The International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent, ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross Society have charged participants of Course 20 at the National Defence College, Nigeria to uphold the tenets of International Humanitarian Law in times of conflict or war. This charge was given during the annual Red Cross Day at the College.
The ICRC’s Head of Mission, Zoran Jovanovic, told the Participants that the Red Cross intervenes in any situation based on its assessment and the seven fundamental principles not receiving orders from any quarter. “The Red Cross does not seek to determine guilt or choose victims but works to alleviating the suffering of victims regardless of inclination”
He announced that a team of surgeons from ICRC would be arriving Nigeria in April and informed that ICRC held a meeting with about 35 Surgeons including Military Surgeons in relation to bomb injuries.
Also speaking during the event, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Red Cross, Bello Hamman Diram, acquainted the Participants with the activities of the National Society ranging from disaster preparedness to response, advocacy and enlightenment campaign amongst others.
The College’s commandant, Rear Admiral J.T.Lokoson, thanked the ICRC for observing the Red Cross Day and for adding value to the College. Other speakers during the occasion included Jato Livinus and Judith Osuman.
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