Christian organisations including Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) and the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) have expressed concerns over Nigeria’s democracy ahead of the 2019 elections.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of a conference tagged: ‘Think Democracy’, at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Abuja, to evaluate developments in the country and the challenges confronting governance in Nigeria.
Mr. Solomon Asemota (SAN) of CSMN said that the national ideology bequeathed by the founding fathers of Nigeria at Independence was democracy and every effort should be made to ensure that the nation’s democracy is neither undermined nor abrogated, expressing concerns at emerging signals towards the 2019 elections.
The conference was orgainsed by CSMN in collaboration with other groups like NCEF; Legacy Initiative International; Advocates for Freedom and Democracy (AFD), a coalition of 58 Christian groups; Nigerian Christians in Diaspora; the Clergy Forum for Peace and Development in the Niger Delta, and Christian Ministers Universal Forum.
The well-attended conference also reiterated the need for a deliberate agenda for promoting the participation and representation of women, youths, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities at all levels of governance, while introducing a social mobilization movement tagged ‘’Think New’’, to mobilize Nigerians to develop a new mind-set for social transformation.
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