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Wednesday, 23 November 2011


HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has granted a posthumous honour of enrolment of the late publisher of The Guardian Mr. Alex Ibru into the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA’S NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS HALL OF FAME and announced that the award event would be done on December 10th 2011 in Abuja, the day set aside to mark the international human rights day.

Besides, the group has also called on President Good Luck Jonathan to name a significant government institution in Abuja after Mr. Alex Ibru as a way of immortalizing him for his selfless service to Nigeria when he held public office briefly but meaningfully. HURIWA asked President Jonathan to name the imposing edifice housing the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria in Abuja after Mr. Alex Ibru because of his excellent and distinguished services to the advancement and promotion of the human rights of all Nigerians.

“Alex Ibru saw his appointment as internal Affairs minister at that difficult period of Nigeria’s history as a vocation and a call to deliver selfless and charitable services to humanity and for the goodness and unity of Nigeria and almost paid a supreme prize when he quit the then dreaded General Sani Abacha military junta when it failed to honour its pledge to transmit power to the rightful winner of the June 12th 1993 Presidential election in the person of Chief Moshood Abiola”, HURIWA affirmed.

In a statement issued to commensurate with the nation’s media community on the recent demise of Mr. Alex Ibru, the Rights group through the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National media Affairs officer Miss. Zainab Yusuf, said the association will permanently host the photograph of the late Mr. Alex Ibru on its official website and will recognize him as one of the greatest Nigerians that promoted and advanced the cause of human rights of the ordinary citizens.

HURIWA said thus; “The entire Nigerian human rights community is in shock over the sudden demise of Mr. Alex Ibru, one of the greatest givers to the society who specifically utilized his God endowed material and financial wealth to serve Nigerians selflessly and to give succor to the needy. Alex Ibru wrote his good name in the evergreen history of Nigeria as one of the greatest charity workers who gave to the poor when it mattered most and he remained at the background refusing to use his ownership of respected platform in the media to market his philanthropic activities as most persons would have done”.

On the resolve of HURIWA to award the honour and permanent recognition to Mr. Alex Ibru, the group stated thus; “The late Mr. Alex Ibru set up The Guardian newspaper as a veritable and credible media platform for the propagation of respect for the human rights of all Nigerians and gave a voice to the voiceless. He was indeed the hero of human rights of all times”.   


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