Insurgency: UN Advises Nigeria To Seek Regional Assistance

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 14th, 2014

Navi PillayThe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Miss Navi Pillay, has advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to seek regional assistance in order to end the insurgency in the north east.

Miss Pillay, who rounded off her visit to Nigeria with a news conference in Abuja on Friday, describes the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group as a terrible conflict which was no longer an internal problem of Nigeria.

She also advised the government to tackle the scourge of corruption, which she said was holding back the nations development and undermining  people’s social and economic rights.

Pillay’s visit also offered her the opportunity of assessing Nigeria’s human rights record, as she had visited the National Human Rights Commission on arrival to Nigeria.

She told the officials of the commission to provide information that would end the culture of impunity in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe, reaffirmed the commission’s commitment to protecting the rights of all Nigerians at all times.

She also held a meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, where the minister told her that the government would respect the order of the court on executing condemned prisoners, but stressed that there was no going back on same sex marriage.

The high commissioner, however, appealed to the Federal Government to abolish death penalty and also review the same sex marriage act, saying it violates the rights of some persons.

The working visit by the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights to Nigeria is aimed at forging a new partnership that will ensure the protection of peoples’ rights.   

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