- A group has nominated the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to speak on terrorism and human rights issues in a seminar in Nigeria
- The group also nominated the senator representing Bayelsa east constituency, Ben Murray-Bruce, alongside other international speakers
- The organizers said the seminar will help proffer solution to Nigeria's commitment to getting rid of terrorism and its impact on her national life
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the senator representing Bayelsa east constituency, Ben Murray-Bruce among many others have been nominated to speak on issues of terrorism and human rights in Nigeria.
Dogara and Bruce will join many other international speakers and stakeholders in a seminar organised by a civil society organization, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC).
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, November 28, the executive secretary of SHAC, Ibrahim Abubakar, said the seminar has become imperative in view of some subjective assessment done on the fight against terror by the organized force in Nigeria.
He said the seminar themed, "Global War Against Terrorism: For Nigeria, A Choice Between Law and Life", will help provide a platform for a collective and objective assessment of the war against insurgency in Nigeria.
Abubakar said the seminar is also expected to proffer solution to Nigeria's commitment to getting rid of terrorism and its impact on her national life.
He added that SHAC has spent quality time over the years monitoring crisis situations across the country and in recent years concentrated both in the North and south-eastern part of the country.
Abubakar said: “In the course of our work, we have noted that ongoing conflicts across the world have been assessed with such worrying relativity that the issues are easily confused. The standards for evaluation are dangerously fluid and definitions constantly shift depending on who is doing the evaluation, who is being evaluated and where the evaluation is taking place.
“With Nigeria and the Boko Haram terror group, this kind of subjective assessment of the crisis situation has proven to be out-rightly dangerous and sometimes purely irresponsible when viewed against the greater responsibility to humanity, which is safeguarding the well-being of local populations that are the victims of terror attacks.
"The legitimate authorities - military and security agencies that are saddled with curtailing these terrorists are now branded as if they are the ones committing crimes when in reality they are the ones preventing further carnage against the innocent civilian populations.
“It is therefore imperative that the issues around humanitarian and human rights issues are better articulated to put both practitioners and citizens in a better position to understand what is at stake. This is why the Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) is organizing a two-day seminar that will assemble stakeholders to interrogate the issues and proffer useful suggestions on how to proceed in the times ahead," Abubakar said.
Abubakar said participants for the seminar are drawn from Nigeria and abroad to cover those working in crisis management, academics, judiciary and NGOs.
He said the participants boast a collection of people that have proven pivotal in shaping how Nigeria is perceived.
The seminar is expected take place between Wednesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 14, at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the residence of the Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, will be converted to a museum.
The Borno state commissioner of home affairs, information and culture, Mohammed Bulama, said the state government wants to use the museum to archive all information about the movement of insurgency in the region.
Bulama said the Borno state government is considering making the one-time stronghold of the insurgents Sambisa into a tourist site.
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