The Director General of the National Orientation NOA, Mike Omeri has advised Human Rights activists not to upset national values and aspiration through advocacy for issues that are not natural to our society.
He stated this today in Abuja, while receiving in audience members of the Inter-ministerial committee on Human Rights Education in Nigeria saying the call for the legalisation of gay marriages in Nigeria is against national values and natural aspiration of most Nigerians. According to him, advocacy for same sex marriage cannot fall within the demand for human rights in the country.
The committee set up under the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE) is to implement measure for massive enlightenment on several human rights issues in the country. Members of the committee are drawn from Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) including NOA, National Universities Commission (NUC), the Ministry of Education, National Planning Commission (NPC) among others. He then expressed support for the initiative, noting that the work of the committee is relevant to ensure that impunity is reduced in the country.
Mr Omeri then urged the National Human rights Commission and the committee to keep up its good work while pledging the willingness of the Agency to partner with them, to ensure that the objectives of setting up the committee are fully met.
Speaking, Head, Human Rights Education and Linkages, at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Mrs Ifeoma Nwakamma disclosed that the committee derive its role from the United Nations declaration and has the mandate to advance the course of Human Rights Education in Nigeria, putting in place, specific strategies to implement the world Programme for Human Rights Education.
She also said that that the action plan for Human Rights Education is in three phases. The first phase was to span through 2005-2009; focusing on primary and secondary school system. The second phase is spanning through 2010-2014 which will focus on rights for higher education, teachers, training for civil servants, law enforcement and Military. She then called on NOA assist the team in ensuring that it achieves its target of 2014 through sensitization programmes.