NHRC honours Tinubu, pro-democracy activists’ contribution to democracy

By Innocent Raphael

The Nigerian Human Rights Community (NHRC) has organized an award ceremony to recognize the contributions of several pro-democracy activists, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The event, themed the “Global Integrity International Award for Democracy, Good Governance, and Economic Development”, took place on Thursday in Lagos.

Among the honourees include: President Bola Tinubu, Chief Ayo Opadokun, Honourable Wale Oshun, and Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka.

In their address, NHRC lauded Tinubu’s early involvement in Nigeria’s democratic struggles, particularly highlighting his role after the annulment of the controversial June 12, 1993, presidential election.

Following the annulment, Tinubu became a key figure in the pro-democracy movement, known for his steadfast opposition to military rule and his efforts to restore democratic governance in Nigeria.

His participation in organizing protests, advocating for civil liberties, and supporting various democratic institutions cemented his reputation as a determined fighter against tyranny and dictatorship.

The NHRC praised Tinubu’s commitment to addressing national challenges and urged the Federal Government to address the escalating economic hardships affecting poor and middle-class citizens.

Tinubu was thereafter honored with the Distinguished Award for Courage and Resilience in Democratic Struggle.

Chief Ayo Opadokun received the Excellence in Courage for Democratic Struggle award, acknowledging his leadership in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and his persistent advocacy for democracy.

Honourable Wale Oshun was awarded the Excellence in People’s Liberation for his efforts in championing the rights of the marginalized and his active role in democratic reforms.

Professor Wole Soyinka was presented with the Stainless Steel Award, recognizing his lifelong dedication to human rights, freedom of expression, and his critical stance against oppressive regimes.

Represented by his Special Adviser, Mr. Tunde Rahman, Tinubu expressed his gratitude for the NHRC’s recognition. In his speech, Tinubu reaffirmed his administration’s resolve to combat poverty and corruption.

He emphasized the significant advancements made in the power and agricultural sectors within his first year in office. Under his leadership, the power sector saw a notable increase in electricity generation and distribution, while the agricultural sector experienced growth through innovative policies aimed at boosting local production and reducing food imports.

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