Through the support of the Australian Aid, we organized a 2-Day National Workshop on the Role of Religious Leaders in Promoting Credible and Violence-Free Elections in. 82 interfaith leaders (men, women & youth) selected from Christian & Muslim religious organizations from the six geopolitical zones in the country participated actively in this workshop which started 2019 from 3rd – 6th December, 2018 at Ajuji Greenwich Hotel Abuja Nigeria
The purpose of the workshop was to highlight the important role that religious leaders can play in influencing peaceful, free, fair and credible elections which is essential for ensuring good governance during 2019 general elections. For us, this workshop is a necessity given the spate of violence that characterizes elections in Nigeria as well as the awful manipulation of religion, religious leaders and the youths by political juggernauts as witnessed in the past elections. The workshop therefore provided the forum for different election stakeholders like the INEC, Nigerian Police and the National Orientation Agents, among others, to address Nigerians on their readiness and commitment in delivering credible and violence-free elections come 2019.
Before the end of the 2 day-workshop, participants came up with a communiqué which served as the official statement and working document of the event. Participants were urged to make maximum use of the document which is now a working tool for their advocacy in their various communities.