Nigerian award winning singer and activist Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz has written an open letter to President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Falana in his letter sent to the president one hour ago requested for the reconstitution of the governing council of the National Human Rights Commission. Falz further stated that the commission ought to have a governing council under section 3 of the National Human Rights commission (amendment) Act consisting of the following:
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A. A chairman who shall be a retired Justice of the supreme Court of Nigeria or the court of appeal or a retired judge of the high court of a State
B. A representative each of the following Federal ministries (I) Justice (ii) Foreign Affairs (iii) Internal Affairs
C. Three representatives of registered human rights organization in Nigeria
D. Two legal practitioners who shall not have less than 10 years post qualification experience
E. Three reps of the media, at least two of them shall be private sector
F. Three other persons to represent a variety of interest and
G. The executive secretary of the commission.
He also stated that the commission has been without governing council since 2015 till date and that the executive secretary according to section 7(3) of the commission does not have the power to act without a governing council.
Falz called on the excellency to immediately reconstitute the governing council noting that failure to do so would force young Nigerians to believe that the continuous refusal to do reconstitute the governing council of the National Human Rights Commission is a deliberate attempt to mislead them into thinking genuine efforts are being made at reforming the Nigerian Police when in the truth opposite is the case.