Imam Shefiu leads the Strength in Diversity Development Center, which was founded in 2013 to promote interfaith relations in Nigeria. He is also a joint zonal coordinator for the South West/Lagos zone of the Interfaith Mediation Centre and the Chief Imam of the Islamic Platform Society of Nigeria. Imam Sheifu is a founding member of the U.S. Consulate Lagos Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption Committee.
Bishop Emmah Isong
Bishop Emmah Isong is an evangelist and chair of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Cross River State chapter. Bishop Isong has authored several books and has a presence on both radio and television. Isong is the Presiding Bishop/General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International based in Calabar, Cross River State, where thousands of people gather to worship in a 25,000 person capacity auditorium called “Faith Mansion World Centre.” He runs an international, interdenominational program known as “The Morning Dew” on the first Saturday of the month. Isong is president of Good Cheer Partner, Inc., and president and General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International (C.C.C.I.); and president of the Association of God’s Servant. Bishop Isong is a founding member of the U.S. Consulate Lagos Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption Committee.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Nigeria in 1960, following Nigeria’s independence from the United Kingdom. From 1966-1999 Nigeria experienced a series of military coups, excluding the short-lived second republic between 1979-1983. Following the 1999 inauguration of a civilian president, the U.S.-Nigerian relationship began to improve, as did cooperation on foreign policy goals such as regional peacekeeping. The United States seeks to help improve the economic stability, security, and well-being of Nigerians by strengthening democratic institutions, improving governance, transparency and accountability, promoting human rights, encouraging two-way trade and investment, and professionalizing security forces. U.S. assistance also aims to build institutional capacity in the provision of health and education services; and support improvements in agricultural productivity and the delivery of reliable and affordable energy. Nigeria and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Nigeria also is an observer to the Organization of American States.
Established in May 1995, the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) is a Lagos-based non-governmental and non-partisan organization concerned with the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights) in Nigeria. Through its highly-integrated models -- the Monitoring and Advocacy Program (MAP), the Community Action Program (CAP), the Legal Action Program (LAP) and the recently introduced Policy Advocacy Program (PAP) -- SERAC seeks to build awareness about economic, social and cultural rights and explore strategies for securing their realization. In addition, SERAC aims at broadening individuals’ and communities’ access to, and strengthening their participation in, the design and implementation of social and economic policies and programs that affect them. Specialties: SERAC plays a leading role in developing ESC rights activism worldwide. It is an active member of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and drafted Frontline Defender’s online.