The Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the principles of human rights and rule of law.
Malami, made this known yesterday during the opening ceremony of the North Central consultation on the National Action Plan (NAP), for the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria.
The minister who was represented by the permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, noted that Nigeria is signatory to a number of human rights instruments at the international and regional levels.
He said the president has reiterated his commitment to the principles of human rights and rule of law in his keynote address at ICC 20th anniversary at The Hague and Lome, Togo.
Malami, called on all stakeholders to play their roles on human rights and respect for the rule of law.
“In line with the stance of this administration on respect for the rule of law, democracy and human rights, it behooves on all stakeholders, government and non-governmental, to play their respective roles in the advancement of a culture of respect for human rights in Nigeria,” he said.
In a goodwill message at the occasion, the chairman House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights, Edward Pwajok, said the consultation workshop is timely considering the prevalence of the violation of human rights in Nigeria.
Earlier in a welcome address, the executive secretary Human Rights Commission Abuja, Tony Ojukwu, said the commission had wider consultations with “MDAs, civil society groups, the National Assembly, the media, other stakeholders and all strata of the society.”
“The idea was to make NAP truly representative, factoring in the human right concerns across the strata of society. This draft NAP is therefore the product of many months and years of consultation and cooperation with these various stakeholders,” he said.
Governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Abdulkareem Kana, said the state respects human rights and rule of law.
“In doing so, we have recently pardoned 63 inmates. We are ready to work with your organisation to ensure human rights and rule of law,” he said.
The workshop had in attendance participants from Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue, Niger, Kwara, Kogi states and Abuja.
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