Restoration of normalcy, major plan of my administration, says Buhari    

By ORIH CHIBUIKE, The Nigerian Voice, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is committed to restoring normalcy to all regions affected by insurgency.

Buhari made this known at the celebration of International Human Rights Day and commemoration of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)’s 20th anniversary in Abuja, on Thursday.

The president, represented by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, noted that Nigeria, like several other countries of the world, was afflicted with grave humanitarian crises.

He, however, restated his administration’s determination to tackle the crisis confronting the country.

"This administration has made the restoration of normalcy in the affected regions a cardinal priority because of the belief that no Nigerian must be made to suffer the denial of his fundamental human rights.

"I re-assert my administration’s determination to ensure that all institutions and agencies of government will continue to be guided by human rights norms and values in carrying out their statutory responsibility.

"The respect for human rights is not negotiable; it underlies our status as a democratic country; therefore, we have made tremendous progress in restoring normalcy in the affected regions."

Buhari gave the assurance that the return of all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their original homes was a matter of priority and would soon be completed.

In a message from the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon to mark the occasion, countries were urged to enshrine the freedom of expression, worship, and freedom from want and fear as guiding principles in their democratic processes.

The UN scribe also advocated for the rights of persons to seek asylum without discrimination in the face of global security challenges.