16th December, 2010
A rights activist and former scribe of Campaign For Democracy (CD), Dr. SylvesterÂ Odion-Akhaine, has declared that there are more human rights abuses in Nigeria underÂ the current democratic practice.
The obviously disappointed Akhaine made the declaration while making a speech duringÂ the annual Democracy Lecture of the Centre for Constitutionalism andÂ Demilitarialisation in Lagos recently.
According to him, â€œI thought that now that we are in democracy, one would think thatÂ issues of human rights should take the back stage because our elected stateÂ officials expected one caring for our people politically as well asÂ socio-economically.
â€œHuman rights violations in the last 11 years have maintained a steady curve withÂ fluctuating intensity. By now, you are familiar with Odi and Zak Ibiam killings byÂ security forces. There have been other chilling cases of violation. In fact, I amÂ alarmed by all the cases,â€ he stated.
Akhaine, who spoke bitterly against these human rights violations in Nigeria,Â however, maintained that it really cuts across the length and breath of the country,Â blaming government for master minding them.