In a press statement issued on August 8, 2018, SPACES FOR CHANGE and the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGOs) urged the civil society community in Nigeria and the world over to speak up against the shrinking civic space in Nigeria. This call came a day after the heavily–armed security operatives of Nigeria’s Department of State Security Services (DSS) barricaded the entrance of the Nigerian federal parliament on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, preventing federal lawmakers from accessing their offices to carry out their lawful legislative duties.


“The civil society community must strongly resist these undemocratic tendencies. Nigerian authorities
must end this trend of shrinking civic space and weakening of democratic institutions in the country”,
said Ms. Yemisi Ramsome-Kuti, Nigeria Network of NGOs Trustee.


DSS’ Tuesday invasion of the National Assembly is the height of closing civic space any country could
witness in a democracy, said Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Executive Director at Spaces for Change.