By Yahaya Idris, Abuja.
The Presidential candidate of the Social democratic party (SDP), Barrister (Prince) Adewole Adebayo has assured Nigerians that their fundamental human rights will be protected and respected under his administration if elected as president come 2023.
Barrister Adebayo said he will strengthen Nigeria’s human rights institutions and ensure institutional support where citizens will be educated on the fundamentals of human rights.
The SDP hopeful candidate asserted a Presidential Town Hall Retreat on Human Rights And The 2023 Elections held on Saturday, 10th December 2022 in commemoration of the 2022 International Human Rights day.
Globaltimesnigeria.com report that the event was organized by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in collaboration with the United Nations Nigeria.
The occasion allowed all presidential candidates to tell Nigerians how they intend to protect and respect the human rights of Nigerians if voted in.
“My government will set up a committee that will ensure no Nigerian rights are abused no matter his/her religion and tribe. Our new government will work with Nigerians to protect human rights as to uphold their dignity.”
“Chapter 2 of the constitution says that there’s a level of dignity you must give to people and to give them that dignity, you must provide certain infrastructure in the society and the government is most equipped to make those changes”.
“That is why when you see the manifesto of the Social Democratic Party, why we are even all social Social Democratic Party is that we believe that social investments in nutrition, in basic housing and habitats in education, in affordable health care in basic infrastructure will raise civilization to a point where there is less tension in the society”.
He further said human rights should be enshrined in Nigeria’s culture so that respecting human rights would become a part of life for everyone.
“We should look at rights as a culture. I’ve lived in many countries and in countries in which human rights are respected; it is not a government thing”.
“It is that generally that their society has gotten used to human rights, where you respect the rights of people generally”, Adebayo a.
The International Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th December in commemoration of the adoption of the universal declaration on human rights.
Other presidential candidates present to speak during the town hall included; Professor Christopher Imumolen of the Accord party, Hamza Al-Mustaph of AA; Omoyele Sowore of AAC; Yabagi Yusuf Sani Jakardan of ADP; and others.
Those in the entourage of the SDP Presidential candidate include Khadijat Bolanle Lamidi-Okunu,
Sen. Ugochukwu Uba, Mr Patrick Anethua, Pastor Ade Alabi and Chief Godwin Osigbeme among others.