- On behalf of 'Say No Campaign', a development expert, Ezenwa Nwagwu has written an open letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo
- The issues he raised in the letter revolves around the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
- Say No Campaign is a platform of Nigerians from all sections of the country and sectors of the economy
A development expert, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu has written an open letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Nwagwu who wrote on behalf of 'Say No Campaign,' raised issues pertaining to the NHRC.
The title of the letter dated Monday, June 6 is: Urgent need to appoint a Governing Council for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Read the letter below:
I bring you warm greetings from Say No Campaign.
I write to bring to your notice the absence of a governing council for the National Human Rights Commission. Since the tenure of the last governing council which ended in 2015, the National Human Rights Commission which is charged with the responsibility of protecting human rights has been without a governing board. The absence of a governing council weakens the commission when it comes to fostering human rights awareness and preventing discrimination.
I would like to remind you that Section 2. (1) of the National Human Rights Commission (Amendment) Act, 2010 provides that; ‘’There shall be for the Commission a Governing Council (in this Act referred to as “the Council”) which shall be responsible for the discharge of the functions of the Commission.’’
This section vests the power to appoint the chairperson and members of the governing council on the president. This is an exclusive power vested on the president to appoint persons of proven integrity with strong passion for human rights to govern the affairs of the National Human Rights Commission.
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It would be recalled that at the Commonwealth Conference for Civil Society, Business and Government Leaders which held at Commonwealth Secretariat, Malborough House, London, United Kingdom, President Buhari reiterated his commitment to applying the rule of law and to respecting human rights in the fight against corruption. Without a governing council, however, the National Human Rights Commission is ill-equipped to take steps to prevent discrimination, initiate inquiries on issues of human rights abuses and promote human rights compliance.
Your Excellency, a fully constituted governing council of the National Human Rights Commission will enable the commission to defend human rights in a non-adversarial process using mediation and conciliation. The failure to fully constitute the Human Rights Commission can be perceived as lack of respect for the rights of Nigerians by this administration.
Your Excellency, please be reminded that you swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and to discharge your duties to the best of your ability in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We urge you as a platform of Nigerians committed to fighting corruption, impunity, poverty, violence and other governance challenges in Nigeria to immediately constitute the full governing council for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as the solidarity and well-being of the citizens of the great nation depend on a strong and functional commission.
Say No Campaign is a platform of Nigerians from all sections of the country and sectors of the economy who embrace people-driven and non-violent forms of campaigns and protests against the growing level of impunity and bad governance in the country.
We thank you for your anticipated and timeous action.
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The archbishop made the comment during a press conference in Lagos to mark his 58th birthday. According to him, it is only moral for the president to resign if his health would not allow him to live up to the expectations of the people.
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