Nigerian Army Sets Up Human Rights Desk

Chief of Army Staff-Tukur Buratai

The Nigerian Army has established a human rights desk at its headquarters in Abuja.

The desk, according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, is to ensure that the army under his leadership will not sweep any case of alleged human rights abuses and complaints brought before it under the carpet.

Rrepresented by the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Major Gen. Rogers Nicholas at the commissioning of the desk, Buratai said the event marks another important day in the history of Nigerian Army by establishing the human rights office.

He noted that the establishment of the desk office was borne out of the increasing interest of the local and international human rights bodies on what the Nigerian Army is doing in the northeast and other parts of the country.

The army chief promised that the force would bridge the gap with the civil populace, human rights bodies and civil society organisations.

“The concept note for the efforts of the Human Rights office in the Army Headquarters (AHQ) was as a result of increasing interest of local and international human Rights organisations and institutions in the Nigerian Army human relations footprints but specifically in areas of our operations in northeast.

“The nature of inquiries and commentaries from these institutions requires a response of professional and specialised in nature by the NA. What we are witnessing today has been facilitated by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)”, he said.