By Prince Osuagwu
First launched in 2016 by Mr. Adeola Aus-tin Oyinlade to simplify human rights law, explain the safeguards available and give users access to more than 50 human rights lawyers free of charge, the Know Your Rights app has been expanded to be available in not just English and pidgin, but Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.
Lauding the expansion of the app which has attracted more than 50,000 users, U.S. Consul General, F. John Bray, enthused: “It was my pleasure to provide Mr. Oyinlade with a second small Public Affairs grant in 2017 so that he could continue his work in bringing his Know Your Rights app to a wider Nigerian audience. The Consulate’s support of Mr. Oyinlade’ s app is an example of what the U.S. Government is doing to support the protection of human rights.”
On the Consulate’s drive, Bray said; “As one of the most important countries on the continent, given its large population, thriving commercial enterprises and strategic geopolitical location, Nigeria is critical to Africa’s prosperity and stability. As such, furthering our strong bilateral relationship with Nigeria and building its historic peaceful transfer of power, we continue to press for progress to strengthen democratic institutions.We seek to advance these goals by developing relationships with the government, faith communities and civil society organisations.
“Department of State released its 42nd country reports on human rights practices and as Acting Secretary of State, Sullivan explained, these reports are a natural outgrowth of our values as Americans. Promoting human rights and the idea that every person has inherent dignity is a core element of this administration’s foreign policy.”
I emphasize what Ms. Nauert, the Department spokesperson said, ‘The United States government will continue to support those around the world struggling for human dignity and liberty,” Bray added.