The Proverb that says ” There is always a green light at the end of the tunnel, never mentioned how many red flag tunnel we would pass through before seeing the green light.” Every society is at freedom when they can freely do things that uplift the economy.
I think human rights law should be a general course in school. Human rights should be part of everyone’s education. The law touches on literally every aspect of our day to day lives, whether we realize it or not.
With laws all around us and touching our lives in various ways every moment of every day. It is important to understand where each fit into that puzzle and what our rights and obligations are regard to other people and the government.
When American says, “I’ve got my rights,” they usually think of those civil and political rights in the US Bill of Rights, which includes freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, and the right to a fair trial.
In Nigeria, students of law and international relations or political science may study human rights in a university setting, but most people receive no education, formally or informally about human rights. Even some human rights activist usually acquire knowledge and skills by self-teaching and direct experience.
Some of us were taught about some important human rights contained in chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria during our civic classes when we were young; Right to life, Right to dignity, Right to fair hearing, Right to privacy, Right to freedom of expression, Right to own property, Right to freedom of movement, and Right to freedom of assembly.
Talking of free assembly, free assembly is the cornerstone of democracy and civil society. Many of the liberties we enjoy today were earned by the marches of yesterday. Preserving the right of protesters protects the right of us all. That’s why free assembly is recognized as a human right but part of Nigeria goverment thinks otherwise.
“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards of men.”
The primary purpose of protest is to ensure that all voices are heard. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s immortal “I have a dream,” speech at Lincoln memorial on 1963, “a nation of the people, by the people,” is only as defensible as its protection of the right to protest.
Hundreds took to the streets to protest against unfair treatment by the part of Nigeria police force “SARS.” For a peaceful protest should bring about a peaceful response because Nigeria’s political leaders, chosen by us, are responsible first and foremost for listening to our cries for hope, freedom and liberation. Sadly, some people were killed, some were arrested, and some were wounded.
In Nigeria, some police officers come to see themselves not as simply enforcers of the law, but as the law itself. Some misuse the power on people and deprive some people their right to life.
Right to life; this is the most important right of every Nigerian and in fact every human being. The right to life and that no one can intentionally deprive a person of this right either an individual or the government unless in the executation of a sentence of the court in respect of a criminal offence.
Like my friend said, “the present system need to break and shatter if there must be a change.” Destruction is a part of creation, “he said.” Dirt is the father of gold, every alchemist and smiths knows that for their to be gold, or finest of metal crafts, destruction is a must. Kenya and Ghana also had to rewrite their constitution to get to where they are today.
And you think this is possible in Nigeria? “I asked,” the government is already pushing people towards that route. There’s limit to the kind of suffering people can endure, “he said.”
For our democratic experiment to survive, we must perpetually evolve our approach to demanding accountability and transparency from our governments and elected officials.
Human rights should be like a culture where everyone’s rights are respected; a culture where people understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize human rights and responsibilities, recognize human rights violations and take action to protect the rights of others.
The first and foremost responsibility of the governments is listening and responding to our cries. On paper, this is Nigeria’s deepest commitment to it’s people.
While that’s the government commitment to its people, we are running andabysmally failed system or I say country.
Human right is just one of the problems, one of the main problems is law.
Law is a social contract between the people and the government. As of today, how many Nigerians, including the law makers and lawyers knows what the content of the law is?
It’s disgusting that we only make laws but never tried to educate people about laws and order, and we wonder how police went rogue.
I doubt if the president even understand fundamental human right talkless of the constitution.
We’re playing a game of cat and mouse with democracy in Nigeria, the govt and the people. The same story every damn four years (year of elections), but what about the years we’d have to wait before the next four years, years of immeasurable pain and suffering. We say we need ‘change’, yes, I believe we do, but how do we go about it. These problems didn’t just emerge in a day, but have been building up through the years but now it’s time for accountability. How do we go about ‘change’ whereby we won’t make the same mistakes and condemn ourselves and the coming generations to wretchedness and utter damnation? These are the questions that need to be answered before we can take the next step of freeing our democracy from the shackles the past generations has put it. The 1% at the top of the food chain don’t want things to ‘change’, they are just looking for a new way to exploit us and make us believe we are the problem. I just believe in one thing, whenever and however we want to rise and take charge of our future, there’s nothing they can do about it but only if we go with one voice.
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