From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Ahead of 2023 general elections, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution has embarked on sensitization of Nigerians on issues of anti-corruption and accountability to ensure free, fair and credible polls.
Comr. Idris Miliki Abdul, Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution disclosed this at a Quarterly Review Meeting on Prioritizing Anti-Corruption and Accountability issues towards 2023 Elections.
According to Comr. Miliki, the goal of the meeting is to start early sensitization ahead 2023 general elections towards conscientising critical stakeholders, like the media and Civil Society Organization on the need to institutionalize anti corruption, transparency and accountability in Nigeria.
He explained that this demand can only be achieved by ensuring political commitment towards deepening and spreading anti -corruption, transparency and accountability messages by political actors.
The essence of institutionalizing the issues of anti-corruption and accountability he further explained, would ensure that whoever emerge as candidates of the various political parties would mainstream issues of anti-corruption and accountability in their agenda.
Comr. Miliki lamented the absence of anti-corruption and accountability over the years in the nation’s polity, attributed it to failure of the nation’s democracy.
He added that the sensitization message and meeting would help citizens to make demands from their representatives before, during and after elections, consequently raising the consciousness for Anti-corruption and Accountability by elected representatives of the people.
The Executive Director tasked those seeking to represent the people and in position of authorities to see Anti-corruption and Accountability as the bedrock of any sustainable democracy, insisting that its importance, reason for the early meetings to sensitise critical stakeholders on what is expected of them.
The Executive Director, CHRCR described the review meeting as a pre-election activity geared towards raising the issues of anti-corruption and accountability in the polity and for political actors seeking to represent the people to have the consciousness by having a demand charter with the people.