"Helping the Nigerian National Assembly: How to be More Effective and Democratic"
Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC).
Co-sponsored by the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, University of Massachusetts Boston.
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Darren Kew, Associate Professor, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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Decades of military rule in Nigeria left the National Assembly a hobbled institution next to the powerful presidency after the soldiers left power in 1999. The last two decades have seen legislators make important strides in playing their constitutional roles and checking the executive, but powers remain far too imbalanced in the president’s favor, and the National Assembly still struggles with its role. Auwal Rafsanjani is a civil society activist who has spent much of the last two decades helping legislators develop the capacity of the institution, improve election performance, and fight corruption. What can legislators do to help address the current security crisis across Nigeria? What are the chances for meaningful election reform laws, anti-corruption legislation, restructuring of the federation, and other major issues that legislators will have to address in the next two years?
Auwal Musa Rafsanjani is the Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), where he has spent many years working to improve the capacity and efficiency of the Nigerian National Assembly. He is also Head of Transparency International (Nigeria), as well as the Chairman of the Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC). Likewise, he was a coordinator representing the Sub African region on the Civil Society Coalition for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. He is a co-convener of Nigeria’s Say No Campaign, and a Political Scientist from Bayero University Kano-Nigeria.