By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that issues of human rights abuses and arbitrary arrests of Nigerians is reduced to its barest minimum.
NHCR Kaduna State Coordinator, Terngu Gwar expressed this, when he led other staff of the commission on a courtesy visit on the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna Council, Comrade Adamu Yusuf at the council’s secretariat on Wednesday April 24, 2019.
“Issues of arbitrary arrests and detentions must be reduced to its barest minimum. Even you as media are victims from security agencies when doing your jobs.
“Assist us in coverage of our activities and also beam some of the violations. Because when the media is watching, it becomes issue of public discourse and can’t be swept under the carpet,” he appealed.
He lamented that human rights issues are not given adequate attention in Nigeria.
“Especially the vulnerable people, the women and children, that’s why the commission is there for them.
“We need the media in terms of awareness, creating agenda and holding the government accountable.
“To let people know their rights and what they can do when their rights are violated. Because people are not aware, people violate their rights and get away with it, but when they know their rights, they can know what to do to seek redress,” he said.
Speaking further, he stressed that they they want issues of Human rights we see to reduce to barest minimum.
“You see children on the streets hawking instead of going to school, and other rights abuses must end,” he said.
He commended efforts of journalists for promoting peace and development.
“Media has come a long way in Nigeria from pre colonial, colonial to independence, enlightening and educating the public.
“Even in promoting democracy, we know what you have done. We salute you and thank you for what you are doing here in Kaduna to promote peace and harmonious coexistence,” he added.
He was accompanied by other staff of the commission, Khadijat Madaki, Hafsat Jibrilla, Aliyu Yusuf and Chimezie Azikiwe Ojukwu.