UN: Nigeria Is Blocking Human Rights Experts' Visit
Neither the United Nations nor the federal government of Nigeria are happy at the moment.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al-Hussein says the Nigerian government is not willing to cooperate with its experts that are trying to verify cases of human rights abuses in some parts of the country especially in the North-East.
Reacting to this claim the Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Sola Enikanolaiye, registered Nigeria’s deep displeasure at the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“Nigeria has always cooperated with international experts and committed to discharge its human rights obligations.
“This amounts to gross misrepresentation capable of eroding the confidence and credibility of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the eyes of Nigerians,” he said
In addition, the PS said the Nigerian delegation has expressed the country’s preparedness to receive the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, in November this year.
“The delegation will state at the allotted time that Nigeria has continued to cooperate fully and unconditionally with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the various human rights mechanisms."
However, on the human right watch's 2017 report, it states "the euphoria and optimism that followed the relatively peaceful 2015 elections that brought in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari gradually gave way to concern in 2016. Many of the grave human rights challenges he promised to address in his inauguration speech remain largely unaddressed and unresolved".