PRESS RELEASE- 25 MARCH, 2018
The 25th of March each year has been designated by the United Nations as the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE VICTIMS OF SLAVERY AND TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE. The day is essentially to remember several millions of men, women and children from Africa that were sold into slavery and transported to Europe, North and South America.
Members of United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) regret the shameful and brutal part of our African history where human rights violation was at its peak. Abolition of slavery trade was regarded as restoration of dignity of victims of slavery. The Remembrance Day thus calls for sober reflection and honour to the memory of the victims.
UNAN in honouring those that perished during the period use the day to call for urgent actions at ensuring human rights everywhere. This year which is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an opportunity for us to celebrate our heritage as Nigerians, as Africans and as members of the Universe. We ask that the human rights and dignity of every person be a daily pursuit.
We also use the day to call on all Nations and in particular African Leaders to make their countries conducive for the citizens with a view to finding solution to increased poverty/unemployment which has led to modern day slavery.
Engr. OWOLABI Ganiyu FNSE