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Governor Fayose, Rev Fr. Mbaka To Face NHCR Sanctions

The Chairman of the National Human Rights
Commission(NHRC),Professor Chidi Odinkalu
has disclosed that the rights commission
reviewed the controversial advert placed in
major national newspapers in the country by
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State with a
verdict that the material amounted to “hate

According to Odinkalu, though the
commission may not immediately arrest and
prosecute Fayose because of the immunity
he currently enjoys as a sitting governor,
NHRC might recommend him for appropriate
sanctions once he leaves office.

Professor Chidi Odinkalu, who addressed
journalists at at a stakeholders’ roundtable
organised by the NHRC for civil society
groups, mainstream and social media
partners in Abuja, yesterday, decried the
death wish publication by the advertiser,
saying it offended public decency and
violated all known norms of
decorum.Odinkalu said the governor, who is
a member of the National Council of States,
which makes decisions for the security of the
country, should have exhibited caution and
statesmanship in sending out the message.

The NHRC chairman noted that the governor
went too far in his controversial message not
minding that even the children of the former
Northern leaders he showed to have died in
office might feel bad while the same party
also expected them to cast their votes for
them in the forthcoming elections.

In a related development, the commission
also took up issue with the Parish Priest of
Adoration Ground, Rev Father Ejike Mbaka,
for using his pulpit to canvass support for
and against President Goodluck Jonathan and
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Odinkalu said
Mbaka breached the Electoral Act by first
prophesying to the First Lady, Dame Patience
Jonathan, last November that Jonathan would
win the 2015 election and later predicting
during his New Year day preaching that
Jonathan should resign and leave the stage
for Buhari for not doing enough.

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