Ensure transparency, African Commission charges FG
A member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ms Faith Pansy Tlakula yesterday called on the federal government to increase its efforts in the move to ensure transparency and accountability of elected officials.
Ms Tlakula, who is also the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, made the statement in her address at the Dr. Felix Okoye Memorial Lecture organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Abuja yesterday.
Speaking on the topic “Open Government, democracy and human rights: Best practices For African Governments,” Ms Tlakula stated that a government that makes little or no effort to be accountable, transparent or allow citizens access to information will only breed an “atmosphere of mistrust between the state and its citizens.”
She urged the government to take steps towards the decriminalization of laws like criminal defamation, sedition and publication of false news currently in its statute books.