Nigeria

Nigeria Decides: Statement by the IIDN Board on Good Governance by Chiamaka Mogo

In a few days time, Nigerians will begin voting for leaders that will represent the people for the next four years. The Board of the Initiative for Inclusive Dialogue in Nigeria (IIDN) congratulates all Nigerians on this opportunity to express choice, freedom of conviction and hope. We congratulate all who have put their names forward as candidates. We urge all candidates as well as, all security and elections-monitoring staff to avoid engaging in actions that counter the objective of free and fair elections. 

Nigeria is a nation of several tribes, languages, natural resources and many more. Good governance is key to actualizing the benefits of a nation that is so naturally gifted. 

Individual statements by Board members:

Timmy Guo (Development Officer of the Board):

Governance means ensuring that things are done properly and that they are done right. One key component to good governance is good oversight in decision-making, for the benefit of the masses. To achieve good governance, there needs to be transparency, group decision-making and accountability. 

Chiamaka Mogo (President of the Board):

Good governance means that governments — national and state-level — are upholding the rule of law, prioritizing human rights, ensuring the safety of the citizenry and enacting policies that will lead to fair and sustainable socio-economic outcomes for all. 

Ellen Edet (Public Relations Officer of the Board)

Good governance means being supported by the country that you belong to. The government should prioritize the best interests of the citizens over things that are not relevant. Good governance is elected officials putting our best interests over corruption. If we as citizens are doing well, the whole country is doing well. 

Signed,

The Initiative for Inclusive Dialogue in Nigeria