As part of activities to mark the 2019 International Human Rights Day. The Civil Rights Council has called Youths in the state to channel their energy towards the fight against human rights abuses instead of indulging in criminality.
The National coordinator of Civil Rights Council, Arochukwu Paul Ogbonna at the sideline of training on the importance upholding the human dignity said it has become imperative for the youths to stand up for the defense of Human Rights by so doing attention would be shifted from all forms of inhuman behaviors and illegal attitudes;
He said youths should rather engage constructively with state actors like the government officials to ensure they act within the bounds of the laws and that the rights of the citizens are respected, noting that such is a more constructive engagement as youths are the bedrock of the society as Nigeria is our project and the project of every Nigerian citizen. He also admonished the Youth to employ legitimate means in engaging state and non-actors who violate the rights of its citizens.
The National coordinator of Civil Rights Council, Arochukwu Paul Ogbonna who is also a legal practitioner also called on Civil Societies Organization(CSOs) in Nigeria not to compromise on the fight against human rights abuses in the country.
He described as unfortunate where CSO takes side on political matters ’that it is unfortunate that most Civil Society Organizations in the country has failed on their mandate of protecting citizen’s rights.’’
He said “Civil Society Organizations owes it as a duty to ensure the right of citizens are protected”
Earlier in his Welcome address, the National coordinator of Civil Rights Council explained that the significance of marking the International Human Rights day every 10 December is to remind the people of basic rights they are inherently entitled to as Human beings irrespective of their race, colour, religion, sex, language, political, societal status among others.
He maintained that the fight is a fight for everyone, as International community recognizes the importance of involving young people as agents of change in human rights struggle and that is why the theme for 2019 International Day is “Youth Standing Up For Human Rights “.