Ekiti State has been adjudged “Best State” in Southern Nigeria, for
her giant stride in the promotion and protection of Human Rights in
This statement was made on Tuesday, at a Conference organized to mark
the World Human Rights Day, attended by the Ekiti State Attorney
General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda and his
team from the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice, at the US Consulate
General, Walter Carrington, Lagos State.
Executive Director, Constitutional Rights Awareness and Liberty
Initiative, Mr. Adeola Oyinlade, who made the statement while
welcoming participants to the event, praised Ekiti State under the
leadership of Governor Kayode Fayemi, for its undying efforts at
ensuring that citizens of the state exercise their rights fully in
line with the dictates of the constitution.
The Consul General at the United States of America Embassy Consulate
in Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo, opined that when Human Rights are
protected, Countries are stronger and more stable.
Olawale Fapohunda, who was a Panelist at the Conference, said there
should be a National Conversation on the type of Judiciary wanted in
Nigeria, because the Judiciary needs to be endowed and empowered.
Fapohunda lamented on the manner and rate at which rules are flouted,
calling on the Judiciary and Stakeholders in the Legal Profession to
champion campaigns aimed at curbing the ugly menace.
Key Speakers at the Conference included; Executive Governor of Taraba
State, Arch. Darius Ishaku; Former Attorney General and Commissioner
for Justice in Ogun State, Dr. Olumide Ayeni; Managing Partner at SPA
Ajibade & Co, Dr. Tunde Ajibade SAN and Senior Partner, Templars Law
Firm, Mr. Olumide Akpata.