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You have right to protect your rights – NGO

A non-governmental organisation, Citizens Voice Development Initiative (CVDI), has called on Nigerians to speak out when their rights are abused to promote human  rights protection.

The National Chairman of CVDI, Chief Charles Okafor, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.

  He said that although some government agencies were doing much to fight human rights violation, speaking out by victims of rights abuses would strengthen the fight.

 “What is allowing rights violation to continue is the silence of Nigerians; they do not even know their rights.

“Nigerians see what is evil and are willing to live with it. It shouldn’t be so,’’ Okafor said.

He urged enlightenment of the citizens on their rights to improve human rights protection.

The national chairman said that Nigerians should speak out when cheated, suppressed and victimised.

Okafor noted that the greatest of human rights was the right to life, and frowned at killings.

He also condemned violence against women.

“This is gross abuse of the rights of women.

“There has been injustice against the women folk, particularly widows, starting from villages.

“We will be educating the people and letting them know that they have a right to protect their rights.

“Let pursuance of the rights of the citizens start from communities down to the state level for the good of all,’’ he told NAN.

He called for domestication of human rights laws “to begin to tame the evils that have become norms in our communities’’.

On societal values, Okafor urged parents not to indoctrinate their children with the wrong values.

“That is what is playing out now.

“I have observed that even at primary school level, parents will go and bribe teachers to give their children certain scores; unfortunately many of these parents do these things in the presence of their children.

 “What we have ended up doing is telling our children that this is the way to do it; children learn more by what they are seeing than what you are talking.”

He appealed to parents to show good examples to their children through honesty, contentment, hard work, kindness, among other virtues.

NAN


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