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Protection of human rights remains hope of Nigeria —Tietie

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As rights activists and stakeholders kick-start the celebration of the 30 years Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHRs), Mr. Frank Tietie, has said observation and protection of human rights remain the only hope for the country to be rated high by the international community. 

According to him, the observation and protection of human rights are some of the most important foundations of the Nigerian State. 

Tietie, who is the Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) said: “Human rights are God given. Nobody can give human rights, therefore, nobody can take them away. As affirmed by the late musical legend, Fela Kuti, who sang “human rights na my property, so, therefore, you can’t dash me my property.”

Tietie, while speaking yesterday, in Abuja, said it has become expedient to celebrate human rights in the Nigerian society so that they are not completely forgotten. 

“By the way things are going, If we don’t celebrate human rights, even the few human rights we probably enjoy right now, will all be taken away by oppressive and repressive regimes,” he said.

The musical fiesta, he said will feature music, poetry and dance that reinforce and re-enact the human rights message in the Nigerian consciousness, adding that it is essentially an entertainment and news making event for Nigerians on rights issues. 

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