“The recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
68 years ago, the above preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Right was voiced to the world on the 10th of December, 1948 for the security of all human nations. This recognises our rights, interests, life, and social and political well-beings. We may not in practical senses be enjoying all that the Articles provide, but reading them gives one a powerful inspiration to stay happy and recognised by virtue of being a human.
Every human being has their own inherent peculiarities and unique features. These ideally do not open the gates for prejudice or feeble and unwarranted moral judgments. We all have specific devices that protect us both intrinsically or extrinsically – our beliefs and the law.
When you stand on top of the earth and open your unbiased eyes widely, you’ll see humans – different races, cultures, tongues, lifestyles, etc. living very far away from one another, yet under a small globe. Some are in wealthy locations whilst others are in places where food is scarce, yet all embrace happiness.
If you also look very closely, you’ll see those who are very knowledgeable and educated, and on the other hand, you’ll see those who cannot read and write, yet all are able to think and provide solutions.
If you keep looking, you will find a host of other categories of persons living in the world. No matter how you perceive it and no matter the categories you uncover, what remains unchanged is that, everyone has to be protected and the dignity of everyone should be held sacred.
We are humans. Today is our day. It is our rights day. Even if today’s elections in Rivers State have restricted us of some of our rights in this part of the country (Nigeria), it does not change the fact that we have the right to live. It’s a privilege to be a human.