AU Member States Need More Sensitization on People’s Rights, Says Osinbajo

AU Member States Need More Sensitization on People’s Rights, Says Osinbajo

  • Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has lauded the African Human and Peoples' Rights Court
  • Osinbajo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria affirmed the court's protection of human rights across the continent
  • The VP is a well-respected legal practitioner in the country before his ascension as Nigeria's number two citizen

Arusha - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has stated that Africa Union member-states need more sensitization on the role of the African court on human and peoples rights.

A statement sent to Legit.ng by Laolu Akande, Osinbajo's spokesman, noted that the vice president made the comment during a meeting on Friday, September 3 with judges of the court led by the president, Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud, at the Arusha office of the AU judicial agency.

AU Member and Osinbajo
Osinbajo with the officials of the court during his visit. Photo credit: Aso Rock Villa
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He was quoted as saying:

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“One of the critical issues is more sensitization among Member-States of the African Union. I think that more countries would be more willing (to identify as required with the court). I think that governments just require more assurance especially on the issue of complementarity.”

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Expressing his strong faith in the work of the court, the vice president averred:

“I believe very strongly in the International and Regional Court system, especially with respect to the protection of human rights.”

While noting the challenges faced by the court, Professor Osinbajo said:

“There will always be tensions and challenges because states will always be mindful of their sovereignty.”

Professor Osinbajo commended the achievements of the court in spite of many challenges, saying:

“I really must commend you for the work you are doing, and landmark rulings of the court.

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“Many have followed your work , especially when cases are about protection of the rights of women and freedom of information and I think there is consensus that the court’s handling of these cases has generally pointed in the right direction.”

He then observed that international and regional courts of justice and their rulings will also become increasingly important in the years to come as consensus grows around the fundamental importance of the protection of individual and collective rights.

Meanwhile, a video of Nigeria's vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN speaking flawless french has gone viral.

In the video which has been shared by thousands of Nigeria, the vice president addressed president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Felix Tshisekedi in French.

Before then, Professor Osinbajo had delivered his remarks at the virtual event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sahara Energy Group, a Nigerian company with a presence in several African countries.

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In a related development, a video that went viral on social media recently indicates the massive support President Muhammadu Buhari and VP Osinbajo are getting from many Nigerians.

The video which has been shared on various social media handles displayed photos of the president and his deputy with a patriotic song in the background.

The song, Great Nation, is by the talented Bayelsa-born singer and songwriter, Timi Dakolo.

Source: Legit.ng

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