Nigeria’s Human Rights Record Very Bad – Femi Falana

Human rights activist, Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria, SAN, has written off the human rights record of the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC administration in Nigeria as abysmally low. Falana, in a no-holds-barred conversation Wednesday morning on sundry issues touching on the rule of law and violation of fundamental human rights of the citizens on Sunrise Daily, a current affairs programme on Channels Television, also literally took his fellow lawyers to the cleaners, accusing many of them of being “very comfortable with impunity, abuse of the rule of law, and violations of human rights”. Further taking a swipe at his professional colleagues, the renowned lawyer said “majority of them are just very comfortable with making their money” rather than hold the government accountable for human rights abuses. While noting that “our human rights regime is one of the best in the world in terms of the formal entrenchment of human rights in the Constitution, in the African Charter and Human and People’s Rights Act, in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, anti-torture Act, and the rest of them” Falana gave a damning verdict that “in practice, we are doing very, very badly”..

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