies and support the commission to promote the rights of their constituents.
“That relationship has produced resources and logistics needed to promote the rights of Nigerians in many states”, Mr. Angwe said.
Mr. Angwe said the commission had earlier partnered the NOA when its director general pledged to translate the section of the Nigerian constitution on human rights into the three major languages.
The executive secretary said that this partnership was necessary as it would enable Nigerians to read about their rights in their native languages.
“We desire that Nigerians be empowered physically, mentally and economically.
“So we will work with the agency to make this happen by ensuring that every Nigerian is able to read about their rights in their various languages”, he said.
Mr. Omeri, on his part, said that the agency was working hard to complete the task of translating the section of the constitution on human rights into the three major Nigerian languages.
“We are still working on the promise we made to translate a portion of the constitution into the three major languages and we hope to get this done as soon as it is possible”, he said.
He appreciated the commitment of the commission to ensuring that the rights of every citizen were protected by swiftly intervening whenever the rights of a citizen were trampled on.
The NOA boss expressed concern that some Nigerians were still ignorant of their rights and would not even know when these rights were being abused.
“Currently, at this phase of our development, a number of people are not aware of their fundamental human rights.
“Rights that are derived from our laws and rights that are natural and so they suffer without knowing that they have a platform to seek redress”, he said.
Mr. Omeri pledged the agency’s readiness to work with the NHRC to sensitise every Nigerian on their basic rights.
This, he said, would empower them to cry out when their rights were being infringed on even by the government.
Mr. Omeri called on the NHRC to provide the necessary tools to train its staff in the 774 local governments to enable them effectively educate Nigerians on their basic and fundamental human rights.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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