Barring any unforeseen circumstance, the much awaited report on hate speeches that characterised the 2015 general elections will soon be released by the National Human Right Commission, NHRC.
This was disclosed by the executive secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe, at the NHRC headquarters in Abuja, when a media platform, New Nigeria Conversation, NNC, paid a courtesy visit to the commission.
The report, according to Angwe, is likely going to be unfavourable to some hitherto untouchable powerful institutions, groups and individuals.
Expressing his gratitude to the leadership and members of NNC for their support, especially their consistence in publicising activities of the commission, Professor Angwe revealed that the commission would also release the report of the clash between the Shiite movement and the Nigerian Army very soon.
“We have also commenced hearing on the environmental pollution and other human rights abuses resulting from operations of multinational oil companies in the South-South states,” he said.
Since the commission commenced aggressive investigations into the 2015 general elections hate speeches and other investigations on different human right abuses, the executive secretary expressed concerns that the commission had come under several negative attacks but assured that the commission would remain focused on insuring that justice was done irrespective of whom was involved.
“Since we commenced investigation into the issues of hate speeches and electoral violence, we have received negative responses from some quarters… There is no doubt that with these giant strides being taken by this commission, some persons in some quarters may not be happy.
“We have received complaints but we are aware of our responsibilities, and we are aware that when you embark on such projects, that you must step on toes, but we will not be distracted. We will not chicken out no matter the distractions and criticism.
“In a very short period of time, the National Human Rights Commission will make its findings on the clash between the Shiites Movement and men of the Nigerian Army, as well as the report on the cases of electoral violence that took place during the last general elections.
“In a democratic society, people are free to air their views. We will derive our strength from those criticisms. We will work for all Nigerians; we will be fair and firm in the discharge of our mandate as a commission. No matter the amount of criticism, there is no going back on our mandate. We are prepared to lay down our lives for the protection of the rights of all Nigerians,” Angwe said.
Earlier in his remark, the coordinator of NNC, Mr. O S. Omachi stated that “as media practitioners, we see ourselves as critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project. We are committed to the sustenance of good leadership, democracy, economic and social development of the country and we know that in this regard, protection of human right is core. The purpose of our visit therefore is to let you know that our platform wants to partner with the Commission towards assisting it so as to actualise its core mandate.”

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