CDHR elects Dr. Obayuwana as new President
CDHR elects Dr. Obayuwana as new President

By Ayo Salewa  

Nigeria’s oldest human right organization, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, (CDHR) in Abeokuta at the weekend has elected foremost lawyer and activist, Dr Osagie Obayuwana as its new President, Irohinoodua learnt on Monday.

Osagie of Benin origin was overwhelmingly elected unopposed by the CDHR delegates from many of the 36 states of the Federation. The election took place during the group’s Annual General Meeting, (AGM). Osagie who was a pioneer member of CDHR is believed to be in a strategic position to not only sustain the glowing reputation of the CDHR but to also promote its core values.

Obayuwana, widely known to be honest, hardworking and diligent is one of the most respected human right leaders in Africa.

The former President of CDHR, Malachy Ugwumadu ended his meritorious tenue last week. Malachy was reputed to have revived the ailing organization which had established itself as one of Nigeria’s most outstanding civil society organisations having been established in the tough era of military rule in 1987. Following years of a glorious outing, the CDHR was hit by internal crisis about a decade ago from which it was difficult for the group to recover until Malachy took over the leadership.

Malachy brought back the organization from its ruin, reviving old chapters, healing wounds and launching an unprecedented renaissance which once again brought the organization into the purview of public consciousness.

“Malachy left a greater organization. CDHR has bounced back fully under his leadership. He taught us that nothing is impossible. He is a remarkable leader with golden fingers. He brought CDHR from a near ruin. We have no doubt that with the emergence of Osagie Obayuwana as the new President, the golden legacy of Malachy will be sustained and even surpassed,” Ade Ikuesan an official of the group told Irohinoodua in Abeokuta.

The election saw Comrade Kehinde Taiga emerged as the Vice President. Other elected officials are comrade James Chibuzo Chikwendu General Secretary, Comrade Kabiru Assistant Gen. Secretary and Mrs Ekuamaka became the legal adviser.

Also, the Group also bestowed an award of Excellence on internationally acclaimed prophet, T.B Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations.


1. Dr. Obayuwana Osagie.   President.  08038753327

2. Comrd. Dr. Kehinde Prince Taiga (Delta) Vice President  07036167738

3. Comrd. James Chibuzo Chikwendu (Anambra) General Secretary. 08035502355 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Comrd Atahiru Ibrahim (Kaduna) Asst. General Secretary 08134924940

5. Comrd. Sola Kolawole (Ondo) Treasurer 08035812578

6. Comrd. Violet Ekumankuma (Ebonyi) Legal Adviser 08136498290 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7. Gerald katchy (Abuja) Publicity Secretary 08061360860 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8. Comrd. Ayuba Musa (Plateau) Internal Auditor 08028552856

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Successful Completion CDHR Annual General Conference (AGC) 2019
Successful Completion CDHR Annual General Conference (AGC) 2019

It gives me great pleasure to inform you today 28 October, 2019 of the successful completion of our 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL Conference (AGC) 25 - 27 October 2018


*Appraising Human Rights Security for the Survival of Democracy in Nigeria*

The Human Rights Organization popularly known as the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in the Country was formed in April 1989

1. To defend, sustain and promote fundamental human rights guaranteed in Nigeria Constitution, the African Charter on Human and peoples Rights and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

2. To advocate, campaign for the full ratification and implementation of human rights particularly, cultural, economic and social rights. Also Ally with other organizations committed to participatory democracy and social justice.

3. To sensitize, educate and intervene for masses especially the victims of rights violations, among others.

Held her Annual General Conference at NEUGATE Hotel, Olorombo Abiola Way Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria.

Further to the AGC which consists of all members of CDHR and special delegates from her branches in Nigeria, such as; The host branch Ogun state others are Lagos state branch, Kwara state branch, Imo state branch, Plateau state branch, Ekiti state branch, Delta state branch, Ondo state branch, Kaduna state branch, Edo state branch, Anambra state branch, Ebonyi state branch, Rivers state branch, Akwa Ibom state branch, Oyo state branch, Bayelsa state branch, Osun state branch including FCT Abuja branch.

All the branch delegates have returned back to their various States successfully

This was the observations noted at its just concluded 2019 Annual General Conference

Barrister Femi Falana (SAN), the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) and Chief Host made the above remarks while making his Opening Speech at the opening of the 2019 Annual General Conference (AGC) Falana said "what Nigeria has at the moment is not a Democracy but a Civil Rule. We are not there yet. We need to redouble our efforts like we did during the inglorious days of the Military regime and demand for a true democracy as patriotic Nigerians".

"Our Country as you are all aware is once again in trouble. We cannot afford to go to sleep. CDHR was in the forefront of the struggle at redeeming and recovering our Country from militarisation during the period of the military regimes we once had. What we call Democracy is not democracy, it is Civil Rule. And this Civil Rule has endangered our lives, our free movement and our free association by the reckless arrests, detentions and intimidations of those who speaks out against oppression and injustice in our Country. The tasks of CDHR is perhaps more greater than ever before".

"When I was coming this morning, I read of a disturbing phenomenon in Delta State. Two Journalists were taking to Court yesterday and charged for insulting a Retired General, a former Chief of Defence Staff. In Cross Rivers State, I am sure you have held of Agbani Jalingo standing trial for insulting the Governor of that State by exposing corruption. Of course, you are all aware of Omoyele Sowore and his charges. And of course, those of you who are not lawyers will not understand the court conditions imposed on Sowore by the State. The last time we had such bail conditions was way back to the colonial regime where people were restricted to a particular parts of the Country. We can recalled that of the Pa Imoudu who was restricted to the Auchi Area of the Country for 3 years before he could be released to come back to Lagos to lead the Nigeria Workers to where we are today".

Falana counseled the CDHR members to stay united, focused and organise themselves properly. No political party has criticised Buhari's regime for intimidating and harassing the Nigerian people because if they are the ones also in power, they would have done the same thing. He maintained that it is time for the CDHR to get all the Human Rights Organizations together and do those things usually done during under the Military.

Falana further posited that "the people united can never be defeated. That means we need to get ourselves united once again to do the needful. They have gone to a few places. They are coming for all of us if we don't get organized. I charged you all here today to get back home to be determined to wage a serious war against the oppressors and dictators in Nigeria", he stressed.

Guest Lecturer from the Faculty of Law University of Lagos Akoka

Professor IBIDAPO OBE in his lecture said that Nigeria unity is not negotiable is a fraud, Nigeria unity is Negotiable but our self determination is not negotiable. According to prof Ibidapo, Freedom of movement is not guaranteed when the movement threaten the security of the indigenous people. In his conclusion he demanded for the share of wealth for the Nigerian youths.

CDHR appreciate Ogun state Speaker Honorable Olakunle Oluomo and the members of the state Assembly.

CDHR also presented an award to Prophet T.B Joshua who was represented by his wisemen for his consistent support to the struggle.

At the second section

CDHR elected New officials to continue the giant achievements of Barr Malachy Ugwummadu and his team

In the election conducted into the various offices, Comrade Barr Obayuwana Osagie was elected unopposed as the new President of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) for a tenure of two years. Others elected into other positions included Comrade Dr Kehinde Prince Taiga as the Vice President, Comrade James Chikwendu as the Secretary General, Comrade Atahiru Ibrahim as the Assistant Secretary General, Comrade Sola Kolawole as the Treasurer, Comrade Violet Ekumankama as Legal Adviser, Comrade Gerald Katchy as the Publicity Secretary and Comrade Ayuba Musa as the Internal Auditor.

Giving his acceptance speech, the new National President, Comrade Obayuwana Osagie expresses satisfaction in the process that produce him as the President. Obayuwana pledged his readiness to work with the other new Executives and members to bring about the desired restoration, progress and development needed by the organization and the Country. He called on all the structures of the CDHR at all levels to savour an historic moment. He appreciated the support giving him to emerge as the new President by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He noted with joy the giant roles played by the BOT Chairman, Barrister Femi Falana towards restoring the lost glory of the Organization.

In the words of Obayuwana, he said: "Femi Falana is a giant who represents the spirit of the CDHR in the lecture he recently delivered in far away Ghana. The CDHR cannot be separated from the giant called Femi Falana. He identified virtues of consistency and respect as the main attributes that has distinguished Falana among his peers over the years. Falana no doubt has excelled and reproduce himself in many".

Obayuwana equally used the opportunity to call on Nigerians to shun discrimination among themselves as such will deter the progress and development of the Nation to the desirable destination and goal. He expressed the readiness of his new Executives to take up the tasks and the challenges already presented to them by the CDHR and other Nigerians to speak out on their behalf. He promised to unite and rebuild the CDHR State Branches and Units across the Country and collaborates with the Labour Unions, the National Assembly, Accountants, Engineers and the Young people in the Country to effect a positive and lasting change.

He charged Nigerians not to isolates what makes the Country special and not to hesitate to work hard and be resolute to discover its mission. "We sent the Soldiers back to their barracks. But we did not bargain for what we are seeing now. There is a culture that is been planted on our land now, it is the culture of discrimination in the Nation". He urged CDHR as an organization not to allow the spirit of discrimination to be infiltrated into the organization's rank. He urged Nigerians to rise and join hands against Dictatorship in the Country.

"CDHR as an Human Rights Organization must braced up to salvage Nigeria from the hands of the few controlling its common wealth and good for their own selfish ends. He urged committed CDHR members to adopt a Scientific approach towards recovering the Country's immense resources from the hands of the few controlling it to be enjoyed by the majority", Obayuwana submitted.

The outgone President of the CDHR, Comrade Malachy Ugwummadu thanked the leaders and members of the Human Rights organization for their support throughout the period of the four years he spent as the National President of the CDHR. He advised the newly elected Executives to continue to work unabated for the interest of the masses. He promised to file an action against the Nigeria police force on behalf of the organization through his Chamber for the siege laid at the Rights house by the Nigeria police force.

Gerald Katchy

CDHR National Publicity Secretary

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Dear Comrades,


Be specially notified and invited to the Annual General Conference [AGC] of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) as follows;

Theme: The Place of Human Rights and Security For The Survival of Democracy in Nigeria

Venue:  NUEGATE HOTEL, Olorombo Abiola Way Abeokuta, Ogun State

Date:     25th – 26th October, 2019

Time:    10:00am prompt.

Official Opening Session and Lecture on Saturday 26th October, 2019

Thank you in anticipation of your presence.

Yours faithfully,

For: Committee For the Defence of Human Rights CDHR


 Comr. Folarin Olayinka

 General Secretary



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