CISLAC-SOTU Press Releases

Press Statement Issued by the State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform (SOTU-N-CAMP) on the Xenophobic Attacks by South Africans on Foreign Nationals within its Borders.

Dated 20th April 2015


The State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform (SOTU-N-CAMP) is the Nigerian national platform of State of the Union (SOTU), which is an Africa continental campaign that demands and strengthens Nigerian Citizen’s participation in policy development, implementation and monitoring within the African Union (AU). SOTU-N-CAMP comprises 29 Civil Society Organizations working extensively across all governance thematic areas.

Following the barbarous, erratic and most inhumane xenophobic attacks meted out by South Africans in what they world has commonly renounced and lambasted, the State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform deems it fit to issue this statement.

The State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform is deeply saddened by the current spate of gross misconduct, astonishing cruelty and brutal attacks being perpetuated by certain unscrupulous elements of the South African populace which has led to the loss of lives and properties of non nationals carrying on legitimate businesses and living […]

AU commends Nigerian women for full participation in polling process

By Okeke Anya

African Union has lauded the people of Nigeria for peaceful elections, stating that the 28 March 2015 Presidential and National Assembly elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria constituted an important opportunity for deepening democracy in the country.

It would be recalled that the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) deployed 84 long and short term observers in the Federal Capital Territory and 20 of the 36 States of Nigeria.

A statement signed by Head of the Mission, His Excellency Prof. Amos Sawyer, noted: “The AUEOM assessed the 28 March 2015 elections in Nigeria in conformity with the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance; the 2002 AU/OAU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa; the 2002 AU Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions; and the legal framework governing the conduct of elections in Nigeria. This statement presents the Mission’s preliminary findings up until the closing […]


Three years ago this month, a monumental crisis of historic proportions unraveled and shook our country to its very foundation. At the root of that crisis were corruption, and the impunity in governance that enables, drives, and protects its perpetrators and perpetuators.
This same phenomenon of corruption, grand theft and pillage of public treasury by a few entrusted with the safe keeping of our commonwealth, has alas since then grown and become not only endemic, but also pervasively systemic.
If we recall, January is the month of the anniversary of that historic eruption of popular anger that became known as Occupy Nigeria, the January Uprising.
Today, 9th of January 2015 marks three years since a growing spontaneous protest movement ballooned into a nationwide uprising, the most massive, and significant in our history. For it was on January 9th 2012 that the joint Labour and Civil Society Coalition launched a Nationwide […]

Press Statement

Abuja Ministerial Session: CISLAC-SOTU Urges Sincere Domestication and Implementation of African Union Frameworks
As Ministerial members of African Union (AU) prepare to gather for Extra-Ordinary Session of Ministers of Economy and Finance in Abuja between 21st and 24th March, 2014 to address developmental related issues such as proposals on the mechanisms for implementing the recommendations from the Report on Alternative Sources of Financing the AU; the statute of the AMF; and technical study on the establishment of the Pan African Stock Exchange; and the Study Report on the African Integration Fund, State of the Union Coalition (SOTU) in Collaboration with Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) observed that:

 In 2009, at meeting of Head of States of 53 member countries of the African Union, the decision to ratify and accede to all OAU and AU treaties was taken; however, many regional nations have showed no committed effort to ratify the […]

Girl Education: The Catalyst for Women Empowerment

By: Slvester Enoghase
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in Collaboration with the state of the Union (SOTU) want African Government to invest more on capacity building for girl child education.
Adequate facility and policies to increase the level of girl-child education, they believe, will remain an essential catalyst for greater women empowerment in the continent.
CISLAC, in partnership with SOTU, recently organised a one day validation workshop on the African Union (AU) Conventions, Instruments and Framework in Nigeria to articulate the level of the CSOs involvement to Nigeria’s compliance with the conventions. The event held in Lagos also looked at instruments and frameworks, particularly in the areas of health, agriculture, conservation of nature and natural resources.
Speaking on how the Conventions and Decision of AU validation workshop would provide a platform for key Civil Society Organisations working on AU instruments to review, amend, recommend and validate the draft Compliance Report, CISLAC’s Executive […]

Civil Society Declaration on the Shrinking Space for Public Engagement and Participation in the Affairs of the African Union

We, the citizens of Africa represented by Civil Society Organisations and Coalitions, are concerned by the decision of the African Union Commission (AUC) to deny the participation of African Citizens in the African Union (AU) processes particularly during this 21st AU Summit.

In a recent press conference, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the AUC was quoted saying that member states have requested that the AU Summit remain closed and in her opinion this is a reasonable request.

We, the undersigned, are convinced that the decision is contrary to the underpinning principles of the African Union—as demonstrated in the AU’s Constitutive Act—which was conceived as a union of all African people.

Furthermore, this decision to deny African CSOs access to their leaders comes at a critical moment when the agenda for the Summit is focusing on developing the vision and agenda for Africa for the next 50 years—agenda 2063. In addition, the […]

State of the Union June 2013 Advocacy Visit Report

Report of an Advocacy Visit by CISLAC and State Of The Union (SOTU) to the President of the Pan African Parliament Hon. Bethel Amadi on the 6th of June 2013

On the 6th of June 2013 at about 1600hrs GMT, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and State of the Union (SOTU) carried out an advocacy visit to the President of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) Hon. Bethel Amadi. The advocacy visit was part of a series of activities lined up in pushing for achieving the general stated objectives of SOTU which includes the ratification, domestication and improved implementation of African Union (AU) instruments at country-level and Nigeria being a signatory to a number of these instruments and also privileged to be currently holding the office of the President of the PAP had to be seen to be championing a pioneer role in the attainment of these objectives.

The meeting […]

Report of Advocacy Visit by CISLAC and SOTU- N-CAMP to the Minister of Justice of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federation at the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja-Nigeria

Advocacy Visit by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform (SOTU- N-CAMP) to the Minister of Justice of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federation at the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja-Nigeria. May 17TH 2013 
As part of a number of activities lined up towards the attainment of the overall objectives of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre’s (CISLAC’s) implementation of the State of the Union campaign in Nigeria, CISLAC and State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform (SOTU-N-CAMP – Nigeria’s SOTU national Platform) on the 17th of May 2013 at about 2:30p.m Nigerian time conducted, an advocacy visit to the Minister of Justice of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federation. This meeting was a follow up of communications with the Senior Special Adviser (SSAVII) to the Minister, Mrs Victoria Mbu about the role of the Ministry in studying and effecting Nigeria’s compliance with African […]

Communiqué of the One Day meeting for the formation of the State of the Africa Union Nigeria (SOTU-N-CAMP)

Communiqué of the One Day meeting for the formation of the State of the Africa Union Nigeria (SOTU-N-CAMP) Held in the Ekiti Syndicate Hall of Lagos Airport Hotel Limited, Ikeja on the 21st Day of March, 2013
The State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform hosted by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from Oxfam is a direct response to SOTU Africa’s implementation demand to Strengthen Nigerian Citizen’s Participation in Policy Development, Implementation and Monitoring within the African Union. On the basis of a new and deeper analysis of the state of ratification, domestication and implementation of 15 legal instruments, frameworks and vision, there is a belief that there is need for inclusive national platform that is capacitated to popularize, engage and hold Governments accountable on the below-mentioned fifteen legal instruments, frameworks and vision. Such platform needed to be formed and supported to work on issues that […]