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NACJD Announces Plans To Recognize Unsung Heroes of Nigeria’s 2023 Elections, Calls for Nominations
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NACJD Announces Plans To Recognize Unsung Heroes of Nigeria’s 2023 Elections, Calls for Nominations

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In line with the worldwide thank you program of Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, the Nigerian-American Coalition for Justice & Democracy (NACJD) has announced plans for the 2024 Courageous Citizens Award (CCA) to recognise individuals who demonstrated exceptional bravery and commitment to democracy during the 2023 general elections.

NACJD announced its readiness to show appreciation to all Nigerians who stood for credible free and fair elections in the country at a press conference in Abuja and called for nominations.

Themed “Acts and Voices of Valor: Celebrating Uncommon Heroes of Democracy and Good Governance,” the award ceremony will honor individuals whose actions significantly contributed to fostering credible electoral processes and a better Nigeria.

Professor Edward Oparaoji, leader of the Coalition, stated that the CCA aims to shine a spotlight on unsung heroes who, despite adversity and danger, exhibited exceptional courage, resilience, and dedication to democratic principles. By highlighting their actions, the Coalition hopes to inspire others to actively engage in shaping Nigeria’s future and foster a culture of accountability, transparency, and civic responsibility. NACJD Announces Plans To Recognize Unsung Heroes of Nigeria’s 2023 Elections, Calls for Nominations

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Dr. Tanko Yunusa, spokesperson to His Excellency Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, emphasised that the CCA recognises the extraordinary courage displayed by ordinary citizens who risk their safety and well-being to uphold democratic principles and advocate for a better society.

The award also aims to promote democratic values within Nigerian society by highlighting the courageous efforts of citizens who work towards a fair and transparent electoral process.

Celebration of Unsung Heroes

According to the group, CCA seeks to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes who contribute to the advancement of justice, equity, and democracy in Nigeria.

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“By recognizing their contributions, the award aims to foster a culture of appreciation for civic activism and encourage more individuals to engage in efforts aimed at positive social change”, the group said.

Criteria for Nominating Awardees

On criteria for nominating awardees, the organisers said “The selection criteria for the 2024 CCA include:

“Courage and Integrity: Honorees should have demonstrated courage and integrity in standing up for democracy and speaking out against any forms of electoral malpractice or injustice.

“Civic Engagement and Activism: Individuals who actively engaged in civic education, voter mobilization, and advocacy for democracy during the 2023 presidential election could be recognized for their efforts. NACJD Announces Plans To Recognize Unsung Heroes of Nigeria’s 2023 Elections, Calls for Nominations

“Positive Impact: Honorees should have made a significant and positive impact on the promotion and preservation of democracy in Nigeria during the 2023 presidential election.

“Leadership and Vision: Individuals who demonstrated strong leadership qualities, vision, and strategic thinking in advancing democracy in Nigeria could be recognized for their contributions.

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“Our Role Models: Our uncontested role models, such as Professor Nnenna Ottii, Victoria Chintex, Jennifer Efidi, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, and countless others, serve as inspiration for the CCA. Their courageous actions and unwavering commitment to democracy exemplify the spirit of the award”, the group explained.

Calls for Nominations

While calling for nominations, the NACJD said, “We invite nominations from the public across all sectors, including but not limited to youths, social media influencers, activists, journalists, professionals, entertainers, captains of industry, traditional rulers, civil servants, politicians, socio-cultural organizations, and religious leaders. Together, let us honor and celebrate Nigeria’s uncommon heroes who embody the principles of democracy and good governance.

“For more information and to submit nominations, please visit https://courageouscitizenaward.org/home Or contact 08033144131”, NACJD said.

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