Most Govt Officials are Ignorant of Human Rights – NHRC

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The Ebonyi State coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Christopher Onyekachi, has said that most government officials are ignorant of human rights.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday, in Abakaliki, he called on government to make provision for human rights education in various academic institutions of the country.

In his statement, “Most of the government officials are ignorant of human rights. There is need to help us through the program which UNICEF is ready to partner to.

“Human rights education should be inserted in the curriculum of schools so that children from the primary, secondary and Tertiary school levels will be ready to know what their rights are because these are the major people that will form members of the society.

“So, when they learn their rights as the basic thing they will know and not just grammatically reading to write and pass. When you know your rights, you will be able to voice out when it is violated,” he said.

He said the commission was determined to fight for the rights of the citizens against the mindset of some citizens who might have a different dimension of understanding, noting that women’s rights in major cases are violated for one cultural disadvantage or the other.

“Our core mandate is protection, promotion and enforcement of the rights of the Nigerian citizens and those living in Nigeria” he said.

Onyedikachi stressed that the Commission is not actually out there to tarnish or victimize but more of bringing about awareness. Most of human rights violations committed are mostly done out of ignorance and out of following extra cultural practices that are very harmful and they do that ignorantly.

“It is our duty to help in the sensitisation and creation of the awareness of human rights, especially here in Ebonyi state and so we’ve gone to some communities in Iboko, Izzi Local Government to talk to some women groups. We equally visited some communities in Ebonyi Local Government like Abofia and talked to some women groups.

He further stated that the highest victims of human rights abuse are women, not because they are considered weaker sex as some erroneously do but because culturally, they are disadvantaged in terms of accessing what belongs to them as their rights in the society.

According to him, these awareness created so far has yielded so many results as more people report human right abuses.

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