Date: 10th September, 2021
Venue: CISLAC Office, Abuja
The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) on the 10th September, 2021, paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the Transition monitoring Group (TMG) with the objective of repositioning the TMG and charting a new course for the group on improving the electoral process in Nigeria by reactivating TMG memberships for democratic consolidation, amongst other strategic measures/actions.
The FOMWAN team led by Mrs. Farida Sada Yusuf, was welcomed by the TMG Chairman, Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), the outgoing Vice-Chairman of TMG, Mr. Anya Okeke and the CISLAC board member and Legal Director, Barr. Adesina Oke.
Following introductions, deliberations were opened by Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) who emphasized the imperative of repositioning the TMG in its new iteration through the following steps as an ongoing agenda:
- Reactivating memberships for democratic consolidation;
- Monitoring conventions and elections to ensure credibility and delivery of good governance;
- Expanding the TMG’s role and responsibility beyond election monitoring/observation, to include pre-electoral processes that would lead to the right candidates and appropriate representation of constituencies towards realizing potential dividends of democracy;
- Demanding ideologically-driven agenda for parties; and
- Constructively engaging citizens through sustained civic education.
Mr. Okeke Anya on his part reiterated the Chairman’s submissions, as he opined a new agenda for improvement of electoral processes that encourages inclusion. He also noted the need for organizing and coordinating the TMG on how elections could be transformed to benefit Nigerians and sought to know how FOMWAN intended to key into this new agenda.
Mrs. Farida Sada Yusuf thanked the Chairman for the audience and congratulated him on his recent election as the Chairman of the TMG Board. She firstly conveyed her unrelenting support to the actualization of the TMG’s objectives as she decried FOMWAN’s seeming exclusion from the TMG in the past administration, citing poor communication during and after the swift count, amongst other challenges. She reflected on her organization’s advocacy thrust towards monitoring grass-root activities and sustained voter education beyond election cycles, through projects like the successful FOMWAN “Women in Purdah” project in 2019.
Mrs. Farida re-expressed FOMWAN’s unreserved commitment and support to the TMG cause and its willingness to be involved in electoral and security-related issues in light of the new FOMWAN election and leadership focus.
In closing, Mr Auwal Musa acknowledged the issue of poor communications in the past and conveyed his commitment to the revitalization of an effective and efficient communications strategy as well as transcending its scope despite resource limitations. He thanked the FOMWAN team and assured that invitations will be extended to them in the course of proposed visitations, consultations and advocacies in the resuscitation drive for wider inclusion, improved civic education and delivery of good governance.