Federal Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chibok Girls: Emmanuel Ogebe Responds to Slur By Women Affairs Minister

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    FGN’S DECEIT ON CHIBOK GIRLS IN US

    http://247ureports.com/fgns-deceit-on-us-chibok-girls-response-of-ogebe-esq/


    –          Response of Barrister Emmanuel Ogebe


    My attention was drawn to a press conference held by the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, recently in which she claimed to be coming to the rescue of Chibok girls in the US. The minister alleged that some Chibok girls were taken to the US “under the guise” of going to school but that they were instead kept by “one Emmanuel” and were never in school. The minister’s defamatory comments are demonstrably deceptive and intentionally false as can easily be seen in the following.


    1. Hajiya Aisha claims no contact was made with the government of Nigeria before the 10 Chibok girls in our program were sponsored to the US. The girls left for US in 2014. Senator Aisha was nominated a government minister in 2015 more than a year after they departed for US. She has no competence to speak on what transpired before she came into office. Thus obviously her statements were false.


    2. In September 2015, one of the Chibok girls was invited by a former Prime Minister of UK to speak during the UN General Assembly. As a courtesy, we went to pay our respect to President Buhari who was himself also in New York for UNGASS. The SSA to the wife of the President mentioned to us that another set of Chibok girls had come to see her before their departure to US in 2015. At the time the president’s entourage was in New York, Hajiya Aisha had not even become a minister so again she could not speak authoritatively to what preceded her appointment.


    3. In October, diplomats of the embassy visited the girls’ in both schools they were attending.


    4. Prior to now, the girls had visited the embassy of Nigeria on multiple occasions:
    a. In November 2014 on a courtesy call to the head of chancery
    b. In April 2015 to obtain a replacement passport for one of the girls who lost her passport
    c. In June 2015 when they were hosted to lunch by the ambassador late Prof Adefuye
    Again, the minister would not have the competence to speak to this as she was still litigating her ill-fated bid to govern Taraba state.


    5. In March 2016, the minister and myself were scheduled panellists at the United Nation’s Consultation on the Status of Women in New York where her ministry had invited me to speak on the issue of Chibok. I was duly accredited by both the consulate of Nigeria and the United Nation as a resource person.


    6. In April 2016, I was invited to Nigeria to present a briefing to the presidency on the Chibok girls at Aso Rock presidential villa where we gave a status report of the girls’ performance after 2 years.


    7. I visited Chibok parents in the northeast including Mr. Paul Ali and presented to him a photo album of his daughter’s scholastic and other activities.


    8. Mr Ali gave an interview to the media team accompanying US ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers and spoke glowingly of how well his daughter was doing in school in the US.


    9. A member of the cabinet recommended I see the Minister of Women’s Affairs as she was responsible for Chibok issues. However even though I attended a CSO roundtable at the ministry of Women’s Affairs, Hajiya Aisha was still abroad for medical treatment.
    Accordingly, it is not only abundantly clear that the current administration is fully aware that the girls are in US schools before and after the minister was appointed but it is also quite clear that I am not an unknown person but have been actively engaged on providing updates to various levels of government at home and abroad including the US Congress, the United Nations and the FGN.


    The minister’s bizarre allegations raise the question whether she is simply guilty of ignorance or whether she is executing a script by intentionally misleading the general public and the media by her blatantly false remarks.
    While we note that the minister has been absent from her office for several months due to her ill-health, one would have expected she would be properly briefed to avoid embarrassing the government of Nigeria by these obvious lies she has peddled to the public. However it appears that this is not mere incompetence or laziness but a carefully orchestrated campaign of deceit.


    1. According to the minister, she was directed by the president to go and meet the Chibok parents. Since the president of Nigeria knows and was fully aware that the Chibok girls were in school, the only logical conclusion is that he either failed to properly brief his minister of the truth or the president intentionally withheld the truth from her in furtherance of a hidden agenda. Whether the minister goofed in doing her basic homework or whether she was set up by the president, it is clear that this major blunder has only portrayed the government in the eyes of the reasoning public as being dubious, ill-informed, uninformed, misinformed or untrustworthy.


    2. According to the minister, she just discovered on Friday September 9 that there were five additional Chibok girls in the US apart from the 10 I brought to US schools. Again this is a deeply damning and self-incriminating statement. It reveals the government of Nigeria not only doesn’t know where the abducted 218 Chibok girls are but they do not know where the 56 escaped Chibok girls are either. This is a major embarrassment for Nigeria to announce to the world without any sense of shame that two years after their escape, the FGN has misplaced, lost track or doesn’t know the whereabouts of the escaped girls. This is all the more disconcerting as the FGN has collected millions of dollars from Japan, UK, US and others because of the Chibok girls’ abductions and till date has not sponsored a single escaped girl back to school.
    We have a lot more information on those who have really taken advantage of the situation. However in view of the ongoing Sallah holiday, we want to give an opportunity to those who may have erred in their conduct, whether by omission or commission to use the time for sober reflection, repentance and course correction and behavioural change.
    Indeed it is a key tenet of the Islamic religion to provide assistance to the poor. For those who have despised and disparaged our assistance to the poor Chibok girls, be advised that he who gives to the poor lends to God. Our recognition and reward comes from Him. If you deny it, it doesn’t change the divinity of the generosity and you may well attract wrath upon yourselves.
    Once again, we call on the Government of Nigeria to use the Sallah break to seek how best to release the girls in Sambisa, how to resuscitate an economy in recession, how to recover its rapidly dwindling goodwill at home and abroad and to stop creating chaos and confusion for victims, activists and humanitarians, including the BBOG movement which is similarly under siege by this administration.
    We wish the good  people of Nigeria a Happy Sallah and wish the minister quick recovery.


    BELOW IS A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE MINISTER’S COMMENTS AS PRESENTED IN THE MEDIA


    INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY: FGN ON CHIBOK GIRLS USA

    Foundation takes over sponsorship of 10 Chibok girls studying in U.S.


    The Federal Government announced on Friday that the Murtala Muhammed Foundation has taken over full sponsorship of five out of the 10 students of Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok, Borno, currently studying in the U.S.
    ANALYSIS: FGN announced the takeover of sponsorship of the Chibok girls in US since May 2016. After about three months, they have failed to maintain this and have abdicated this responsibility by having another organization takeover unless this was the grand design from the very beginning.
    The Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, made this known shortly after meeting with parents of the girls in Maiduguri. Alhassan said that the Foundation took over the sponsorship after it was approached by government, explaining that the girls were part of the 10 taken to the U.S. by some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on the guise of taking them to school.
    ANALYSIS: While we maintained 12 girls in the US for 2 years, the whole FGN is unable to maintain 7 girls in the US for just three months and went begging for help from Murtala Mohammed Foundation.
    She said “what happened was that the girls escaped from Boko Haram captivity and returned home to Chibok. “But some NGOs and religious organisations approached the parents with offers to take them away from the area due to the trauma.”
    ANALYSIS: The FGN specifically mentions that it was a religious organization thus exposing its hidden religious agenda.
    Alhassan added that the parents accepted to release the girls without notifying government and that the NGOs took the girls to U.S. on the guise of sending them to school. “Government was not part of the arrangement because nobody was contacted,” the minister said.
    ANALYSIS: The current administration was not in power when the girls left in 2014 so the minister is straight out lying when she says no one was contacted. More so the minister herself has been out of her office on sick leave abroad for several months this year.
    She, however, said that the parents petitioned the Federal Government that they had received negative reports on the girls. “The parents sent information to government that they heard that the girls were not in school in the U.S. and that government should intervene in the matter.
    ANALYSIS: How did the parents in remote Chibok receive such information on happenings which did not come from the girls if it didn’t come from the embassy of Nigeria?
    “We investigated the matter through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Embassy in the U.S. and found it to be true. “Our investigations corroborated the parents claim that the girls were not taken to school, rather, they were being used by the NGOs to make money.
     
    ANALYSIS: Please view EXHIBIT A picture of Nigerian embassy official while on visitation to Chibok girls in school in October 2015 proving that the minister flat out lied. Secondly, the embassy school visit photo was taken in October 2015 but the parents’ alleged “petition” was in May 2016 (six months after the embassy visited the school.)
    “But government does not take responsibility over someone else mistake.” Alhassan said President Muhammadu Buhari ordered her to meet with the parents over the issue, “so, I have come here to meet with the parents and we have discussed, I have told them the options available.
    ANALYSIS: If government doesn’t take responsibility, why did they take responsibility which was announced on NTA news in May 2016? This means the govt. has once again taken one step forward and two steps backward in the on-going masquerade festival of policy summersault, promise annulment and all round miasmic confusion.
    Why is the minister only now discussing options with the parents after the government has already taken action? Action before analysis is a symptom of poor governance.
     “What we can do is to talk to some donor agencies that we are working with so that they can take up the sponsorship of the girls. “Consequently, I am happy to say that the Murtala Muhammad Foundation has taken over the sponsorship of five out of the 10 girls. “They have found schools for them and they are doing well.”
    ANALYSIS: The FGN is begging donors to help them sponsor the expenses of girls whom FGN took out of their scholarship schools to expensive schools. In other words, the minister is using the Chibok girls to raise money to sponsor them in school.
    She noted that the remaining five girls were still in the custody of two individuals in the U.S., saying “we understood that a white man has two of the girls, while one Emmanuel, a Nigerian, is keeping three, also in the U.S.”
    ANALYSIS: After the combined investigation of the embassy and the ministry of foreign affairs, the minister concluded that one “white man” has two girls in a country of over 60 million Whites.
    Alhassan said that the Murtala Muhammad Foundation had also signified interest in taking the two girls from the white man. “We spoke with Aisha Muhammad, the Chairperson of the Foundation and she agreed to take over the sponsorship of the two girls with the white man.
    ANALYSIS:The Minister in using a racial statement to describe the whereabout of the two girls, intentionally avoids the fact that they are at a school where the FGN put them in June until their deal with the “White Man” broke down. See excerpt from the “White Man’s” website as at when the Nigerian government took the girls to him in June 2016:
    “CCA provides complete transparency in the operation of its Chibok Girls Scholarship Fund.  Reports of all income and disbursements have been provided to multiple agencies and officials of the American and Nigerian governments and to reporters from selected media companies such as CNN and TIME magazine. Copies are also provided to Christian relief organizations in the United States and the Murtala Muhammed Foundation in Nigeria. And finally, copies are provided to the CCA Chibok girls themselves.”
    Note also that the White Man has a scholarship fund that he is accounting to the FGN but Minister says the Murtala Mohammed Foundation will sponsor them. This means double budgeting or budget padding for the same purpose to possible create a leakage pipeline. Rather than use US funds, the MMF will bring dollars from Nigeria at exchange rate $ = 425 to “takeover” sponsorship from the “White Man.” How is this economically sustainable or is the government going to give Murtala Mohammed Foundation favourable forex at official price?
    “But she declined to extend the scholarship to three of the girls with Emmanuel.” She said it was discovered that there were other five Chibok girls in the U.S. also studying apart from the 10. “Today during our discussions, we realised that there was a first group of five girls taken to the U.S. “But the parents said that they were in touch with them and the girls are in good hands,” Alhassan said.
    ANALYSIS: The government has only today September 9, 2016 discovered that there are additional five escaped Chibok girls in USA! This means not only does the Nigerian government not know where the abducted girls are, they have lost track of even the escaped girls.
    If the girls with Emmanuel are not in school, why have they declined to assist them with scholarships to go to school? In effect, they government created or identified a fake solution and is looking for a problem to solve. After creating an imaginary problem, it has now failed to apply the solution so the problem remains unsolved.


    Once again we call on the Federal Government to apologize for this obvious falsehood. We also urge the president to allow the Minister of Women’s to recuperate properly from her ill-health and catch up properly on what she has missed before embarking on any further serious national assessment so as not to embarrass the government again.


    Emmanuel Ogebe, Esq.


    Washington DC USA
    September 12, 2016

  • Femi Fani-Kayode: Nigeria: What’s God Got To Do With It?

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    "Our country is about people that God put together"- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, 8th June 2017.

    I am sorry Mr Acting President but I humbly and respectfully disagree. We must not use God's name in vain. Worse still you have based your assertion on a false premise. I am afraid that you got it completely wrong. The truth is that our country is about people that the British, not God, put together. 

  • FG resorts to Islamic Bond to fund budget! Islamisation loading?

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    LAGOS—As the pressure on federal revenue mounts following steady decline in oil revenue, the Federal Government would be resorting to a Sukuk Bond for funding the widening budget deficit.

    Sukuk is a financial certificate, similar to the traditional government bond, but complies with Sharia, Islamic religious law.

  • Forex Irregularities in CBN

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    The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been implementing a questionable, and possibly corrupt, policy in its allocation and sale of foreign currency to Nigerians, LeadersNG can exclusively reveal. Documents made available to us reveal the arbitrary fixing of different exchange rates for transactions.

  • Government Orders Separate Teaching of Christian, Islamic Religious Studies

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    Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has directed that teaching of Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) and Christian Religious Studies (CRS) in secondary schools should be done as separate subjects.

    The instruction, contained in a press statement from the ministry, was aimed at dousing the confusion created by speculation in the social and conventional media that both subjects have been combined.

  • Is this Islamization of Christian Children?

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    Comments: I have attached some very controversial portions of the curriculum as it relates to religion. It is rather unfortunate that this curriculum was approved by President Goodluck Jonathan's administration who is supposed to be a Christian from the South-South when Prof. Mrs Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i was minister of Education. It is more annoying that Chief (Barr) Ezenwo Nyesom Wike was the Honourable Minister of State for Education at the time or approval. Wike is the current Governor of Rivers State, another Christian from the South-South and to worsen matters, the document was signed by Prof Godwill Obioma: a Christian Iboman!!

  • Nigeria's Muslim Government Targeting Christians by Con Coughlin

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    President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator, rather than concentrating his efforts on Boko Haram, has instead mounted a campaign of intimidation against his Christian opponents in the south of the country.

    50,000 children are facing death by starvation, according to Western aid officials. In May, the Nigerian military killed at least 15 people at a peaceful Biafran protest.

  • NIGERIAN FULANI HERDSMEN AND TERRORISM

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    President Muhammadu Buhari recently claimed that herdsmen causing mayhem and committing terror acts all over the country are foreigners, specifically Libyans and not Nigerians.
    I completely disagree with this narrative from no less a figure as our Commander in Chief and Father of the entire nation.
    His comments amount to pure propaganda and image laundering for his kinsmen. This is nothing but tribalism .
    And tribalism is a very perverse form of corruption, in fact, the infrastructure on which corruption thrives. This negates his government /party's  vow to defeat corruption.
    Unfortunately, this propaganda has now become a refrain/chorus sang by several powerful individuals and government agencies for example the Inspector General of Police, Minister of Internal Affairs and Minister of state for Agriculture, Senator Abdullah Adamu and several others.
    The reasons why this dangerous refrain is false and insulting to the intelligence of Nigerians are many and I will mention a few of them
    1. Nigerian Fulani herdsmen are now ranked as the 4th(fourth) worst terrorist organization globally by the global terrorism index after BOKO HARAM, ISIL and El Shabaab in terms of mass murder they commit.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/global-terrorism-index-nigerian-fulani-militants-named-as-fourth-deadliest-terror-group-in-world-a6739851.html

    2. While it is true that very few herdsmen arrested recently claimed they were foreigners, it is an undisputed fact that the Fulanis or Fulfubes (20 millions in population) spread across 20 countries in West Africa and 2 in North Africa (Sudan and Egypt) and they are bound by the same culture, religion and language. They move freely across the West African boundaries and they regard themselves as kiths and kins. It is therefore
    artificial to claim those who commit terror attacks are only foreigners when they view themselves as a brotherhood and family.
    3. Victims from the communities where the terror acts have been committed attest to the fact that they are the same Fulani herdsmen who have been ravaging and destroying their farms. E.g Agatu, Kaduna, Nimbo, Edo and Delta.
    4. The massive act of terrorism is often preceded by a long running battle for months or years with the local community and wanton destruction of their farms.

    http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/04/26/fulani-herdsmen-sack-enugu-community-48-feared-dead/

    5. The Fulani herdsmen have often collaborated with border communities at conflict with one another and used as mercenaries by one community against their feuding neighbor with the agreement that they (Fulani herdsmen) can then occupy the defeated or sacked community as their grazing reserves. This happened in a community in Odukpani, Cross River state.
    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/05/communal-clash -40-feared-dead-village-head-4-policemen-beheaded/

    6. Few days to the massive terror attacks, the Fulani herdsmen disappear from the host communities and never returned which showed pre knowledge and fear of reprisals attack by host communities if they return after the terror acts.

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/aftermath-attack-fulani-herdsmen-flee-enugu/

    7. President Buhari's government surreptitiously smuggled 954 million naira into the 2016 budget for grazing reserves when there are still controversies raging on the grazing reserves. The Senate has publicly denied the grazing reserve bill and the House of Representative is yet to complete debates on the grazing bill.
    8. Several Fulani herdsmen groups have publicly admitted that they retaliated or committed reprisals attacks because their cattle were rustled or their kinsmen killed or attacked by the host communities.

    http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/200426-exclusive-struck-agatu-fulani-herdsmen.html

    9. Mr President's first security assignment as President in addition to fighting BOKO HARAM was a determined putsch against cattle rustlers while turning a blind eye to the atrocities of his kinsmen until recent upsurge in their terror attacks and unprecedented public outcry.
    10. The peak/upsurge in the Fulani herdsmen terror attacks coincides with President Buhari's Presidency.  Is it possible that they felt emboldened that a sympathetic kinsman is now at the helm of affairs and now they can do and undo?  Is it also possible that the real owners of the cattle which are powerful individuals/Nigerian elites are arming these herdsmen knowing that President Buhari is a life patron of Miyeti Allah cattle breeders association (MACBAN)?

    These and many other questions are begging for honest and unbiased answers from all concerned.
    If care is not taken, I sincerely pray and hope that this conflict will not snowball into an implosion and a much bigger conflict. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    7 THINGS PMB MUST DO NOW
    I have been warned that I will be labeled an ‘enemy’ for addressing the issue of herdsmen killing innocent villagers but I love my country more than I fear blackmailers. In my humble opinion, wisdom, tact, and common sense dictate that President Muhammadu Buhari do the following:
    1. Address the nation directly on TV and radio.
    2. Commiserate with affected communities deliver a message of peace and hope.
    Promise the rapid delivery of compensation and restitution to the survivors, the wounded, and the families of those who have lost loved ones and livelihoods.
    3. Go on BBC and other relevant radio services that Fulanis have a tendency to listen to. Speak to them in their own language, and in no uncertain terms state that this nonsense must come to an end quickly.
    4. Set up and empower a Rapid Task Force with a view to stopping future violence and preventing a national conflict that might be much more difficult to contain.
    5. Personally visit the affected communities to see things for yourself.
    6. Meet with the leadership of Myetti Allah, the umbrella association of Fulani cattle herders, and explain in vivid detail what the consequences of future conflicts could be.
    7. As a start, all herdsmen must be disarmed immediately, otherwise we are only postponing the evil day.
    Mr President, you owe it to Nigerians, to the many Fulani herdsmen of no determinate nationality who rampage and roam Nigeria, and to future generations, to be seen at this time to be on top of the unfortunate situation; to the plight of affected communities in word and deed; and to the security implications of these most barbaric and medieval acts.
    Read more at http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/opinion/herdsmen-killings-time-to-act/138783.html#OWcR8UqBUBtpjpUh.99

  • Police Recruitment: Afenifere Rejects LGs As Basis Of Recruitment

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    The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the simmering crisis between the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission(PSC) which led to the suspension of the recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Police Force in September .
    While the PSC insisted that the process should follow the constitutional provision of equality of states in line with the principle of federal character ,the Senator Abu Ibrahim-led committee wanted the recruitment to be done on the basis of local governments .The Senate Committee also insisted that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) should supervise the exercise as against the PSC which is statutorily saddled with such responsibility.

  • Policy Incoherence Fuels Herdsmen Attacks

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    There is now a commonality of opinion that the rate of violent attacks of farmers all across Nigeria by armed Fulani herdsmen skyrocketed since the emergence of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who by birth is a Fulani.
    Conversely, since he assumed office last May, president Buhari has yet to articulate a workable public policy framework on how best to effectively combat the rise in armed Fulani attacks/insurgency. 

  • Press Release: Federal Government extends Public Holiday

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    PRESS RELEASE

    By

    COALITION OF CHRISTIAN GROUPS

    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REVERSES EID-EL-FITRI PUBLIC HOLIDAY

    As Nigerians, we congratulate the Muslims in the nation on their successful completion of the Ramadan fast in 2016. However, we are disturbed by the apparent shoddiness and confusion the Federal Government brought into the declaration of the Public Holiday rounding up the Muslim religious exercise.

    The Federal Government had earlier declared Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July as Public Holiday only to reverse itself and declare Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July 2016 as Public Holiday. If this was done before Tuesday was observed as Public Holiday, it would have been tolerable but declaring Thursday 7th as Public Holiday in addition to Tuesday and Wednesday is a mark of institutional unseriousness. The implication now is that three days would be work free in the week.

    We are equally appalled that the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau based the decision to declare Thursday as Public Holiday on “the directive by the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues today (Tuesday) as a result of the non-sighting of the moon”. We are not aware that Nigeria has transmuted into a religious theocratic state in which the leader of a religious group issues “directive” to the Federal Government. If the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs confirmed Wednesday and Thursday as Public Holiday for the Ramadan fasting, then who advised the Federal Government to declare Tuesday a Public Holiday?

    As innocuous as some people may want to present this development, it is a dangerous signal confirming the worrisome direction of the party that promised Nigerians CHANGE from the lawlessness and impunity that seem to characterize this nation. Since the inception of the Buhari administration, it has left no one in doubt of its discriminatory leaning towards Islam as the preferred religion in Nigeria, in violation of Section 10 of the Constitution. The Buhari Administration needs to be reminded again that Nigeria is not an Islamic Theocratic State that receives “directive” from a Sultan. Nigeria is a democratic and secular nation and preferential treatment should not be accorded any section of the nation but all should be treated equally.

    If indeed a mistake was made in declaring Tuesday a Public Holiday that does not warrant declaring Thursday a Public Holiday. Both the Federal Government and leaders of Islam should have maintained the statutory two days Public Holiday and learnt a lesson on how to not to repeat the mistake in future. It is very embarrassing the tardiness and shoddiness that the Buhari Administration has brought into governance in Nigeria. Decent and respectable people are ashamed at the flagrant acts of discrimination, nepotism, and impunity of the APC led government.

    We wish to state clearly that declaring Thursday an additional Public Holiday is not only wrong but an insensitive approach to the management of the economy. The economic well being of the nation should not be sacrificed on the altar of religious fervor.

    Nevertheless, having illegally appropriated an additional day as Public Holiday during the Eid-el-Fitri, the Federal Government and leaders of Islam should be prepared to repay the nation the extra day during the next Eid-el-Kabir in which we expect only one day should be approved as Public Holiday. Nigeria should not be turned into a lawless nation. The APC led government should call itself to order.

    COALTION OF CHRISTIAN GROUPS

    1.                    NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ELDERS FORUM (NCEF)

    2.                  NIGERIAN CHRISTIAN GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (NCGF)

    3.                   THINK TANK FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST

    4.                  CHRISTIAN LAWYERS FELLOWSHIP OF NIGERIA (CLASFON)

    5.                  ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA (ACSIN)

    6.                  STUDENTS CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT (SCM)

    7.                  CHRISTIAN PROFESSIONALS FORUM (CPF)

    8.                  MINISTERS PRAYER NETWORK

    9.                  INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY JERUSALEM (ICEJ)

    10.               NEMA

    11.                 INTERNATIONAL PROPHETIC MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION (IPMA) (Inc. Worldwide College of Bishops & Ministers, Africa, UK & USA)

    12.                INTERCESSORS WITHOUT WALLS (IWW)

    13.                WAILING WOMEN INTERNATIONAL

    14.               FULL GOSPEL BUSINESSMEN FELLOWSHIP

    15.                NIGERIAN FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN STUDENTS (NIFES)

    16.               UNIVERSITY JOINT CAMPUS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (UJCM)

    8TH JULY, 2016

  • Press Release: Is the Federal Government Abdicating its Responsibility?

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    PRESS RELEASE

    By:
    Coalition of Christian Groups


     IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABDICATING ITS RESPONSIBILITY?

    Following the controversy that surrounded the extension of the Eid el-Fitri Public Holiday by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III in July 2016, we are amazed that there has been an escalation of the impropriety. According to Vanguard Newspaper Report of 3rd. September, 2016, “Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced Monday, Sept. 12 as the Eid-El-Kabir Day, ….” This is contained in a Statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto (http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/09/sultan-announces-monday-sept-12-eid-el-kabir-day/)

  • Press Release: Is the President Pleased with the Persecution of Christians?

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    I have waited since Sunday, July 10, 2016, when the news broke, of the gruesome murder of Mrs Eunice Elisha, an assistant pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Abuja, for the comment and reaction of the President, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari, retd., to no avail. The President's silence is ominous, worrisome, unfortunate and disappointing. And after listening to the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Channels television, coupled with the pictorial report of the visitation of the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, to the family of the deceased, it became clearer to me, that the President is deliberately keeping silent, on this cold blooded murder.

    In section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, it is stated that "the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government". All Citizens of Nigeria should therefore feel safe in any part of the country that they choose to reside in, irrespective of their faith.

    Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution states clearly that "the government of the federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State religion", signifying clearly, that Nigeria, by law and by the choice of our people, is a secular state.

    By section 38(1) of the same Constitution, "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."

    It is this section 38(1) that Mrs Eunice Elisha, was relying upon to manifest, propagate and practice her religion, through evangelism, in public. She could therefore not have constituted a threat or a nuisance, to any person or any other religion, especially in Abuja, which is declared and designated by law, as the federal capital territory of Nigeria.

    On the same day that life was snuffed out of Mrs Elisha, it was also reported that Fulani herdsmen invaded a community in Benue State and killed over 81 persons. Still, the President has kept mute. The stage-managed killings by the Fulani herdsmen, who are Muslims, have been targeted at predominantly Christian settlements.
    The worrisome dimension of the President's silence, is more frightening because majority of the people that the President has openly complained did not vote for him in the 2015 presidential elections, are mostly in the South-South and in the South East, who are mostly Christians, in their majority. The States that have been free of any form of attack by Fulani Muslim herdsmen, in the South West, are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun, all of which are either headed by Muslim governors or controlled by Muslim party leaders.

    In Ondo State, where a Christian governor holds sway, chief Olu Falae, has been attacked twice, by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, right in his own farm. In Ekiti State, where a Christian governor holds sway, Muslim Fulani herdsmen, have also attacked farmers, but for the prompt intervention of the governor.

    Interestingly, neither the ruling APC nor the opposition PDP, has uttered a word, on the heinous and barbaric murder of Mrs Elisha and indeed the invasion of other Christian communities. They have been busy, as has been customary with politicians, fighting dirty, for the control of our national treasury, through political power.

    Neither the Islamic nor the Christian religion preaches violence and bloodshed, but fundamentalists and fanatics of these different religions are unleashed on our people by our leaders, when it is convenient for them to achieve a sinister motive. From all indications therefore, it would seem convenient, for the President to keep sitting upon the blood and death of innocent Christians, who are considered to form the bulk of the critics of his government presently and also in the opposition, politically.

    In times past, we have learnt to respect the faith and beliefs of all fellow Nigerians, in demonstration of a single, United and indivisible Nigeria. But that national unity seem to be in apparent peril, under this administration.
    Presently, it is alleged that Christian Religious Knowledge, has been removed from the educational curriculum of all the Northern States. It is alleged that there is a pending Bill in the National Assembly, to codify Islamic law as part of the criminal jurisprudence of Nigeria, with universal application in all the states of the federation. The Grazing Bill pending in the National Assembly is targeted at the acquisition of the customary land of the Southern Christian States, for the use and occupation of Muslim Fulani herdsmen. It is alleged that most critical appointments of the present administration have been dominated by Muslims. There are indeed other serious concerns, voiced against the Buhari regime, in relation to religion.

    Ordinarily, we should have no concern about the faith or belief of any leader, if and when aberrations, such as happened to Mrs Elisha in Abuja occur, the leader is quick to speak and act, in genuine condemnation and detestation of same. But our President has been silent, and indeed uncomfortably silent, in all of these attacks.

    The President is very well aware of the effect of faith and religion, on our national life. Thus in 2011 when he sought to rule Nigeria, General Buhari picked Pastor Tunde Bakare, a vocal Christian, as his running mate. And in order to garner more votes in 2015, General Buhari chose Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, a provincial pastor in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, and close confidant of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, leader of the biggest Pentecostal church in Nigeria, as his running mate.


    It is therefore a great disservice to the loyalty of Osinbajo and indeed all his supporters, for the President to openly ignore the barbaric and cold blooded murder of Mrs Elisha, who is also a pastor in the same church of his Vice-President, which occurred right in the domain of the President, in Abuja. No statement, no visitation, no condemnation. It is indeed ominous, especially in an administration that rules through body language.

    It is bad enough for the people to be complaining that their leader is clueless about how to run his government, it is painful enough when a leader openly reneges upon his campaign promises, to the detriment of his own integrity, it is hurting enough when a leader runs the economy aground and is implementing anti-people policies, that impose hardship and suffering on the people; but it becomes saddening, when the leader is openly insensitive to bloodshed and violence, perpetrated on the strength of the faith of that leader. General Buhari must speak loudly and act decisively, against any form of religious intolerance, if that is the only dividend, that they will get, for their votes and support for him.

    It is on the strength of all the above that I call on the President to urgently visit the family of the Elishas, that the President should personally visit and console with facilities of the communities that have so far been decimated, devastated and wrecked by Fulani herdsmen, in demonstration of the unity and secularity of Nigeria.

    Nigerians love themselves and would love to dwell in a country united in faith and religious practices. I therefore urge the President not to destroy that unity and togetherness, with his seeming preference for religious fanaticism. If previous administrations have done this for their selfish and ulterior purposes, it behoves on the present government of change, to depart from this inglorious and divisive practice.

    Thank you.

    Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.

    Press Release from Mr Ebun Olu Adegboruwa.

  • Religious Studies Curriculum: CAN rubbishes Education Minister, explodes with fresh facts

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    ...demands details of new education curriculum 

    ...says it should be suspended 

    ...warns against merging of CRS, IRS & Civic Education 

    ...says Adamu is not telling the whole truth.

    The Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to publish the full details of the controversial new Curriculum of Education if they have no hidden agenda. 

  • Why ASUU is On Strike

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    1. Less than 10% of the universities have Video Conferencing facility.

    2. Less than 20% of the universities use Interactive Boards.

    3.More than 50% don’t use Public Address System in their lecture OVERCROWDED rooms/theatres.

    4. Internet Services are non-existent,or epileptic and slow IN 99% of Nigerian Universities

    5. Nigerian Universities Library resources are outdated and manually operated. Book shelves are homes to rats/cockroaches.

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