Osai Ojigho, a human rights lawyer, has been named the director of Amnesty International (AI) in Nigeria.
Colm Cuanachain, senior director of the office of the organisation’s secretary general, disclosed this on Wednesday.
Isa Sanusi, media manager of the human rights body in Nigeria,quoted Cuanachain as saying Ojigho’s appointment underscores AI’s commitment to Nigeria.
“It will also ensure a strong presence in order to challenge suspected perpetrators of human rights abuses more effectively – including armed groups like Boko Haram, multinational corporations and the Nigerian authorities,” Cuanachain was quoted as saying.
“We welcome Osai Ojigho who will lead our operations in Nigeria where we have spent the past two years consolidating our presence on the ground by supporting local human rights organisations, and by monitoring and campaigning against human rights violations.
“Osai is a respected human rights lawyer and has vast experience of campaigning and development across Africa. Her knowledge of the region and understanding of the drivers of human rights violations will add value to the established reputation of Amnesty International as the leading human rights organization in Nigeria.”
Ojigho expressed her willingness to help the organisation achieve its objectives across Africa.
“The presence of Amnesty International in Nigeria continues to improve the prospects for the realisation of human rights across Africa,” she said.
“Working with local civil society organizations and the human rights community, Amnesty International Nigeria will campaign for accountability and safeguards for victims of human rights violations. Protecting human rights in Nigeria is crucial and will have wider impact across the continent.”
Ojigho is a law graduate of the University of Lagos. She holds a master’s of law (LL.M) degree from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2000.