Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Bem Angwe has reiterated the commission’s commitment to ensuring the promotion and protection of human rights of all persons living in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the commission’s Spokesperson, Fatima Agwai, Angwe made the pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Gu Xia Ojie.
Angwe said that China was one of the countries that had high regards and respect for the rights of Nigerians.
“Unlike what obtains in other countries, Nigerians go to China to do their businesses without being molested or harassed,” he said.
He told the ambassador that one of the mandates of the NHRC was to protect the rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in the country. He, therefore, gave the assurance that Chinese residents in Nigeria would have adequate and full protection of their rights as they went about their normal businesses.
He commended the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China, but also advised that both countries should explore the possibilities of exchange programmes.
“We want a situation where staff of Nigeria and China’s human rights institutions can go for acquisition of practical working experiences in the discharge of their duties as human rights workers,” he said.
Responding, Ojie promised stronger bilateral relation with Nigeria, especially in the promotion and protection of human rights and economic development.