National Vice President of Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), Prince Kehinde Taiga, has decried the poor leadership system in Nigeria, saying Nigerians have lost confidence in the political leaders of the country.
Prince Taiga, who has been chairman of the CDHR in Delta and recently elected Vice President of the body in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, said Nigerian leaders have bastardised the constitutional provision of fundamental human rights for Nigerians as enshrined in the constitution.
He said Nigeria is now in the hands of few who take decisions for their own selfish agrandisement undermining the over 200 million Nigerians whose lives their selfish decisions will affect at the lowest rung of the ladder.
In a statement which he made available to Emeraldng.com, Prince Taiga said: “Fellow Nigerians, I celebrate each and every one of you out there for your doggedness and steadfastness in your unwavering belief in the country irrespective of the harsh leadership we are facing today.
“I want to also celebrate you all for your continuous support to CDHR (our organization, your organization) in all the states of the federation.
“An African great NELSON MANDELA once said: “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”, I will also corroborate this quote by saying “The denial of a people’s fundamental human rights is tantamount to modern day slavery.”
“It is sad to know that Nigeria of today in the hands of many self aggrandizing leaders is a country where the fundamental human rights of the people is being consistently trampled upon.
“A country where the commonwealth of the nation is left in the very hands of some few privileged individuals as against what is enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Section 16 Sub 2(c). Same individuals who are unrepentantly and continuously siphoning and draining the commonwealth and our resources, and by so doing exposing our people to sufferings, hunger, poverty and unreasonable minimum living wage.
Fellow Nigerians, it is important to inform you that we are not asking too much from our political leaders to provide adequate shelter, suitable and adequate food, welfare of the disabled, sick benefits and provision of basic amenities to every Nigerian irrespective of our culture, race, colour, ethnicity, religion and the likes.
“It is the fundamental right of the people to have access and enjoy these things as enshrined in our Constitution of Section 16 sub 2(a).
“I therefore call on all tiers of government to respect and honour this part of the constitution in order to give Nigerians a better life, happiness and having the sense of belonging of a working Nigeria.
“We must know that the sovereignty of Nigeria belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through the constitution derives all its power and authority.
“Finally, I will like to make a clarion call to Nigerians that we must all continue to stand up in demanding for our rights, rather than begging to take the crumbs falling out of the table of politicians.
“Remember that if you go to them as a beggar, they will treat you as a beggar. But if you go to them as one who is asking for his rights, definitely they will give you your rights.”