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.

CDHR NATIONAL OFFICERS

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

Photographs at the event visit: http://cdhrnigeria.org/en/example-pages/photo-gallery/category/23-cdhr-2019-annual-general-conference-agc