The Federal Government says it has never been on the defensive in its response to Amnesty International’s AI report on human rights in the country.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama stated this Abuja when the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, delegation led by its Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu paid him a courtesy visit.
However, Mr Onyeama said the Federal Governments position on AI’s report was that the government was not on the defensive about it because the government wanted to achieve the same objectives for Nigerians.
In a statement, “Nigeria is not on the defensive about it at all. We are not trying to say we are perfect because no country is.”
According to him, the government would rather be ready to take any criticism and work on it than to be on the defensive adding that the human rights of Nigerians was a priority to the government.
The minister mentioned that, it is not non-governmental organizations and other international organizations that cared more about Nigerians and the rights of Nigerians than the government.