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Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association Nigeria (MWFAAN) Advocates for Peaceful and Credible 2015 Elections

By Rita Omovbude

The Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association Nigeria (MWFAAN) in collaboration with Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) will hold a one-day conference that advocates for peaceful and credible 2015 elections on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Niger Hall, International Conference Center, Garki, Abuja at 9.30 a.m.

This conference targets Civil Society Organizations, political parties, youth groups and members of the public with the aim of facilitating discourse on peaceful and credible elections by drawing perspectives from various stakeholders.

The National Secretary of the association, Maryam Shehu Mohammed stated, “The speakers expected at the event represent stakeholders that play a critical role in ensuring peaceful and credible elections”. The speakers include Professor Chidi Odinkalu, Chairman, Governing Council of the National Human Right Commission; Barr Osaze Uzzi, Director, INEC Voter Education and Publicity; Cynthia Mbamalu, Program Manager at Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).

According to the President of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria, Ashiru Abubakar, “This is just one in a series of rollout conferences to be held across the Country before the 2015 elections take off. The first conference was successfully held in Kano and another conference in collaboration with Kaduna State University is scheduled to hold Saturday, March 7, 2015 by 9.00 a.m. at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Kaduna State University.”

Abubakar, also stated that “These series of conferences are expected to further drive home the message of peaceful elections, and we will not relent in our efforts as young African leaders to play our role in ensuring peace and stability in our great country Nigeria.”

The Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria is a network of young Nigerians who participated in President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative program in the United States of America in 2014. While in the U.S, the fellows underwent a six-week training under three tracks—Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership and Public Management—in top Universities in the U.S, followed by weeks of internship programs with respected global and local organizations.

These young leaders have now come together with an agenda to strengthen the democratic process in Nigeria by promoting peace in the nation and fostering servant leadership at all levels.

Follow the association on twitter: @MWFAAN, Instagram: @MWFAANigeria, Facebook: Mandela Washington Fellows Alumni Association Nigeria Chapter. Email: mwfaan2014@gmail.com

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