Nigeria

  • Dissecting The Fulani National Grazing Reserve Bill [MUST READ]

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    There is a Bill before the Nigerian National Assembly that has successfully scaled through second reading in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, which deserves very close scrutiny by all Nigerians. The international community should also be interested in this Bill because of the magnitude of the internal crises that the Bill could create with attendant spill-over effects if passed. All that is left in the legislative process to make it a law is 3rd Reading, that is, a clause by clause debate and then assent by the President.

  • FULANI HERDSMEN ATTACKS: MAKURDI DECLARATION 2017

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    Communiqué of the Conference on Herders and Farmers Conflicts in Central Nigeria, organized by the Centre for Research Management, Benue State University, Makurdi, held at the Auditorium 1 of the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University from 13th – 16th March, 2017 Christened:

    The Centre for Research and Management, Benue State University, having noted that thousands of people of the Central Nigerian States are being killed, with thousands more suffering debilitating injuries; communities being destroyed and hundreds of thousands being displaced from their ancestral homes;

  • WHITHER THE NIGERIAN CHURCH? NO. 15

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    I had thought I would not write another edition of this series this year since I have written within this year alone four editions – Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14. However, I have told many of my encouragers that this assignment belongs to God. These write-ups are not monthly or quarterly editions, but their timings are based on God’s promptings.

    Many issues have cropped up lately that directly or indirectly involve the Nigerian church. God has been telling me, especially in the past ten years or more that the activities of the church determine the activities of every sector of the nation.

  • 3 Hisbah guards docked for assault on a journalist in Kano

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    Three Hisbah operatives have been arraigned in court by Kano Police for allegedly assaulting Malam Abdullahi Isah, who is working as a reporter with the Kano-based Radio station, Express Radio.

  • A PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ASSO VILLAGE MASSACRE IN SOUTHERN KADUNA

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    On 15th April 2017, at about 7:00 pm, an attack was launched by Fulani militias in Asso village, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state. The attack came when the people were in the church for Easter vigil celebration. The killers took advantage of the event by sporadically shooting at the faithful killing at least 12 persons on the spot with many injured.

  • A QUEST FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT OF IDEOLOGY, DEMOCRACY AND ISLAMISM IN TODAY’S NIGERIA:

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    Being a paper presented on behalf of the National Christian Elders’ Forum (NCEF) at the Africa Peace, Security and Synergy Summit in Washington, D.C. on 23-24 June, 2017

     

     

    Protocol

    Introduction

    Permit me to begin this presentation by thanking Mr Emmanuel Ogebe for encouraging me to come to Washington, DC to make this presentation on the Nigerian question which we recognise as the conflict between Democracy and Islamism to Nigerians and other Africans in Diaspora that constitute the views of the National Christian Elders’ Forum (NCEF).

  • Abduction and Rape, The Chibok Martyrdom

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    Media events of the last few days surrounding the reported rescue of one of the  Chibok girls are so morally reprehensible that they should be a great concern to everyone with any sense of decency and respect for human dignity. What should be obvious to every fair minded observer is that this horrendous saga is not the  tragedy of just one unfortunate schoolgirl (or the hundreds of others whose fate  still unknown is keeping their traumatised families in unimaginable distress!) It is the entire nation that is being raped in full public view and every genuine lover of peace and justice cannot but feel scandalized and outraged by the ugly dimensions of this sorry episode.
    May 18, 2016 was the day it all began, all Nigerians initially excited and cheering at breaking news that Amina Mkeki, one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted some two years ago by the infamous Boko Haram terrorists had been rescued by the Nigerian military from somewhere on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.
    A not-so-surprising detail was her four-month old baby girl, now a living proof of the ordeal and nightmare that this young schoolgirl had suffered in the hands of her conscienceless abductors. Beyond that multifaceted signpost, however, stood also a most offensive, repulsive and provocative spectacle, to wit the very height of naked impunity, in the person of a male figure. This latter character was introduced to  the benumbed public as father of the infant child. More offensively, he was also brazenly purported and celebrated in various media pictures and reports as Amina’s ‘husband’. The said individual has since been identified as Mohammed Hayatu, a self-confessed Boko Haram member known also as ‘Amir’.


    Shades and Shadows of Shame


    Conflicting statements in the official report of Amina’s rescue have done absolutely no credit to the credibility and image of Nigeria’s military establishment or to the Federal Government of Nigeria and for that matter, the Presidency itself. However, that is not the focal point of our immediate concern here.
    As patriots and Christian faithful, we take strong exception to the virtual VIP treatment seemingly being accorded this captured male terrorist suspect. The emerging picture is as dumbfounding as it is egregious, Momammed Hayatu being ceaselessly portrayed as Amina’s decided husband.
    We see this unfolding aspect of the matter as most disgusting, unconscionable and abhorrent, a spiteful slap on the face of all civility and decorum. It amounts to the casualization of the most heinous crimes if not a callous endorsement and  glorification of criminality. Not only does it suggest a wicked disposition to heaping of unmerited favours on a criminal at the expense of his victim, it veritably rewards a captured bandit with his loot, as fruit of conquest and a fait accompli. Nothing could more odiously, signal to the whole world that the Nigerian state is indeed regressing very dangerously.  Nigerians of all faiths need to pray hard for our beloved country. No group must shove us into the primeval depths of the dreaded Hobbesian canyon.
    Amina is a Christian girl child by all known records. She was one of over two hundred school girls forcibly abducted from school by a marauding band of criminal insurgents that has been fighting the Nigerian state and citizenry for years in the name of Islam. Boko Haram’s avowed goals, all of which are blatantly treasonable, include  the forceful conversion of all Nigerians to their brand of violent Islam. It is no secret that the abduction of the mostly Christian Chibok schoolgirls was a devilish stratagem aimed at procuring sex slaves and child-bearing sub humans to be married off willy-nilly to persons unknown. 
    To the best of our knowledge, Amina was never betrothed or given away in marriage by her parents. She was still a minor at the point of her reported abduction and had not attained the age of consent. How come she returns with a baby and a suspected rapist is being paraded as her husband?
    Where are Amina’s rights and freedoms as guaranteed for every citizen by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Where is any respect for her feelings as a human being and where is any sensitivity for the terrible anguish the embarrassing and highly obnoxious portrayal of a terrorist suspect as her husband is causing her entire family and community?


    Facing the Immediate Future


    We are thankful to the Almighty God of all creation for sparing the life of this young girl and bringing her back home from twenty-four months of cruel captivity. What Amina and her devastated family need most at this time is public respect of their right to privacy. They must be allowed the space and quiet they need for rightful healing and constructive rehabilitation of their shattered lives. Enough of the inordinate rush to make political capital or journalistic scoop out  of the poor victims of this national tragedy.  What our Government must keep faith with is timely and transparent prosecution of Mohammed Hayatu and his cohorts to ensure that the cause of justice is not only well served but seen by all as well served.
    Nigerians would want to be reassured also that their Government is fully committed to and capable of protecting the citizenry from vandal bands of rampant killers and kidnappers, rapists and paedophiles. Boko Haram has sponsors and surrogates all of who must get the clear and unequivocal message that their crimes against humanity will never be allowed to go unpunished. Regarding the said Mohammed Hayatu, the captured Boko Haram suspect, his obvious desert is to be held in confinement away from public view. What is more, he must be earnestly interrogated by the security forces, bearing in mind that the good people of Nigeria deserve to be told something definite about his date in court.


    Conversion of Women by Rape and Violence


    It is pertinent to comment here also on the pernicious and cynical tactic of forcing underage girls into non-consensual sex or mock marriage. It is most unfortunate that any person or group in the present day and age could be seeding or in any way supporting such a nefarious and barbaric crime or using it in any shape or form as a pragmatic tool to push the expansion of any particular religion.
    As now quite obvious to the whole world, Boko Haram is doing just that in its undisguised and unmitigated espousal of terror and violence. Clearly also, however, that savage group is not alone in pushing their most ignominious agenda.
    There are countless other cases of a subtler or more covert nature coming to light, the recent Ese Oruru saga being an eloquent ready example. All those are   painful and present reminders to every Nigerian that our nation is today facing a looming threat of ambush by its own conflict of values. The dire need for an urgent meaningful conversation is staring us all in the face.
    Let it be restated that marriage and childbirth are at the very heart of life values. They are key levers of regeneration and continuity of the human race –  which indeed is why they must be maintained and protected at premium principles and standards of law and order, justice and equity. Every genuine civilization owes that unchallengeable duty to mankind as a whole and Nigeria by its written and  operating Constitution is a foremost subscriber to those standards and principles.
    The Christian community in Nigeria therefore rejects and refuses to recognize any purported conversions or dagger-point marriages or sex-related liaisons of  any type secured by duress or arising from evident abuse of underage girls. 
    President Buhari hosted the rescued Amina and her baby at Aso Rock Villa and it was a telling media event. Sadly, however, the atmospherics of that event failed   to reflect sufficient sensitivity, so much so that it almost appeared as though what the whole nation is being made to celebrate is the fruit of terrorism.
    The world is now waiting for assurances of Amina’s complete and effective rehabilitation as a human being and as a Christian. She must be allowed to regain her life and faith, all that she was as a person before her lawful rights and liberties as a free citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria were so criminally violated. Anything to the contrary would make all the stakeholders (not excluding the government of the day) seem complicit to criminality or render each and everyone of us as a nation an accessory-after-the-fact to the travesty.
    In the meantime, may we not conveniently forget the 215 other girls who are still missing, the painful count of days….and the untold agony these virgin daughters and their distraught families are still passing through.

  • About 400,000 children under 5yrs to suffer severe acute malnutrition in 3 states – Unicef; 65,000 now live in famine-like conditions in Borno, Nigeria

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    UNICEF has reviewed its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people, who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in North East Nigerian.

  • ACTING PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO’S SPEECH AT THE PFN 14TH NATIONAL BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN BENIN CITY

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    Wonderful God, we bless your name. King of kings we declare your glory, we declare that there is none that can compare with you, you are God yesterday, you are God today and you will be God forever more. You are God over all gods, you are God over governors, over presidents, you are God over sovereign and you reign supreme. So father, we declare that by your mighty and strong arm, you will take us from Glory unto Glory in the name of the Lord Jesus. Thank you for being our God, thank you for choosing us, thank you for helping us in Jesus mighty name, we have prayed. Amen

  • Afenifere Group Mobilizes 200 Lawyers To Defend Yoruba Indigenes Whisked To Abuja Over Yoruba/Fulani Clash in Ile-Ife

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    Following the illegal,unconstitutional and sectional parade of 21 Ife indigenes over the recent clashes between the host community and Arewa settlers ,Afenifere vowed to resist the undue deployment of federal might to settle ethnic scores.

  • Alleged Islamization

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    Nwankwo Drags Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, Malami To Court ON JUNE 27, 2016 12:57

     

    —President Muhammad Buhari, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have been dragged to the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State, over allegation of attempting to Islamize the country.

    Also joined as defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami and the National Assembly.

  • ANOTHER LOOK AT NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

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    BACKGROUND

    According to the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Musa Asake, Ph.D,: "the National Executive Committee (NEC) of CAN,  the Association during its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday 28th. February, 2017, passed a resolution that the National Day of Christian Protest and Mourning which earlier took place on 8th., 2017, should be repeated on Sunday 19th. March, 2017."

    In his notice passed to the Nigerian entire Christian Community,  "the (NEC) of CAN took this decision when it was brought to its attention that many Christian assemblies were not able to participate due to lack of awareness about the program. In addition, the relentless attacks of Islamist Jihadists on Christian Communities and Christians in the Nation make it imperative that Christians should consistently speak out to condemn and expose these dastardly acts."

    It was further agreed that "in view of the security situation in the country, NEC recommends that Christians should NOT engage in street protests on that day. Rather, each Congregation should gather in front of its place of worship with Placards, Banners and if possible, dress in Black, as symbolic mourning of the thousands of Christians killed by Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria and discriminatory Security forces, particularly in the  East."

    Furthermore, the (NEC) of CAN  also recommended that "each local assembly should ensure sufficient Media coverage of the Protest. In particular, arrangements should be made for TV coverage. All Christian assemblies in the Diaspora should endeavor to participate in order to draw International attention to the Genocide against Christians in Nigeria. It would be recalled that on 4th. February, 2017, the US Congress declared that "Nigeria is the most dangerous Nation on earth for anyone to be a Christian."

    THE ISSUES OF CONCERN BY CAN:

    The issues for concern were neatly spelt out:

    Issues that should be highlighted during the National Day of Christian Mourning are as follows:

    1.      Murder of Christians by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, Muslim assailants and discriminatory Security forces.

    2.      Violation of the Federal Character Principle in the 1999 Constitution in Federal Government Appointments, particularly in Security and Education.

    3.      Harassment and intimidation of Christian leaders by the SSS/DSS.

    4.      Failure of Security Forces to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the Genocide

    5.      Non implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report. (This Report, amongst others, recommends State Police.)

    Thus, this  information was published and circulated to All National Leaders, Bloc Leaders, Zonal Chairmen, States Chairmen of CAN and Christian Leaders and all Churches were notified and well prepared.

    OBSERVATIONS

    However, it was to the dismay of the entire Christian Community that further instruction and directives were given: "that Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) again wishes to inform all Christians, both at home and abroad, that based on credible reports of concern, it has decided to suspend the Christian Day of Mourning formerly scheduled to take place globally on Sunday 19th March, 2017."

    It was further buttressed that, "The President of CAN took cognizance of the preparations that various Christian groups have made to participate in the program which was designed, in all honesty and sincerity, to mourn the death of thousands of Christians murdered by religious insurgents. Again, a Statement from the National Secretariat of CAN states that the suspension of the program was due to “misunderstanding, misinterpretation and subsequent Security concerns”.

    Some pictures and videos on Social media even shows mobilization of Assailants  into Southern Kaduna on the 16th. and 17th. of March against the Christian day of mourning which was supposed to be held on 19th. March, that could not be interpreted as coincidence.

    Thus, "Nigerian Christian assemblies were urged to have a normal Sunday Worship on 19th. March, 2017,  but should suspend any action on the Day of Mourning. Nevertheless, Christians should be careful and watchful, as further communication shall be issued by CAN in due course."

    According to the source, "In the meantime, we are all urged to remain steadfast and resolute in the Grace of God that Nigeria shall overcome the present distress and Peace shall prevail all over the Nation."

    Christians are also encouraged to keep praying steadfastly and always be evangelical, seizing every possible opportunity to share the Good News of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

    However, while the "Nigerian Christian Mourning Project" which is supposed to be a continual event in the Nation in different phases,  until the massive murder of Christians stops in the nation, is temporarily suspended, it is important to elucidate as reminder to the Christian Community the Communiqué of Parts 1, 2 & 3. These are very  important because they reinstate the purposes of the suspended "Christian Black Sunday of 19th. March, 2017 and National Protest." (Available at www.csmnigeria.org)

    CONCLUSION

    It bewilders Nigerian Christians that Christianity has come under siege and Christians are being killed, massacred and slaughtered in total violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

    Section 38 (1) “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”

    The responsibility of the Government is to uphold the sanctity of the Constitution and ensure the protection of all the citizens. Section 14 (1)b of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states: “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government:

    No reasonable person would be satisfied with the present state of affairs of Nigeria. We therefore call upon those in Government to ensure that the Constitution of Nigeria remains sacrosanct.

  • APC Youth Writes El-Rufai: You’ve Failed Woefully

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    National Youth Vanguard of the ruling All progress Congress, APC, has written a memo to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, saying the Governor has fallen woefully in terms of management of various political interests through which God made it possible for him to climb the ladder of leadership, including valuable masses, which he claims to represent during campaign period. 

  • Boko Haram Insurgency: More Than 230,000 Nigerians Still Refugees In Cameroon, Niger, Chad – NEMA

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    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has on Monday revealed that, no fewer than 230,000 Nigerians, who fled their communities in the North-eastern part of the country (Yobe, Maiduguri, and Adamawa), as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency are still refugees in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

  • Boycott Bloody Beef (BBB)

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    In pursuance of one of the stipulated actions in the Abuja Communique of June 3, 2016 by the National Christian Elders Forum, the Christian Graduate Fellowship, the Association of Christian Schools of Nigeria, the Intercessors for Nigeria, the Wailing Women, the Christian Lawyers Fellowship, the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship Int., etc., the Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria and other student groups such as NIFES and the Universities Joint Campus Fellowships, etc.,

    The Preacher, as generally agreed at our recent prayer retreat in Port Harcourt, hereby calls upon all peace-loving peoples of the world to join us, as a protest against the bloody jihadist and expansionist slaughter by ‘Fulani Herdsmen’ of innocent communities across Nigeria, to boycott all Fulani beef and beef products such as suya, kanda, kilichi, ‘cow meat’ in any form at any place such as restaurants, parties, markets, homes, abattoirs, etc., with effect from Friday, July 1, to midnight of Saturday, December 31, 2016 or as might be further extended.  If you support this BBB project, simply reply “Yes” and forward to ten others, from whom you should also get a “yes”.

    Economic boycotts as a social and spiritual protest did not start in our days.  Nehemiah is an example (Nehemiah 13:15-22). The Preacher
    June 20, 2016.

  • Buhari and Governors agree on ranches to end Herdsmen and Farmer Clashes

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    Jos – President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governors have agreed that ranches should be established to address incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes instead of grazing reserves, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, has disclosed.

  • Buhari is hurting Nigeria's Electoral Process

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    Perhaps, because the more vocal sector of Nigeria’s civil society has been co-opted into the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Federal Government, there is a creeping danger into Nigeria’s electoral system as President Muhammad Buhari has serially refused to obey the provisions of the 1999 Constitution regarding the composition of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the same body that was reformed and structured to deliver an election that ironically brought him to power.

  • Buhari is totally a failure – Kano APC chieftain

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    Factional chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Kano State, Hussaini Mairiga, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a ‘total failure.’

    Mairiga, who spoke with journalists in Kano, said “from the look of things, President Buhari has betrayed the confidence of the Nigerian masses, who voted for him massively into power.”

    The factional chairman said it was not an exaggeration that members of many families in the country go to bed without at least one-square meal, while others have fled their homes because they could no longer provide the basic needs of life for their loved ones.

  • CALCULATED ATTEMPTS TO WIPE THE IRIGWE RACE FROM FACE OF THE EARTH -

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    BEING TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE IRIGWE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION ON THE CONTINUOUS GRUESOME ATTACKS ON IRIGWE COMMUNITIES,

     

    Gentlemen of the Press,

                The entire Irigwe Nation in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State wishes to let the world know that since the gruesome attack on Ncha Village on the 7th September 2017, where more than twenty people were killed, mostly women and children and houses razed, Rigwe land has not known peace.

  • CAN Bloc Leader Kidnapped

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    The leader of TEKAN/ECWA Bloc of CAN, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Dziggau, was today (Monday 21st March) kidnapped by unknown persons in Kaduna state.

    It is believed that the kidnap is not unconnected with subterranean moves being made by some forces in the country to influence the election of the next President of Christian Association of Nigeria. The incumbent President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, is expected to leave office in July 2016.

    Rev. Dr. Dziggau, according to people close to him, has consistently resisted pressures to support undue interference in the election process to produce the next President of CAN, a stand which has drawn the anger of some influential Christians in government. He has been heard to express his neutrality openly.

    Please pray for the safety and release of Rev. Dr. Dzzigau. The Church is facing perilous times.

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