The Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Bem Angwe , yesterday in Abuja said that Nigeria has recorded tremendous progress since its last peer review in 2008.
Angwe made the assertion at a one-day interactive workshop on the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Standards and Codes in Nigeria by the National Steering Committee (NSC) on the 2nd peer review of Nigeria.
The standards and codes represent those international best practices which nations in the world have adopted and made obligatory for states to comply with.
Angwe, who is the Chairman of the NSC, noted that Nigeria had been signatory to many instruments and treaties, some of which also provided standards for issues such as political governance and democratisation.
“Today as we speak there is some improvement particularly given the testimony of the conduct of the 2015 general elections.
“This is an area that Nigeria is being given high pass marks both at home and abroad. However, we must bear in mind that it has taken over 50 years after independence for Nigeria to get to this point.
“This is a good development but there is still a lot of work to do having a free and fair election is not enough.
“It is also important for Nigeria to imbibe the culture of democracy where we will have national institutions that will ensure democratic principles like strengthening the National Human Rights Commission,” Angwe said.