Culled from www.pointblanknews.com
In a couple of weeks now, we shall be required to make choices concerning Nigerian Political leadership at the Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial, National and State Representative levels. It is going to be a major exercise that will affect the destiny of our Country, States and legislative constituencies. For me it is a sacred duty that must not be treated with levity.
2015 Presidential Election Issues
After that historical backgrounder, I shall now examine 4 election issues, the two on everybody’s mind —Corruption and Insecurity, with insecurity in the two forms of Boko Haram and The Fulani militia, plus two others that are not but should be on everybody’s mind namely, the 1999 Constitution—hereafter referred to as the Constitution; and Candidate Buhari. So all in all I shall examine 5 distinct election issues: Corruption; Boko Haram; The Fulani Militia; the 1999 Constitution; Candidate Buhari.
“But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I…” (did not keep quiet. I did something about it) – Apostle Paul in Galatians 2:14.
Millions of us in Nigeria claim to love Jesus Christ and honour Him – yet we have been strangely quiet in the last few years as men of God, particularly in the Pentecostal movement, have turned the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ upside down, turned it into a cash cow, and brought the name of Christ into ridicule in our nation.
This indeed should surprise us as Nigerians, generally speaking, are well known for being a vocal people. Even when we lack the bite that ought to follow our bark, we still do talk! Our political leaders are usually at the receiving end of our long tongues. But, in the more serious issue of toying with the souls of men, why are we being so quiet and docile? Why are we watching silently as a group of well gifted, few men frequently extort money from the poorest and most vulnerable in our society in the name of collecting offering for God?
The answer is simple. Bewitchment. We have been bewitched into silence! As Apostle Paul pointed out to the Galatians, when a group of people are continuously and consistently unable to practise a truth they know, bewitchment may be the answer (Galatians 3:1). For we all know that the Bible admonishes all believers to EARNESTLY CONTEND for the faith that was delivered to the saints (Jude 3). So, why have we allowed ourselves to be bewitched from practicing this truth?
This bewitchment was not brewed in any hidden coven. Rather, it is being brewed openly on the altar of the snare of our respecting men more than respecting God. Fearing men more than fearing God. And being more willing to defend the interest and reputation of ‘men of God’, rather than the reputation and interest of Jesus Christ! (Unless we urgently repent, we shall one day pay for this clear-cut idolatry).
As the eyes of a lot of our fathers in the faith started waxing dim some years ago, and their messages started changing to become more compliant to the expediency of mammon, what have we been doing in the household of faith? Have we been following blindly and mutedly because we are also fascinated by the new Christ they are presenting to us – the one that will take way all our problems in this world, kill all our enemies, heal all our diseases, and give us some fast bucks in the process. In which case, it is not just our leaders that are becoming spiritually senile, we have also caught the evil bug of the last days when men will no longer tolerate the truth, but will heap up teachers that will tell them fables (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
And while we all engage in this macabre dance of the antichrist, what is happening to the Christian faith in Nigeria? Is the faith being extolled in our nation? Is the name of Christ being glorified? Do the ministers of the Gospel have credibility with the words on their lips? Are Christian followers beautifying Christ’s message of salvation in the public sphere? (Titus 2:5, 8, 10). If the answers here are ‘No’, brothers and sisters, why are we being silent? Is our silence not a sign of our complicity?
We may be silent, but God is not silent. He has said if we deny Him, He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:12-13). And so He is not silent, He is speaking. Because we will not allow Him to speak through our lips, the Lord is now exposing our dirty linen to the world. And even that did not unseal our lips. So, God is now using orthodox Christians and unbelievers to ‘preach’ to us. In the last few weeks alone, I read about Mallam El-Rufai, Dino Melaye (of all people!!!), Femi Falana, etc, preaching to our Christian leaders against corruption!!! Even Muslims have started joining in the calls for sanity in the church!!!
If this does not break your heart, you may need to start seeking Christ afresh. The mark of the man that knows Christ is that he becomes jealous for the name of Christ. And for the cause of Christ. He does not stand idle, or quiet, when leaders openly walk contrary to the Gospel they have been entrusted with. Apostle Paul was such a man. When Apostle Peter, unfortunately, did not walk according to the full dictates of the Gospel, Paul did not consider Peter’s age, seniority in ministry, closeness to Jesus, etc. Rather, he spoke openly to insist on the standards of the Gospel. And truth was restored and followed. Are you surprised that God did not joke with Apostle Paul? (He alone wrote about two-thirds of the New Testament). That is a man that truly stands for God, and for the truth. And it is such men that we lack in the church today. Men that fear and honour Christ above every other consideration. And prove it by their words and action.
After God has now spoken to us though unbelievers and Muslims, if we do not yield, who else will He send? The devil? No. He will send His judgment for our stiff-neckedness and sealed lips. And His judgment will be severe. A little over a year ago, I clearly heard the Lord say this, “If the Church in Nigeria is not careful, Christianity will become a byword, and then become history in that nation.” Heavy words. And be in no doubt that the Lord will do exactly as He said. Unless we repent. And repent fast… If we acknowledge, privately and openly, that our leaders’ eyes are waxing dim (in the manner of Eli), will we not be motivated to pray for them so that God can step in and heal us? By keeping quiet and pretending that all is well in the household of faith, are we not HELPING IN THE DESTRUCTION of our leaders that are falling like pack of cards before the onslaught of mammon?
Please do not deceive yourself that we must not wash the church’s dirty linen in public. The public have eyes. And they are seeing our dance of shame. There’s no surprise about this, for Christ Himself put His church on the mountaintop where all can see it. He said we are the light of the world, and no man lights a candle and hides it. “A city set on a hill cannot be hid…”, He told them in Matthew 5:13-16.
God is not a God of mago-mago and wuru-wuru (local parlance for shadiness). When God allows a matter to blow into the open, such matters must be dealt with openly and transparently. That is godliness. There are some matters that the Lord does not bring into the open while He is giving the perpetrators the opportunity to repent. But when His warnings are ignored, He does allow some issues to come into the open. And the only way to deal with them is openly. In repentance and contrition. In this, God is still glorified.
HOW TO UNSEAL YOUR LIPS.
(1) First, admit that things have gone horribly wrong. And that we are ALL culpable.
(2) Second, start praying DAILY for God’s urgent intervention in the Church in Nigeria. In addition, please team up with other Christians to pray in this manner, weekly or monthly, if possible. Don’t just pray with your spouse alone at home (if you have one), look for one or more people to team up with. Let this urgent matter take you out of your comfort zone and cause you to reach out to other believers that have eyes. Let us light small prayer cells like this all over the country – and abroad (for those who live outside Nigeria). Let us show the Lord that we mean business.
(3) Unless the Lord expressly instructs you otherwise, stop attending churches (or giving your money) to churches where the leaders do not commit to repentance and going back to the Gospel that we all abandoned a few decades ago. The Gospel that puts Christ and His Kingdom at the centre, and makes it all about Him. Not about our needs, our desires, our preferences, etc.
(4) Begin to re-examine all the doctrines that we have been fed within the last twenty years or so by the church. Like the Berean Christians, examine if these things are really so, and if they are not, please TURN AWAY from them. Those that are unwilling to change will be swept away by the tide that is raging now. TIMES HAVE CHANGED, and full compliance with the Word of God is non-negotiable in our days.
(5) Any other step(s) that the Lord will lay in your heart as we all engage with God to rescue us from the path we are treading now.
If we neglect to turn, and turn urgently, we will of a truth soon know that the God we serve can also be a consuming fire! (Hebrews 12:29) As we are not children of disobedience, please let us turn back to the Lord with all our hearts so that we may have a legacy of Christianity to bequeath to our children – if Christ tarries.
Thanks for reading, and God bless you.
O’ EARTH! PREPARE FOR WHAT IS COMING SHORTLY! Please before you read this article below I would like you to please give yourself answers to the following three questions. Do you agree that these 3 (three) things must happen before the return of JESUS CHRIST (incorporating Rapture and War of Armageddon):
The earth is 6, 014 (six thousand and fourteen) years old from Adam to Today (as I write this article 28th October, 2014). In the eyes of God the Earth is 6 (six) days old (3 Peter 3: 8, Psalms 90: 4). God divided the time frame of Earth into 2 (two) days each (that is 2000 years) of 3 (three) different dispensations for mankind and left the last 7th day (that is 1000 years) for the rest of Earth under the Government and Leadership of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9: 6 – 7, Zechariah 14: 9 – 11, Mathew 25: 31). This is what is commonly called the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ (Revelations 20: 1 – 7, Daniel 7: 9, 18, 22, and 27).
Major Events of Each 2000 Years For each 2000 years of earth and human history God allowed 3 major worldwide events to happen. These events transcended the whole earth and mankind:
1st 2000 years (From Adam & Eve to Noah’s Age is 2000 years)
2nd 2000 years (From Noah’s Age to Jesus’ time on Earth is 2000 years)
3rd 2000 years (From Jesus’ time on Earth to year AD 2000 is 2000 years)
Delay of the Return of Jesus Christ, but not anymore!
This present Generation and Age is actually the one for the return of Jesus Christ, even though many have died and gone expecting Jesus Christ to return. Jesus Christ has delayed His return for a purpose (3 Peter 3: 9) and He hinted us of this delay in Mathew 25: 1 – 13 especially in verse 5 and in Hebrews 10: 35 – 39 especially in verse 37. Please also see Isaiah Chapters 24 to 29. But He also warned severally that He will return suddenly when many will be asleep, some tired of waiting for His return and some saying or not believing that He will return again. When Jesus Christ returns the Christians will be divided into the WISE and FOOLISH VIRGINS and WICKED SERVANTS while the rest are the DOGS WITHOUT.
This delay is on now for approximately 14 (fourteen) years, counting from year AD 2000 to year AD 2014. Remember the world apprehension and brouhaha of the year 2000 – millennium bug, Y2K compliant and all that. It was because the world and even the Church expected a spectacular event to occur like the return of Jesus Christ on entering year 2000 but nothing happened. Jesus Christ has delayed His coming primarily because:
This is the final move of God, the final flood of God’s Spirit, that is, the consummation of His End Time plan. When all these things happen in the order I have mentioned them then the stage will be set for the return of Jesus Christ and then Jesus, the Bridegroom will call for His Bride and say: “Come up hither” , then He will return in Power and Glory as He said in Mathew 24: 29 – 31.
In summary God totalled this earth to exist for only 7 (seven) days, that is, 7000 (seven thousand) years and for Satan, the god of this world to hold sway for only 6000 (six thousand) years plus. God is a master planner and declares the end from the beginning. God is also right on time and never late. Look unto the sovereign Lord and you will never be ashamed. Earth! Prepare for what is coming shortly! Hallelujah! Keep the Flag flying and the Oil burning. Maran’atha. – Bro. Yusuf Rufa’i
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WHY THE CHURCH IS WITHERING? Amos 5: 21-24: “I hate all your show and pretence—the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your hymns of praise! They are only noise to my ears. I will not listen to your music, no matter how lovely it is. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry.”
Romans 12: 2: “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.”
Church! What plagues thee? Church what ailed thee? The Church is made up of individuals who ought to have been called out from the dirty rest of the world. So, if the Church is still sinful or outwardly converted but inwardly unchanged, then it is because there is no true and scriptural repentance on the part of the individuals who make up the Church. I have a question for you: Did the world creep into the Church or did the Church creep into the world? 5 Very Big Problems of the Church
What is the Solution?
The foundation for a fruitful and successful Christian life or church is genuine repentance and discipleship. The lack of these produces false Christianity or church. It is a hard truth. If as a Christian you cannot stay away from sin and evil, or the fruits in your life consistently reflect sin and evil, then you are not a Christian or church of God.
If the Church is to follow Jesus Christ into Glory and Bliss or be the Church of power, filled with and regularly experiencing the mighty move of the Holy Ghost, the solutions espoused above must happen or else the Church will reap what she sows. Prepare to meet your God, O Church! (Amos 4: 12).
THE SPRING RAIN IS HERE AGAIN
Joel 2: 23: New Living Translation “Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rains he sends are an expression of his grace. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.
King James Version “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.”
Contemporary English Version “People of Zion, celebrate in honour of the LORD your God! He is generous and has sent the Autumn and Spring rains.”
Revised Standard Version “Be glad, O sons of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD, your God; for he has given the Early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you Abundant rain, the Early and the Latter rain, as before.” Everyone who is a child of God and of Jesus Christ please join me in thanking God. Please lift up your voice with mirth in praises to God. Please do this because He has released the SPRING RAIN. The LATTER RAIN is pouring forth now. The SPRING RAIN DISPENSATION according to God’s calendar and plan is here – it has come. It is the last before the close of the farming season and thus the last before the close of the Age.
Church of God, child of God, Minister of God, if you have been waiting or expecting the Power, the Anointing, the Blessings and Angelic visitations OF OLD I make bold to declare to you by the Spirit of God that the One who made the Heaven and Earth has released it. Rejoice and be glad! What we have been anticipating earnestly has been released in DOUBLE MEASURE!
“Instead of your shame you shall have a DOUBLE PORTION; instead of dishonour you shall rejoice in your lot; therefore in your land you shall possess a DOUBLE PORTION; yours shall be everlasting joy” Isaiah 61:7 (RSV).
Rejoice! Rejoice Church of God, Rejoice people of God; it is here with us now. Consider the testimony below of Ben Bernard of Gereja, in far away Malaysia and run with this Knowledge and Grace: “Recently, the Lord began to speak to my son (15 years old) Joshua about Bishop David Oyedepo through dreams and open visions. The Lord told him about the new assignment He gave to the Bishop concerning A GREAT REAWEKENING THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE IN THE WORLD. Based on these revelations and impartation from the books (Bishop’s books), the Lord instructed us to embark on a journey to Africa to see the Bishop. So, we obeyed. One of the things the Lord told us to say to him was concerning the new place of double portion He was about to take him to, which was backed up with JOEL 2: 23. God repeated DOUBLE PORTION continuously and I could hear clearly that IT WAS TIME FOR THE SPRING RAIN” (Culled from a news letter Encounter with Destiny through Books by Bishop David Oyedepo, 2013).
What is the Spring rain for? It is for the Great Reawakening or the Global Harvest and for the spreading of the Cities of God with the presence of God that is on the verge. And these shall be the result of the Spring rain in the House of God and among the peoples of God: “The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with wine and olive oil” Joel 2: 24 (NLT). “Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem” Zechariah 1: 17 (KJV). Learn more Former Rain (First or Autumn) & Latter Rain (Spring). Its presence denotes God’s favour and its absence denotes God’s displeasure. Deut. 11: 13 – 17, Job 29: 23, Prov. 16: 15, Jer. 3: 3; 5: 24, Hosea 6: 3, Zech. 10: 1, James 5: 7.
O’ Lord thank you for Raining down the Anointing and Blessings.
THE EVOLUTION OF BOKO HARAM (1)
Muhammed Yusuf, founder of “Boko Haram” (BH) was a devout student and follower of Sheik Jafar Mohammed, a notable and influential Islamic scholar before he encountered a radical ideology (modelled on the Afghan Taliban) which counselled a total boycott of democracy, government and Western education. Yusuf was attracted to this ‘pure’ form of Islam which led to a confrontation with his former mentor, who regarded such teachings as extremist, and who was later assassinated, probably by Yusuf’s followers in Kano in 2007. Shehu Sani claims that BH’s actual origin dates back to 1995 when it was called Sahaba and led by one Abubakar Lawan who later proceeded to the University of Medina for studies, paving way for Yusuf’s takeover. Some others trace the “Boko Haram” tendency to the Maitatsine group of the 1980’s. The group is however formally believed to have started in Maiduguri in 2002.
The group’s formal name is Jama’tu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’wati Wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad) though observers nicknamed them “Boko Haram” (consistent with their teachings and conduct) which meant “western education is sacrilege/sin/forbidden”. They seek to abolish the secular Nigerian constitution in favour of an Islamic state, and want to establish a complete Sharia based state in the 19 Northern States and all over Nigeria. Sometimes known as “Yusuffiya” after its founder, BH also abhors banking, taxation and western jurisprudence/court systems and regarded the mixing of boys and girls in schools improper. Yusuf also rejected scientific explanations for natural phenomenon. It appears clear (and was recently admitted by the new leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau, a hard-line assistant of Yusuf now reportedly based in Qoundere, Cameroun) that the group’s membership include Chadians, Nigeriens, Cameroonians and other non-Nigerians and its organisational structure provided for “Amirs” in Chad and Niger!
Yusuf’s landlord and in-law, late Baba Fugu, allowed him to build a mosque in the railway quarters area of Maiduguri, and along with Shekau, Yusuf developed his “state-within-a-state”-including a cabinet, a ruling council (Shura Council), departments, brigade of guards, military wing (with the “armies” recruited from the large pool of “Almajiris”), Hisbah, a large farm and court with Yusuf as judge! As Yusuf’s empire expanded, there is little doubt that the security agencies and the Nigerian state were aware of these developments. But in its dysfunctional state, they either looked the other way, or when security warned their counsel was ignored! Yusuf’s message resonated with the large number of pious, poor, uneducated, unemployed and disaffected youth and even some undergraduates and University lecturers joined his ranks. As his influence expanded, Boko Haram became attractive to politicians and soon was to form an “alliance” with the Borno State Government under Senator Ali Modu Sherriff who became governor in 2003. Sherriff appointed one of Yusuf’s associates, Alhaji Buji Foi as Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Water Resources and took the group under his wings, further expanding their influence and power and making Yusuf quite wealthy.
There was a political and social context to all this. Modu Sherriff was an opposition ANPP governor who was ready to use any means possible to defend his power base from the marauding PDP. Sherriff and his fellow ANPP governors as well as their presidential candidate, then Muhammadu Buhari had championed what Obasanjo called “political Sharia” to insulate themselves from the ruling PDP onslaught.BH expanded to Bauchi, Yobe, Kano and other Northern States, and quite plausibly helped ANPP sustain their holds on Borno and Yobe and to capture Bauchi and Kano from the PDP. Then Sherriff and Yusuf fell apart! Knowing the power of his Frankenstein creation, Sherriff (and Isa Yuguda who having secured power on the ANPP platform had headed back to PDP) launched a “pre-emptive” (in Yuguda’s words) strike against BH between July 26 and 29, 2009 routing the group in Bauchi, Maiduguri, Yobe and Kano States… or so it then seemed! It was convenient to all concerned to kill Yusuf, Boi and Baba Fugu! Meanwhile, the political environment was changing in favour of BH’s narrative! President Yar’adua who gave the order to crush BH died and Northern politicians, Imams, Emirs, and elite appeared unhappy that his Vice-Prsident, Jonathan, a Southern Christian would take-over from him. To make things worse, Jonathan proceeded to contest and win the 2011 elections against Northern threats and intimidation.
BH duly underwent a transformation. To provide troops, jail breaks were organized-on September 8, 2010 from Bauchi Prisons; and Yola Prisons on April 22, 2011-where detained members were freed. A transition in terms of funding, logistics, training, operational capabilities, intelligence and audacity was also evident. How and who oversaw these transformations? At the latest, by January 2010 when BH launched its Jihad with its first terrorist attack in Maiduguri, it may have been linked with Al Queda as recently confirmed by the Nigerian foreign minister. From ride-by shootings on “okadas” in Maiduguri and environs, they graduated to audacious attacks on police headquarters in Abuja; and the Christmas day bombing of the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State! Suicide bombings also came into the mix!
The suspicious circumstances of the “escape” of Kabiru “Sokoto” (of Biu), the alleged Madalla bomber in the custody of Zakari Biu confirms that BH may have links high up in the police, security agencies, traditional and religious establishment, and political and elite circles.
The Evolution of Boko Haram (2)
It seems Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda was instrumental in persuading late President Yar’adua to curtail the menace of “Boko Haram”. Yuguda having decamped from PDP to ANPP, duly won the governorship in 2007. He subsequently became Yar’adua’s son-in-law, and returned to the PDP, possibly losing some political goodwill in the process. He may have dreaded returning to the electorate in 2011 with “Boko Haram” roaming free in Bauchi! I have previously noted that having fallen out with the sect, then Borno governor Modu Sherriff was also eager to see off Boko Haram. When security forces turned on “Boko Haram”, between July 26 and 29, they responded in a surprising manner- in Maiduguri, they exacted “revenge” in a perverse manner by turning on the nearest Christians!
While under attack from the army and the police, Muhammed Yusuf ordered his followers to capture hundreds of Christians. The male captives had a simple choice-renounce your faith or die! For the females, it was renounce your faith or stay as captives, meaning slavery, servitude or worse! The worst treatment was reserved for Christian clergymen- three pastors were beheaded with the executioners shouting “Allah Akbar” in wild celebrations accompanied by celebratory gunfire. Pastor George Orjih of Goodnews Church Wulari, Maiduguri was one of the three. Muhammed Yusuf personally urged him to renounce his faith and live, to which the Pastor rejected and instead actually preached to Yusuf to accept the Christian salvation! Incensed, Yusuf ordered his immediate slaughter! Fortunately for most of the captives, the government prevailed in that confrontation and most of them were released after Yusuf’s capture.
Once it launched its Jihad in 2010, Boko Haram has had four categories of targets-specific Islamic clerics who disagreed with its teachings or methods; government and security institutions and personnel; institutions which they considered abhorrent to Islam-particularly hotels and beer parlours; and Christians and/Churches. It is easy to understand why they would attack the first three groups-opposing Islamic clerics could potentially undermine their theology and legitimacy; government and security agencies had attacked and killed their leaders; the disdain Moslems are supposed to have for alcohol and prostitution is well-known. The resort to targeting Churches and Christians who till then had played no part whatsoever in this essentially intra-Muslim quarrel was inexplicable- the then president, governors of all states in which BH were attacked, the then National Security Adviser, etc., all being Muslims. The trend of BH were attacking Churches and Christians has since accelerated, rather than decline culminating in the Christmas Day 2010 attacks on Churches in Jos; 2011 bombing of the Madalla Church and killings in Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Borno, Bauchi, Niger and Plateau States.
As previously stated, one can observe a clear transition from BH when it was pre-occupied with local politics in the North-East and Kano, and the newer version which seems to have a national or even international agenda (evidenced by the attack on the UN headquarters). It is clear that BH has been influenced by Nigerian politics in general, and the North-South power struggle that ensued after Yar’adua’s death in particular. Indeed, it is possible to interpret their January 2, 2012 ultimatum on Southerners to leave the North in explicit political terms-perhaps an attempt to reverse the April 2011 scenario in which a Christian Southerner obtained twenty-five per cent of the votes or more in most Northern States! One could also draw a parallel between the objectives of this ultimatum and the post-election violence which erupted across Northern Nigeria last April. Northern politicians such as Adamu Ciroma, Lawal Kaita, Yahaya Kwande, Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar had made statements which may have contributed towards creating and environment conducive to or indifferent to political violence. Changes in Boko Haram’s methods and activities (such as suicide bombing) also suggest a link-up with Al Qaeda.
The body language of some Northern leaders (such as Borno elders who spoke out only whenever government took military action and the initially tepid response of the Northern establishment) while not establishing complicity with BH, indicated at least mixed emotions! The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) very recently issued a shocking statement claiming falsely that BH’s ultimatum was in response to an earlier one issued by the “South-South” in effect justifying same! The most blatant justification of BH has however been the one by CBN governor Sanusi Lamido who claimed to the Financial Times, that the phenomenon was a consequence of divergent federal resource flows to the South-South and North-East since 13 per cent derivations principle in 1999! Sanusi ignored any facts that contradicted his logic-Cross-River and Edo States (both in South-South) which get next-to-nothing from derivation should then be consumed by terrorism; South-West and North-Central States who do not benefit from derivation haven’t shown the same tendency; the South- East zone actually receives lower federal allocations than North-East; and how does Sanusi explain the pre-1999 religious riots in the North (when Northern States took the highest allocations based on population figures) including the Maitstsine crisis, or the 1995 beheading of Gideon Akaluka in Kano?
I recommend that anyone interested in resolving the crisis of poverty, unemployment and ignorance in the North, should seek the solution in education, skills acquisition, focus on economic development and avoidance of extremist religious philosophy! The BH crisis has its roots in a dangerous combination of extremist religious ideology abysmal social conditions and political brinkmanship!!!
The evolution of Boko Haram (3)
This columnist has written at least six articles dedicated to “Boko Haram”-“The Evolution of Boko Haram” Parts 1 and 2 on February 1 and 8, 2012; “Johnnie Carson, the US and Boko Haram” on April 18, 2012; “The Malian Jihad” on January 23, 2012; “The Politics of Boko Haram” on April 10, 2013; and “Amnesty and Emergency” on May 22, 2013 and other articles treating the issue in part and on social media. Through all these, my position hasn’t changed-the phenomenon has religious, political, social, military and global dimensions and appeasement is unlikely to resolve the crises.
Boko Haram (BH) is motivated by extremist religious ideology and seeks to overawe Nigeria’s secular constitution in favour of an Islamic Caliphate governed under fundamentalist Sharia. Socio-economic conditions in the North generally and North-East in particular facilitate religious demagoguery poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and ignorance, decades of tolerance for sectarian politics combined with hegemonic aspirations and an inclination to deploy violence for political ends, and a large, “un-parented” and uneducated youth population bereft of skills and employability whose only social conditioning has been through a bankrupt “Almajiri” system. National politics, since 1999, particularly since the demise of late President Yar’adua and the regionalised 2011 presidential contest encouraged a climate suitable for transmutation of what was till 2011, a localized band of religious miscreants with links to regional politicians into a national terrorist organization with the objective of destroying an unwanted presidency. Given these facts, the debate over whether Boko Haram is religious, political or otherwise is silly, nonsensical and pointless! The group is explicitly religious, has patently political objectives, exploits abject socio-economic conditions and weak governance, and is able to leverage a politico-religious narrative of marginalization of faith and religion!
The US and Western nations have been in denial regarding BH and made utterly faulty and escapist diagnosis and prescriptions for resolving the matter-Johnnie Carson wanted Nigeria to appoint more “Northerners” to “important” positions (unaware (?) that except the Presidency (which they had until then disproportionately dominated), Northern Muslims occupied many of the most important positions in the land-Vice President, ruling party chair, Chief Justice, Representatives Speaker, CBN Governor, Ministers of Defence, FCT, Foreign Affairs and Education, NSA, Inspector General, Attorney General, Head of Service, Court of Appeal President etc.) and to create a Ministry of Northern Affairs; Hillary Clinton refused to designate Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) on the faulty logic that doing so would alienate the North (curious given the official Northern positions that the group represented neither Islam nor the North); and Obama and Cameron tried their best to pretend not to notice BH even when it bombed the UN office in Abuja, Churches, newspaper houses and markets!
Till date we retain several wrong assumptions about Boko Haram-that most of the terrorists are infiltrators from neighbouring countries-Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Mali, even Somalia etc.-but the more empirical observation may in fact be that Nigeria is now the epicentre of a West and Central African terrorist network that may in fact destabilize other countries. I will not be surprised to find for instance, that the inspiration, funding and logistics for the failed Jihads in Mali and the Central African Republic may have partly or substantially emanated from Nigeria, No one doubts that BH has now linked up with Al-Qaeda and Somalia’s Al-Shabab! Another error has been discussing “Boko Haram”, “Ansarul” (the Malian-related, more internationally-focused brand of Boko Haram) and “Fulani Herdsmen” (the domestic terrorism franchise for the Middle-Belt of Nigeria) as though they were separate groups! Recent evidence confirms as I have always suspected that all are one and the same! Two other facts are evident-the Nigerian state would be wise to investigate the linkages to Sudan in Nigerian terrorism. The media expose by a retired ambassador, Bola Dada and the recent escape of Nyanya bombing suspect, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche to that country suggests that Sudan plays a significant role in nurturing Nigeria’s Islamic fundamentalists!!! More troubling is the likelihood that elements in the armed forces and security services may be involved in sabotaging operational strategies and information in the war against BH! Nigerian soldiers evidently believe so, going by the mutiny against the now withdrawn GOC in Maiduguri, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed!!!
The internationalization of the ‘war’ against BH in the aftermath of the Chibok school girls’ abduction and involvement of US, France (which thankfully achieved of US, France (which thankfully achieved a breakthrough in regional cooperation incorporating Nigeria. Cameroun, Chad, Benin and Niger), Britain, China and Israel may be useful in addressing the problem. On the other hand, the development may signal the weakening of the Nigerian state and its possible decline!
The critical question Nigeria and the international community avoids confronting is “who provides the funding and logistics for Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen and other terrorists groups operating in Nigeria?” Does anyone really believe that “Imam Shekau” is the “leader” of the group that has been tormenting our nation for the past three years? (I am inclined to the DSS position that Shekau is a “title” and “identity” just like “Abu Qaqa” and is really a dispensable image rather than substantive leader) How does Shekau, who operates in the border regions of the North-East record and upload his videos and transmit them to AFP? How do the Hilux vans, rocket launchers and arms and ammunition deployed by Boko Haram get to Shekau and his men? We know where the foot soldiers of Boko Haram are, but who are the brains and wallets of Boko Haram, and where are they?
While we ponder these question, Nigeria’s President Jonathan confirms that Boko Haram has now killed twelve thousand innocent citizens!!!
THE CHRISTIAN SOCIAL MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA AND ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM
UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES
In retrospect, the amalgamation of 1914 produced a country but not a nation. There was an amalgamation of two protectorates but there was no integration and this created serious fault lines that exist till today. The unity of the two protectorates was not part of the British Agenda. Rather, Britain sought to maintain a hold on Nigeria through a policy of divide and rule.
In effect, Nigeria remains a country made up of two races pulling in opposite directions. There is the African race titling towards a Westernized ideology and the Arab race, made up of Fulanis, Hausas, and Kanuris in favor of adopting the Arabian culture.
At independence in 1960, the impression was created that “all” Nigerians opted for Liberal Democracy as the national ideology. As the years progressed, it became clear that citizens of the Arab stock were more in favor of a system of rule of which an “important ingredient is the application of the Muslim Law”.
While paying lip service to democracy, the political, religious, traditional and military leaders from the North were insidiously working to undermine democracy and promote Sharia, which is based on Islam and is patterned after the Arabian culture, of which the North has been exposed to for hundreds of year.
Operating under the Islamic practice of “Taqiyya”, which permits a Muslim to deceive an “infidel” in order to gain the mastery over him, leaders of the North surreptitiously “smuggled” Nigeria into OIC in 1986 and kept it out of public knowledge for some years until 1996, when Sultan Dasuki confirmed to the Pope that Nigeria is a member of OIC.
The Islamization Agenda was solidified in the period 1975 – 1999 under the military rule, of which majority of the military heads of state were Muslims from the North. The Muslim Military leaders favored an Islamic model of ideology because it promoted dictatorship. They set up an “invisible” government which operates behind the scene in the Presidency and constantly undermines liberal democracy while promoting Sharia. The “invisible government” is still active till today.
The invasion of the nation by Islamic terrorism and smuggling of Sharia into the Constitution, thereby creating a dual ideology for the nation, are reflections of the activities of the “invisible government”. Boko Haram, membership of Nigeria in OIC, Islam in Africa Organization, D8, as well as compromise of Section 10 of the Constitution on separation of state and religion, are all interwoven conspiracies to abolish liberal democracy in Nigeria and declare Sharia as the national ideology and the nation as an Islamic state.
RESPONDING TO THE ISSUES
The Christian Social Movement of Nigeria has realized that if the plan of the Islamists should succeed, Democracy would be destroyed. Therefore, it has decided to press for: