CISLAC congratulates Buhari, asks for smooth electoral processes in the future




By Chimezie Godfrey

#TrackNigeria: The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy (CISLAC) has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election for a second term as President of Nigeria and all elected Members of the National Assembly that emerged winners in the elections.

In a press statement made available to Newsdiaryonline on Wednesday, the Executive Director (CISLAC), Auwal  Musa Rafsanjani urged the administration to embark on appropriate policy reforms that would guarantee electoral transparency and all-inclusive development to enable smooth electoral processes in the future.

He also encouraged aggrieved political parties to remain law-abiding and channel their concerns through legal processes as well as shun violent protests.

“We observe an urgent need for the Government to take proactive steps to reform the nation’s economic activities, starting from the oil and gas sector through the targeted Petroleum Industry Reform, as well as transparency and sanity in the tax administrative processes through constructive framework to enhance tax justice regime in both formal and informal sectors.

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“We observe an urgent need for the Government to take proactive steps to reform the nation’s economic activities, starting from the oil and gas sector through the targeted Petroleum Industry Reform, as well as transparency and sanity in the tax administrative processes through constructive framework to enhance tax justice regime in both formal and informal sectors.

“We are not unaware of the continued dilapidation of the health sector, which urgently needs revitalization and revamping as it scores low in the management of disease outbreaks and surveillance, emergency handling and recruitment of medical expertise. We urge the government to meet up with the 2001 Abuja Declaration to scale up budgetary allocations on health care.

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“While calling on the government to adequately fund the educational sector to enhance the quality of education and make it affordable for Nigerians, we also demand proactive dialogues with relevant stakeholders to resolve the ongoing crisis in the tertiary healthcare system.  

“We call on the Government to strengthen Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) by providing adequate resources to run these agencies, as well as complying with international anti-corruption frameworks in the fight against corruption. We call for a revisit of accountability around defence and security budget including security vote at all levels, Rafsanjani said.”

He tasked the administration on executive, legislative and judicial relationship, and the unity of the country.

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“We call on the government to take appropriate steps in enhancing cordial working relations among the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary arms for effective governance and development.

“We call on the President to walk his talk of ensuring that all Nigerians see themselves as one through running an inclusive government as expressed in his acceptance speech. Any act that should construe or create a perception of his government as having ethnic, religious or regional colouration should be avoided as he is the President of all Nigerians,” he said.

He also called on the government to provide the enabling environment for Civil Society Organizations and the media to operate freely, while upholding democracy and good governance.  




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