CDHR charges members to Sensitise Citizens to Know their Rights.
National Vice-President, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, (CDHR, )Professor Ade Ikuesan, has charged comrades of the committee in Kwara state to embark on vigorous sensitization of the citizens to enable them know when their rights are violated or trampled upon.
He said majority of the citizens hardly know when their rights are violated and how to fight against such violations, hence the need for advocacy to create the right awareness on what action to take.
Speaking at the biennial state convention of the Kwara state chapter of the CDHR, held on Saturday, at the Labour House of the Nigeria Labour Congress, in Ilorin, Professor Ade urged Nigerians to stand up and fight for their rights.
He advised the comrades to visit law courts and police stations among others regularly, to identify innocent citizens whose human rights had been violated and languishing in jail without any rescue.
The Vice President described membership of the committee as call to selfless service and sacrifice for the down-trodden and voiceless.
The Coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, in Kwara state, Barrister Jumoke Olaoye, noted that volume of human rights violations existed in the state.
She observed that pandemic of child abuse by psychologically troubled parents is the current trend in the society now.
Barrister Jumoke, while commending the efforts of the committee so far in the state, called for more vigorous education on the rights of the child citizens.
Also,speaking, General Manager of Diamond FM Radio, Ilorin, Micheal Abiodun Olarewaju, urged the new executive of the committee led by Comrade Afolabi Lukman, not to close its eyes to human rights violations of the citizens.
He pledged robust synergy between the radio station and the committee in the efforts to fight human rights violations in the state.
In his acceptance speech, the re-elected chairman, Afolabi, called on security agencies to stand firm in defending the rights of people, as human rights and security have a place for the survival of democracy in Nigeria