Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, a frontline human rights lawyer, has hailed Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for defending his folks.
He hailed the Governor for standing agency to the truth that he was elected to control his folks and to not be an undertaker, burying residents on a regular basis due to circumstances past his management.
The rights lawyer spoke at a human rights lecture organised by the Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, with the theme: “Nigerian Faculty Kids; Insecurity and Human Rights”, held in Abuja.
Ortom was represented on the occasion by Ikyui Nathaniel, the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Authorities, who additionally acquired an award on behalf of the Governor.
Ozekhome famous that Ortom.has been made to undergo tough conditions as a result of he has chosen to be a governor and never an undertaker.
“Due to the truth that at the same time as a state governor, he can not management the safety forces in his personal state, he can not management the police as a result of underneath part 214 and 215, the police stay a federal matter and when the governor offers instruction to the Commissioner of Police, the structure says the Commissioner should take clearance from the Inspector Normal of Police and the Minister of Police Affairs on the federal stage. So the governor is made chief safety officer of his folks with out the powers to manage safety.
“What the structure gave with one hand, it instantly took again with the opposite. However this governor has proven resilience. He has proven capability and talent to defend his folks.
“We’re pleased with him. We’re giving him this award to inform him to proceed to battle for a greater society significantly in Benue State,” the lawyer mentioned.
Talking instantly after receiving the award, Nathaniel, who conveyed the Governor’s message mentioned, “The Governor says that the one means he can preserve quiet is when justice has been given to his folks.
“The folks have to be given justice; the killings should finish. Nigeria is on life assist and should come up from the place it’s now. All of us should come collectively and make sure the proper factor is finished in Nigeria. There have to be equity, justice and fairness.”
The Nationwide Human Rights Recognitions and Awards have been conferred on a number of Nigerians who’ve made super contributions to the development of human rights.
Governor Samuel Ortom was a type of people. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Of Enugu State, who was represented by Mr Chijoke Edoga, Commissioner of Surroundings, amongst others, additionally acquired the award.
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