Nigeria is now considered one of the Commonwealth nations with a tremendous improvement in human rights protection record, but this improvement has been marred by violation of human rights and insurgency especially in the Northeast.
The north eastern Nigeria has recorded cases of human right abuses resulting from insurgency and other social vices.
In 2012, the American Human Rights monitored reported cases of human right abuse, citing extrajudicial killings of Boko Haram suspects by government forces, lack of social equality and freedom of speech.
Executive secretary of Human Rights Commission in Nigeria Tony Ojukwu believed more can still be achieved in the country especially on the war against the insurgency in the North East
Many Nigerians insisted that the government needs to do more to curtail overzealous security agents who randomly abuse citizens’ rights. Another worrying trend is the rampant cases of sexual abuse of the underaged in the northeast.
It has prompted the State government in Adamawa to sponsor an executive bill prescribing death penalty for defaulters.
Protecting the vulnerable especially children, is also a major area to be looked into especially with the number of out of school children in the north east. Taraba and Admamawa states fall among the list of states yet to domesticate the Child Rights Bill.
UNICEF estimated that more than 1.5 million children are out of school in Taraba and Adamawa states.