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June 12: Rights group hails Buhari’s courage on pronouncement



June 12: Rights group hails Buhari’s courage on pronouncement

By Adeyemi Adeleye

The Human Rights Monitoring Program (HURMA) on Sunday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s courage in implementing June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.

HURMA Executive Director Isiak Buna praised it in a statement issued following the group’s commemoration of the June 12 anniversary on Saturday in Lagos.

Buna said June 12, 1993 was a historic day because it was a day when Nigerians from all tribes came out to choose for themselves someone to represent their interest in governance.

According to him, if the government does not represent the interests of the governed, it will undoubtedly result in the oppressor and the oppressed or the exploiter and the exploited.

He said: “After several unrest on the part of the people, President Muhammadu Buhari has decided that June 12 will be commemorated as Democracy Day.

“We must congratulate and thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for this bold step that others before him have failed to implement.

“He actually implemented the people’s desire by making June 12 democracy day. So this is a day when Nigerians come together to reflect on where they came from and the way to go.

The human rights activist said June 12 remains a day when Nigerians should reflect on the challenges facing the nation and the solution.

“We have to appreciate what the government is doing because democracy is about good governance, good economy and security. Some people exploit the opportunity of gatherings to commit kinds of crimes, ”he said.

Buna called on the federal and Lagos state governments to speed up measures to rebuild all police stations burnt down during the October 2020 protests against EndSARS.

The human rights activist, who said HURMA celebrated Democracy Day 2021 in the anti-cult unit of the affected Nigerian police in Gbagada, condemned the destruction of public institutions for any reason. .

Buna said the group will continue to advocate for the rights of the oppressed.

According to him, there are some police personnel whose basic salary cannot cover their basic needs, but they remain loyal and dedicated to their work.

“We will not tolerate any act of terrorism or injustice against a Nigerian citizen, it is our responsibility to fight with the rule of law.

“So if the police too are oppressed, attacked or oppressed, it is our responsibility to also defend their rights in the context of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

He urged parents and community leaders to advise their children and wards to refrain from all acts of terrorism.

He said that children should not be used as instruments for the enemies of the country to attack facilities built with collective resources.

He said the group would not tolerate any act of injustice committed by the government against a citizen.

“We will continue to fight injustice against any citizen to any extent, but with the instrument of law.

“We call on both the government and the governed to unite and make democracy a reality in our community,” he said. (NAA)


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