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ROBUST PATNERSHIP WITH STAKEHOLDERS KEY TO BETTER CIVIL MILITARY RELATIONS----NHRC

Posted: 2018-01-25


The National Human Rights Commission has identified strong partnership with stakeholders as one of the precondition for harmonious Civil Military relations in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah stated this during a one day advocacy forum on the implementation of the roadmap on Civil Military relations.

Mrs. Ovrawah who was represented at the forum by the Deputy Director Protection and Investigation, Mr. Harry Obe said the Commission was interested in strengthening the relationship between the Military and Civilian so that there would be better understanding of the roles and duties that each them would play in advancing the cause of nation building.

He said, "if these roles are played according to international best practice where rights are respected and responsibilities discharged in human rights friendly manner, the society will be better".

In his submission, the Executive Director CLEEN Foundation Dr. Benson Olugbuo said the project was aimed at strengthening Civil Military relations by fostering sustainable dialogue and improved understanding between the civil populace and the Military thus ensuring better accountability, national coercion, security and respect for human rights across the country.

In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai disclosed that the Army had intensified efforts at making their Officers and Men respect the rights of civilian whom they were mandated to protect.

Buratai who was represented at the occasion by Major N. H. Lonpore called on the members of the public not to hesitate in reporting cases of human rights violations by the Military so that any erring personnel would be decisively dealt with.

"Without the civilian populace we cannot work, we therefore implore them to lay their complaints so that we can deal decisively with them", she added.


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