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Nigeria: NHRC Organizes Traditional/Religious Leaders Forum On Transitional Justice And Reconciliation In North East

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has Organized a Traditional/Religious Leaders Forum on Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in North East Nigeria.

The event which took place at Amada International Hotel, Maiduguri, Borno state.

The special event was organized under the ground-breaking project on “Promoting Reconciliation, Reintegration and Transitional Justice in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.

In his Welcome address, the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu said the decade long Boko Haram insurgency has seen some of the worst forms of human rights violations in the history of Nigeria.

Adding that For the people in the north-eastern part of Nigeria, this conflict has brought untold physical, emotional and psychological losses on the victims and their families.

UNDP in a recent report estimates that there have been around 350,000 direct and indirect deaths linked to the insurgency, this add up to over 2 million displaced people in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

The Commission appreciates the sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the commitments of the Governments and citizens of the north-eastern states towards reconstruction, rehabilitation and reintegration of affected communities.

He said the commission is working with traditional and religious institutions across project states and communities to use their platforms to advocate for peace, reconciliation and justice.

He added by appreciating the Governments of the Borno, Adamawa and Yobe for their partnership in this project and for the leadership and resilience they have all shown in tacking these security and development challenges.

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