At last, FG inaugurates board for National Human Rights Commission

Prof Chidi Odinkalu

The board was inaugurated by the Attorney General

One year after the Senate confirmed the nomination of the board members of the National Human Rights Commission, the Federal Government, Monday, finally inaugurated the board members.

The inauguration was conducted by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, at the Ministry of Justice building in Abuja.

The board, headed by Chidi Odinkalu, a renowned scholar and human rights activist had been left in a limbo as the Federal Government refused to inaugurate them for them to commence work.

Over 22,000 cases of human rights abuses and complaints were stalled based on the board’s inability to function adequately.

Mr. Odinkalu had complained about the non-inauguration of the board but said its members would not wait for the inauguration before commencing work.

Sources say the federal government’s refusal to inaugurate the board was largely due to the ‘radical’ stance of Mr. Odinkalu on some human rights and national issues.

Some of these positions include Mr. Odinkalu’s widely publicised stance questioning the demolition of houses of poor Nigerians by the Lagos and Rivers State Governments, without providing alternatives.

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