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Just in: Senate reads President Buhari's letter over crucial appointment

Just in: Senate reads President Buhari's letter over crucial appointment

The Nigerian Senate has read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu as executive secretary of National Human Rights Commission.

The letter was read by Senate president Bukola Saraki during plenary on Tuesday, December 5.

The letter reads: “In respect of section 8 of the National Human Rights Commission amended act 2010, I have the pleasure to present Mr. Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu for confirmation of executive secretary of National Human Rights Commission by the Senate.

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“Please find attached copies of his curriculum vitae while looking forward to your usual expeditious consideration. Please accept, Mr. Senate President, the assurances of my highest esteem.”

The National Human Rights Commission was established by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Act, 1995, as amended by the NHRC Act, 2010, in line with the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly which enjoins all member States to establish national human rights institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights.

The commission serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the enhancement of the enjoyment of human rights.

Its establishment is aimed at creating an enabling environment for the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights. previously reported that the federal government on Sunday, December 3, announced the appointment of Dr Abdul Zubair as acting Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission.

Efe Ebelo of the commission’s corporate communications unit, said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the appointment was with immediate effect.

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Ebelo stated that the appointment followed the suspension of Munir Gwarzo, the commission’s boss.

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