Thursday, 13 July 2017

U.S. Special Envoy Holds Roundtable with Religious’ Leaders Fighting Corruption

Rebecca Ejifoma

Acting United States Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, Amy Lillis, held a round-table discussion on Thursday with members of the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group on the way forward.

RLAC working group was formed in 2016 by Muslim and Christian religious leaders with the primary goal of addressing how faith communities could take a leading role in anticorruption advocacy in Nigeria. The group has since developed partnerships with leading anticorruption voices in civil society in order to fight corruption at all levels in Nigeria.

During the meeting, Lillis pledged the U.S. government’s continued support to the religious leaders as they work to find lasting solutions to stamp out the scourge of corruption in Nigeria.

She said: “The moral standing of religious leaders and the capacity of religious institutions to reach a broad cross-section of Nigerian society, make RLAC’s work essential to the future of anticorruption advocacy.

“It is my pleasure to be here to support this next stage of the Religious Leader Anti-Corruption working group. Religious leaders are an essential component of the multi-faceted fight against corruption in this country.”

According to her, working against corruption is essential to many of the priorities of both the U.S. government and the religious leaders, including constructing peaceful, secure societies, and promoting prosperity.

While the religious’ leaders tabled issues like innovative options for bringing the principles of anticorruption to the grassroots, they resolved to disseminate anticorruption messaging through media outlets, sermons, and train-the-trainer workshops.

The Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs was established in 2013 to strengthen the U.S. government’s efforts to assess religious dynamics and engage religious actors across a wide range of foreign policy priorities.

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