April 1, 2015
Act4Accountability commends the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian diaspora for the peaceful conclusion of the 2015 elections. The historic and competitive political races in the 55th year of Nigeria’s independence, saw the opposing candidate and party unseat an incumbent through a nonviolent and highly participatory electoral process.
These elections also signify a victory for accountability; a message to Nigerians and other African nations that a people dissatisfied with its governance are not helpless. The increased level of citizen participation illustrates that Nigerians have taken a small step to hold public officials accountable for their actions, inactions, and resulting consequences.
The work done by many civil society organizations in Nigeria and the diaspora to educate citizens about their voting rights and electoral monitoring, elevated the level of transparency witnessed in the democratic process. Election day marked a turning point for civic engagement and participation by the Nigerian people. We intend to maintain this heightened citizen inclusion in all areas of governance by holding the new administration to their campaign promises, the Constitution, rule of law, security, a peaceful national reconciliation, and other areas of development.
On the eve of the one-year anniversary since the abduction of 200+ missing girls from Chibok, Act4Accountability encourages all members of the diaspora and our allies to call on the Buhari-Osinbajo Administration to make the girls’ rescue and rehabilitation a high priority.
Congratulations to the President-Elect Mohammadu Buhari and the Vice-President Elect Yemi Osinbajo. Long live Nigerians. Long live Nigeria.