Human Rights Violation in Nigeria
By Jude Chukwuemeka
Morning Crossfire with Wemimo Adewuni (@wemimospot) & Sheriff Quadry (@SheriffQuadry)
For the rest of the year, the Morning Crossfire team is reflecting on issues that have happened in 2019. The first is human rights violations and as Wemimo Adewuni says, Nigeria just got one leg in, one leg out… out of what?
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A coalition of over 200 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), has given the federal government a 14-day ultimatum to investigate the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives, who violated protocol and the circumstances leading to Omoyele Sowore’s second arrest. Nigeria Info FM’s Tunde Pratt is covering the protest which starts at Ikeja, Lagos.
A statement by the group on the demands, read partly, “Two key issues are of concern to us, namely: Attack on Our Judiciary and Attack on Free Speech and Pattern of Silencing Dissent
Wemimo reads them out on the show…
"President Muhammadu Buhari to show accountability as President and Commander-in-Chief and address the nation on his commitment to the rule of law and human rights.
“The release of all illegally detained persons by the DSS as revealed by Amnesty, Premium Times & Punch Newspapers in recent months.
“That the government obey all outstanding court orders. An investigation of the officers who violated protocol and the circumstances leading to Omoyele Sowore’s 2nd arrest.
“The unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore per his bail terms.
Achike Chude, a human rights activist joins the show, saying that Nigerians are only reminding people in governance that this is the basis for national stability. Before they came to power in 2015, government assured Nigerians that it would abide by the things Wemimo just read out. Sheriff Quadry asked if these things could not be done within 14 days. Achike says these things could be done in one hour. “When they (government) fail, power still resides with the people to respond,” Achike claims.
Wemimo reads from a statement credited to Prof. Wole Soyinka who says that government’s disregard for the rule of law could easily lead to anarchy in Nigeria. He called on government to abide by the pronouncements of courts in order to avoid nationwide civil disobedience.
One of the aspects discussed in today’s show is violence against women and that one perpetrated by a senator on a nursing mother who worked in a sex shop. She was slapped several times by the senator. The senator is still free from discipline. Related to this, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission Lagos, Harriet Thompson says that it is not enough to talk about violence against women. “More needs to be done.” Nigerian government has to do what is right.
Rotimi Sankore, a Public Analyst also joins the show and says that the problem is “a lot of people don’t see these violations as what they are.” He goes on to cite the example of forced child marriage and the failure of government to attend to the travails of the child subjected to sexual violence. The state obviously don’t prevent, protect, and rescue the child. About genital mutilation, some believe it is justified and normal. They often refer to it as culture.
The following is covered in the show:
- Detention of individuals (Sowore Omoyele, El-Zakzaky, others) and government disobedience to court orders
- Violence against women
- Proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria
- Freedom of speech and democracy