HumanRightsDay: Atiku seeks release of all prisoners of conscience
As Nigeria joins the rest of the globe to mark the World Human Rights Day, former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Federal Government to release all prisoners of conscience held in detention across the country.
The former vice president who made this known via his Twitter handle @atiku, also demanded the withdrawal of the controversial Social Media Bill. He noted that the rationale behind the day is to signify the hatred the global community has for government with dictatorial tendencies.
He said: “#HumanRightsDay means that the global human community abhors dictatorial regimes. To celebrate this day, therefore, I again call for the immediate release of all prisoners of good conscience in Nigeria and demand a jettisoning of repressive legislation against free speech.”
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December to commemorate the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as human.