By Elizabeth Uwandu
THE United States of America, US Consul-General, John Bray, has praised a young Nigerian, Mr. Adeola Austin Oyinlade, for launching an application, Know your rights which simplifies the human rights law and gives users access to over 50 human rights lawyers who provide advice free of charge.
According to Mr Bray, the app which can be accessed in Nigerian major languages have attracted over 50,000 users. His words: “I want to acknowledge Mr. Adeoloa Austin Oyinlade and the work he has done to strengthen respect and support for the protection of human rights in Nigeria that simplified the human rights law and gave users access to over 50 human rights lawyers who provided advice free of charge.
“Over the years, we have turned to Mr. Oyinlade for his insights on the status of human rights in Nigeria when he spoke in 2012 at our election night event. In 2016, he launched his first Know your rights app. The app was accessible in English and Pidgin on android phones. In addition, it will now have people being able to access it in Nigerian major local languages; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.
“As in the past, the purpose of the app is to simplify and raise awareness among all Nigerians of their human rights. I particularly appreciate that not only are people educated about their rights but they have access to free legal advice as well,” he added.
Emphasising on more collaborations between his country and Nigeria, the US consul-general said: “Recently, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Donald Yamamoto explained that the United States has an ongoing commitment to Africa. 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.
“Furthering our strong bilateral relationship with Nigeria and building on Nigeria’s historic, peaceful transfer of power, we continue to press for progress to strengthen Nigeria’s democratic institutions. “We seek to advance these goals by developing relationships with the government, faith communities and civil society organisations,” Bray explained.
On the relevance of human rights to a nation, he revealed that, “ Promoting human rights and the idea that every person has inherent dignity is a core element of this administration’s foreign policy.”