The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa) has scored President Muhammadu Buhari’s human rights’ record low over the alleged killings of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN and the 2020 #EndSARS protesters.
The CDD Executive Director, Idayat Hassan, stated this in Abuja on Monday during the formal launching of “Democracy Watch Reports.”
She said civil and political rights had deteriorated in the past five years under the regime of Buhari like his predecessors.
Idayat said, “Some of the interventions have been reactive more than preventive in the war against graft in this country. But what is very worrying as part of our findings and report particularly on the issue of human rights is that in these 22 years so far, we have seen the deterioration of human rights which is like the basis of democracy.
“In the last 22 years, we have seen that from one administration to the other, there have been flagrant human rights violations especially extra judicial killings. As an example, you find that during the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo, we had Odi Massacre in Zaki Biam.
“During the Yar’Adua administration, we had the killing of Boko Haram leader and the most recent one is the killing of IMN, IPOB and the EndSARS protesters. So for each administration, there has been a deterioration.”
The report also identified political influence in corruption investigations and prosecutions as a major obstacle that had undermined the fight against corruption in the country.
The center therefore recommended that politicians should be required to publicly disclose their sources of income to foster accountability and develop public trust.
The center added that the Presidency and the National Assembly must strengthen their supervision over ministries, departments, and agencies and collaborate to reinforce their legal and administrative mandate.