By Mohammed Mohammed
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday assured the management of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of his continuous support in its efforts to get closer to the people in order to assuage their grievances.
The Director of Information, at the presidency, Mr. Abiodun Oladunjoye, in a statement, said, the Chairperson of the Commission, Dr. Salamatu Suleiman, who led the delegation of the Governing Council on a courtesy visit to its day solicits the support of the President towards making the operationalization of the human rights a reality.
Buhari, said: “I am very pleased that you have the facilities throughout the country. This is very good and I am pleased with the way you approach your work; and the way you are on the ground.
“I will try and see the minister working with you and find out within our limited resources what we can honestly do for you,” said the President.
Suleiman, in her remark, said the Council decided to visit the President today being World Human Rights Day to intimate him with the efforts of the Commission in tackling petitions before the organisation.
She however commended the President for his generosity towards the Commission especially with the increase in allocation, adding that is the first time an upward review was done.
According to her, this has enabled the Commission to establish offices in the 6 geo political zones, with state office complexes also coming up in 10 states.
Sulaiman, said: “COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted political, social and economic foundations in Nigeria and Africa…leading to loss of livelihoods and increase in the level of inequalities as well as upsurge in sexual-based violence.”
“The attainment of human rights obligations, especially socio-economic rights, enshrined as fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy is at the centre of implementation of the approved National Development Plan (NDP) for 2021-2025.”