Buhari Nominates Ojukwu’s Son, Anthony As NHRC Boss


President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the name of Anthony Ojukwu to the Senate for confirmation as Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission.

President Buhari made the request through a letter read by the Senate President on Tuesday, Dec. 5th. The letter reads:

“In respect of section 8 of the National Human Rights Commission amended act 2010, I have the pleasure to present Mr. Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu for confirmation of executive secretary of National Human Rights Commission by the Senate.

“Please find attached copies of his curriculum vitae while looking forward to your usual expeditious consideration. Please accept, Mr. Senate President, the assurances of my highest esteem.”

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The NHRC was established in 1995 to serve as an extra-judicial mechanism aimed at creating an enabling environment for the promotion, protection, and enforcement of human rights.

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Last week, President Buhari sent a request to the Senate seeking the confirmation of 10 nominees as members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

The president’s letter which was read at plenary by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki was in compliance with Section 541 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and in pursuant to sections 1(2) and 1(3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Act Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“The curriculum vitae of the nominees are attached herewith. It is my hope that this Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will in their usual expeditious manner consider and confirm the nominees. Please accept Mr. Senate President, my assurances of my highest consideration,” the letter read.

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The nominees include:

  • Muhammed Isa – Chairman (Jigawa, North West)
  • Murtala Kankia – member, (Katsina North West)
  • Emmanuel Attah – member, (Cross River, South-south)
  • Danjuma Sado, member, (Edo South-South)
  • Obolo Opanachi, member, (Kogi North-central)
  • Ken Madaki Alkali, member (Nasarawa, North-central)
  • S.F. Ogundare, member, (Oyo, South-west)
  • Ganiyu Hamzat, member, (Ogun South-west)
  • Sahad Abubakar, member, (Gombe North-east)
  • Vincent Nwanne, member, (Ebonyi South-east).

The Senate had also directed its Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reconsider the nomination of Mr. Ahmad Bello Mahmud as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) representing Zamfara state.

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Mahmud’s nomination was earlier rejected by the Senate, following claims that he is from Sokoto state, and not Zamfara.

The Senat, however, agreed to reconsider the nomination after a submission by Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara APC) who noted that the nominee has held several appointive positions in the state, and is from the state.

Marafa added that the screening committee’s report has confirmed that the nominee was born in Gusau, the state capital.

The nominee had his primary and secondary education in the state, and was one time Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Zamfara, and Chairman, Zamfara State Anti-Corruption Commission, Marafa added.

“Further aware that the assertion by the senator representing Zamfara North senatorial district (Senator Tijjani Kaura) that the nominee is from Kebbi State and not from Zamfara is therefore false,” he said.

Marafa urged the Senate to rescind its earlier decision and approve the nomination.

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Presiding, Saraki, said to rescind the rejection at plenary would be an indictment of the committee on INEC. He therefore referred the matter back to the committee and directed the Chairman, Senator Sulaiman Nazif, to report back in one week.

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