WHY NIGERIA MUST IMPLEMENT ARTICLE 25 (1) By Victor JP Mordi

Going down memory lane, to our not too distant past, when Nigeria had its endorsement as a country to be reckoned with-there would not have been any need to call for implementation of Article 25 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because Infrastructures were not decayed. A trip from Jos, Plateau State to Abuja, Federal Capital Teeritory, back then was done under two and a half hours, but is now done in seven hours because road networks have collapsed.
Refineries which hereto to produce enough refined products including exports have become a shadow of itself —Universal free and compulsory primary education which domiciled back then has vanished; tuition, feeding, and transportation services which were once subsidized by the government with a very strong scholarship scheme have also become nonexistent —Trains which help in the movement of goods and services around Nigeria have remained extinct despite several billions of naira spent on rehabilitation. The most threatening of it all is the complete collapse of electricity infrastructures despite the continual expenditures costing billions of dollars and no sign of it being ameliorated has been the most challenging aspect.
I recourse to Article 25 of the United Nations charter on human rights, “(1) Every human being has a right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.”
One of the reasons for the crisis we are having in Nigeria is the uneven distribution of revenue receipt from oil, lack of transparency of the present government, Big Government, and absolute corruption, which could be stopped by the implementation of a comprehensive social security scheme in Nigeria. Nigeria as a nation has never really put her leaders to task about what their expectations really are, but prefer only to grumble when things go wrong, as it is the case of a failed transformational agenda. For example, we were all privileged to the hearing of the national assembly on how the 15 billion dollars expended on Obasanjo NIPP project was plundered in red hot corruption, just to say the least.
It is after considering all of the above that my feelings suggested to me to improvise a peaceful way to demand service from our leadership. First of all, our leadership endorsed the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights charter which compels them to provide as stated therein. Bear in mind the fact that every other thing that needs to be done has become like space science and impossible to accomplish, including fixing our roads and even traffic lights.
Since all it takes is to buy food stuffs from local farmers- all that it will take for it to be done is for the national assembly to come up with a law engineering the setup of a real biometric database that will seek to, for the first time, incline all to an address from the proceeds of revenue receipts from oil and gas and set aside a portion of the proceeds for improvising the basic services stipulated in Article 25 (1) without any connotation to politics, ethnicity and religion. As the problem is ‘wazobia’ and the location of service is the geographical entity called Nigeria. This will allow Nigeria to be implanted into the group of nations that have eliminated hunger.
ADVANTAGES
Apart from helping to increase penetration of the wealth of this country to every Nigerian, the elimination of hunger in Nigeria will reduce the magnetic effect of enemies of state luring innocent Nigerians into taking up arms against state because of the perceived injustice. Even those not captured by the amnesty program will be inculcated into the social security programs on the principles of Article 25(1) leading to the reduction of violent crimes and the sabotage of government facilities. This will also lead to the stimulation of the agriculture and local industries.
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