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Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian government of not taking adequate measures to protect its citizens, a situation it said is emboldening perpetrators of injustice.

In a statement marking its 60th anniversary, the human rights organisation says the West African nation has had a long history of human rights abuses.

“Not much has changed about human rights in Nigeria since 1967 and the concerns remain flagrant disregard for human rights, failure of authorities to protect the people, threats to human rights including the right to freedom of expression, suppression of dissenting voices, and lack of accountability,” the organisation’s Director in Nigeria, Ossai Ojigho, said.

“Incessant killings and the stunning failure of the authorities to end them and bring suspected perpetrators to justice have been and continues to be a threat to the right to life in Nigeria.”

The body which reiterated its commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights called on governments at all levels to invest more in people’s welfare, prioritise education, and the provision of other basic amenities.

“Leaders must be accountable to the people and must also listen to what they are saying.

“At 60 Amnesty International is geared to do more for the protection and promotion of human rights,” Ojigho said.

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