‘Taraba, Ek­iti are most hu­man rights-friendly states’

The Punch - - NEWS - Oladimeji Ra­mon

Are­port by Con­sti­tu­tional Rights Aware­ness and Lib­erty Ini­tia­tive has ad­judged Taraba and Ek­iti states as the most hu­man rights-friendly states in Nige­ria.

The re­port was pre­sented to the pub­lic on Tues­day at the United States Con­sulate in La­gos in com­mem­o­ra­tion of this year’s In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day.

The founder, CRALI, Ade­ola Oyin­lade, ex­plained that the sur­vey was con­ducted by 50 lawyers across the 36 states in the coun­try.

He said peo­ple from walks of life were in­ter­viewed with­out the knowl­edge of gov­ern­ment, adding that the sur­vey aimed to iden­tify most hu­man right­sad­her­ent states in the coun­try with a view to set­ting a stan­dard for oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the ac­tivist lawyer, the sur­vey showed that Taraba and Ek­iti states had made “a quan­tum leap” in re­spect of their peo­ple’s hu­man rights.

The Gov­er­nor of Taraba State, who was at the event, Dar­ius Ishaku, said he was pleas­antly sur­prised at the state’s rank­ing.

He can­vassed for the cre­ation of state po­lice as the so­lu­tion to the in­se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

The US Con­sul-gen­eral, Claire Pierangelo, while speak­ing on the theme of the hu­man rights con­fer­ence, “Re­spect for hu­man rights; a panacea for na­tional peace and de­vel­op­ment and the roles of state gov­ern­ment in Nige­ria,” com­mended CRALI for the sur­vey.

While say­ing that re­spect for hu­man rights was im­por­tance for peace and de­vel­op­ment, Pierangelo said the US State Depart­ment an­nual hu­man rights re­port showed that Nige­ria was grap­pling with hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

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