Ibrahim Mualeem Zikirullahi,

Executive Director 

Ibrahim Mualeem Zikirullahi, Executive Director, is widely known in Nigerian civil society circles as Comrade Zik, has a honorary Doctorate Degree in humanities from the Commonwealth University in the United Kingdom. He holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Mass Communication (by research) from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. From August 2012 to August 2016, he was the National Chairman of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of over 400 Civil Society Organisations (CSO), which specialized in election monitoring and observation to ensure the votes count. Comrade Dr. Zikirullahi led the TMG to observe the historic 2015 General Elections, using the innovative Quick Count (Parallel Vote Tabulation, PVT) election observation methodology. In the dark days of the Military dictatorship, he was one of the frontline activists at the heart of the struggle to free Nigeria from claws of military rule. He played a leading role in the formation of the United Action for Democracy (UAD), a pro-democracy civil society groups, which gave vent to the aspiration ofNigerians in restoring democracy in Nigeria. From 2000-2002, Zikirullahi was the Nigerian Liaison Officer of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), an international development funding organisation with headquarters in Berlin, Germany.He was the founding Secretary-General of the Nigeria Security Printing &Minting Company (Mint) Workers Forum. Currently Zikirullahi is the Executive Director and Board Secretary of the Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED). In those capacities, Zikirullahi worked closely with the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Rights & Democracy (R&D) Canada, MISEREOR/KZE Germany, Fredrich-Ebert-Foundation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), National Democratic Institute (NDI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), MacArthur Foundation,  NSRP/British Council, United States Embassy in Nigeria, and the Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) in the coordination of projects on reforms of the Nigerian constitution, electoral work, local government systems, democratic participation and political accountability, and labour rights advocacy programmes. Comrade Dr. Zikirullahi has attended many international development courses, including an industrial internship with Duetsche Welle (DW-Radio), Bonn on the work of International Broadcasting and Media Development in Europe.

 

Zikirullahiwas selected for the United States International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) by the US department of States in 2014. He was lead speaker at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC; and at the United Nations-Islamic Organizations Conference (UN-IOC) Round table Discussion on the role of civil society and domestic observer groups in enhancing the integrity of electoral processes in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after the historic 2015 elections. In recognition of the astute leadership he gave in robustly observing the electoral process, the Commonwealth Secretary-General invited Comrade Dr. Zikirullahi as one of the Commonwealth Secretariat eminent election observation group to observe the Siri Lanka Parliamentary election in 2015.

 

This was followed byconferment of a honourary doctorate degree in humanities on him by the Commonwealth University, United Kingdom on July 28, 2016. The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) and the Institute of Management Specialists (IMS) both in United Kingdom also conferred prestigious fellowships of their respective institutes on him. Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi was also in September 2016 recognized for sterling leadership and excellence by the Nigeria Alumni of the United States International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP).