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In January, 2008 the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria made a formal request to the National Assembly for the creation of a Legislative Liaison Office in the Assembly. The request was granted in June, 2008, thereby providing a veritable platform for a robust engagement with a critical institution and arm of Nigeria’s democratic system.

The Nigerian political, social and economic realities were defined by the absence of effective governance, rising inequality and democratic deficits within the period under review. It was a period when Nigeria grappled with the problem of running a democratic system without the full complement of democrats resulting in the alienation of citizens from governance and its outcomes. Although there remained abiding faith among Nigerians that democracy, which delivers good governance remained the only road for the nation to travel to realize its manifest destiny, the challenges posed by a corrupt and self centered political elite, tested this faith to its limits.

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