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Ojukwu hails media’s unwavering dedication to cause of human rights, watchdog of democracy


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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Dr. Tony Ojukwu SAN, has hailed the media for their unwavering dedication to the cause of human rights, and for being the watchdogs of democracy.

Ojukwu gave the commendation on Friday while addressing the journalists during a media parley held at the Commission’s auditorium in Abuja.

The NHRC Scribe said, “it is always a pleasure to engage with dedicated journalists such as yourselves who play pivotal roles in the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria.

“As the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission and on behalf of the Governing Council, Management and Staff of the Commission, I want to begin by expressing my profound appreciation for the invaluable work that you-the media, do in amplifying human rights issues and giving voice to those who often go unheard. Your commitment to shining a light on human rights violations, promoting justice, and advocating for a fair and equitable society is commendable.

Ojukwu also reiterated that the NHRC is equally committed to its mandate of Promoting, Protecting and Enforcing human rights in our dear Nation.

In his words, “We remain committed to the vital role we play in ensuring that the rights of every individual are respected and protected, regardless of their background, beliefs, or circumstances. Adding that the Commission is here to serve as a beacon of hope, a refuge for the oppressed, and a watchdog against any encroachment on human rights.

“In today’s parley, I have been privileged to take particular note of those crop of journalists who are always willing to support us to deliver on our mandates, I want to assure you that the NHRC will not take your passion to serve humanity for granted.

“Our partnership with the media is not just important; it is indispensable. Together, we can raise awareness on human rights issues, spark meaningful conversations, that leads to effective positive change. Your role as the Fourth Estate is pivotal in making this a reality.”

“Let us continue working hand in hand to build a society where human rights are upheld, justice prevails, and every individual enjoys the freedom and dignity they deserve,” he added.