By Agnes Nworie
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Ebonyi State has challenged the State’s Traditional Rulers Council and their counterparts in Hausa community to see reasons to end gender-based violence against women and children in the state.
The State Coordinator of the Commission, Christopher Okorie gave the charge during courtesy visits to the leader of Hausa community in the state, Alhaji Danjuma Mamuda and traditional rulers council led by his royal Highness Charles Mkpuma.
Okorie represented by the commission’s legal officer, Barr Ejimnkeonye Odenyi noted that the commission in its 16 days of activism, considered interfacing with the traditional rulers in the state as one of the best ways to brainstorm and facilitate efforts towards ending violence against women and children.
He called for continuous support of the traditional rulers to the commission by giving them frequent information on any related cases of rights abuse in their respective communities, for appropriate action to be taken.
At the Hausa Community, NHRC, said the gender violence covers both males and females and the theme for the 2022 16days activism is “violence against women and children”
He expressed worry about the rising incidents and reports of the menace in the state in recent times.
He said the officials of the commission have been committed to their duties and urged the general public to always reach them with reports that may need their attention, saying “NHRC office is open for all the citizenry in Ebonyi State and Nigeria at large.”
Responding, the Chairman of the traditional rulers’ council, HRH Eze Charles Mkpuma and his counterparts in the Hausa community in Ebonyi State, Alhaji Danjuma Mamuda Gambo, commended the commission, especially on its call on the need to be giving special respect to the aged and vulnerable people in the society.
The traditional rulers argued that most violent issues usually emanate from female folks, and however, urged the commission to organize state-wide workshop on GBV and other related cases.
They also assured the commission of their continuous support to maintain peace and order in their respective communities.