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Stockholm: Skyline International stands in solidarity with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in urging the Nigerian Army to incorporate human rights education into its training and operations.

At a recent forum on civil-military human rights in Abuja, organized by the NHRC as part of its Human Rights Week, Mr. Anthony Ojukwu, SAN, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, emphasized the importance of integrating human rights principles into military objectives. Skyline International echoes this call, emphasizing that a commitment to human rights is fundamental to achieving lasting peace and security.

Mr. Ojukwu stressed that allegations of human rights abuses must be investigated promptly, impartially, and transparently. He emphasized that the rule of law must prevail, and those responsible for violations must be held accountable. Skyline International concurs, asserting that accountability and transparency are essential pillars for building trust between the military and the communities they serve.

In alignment with these principles, Mr. Ojukwu urged the inclusion of comprehensive human rights training in the military curriculum. Skyline International supports this recommendation, advocating for a holistic approach that encompasses both the legal aspects and the moral and ethical imperatives of human rights.

"Every soldier needs to understand that respect for human rights is not antithetical to military objectives but is fundamental to achieving lasting peace and security," emphasized Mr. Ojukwu. Skyline International emphasizes that fostering a military culture that upholds justice, equality, and respect for human rights is crucial for the nation's stability and prosperity.

Moreover, Mr. Ojukwu highlighted the importance of collaboration between civil society and the military. Skyline International echoes this sentiment, emphasizing that civilian oversight mechanisms, involving independent human rights bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), can provide constructive feedback and oversight. Such partnerships can foster trust and understanding between the military and the communities they serve, enhancing the effectiveness of their operations.

Dr. Salamatu Suleiman, Chairperson of the Governing Council of the NHRC, emphasized the instrumental partnership between the Commission and the military in cultivating a culture of human rights within the military. Skyline International acknowledges this positive collaboration and encourages the Nigerian military to continue expanding human rights training programs to permeate every facet of military life.

As International Human Rights Day approaches on December 10, Skyline International joins the call for a collaborative and rights-respecting approach within the Nigerian military. The organization is committed to supporting initiatives that promote and protect human rights in military operations.

In conclusion, Skyline International calls on the international community to recognize that the strength of a nation lies not only in the might of its military but also in its unwavering commitment to human rights. Together, let us work towards a future where human rights and security are not competing values but complementary pillars of a stable, prosperous, and just society.