Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Professor Chidi Odinkalu has blamed Nigeria’s woes on past military leaders of the country.
Odinkalu said this on Wednesday at the 20th anniversary lecture of a non-governmental organisation, Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Awareness (PRAWA), in Abuja.
He noted that Nigeria’s problems began during the military era, especially during the era of General Ibrahim Babangida, reports Nigerian Tribune.
“The problem we have today in our prisons system and our criminal justice system dates back to that doctrine of 1986. Things were working perfectly well in Nigeria until 1986,” Odinkalu.
He pointed out that the state is decaying, noting that the rise of vigilantism all over the country is evident of a decaying state and power.
He called on PRAWA and other civil society groups to collaborate and work to make the country get back on the right track.
Executive Director of PRAWA, Uju Agomoh, in her remarks, called on the Federal Government to support PRAWA’s initiative to transform the country’s prisons.
“We need to work for the collective ownership of the criminal justice system,” The Chairman of PRAWA board, Gabriel Toby also said.