On the occasion of the third meeting of the Think Thank of the Network and Advocacy Group, Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, members canvassed for continuous dialogue with critical stakeholders and the need to embark on policy advocacy with the aim of fostering social justice in the Nigerian nation.
With support from McArthur Foundation, the meeting, which took place on Friday the 25th day of June 2021 at the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation Multipurpose Hall, recorded an impressive turn out from various areas of national development, including the media, academia, judiciary, legislature, public administration, diplomacy, national security and civil society.
In his welcome address, the Executive Director of Lux Terra leadership Foundation, Fr George Ehusani, expressed his optimism that with the commitment of all Nigerians, Nigeria will witness a turn around and become a nation where justice, peace, unity and prosperity shall reign.
On their part, members of the Think Tank expressed their appreciation to Fr Ehusani for convening the meeting at a most auspicious time, as well as his tireless efforts to make Nigeria a better place for all, while restating their commitment to the realization of the aims and objectives of the Network and Advocacy Group of Lux Terra Leadership Foundation.
After a thorough deliberation on the state of the Nigerian nation, members of the Think Tank, observed a dousing of tension in the polity in recent times. This positive development was attributed to the combined efforts of well meaning Nigerians and other interest groups, prominent among, which is the Network and Advocacy Group, that have engaged critical stakeholders in dialogue and advocacy for constructive engagements between governments at all levels and the people to address burning national issues.
To this end, members reached a resolution on the need to sustain and expand the ongoing efforts at stakeholders’ dialogue and advocacy for social justice, citizenship rights, unity and peaceful coexistence to include electoral reforms.
They agreed that within the framework of Nigeria’s constitutional liberal democracy are inexhaustible mechanisms that can be explored to give effect to social justice, fairness and equity. To achieve this will be to enrich Nigeria’s democratic credentials through a thorough electoral reform process that empowers the Nigerian people to freely choose their political leadership in every election cycle. An improved electoral management system, which empowers the people to reward or punish their political leadership through the ballot, is the most important incentive for good democratic governance.
However, members expressed fears about the lack of commitment on the part of relevant stakeholders in both the executive and legislative arms of government towards passing into law the much needed electoral reform bill.
In this regard, they resolved on the need to intensify dialogue and advocacy towards the passage of the electoral reform bill into law as means of achieving sustainable social justice within a framework of democratic good governance in Nigeria.
Attached are images from the meeting.