Human Rights: African Bar Association lauds Nigerian Army
By Sammie Egwu
The African Bar Association has applauded the efforts of the Nigerian Army to ensure respect for human rights in its operations across the country.
The commendation is coming on the heels of various Human Rights Centers setup by the Nigerian Army outside the military barracks across Nigeria to checkmate cases of human rights abuses by its personnel.
This was contained in a communique issued by the African Bar Association at the end of her 2017 Annual Conference held in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
In the communique signed by ABA President, Hannibal Uwaifo and Secretary General, Flaviana Charles, the Association urged military and security authorities across the African Continent to emulate the example and courageous step taken by the Nigerian Army.
According to the communique, the Conference received a report that the Nigerian Army has set up Human Rights Centers outside the Military Barracks across the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It described the action by the Army as a “courageous step,” saying it has shown that the Army has nothing to hide.
It stated further, “However. the African Bar Association will like to see Human Rights Centers that function optimally and in a way that it is well funded, with the right Personnel, appropriate investigative tools and its independence secured. In this regard, the African Bar Association will be willing to assist the Nigerian Armed Forces to attain these goals in order to meet with its Local and International obligations.
The Annual Conference of the African Bar Association is a veritable platform for African Lawyers, Judges. Academics, and other stakeholders in the Legal Profession to learn, exchange ideas, retool, reflect upon and proffer solutions to the challenges confronting the Legal Profession, Administration of Justice, Rule of Law, Democracy and Development in Africa.