B.U.K. Law Student, Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi Wins LAWSAN Human Rights Activist Award 2021

Award recipient Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi(in blue suit) poses with a well wisher during the LAWSAN award ceremony.

400-Level law student of Bayero University of, Kano(BUK), Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi has won the Human Rights Activist of the Year award initiated by the Law Students’ Association of Nigeria, LAWSAN.

The award recognises how Mr. Abdullahi raises awareness of impunity, poverty, conflict and human rights abuses in north eastern Nigeria, based on the articles he wrote that called the attention of government to solve the problems experienced by the less privileged in the society.

He was among the five students who contested from five geo-political zones. He represented the north west.

The recognition aims at encouraging young people to examine and engage critically with human rights issues by conducting independent research, and producing written or creative pieces.

The Profile of Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi

Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi is a LL.B IV student of Bayero University, Kano, Northwest, Nigeria.

He served as the Senior Editor of LAWSAN National editorial board, and is currently working with the Convention Planning Committee as the public relations officer.

In June 2021, Abdullahi filed a petition before the Dean Students’ Affairs of Bayero University Kano against some unregistered associations unlawfully operating in the campus and his complaint yielded results as the offending groups were summoned and forced to register their associations. In addition, they were made to pay damages to the school authority.

During the period of Covid-19, he wrote an article calling the attention of the Federal Government to the need to reopen schools in order to prevent the youth from engaging in illegal activities in the society. Here is the link to the article: https://loyalnigerianlawyer.com/it-is-time-to-reopen-schools-by-muhammad-ibrahim-abdul/

Similarly, Abdullahi wrote yet another article during the Covid-19 lockdown explaining why he thinks the Governors are contributing to the problems Nigerians are facing; emphasising that the President alone shouldn’t carry the blame. According to him, this is so because of Covid-19 palliatives that were found hoarded in state government stores while people were suffering. Here is the link to read the article: https://loyalnigerianlawyer.com/looting-of-covid-19-palliatives-in-warehouse-an-indication-that-some-governors-not-always-the-president-are-the-problem-of-this-country/

Again, Mr. Abdullahi once called the attention of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the federal government to the fact that some of their staff were extorting the masses for the national ID card registration. He forwarded the petition to the Minister of Technology, Dr. Isah Ali Pantami and NIMC through their Gmail addresses. Here is the link to read his write-up against NIMC officials which also sought for the extention of NIN- Sim link deadline: https://loyalnigerianlawyer.com/nin-sim-link-exercise-amid-extortion-and-delay-by-nimc-officials-fg-urged-to-extend-the-two-weeks-deadline-period/

In his words, “I was born and brought up in the northeast. We have been suffering from Boko Haram attacks for over ten years. The federal government of Nigeria created a commission to mitigate the hardship of the people in the northeast which is the Northeast Development Commission. I found that the commission is not really discharging its duties, as a result I did a write-up against the officials of the said commission and asked federal government to investigate them for poor performance in the region. Here is the link to the write-up: https://loyalnigerianlawyer.com/calling-for-investigation-of-officials-of-the-north-east-development-commission-by-mohammed-ibrahim-abdul/

Many of Abdullahi’s works are unpublished. He’s working with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Yobe State branch and has participated in sensitisation programmes for the Violence against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPPA).


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