Amy Lillis, acting United States special representative for religion and global affairs held a roundtable discussion Thursday with members of the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group.
The 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.
RLAC has since developed partnerships with leading anticorruption voices in civil society in order to fight corruption at all levels in Nigeria.
During the meeting, Special Representative 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.
“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,” Lillis said.
“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.”
She explained that 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.
At the event, the religious leaders discussed additional 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.