As the World marks 2023 World Humanitarian Day (WHD) on Saturday, the Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu, has appealed to well-meaning citizens to show human feelings by assisting persons affected by crisis in need of support.
The message was contained in a statement signed by Agharese Arase.
Director Corporate Affairs and External Linkages of the commission.
Ojukwu in his message to commemorate the day, urged Nigerians to commemorate the day, urged Nigerians to reflect on the global challenges that communities around the world face, admonishing that it is imperative to unite in addressing address the critical humanitarian issues confronting the nation.
He noted that the recent removal of fuel subsidy has created untold hardship to majority of Nigerian especially the low-income earners, making them deserving of humanitarian assistance as they are no longer able to provide for some basic needs of life.
According to him, there was an urgent need to address the adverse consequences of the subsidy removal on Nigerians that has resulted in job losses, depression, violent reactions and increased poverty.
The Executive Secretary observed that the theme of this year’s commemoration “No Matter What” is very significant as it serves as a reminder that compassion, solidarity and support transcend all obstacles in addressing humanitarian needs as no challenge is insurmountable when humanity unites
Ojukwu said the WHD provided an opportunity to recognize the tireless efforts of humanitarian workers who selflessly dedicate their lives to alleviating sufferings and providing assistance to vulnerable population regardless of challenges they face.
“No Matter What” we can collectively pave way for a brighter future for all”, he added.
The Human Rights Boss emphasized that the well-being of every individual is intrinsically linked to the well-being of the entire human family citing Mother Teresa who said, “if you cannot feed one hundred people, then feed just one” as a useful starting point.
The Executive Secretary further said that the Commission’s shared commitment to human rights demands that Nigerians stand in solidarity with those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and in need.
“Together, we can build a stronger and more compassionate world, where every person’s rights are upheld, regardless of their background or circumstances”.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria used the opportunity of this year’s commemoration to call on governments, civil society organizations, and individuals to work collaboratively in addressing issues such as poverty, conflict, displacement, and environmental degradation confronting the less privileged in the society.
According to him, fostering a culture of empathy, understanding, and active engagement to address humanitarian crisis could ensure that the principles of human rights remain at the forefront of our actions, adding that providing humanitarian services could help create a world where justice reigns, respect for human dignity is upheld, the weak and vulnerable are strengthened, people are happy and conflicts will ultimately be reduced.
“On this World Humanitarian Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to the values that bind us together as a nation, recognizing that it is our collective responsibility to create a just and inclusive society where every individual’s rights are respected and upheld. Together, we can advance the cause of humanity “No Matter What”, he stated.
He paid tributes to humanitarian heroes who lost their lives in providing selfless services to humanity all over the world, particularly the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which has been collaborating with the Commission to address the humanitarian needs of Nigerians in several parts of the country.