Monday, 20 September 2010

SERAP calls on Jonathan to take pro-active steps and appoint adviser on Sudan

Months ahead of the 365 Campaign on Sudan, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) group has sent President Goodluck Jonathan an open letter calling on him to appoint a special adviser on Sudan.

“We are concerned that despite Nigeria's contribution to the peace process in Darfur, and to the work of the Africa Union (AU), the country has repeatedly failed to show leadership and assert its authority to put political pressure on the authorities in Sudan to resolve the human rights problems in Sudan,” stated the letter signed by SERAP's Executive Director Adetokunbo Mumuni.

The human rights group released an official statement, saying that unfortunately, “the failure of leadership currently being demonstrated by Nigeria and other key members of the AU has had devastating consequences for innocent civilians in Darfur, especially children and women.”

The group also said that unless Nigeria and other key members of the AU took a more pro-active approach, conditions in Sudan would continue to deteriorate. It also pointed out that preparations for Southern Sudan vote are behind schedule and “risk of conflict is increasing saying the African Union (AU) and governments including Nigeria that promised to help implement the peace agreement have failed to develop a package of pressure and incentives to persuade the Sudanese parties to broker peace and not war.”

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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