The Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Dr Salamatu Suleiman said the Commission is at the forefront of the commemoration of the human right day celebration in Nigeria and the World in general.
She made this statement recently at a lecture to mark the 2021 Human Rights Day celebration in Abuja
Dr Suleiman while giving her welcome remark at the ceremony emphasized the need to review governmental and individual milestones in addressing issues concerning human rights as the world celebrates the 73rd anniversary of the United Nations declaration human rights.
The Executive Secretary of NHRC Prof. Tony Ojukwu SAN who gave the opening remark at the event said in enforcing human rights, violence against women and girls must the stopped to make Nigeria a better place.
He also enjoined everyone to shun all negative vices that undermine the fundamental human right of citizens such as bullying, terrorism, corruption among others.
Also gracing the occasion was the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard who said fighting corruption and upholding human rights will be best achieved with partnerships, emphasizing that the US is working tirelessly and partnering with various governments and organisations to completely eliminate gender-based violence.
Prof. Bola Akinterinwa who delivered the lecture entitled: Promoting Human Rights in the Post COVID-19 Era spoke on how human rights can be promoted and protected in the future, however,he also said that the Federal government still had a lot to do to improve human rights in the country so as to ensure fairness and justice for every gender not just for women and children
The ceremony also featured the unveiling the roadmap on the operationalization of the Human Rights Fund
The event which was graced by Ministers, representatives of Governors, civil society organizations, Academics among others was aimed at addressing issues pertaining to the abuse of human rights and proffering solutions to such abuses in line with the year’s theme for the celebration: Equality – reducing inequalities, advancing human rights.