Press Statement at the End of the 2018 Conference on Threats to the Christian Faith in Contemporary Nigeria

Catholic Men’s Guild (CMG)
Church of the Assumption, Falomo, Ikoyi Lagos
Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos

PRESS STATEMENT AT THE END OF THE 2018 CONFERENCE ON THREATS TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA

PREAMBLE

Over the years, Christians in Nigeria, have oftentimes, faced and continue to face challenges and threats on the basis of their identity as Christians. From burning down of churches and other places of worship, acts of discrimination, terrorist and insurgent attacks, Christians have borne the brunt angst of some fundamentalists and adherents of other religions on several occasions.

The Makurdi Declaration: The Middle Belt Position Restructuring Of The Nigerian Federation

(Presented and adopted at the Middle Belt Summit in Makurdi, Monday 16 July 2018)


Introduction
Our country Nigeria is constitutionally a federal state. By federalism, we are referring to a constitutional arrangement whereby power is shared between a central government and the constituent federating units. The federal system tends to predominate in diverse societies where the people choose to live together within a broader political community while     seeking to preserve their cultural, linguistic and ethno-religious diversities. Central to the federalist idea is the devolution of power, with clear constitutional provisions regarding the rights and prerogatives of the centre and the federating units.

Report of 23rd - 24th of June 2018 Attacks on 15 Communities in Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Bokkos and Mangu Local Government Areas of Plateau State, Nigeria

Coordinated military style attacks ravaged 15 communities in some local government areas of Plateau state from 23rd - 24th June, 2018, which resulted to the death of 233 persons with many others injured and several properties destroyed while thousands of villagers were displaced. 
Below is the list of districts, communities and people killed in the attack

Political Opposition Sponsorship Of Killings In Nigeria: Questions Buhari Government Must Answer

(Intersociety, Nigeria: 7th July 2018)-The central Government of Nigeria headed by Mr. Muhammadu Buhari-a retired major general; has continued to make inflammatory, diversionary, deceitful, threatening and other injurious statements over the orgy of ethno-religious and state killings in Nigeria. These are followed by complicit government policies and conducts, which see the killings escalating and worsening in the country day in day out.

Despite several expert recommendations and pieces of advice given or offered to the central Government of Nigeria arising from research findings of various local and international research and investigative groups on how to end the ongoing killings by Government and non state actor Jihadist armed groups in Middle Belt and old Eastern Nigeria and fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice; the Buhari Administration has not only failed woefully to heed or act on such independent expert recommendations, but also clannishly chosen to remain inescapable complicit in same.

Report Of The Meeting Of The Unity And Cooperation Committee

REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE UNITY AND COOPERATION COMMITTEE OF NCEF WITH CHRISTIAN LEADERS TO DELIBERATE ON CHRISTIAN PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE HELD AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTER, ABUJA ON WED. 27TH JUNE, 2018 AT 12.00 NOON

US Congress Expresses Over Killings by Fulani Herdsmen, Urges Buhari to Speak Out

The Chairman of the US Congressional House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Chris Smith, has requested that President Buhari should publicly speak out in condemnation of mass killings of Middle Belt Christian farmers in their ancestral homelands by the MACBAN-sponsored Fulani herdsmen militia. The powerful US congressman made his wish known while welcoming the release of the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report by Secretary Pompeo’s announcement of a Ministerial Committee to Advance Religious Freedom scheduled for July 25-26, 2018. The committee on religious freedom, which shall be constituted in late July 2018, shall focus on collating reports of mass extrajudicial killings throughout Nigeria since the outset of the Muhammadu Buhari's presidency.

PRESS CONFERENCE: Democracy Is The Future Of Nigeria

TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ELDERS FORUM (NCEF) ON THE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS TO CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA HELD AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, ABUJA, ON FRIDAY 22ND JUNE 2018 AT 4.00PM 

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, 

DEMOCRACY IS THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) welcomes you to this Press Conference which is aimed at expressing its concerns about the state of the Nigerian State as well as propose solutions. As this Press Conference coincides with the 67th World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI), taking place in Abuja, the NCEF wishes to appreciate Journalists worldwide for their immense contribution not just to provide information, but for acting as guardians of freedom, justice and equity in nations of the world. Without the Journalists, dictators and tyrants would have made the world unbearable for the human race. As Christians, we pray that the protection of the Almighty God shall rest on the Journalists, worldwide.

Bishop: Militants’ master plan to wipe out Christianity

  • Who is funding terror groups killing Christians?
  • Why can’t the government protect lives?

By John Pontifex and Murcadha O Flaherty

ISLAMIST nomadic herdsmen are waging a violent campaign to eradicate Christianity from Nigeria’s Middle Belt region – and the Government is doing very little to stop them – according to a bishop determined to speak up for his frightened people. 

Buhari An Enemy Of Democracy... He's Failed Both Home And Abroad, Says Human Rights Lawyer

“Buhari's government has not only failed at home, it has also failed internationally and exported the failures," he said. "Buhari is best known for accusing people in the media and not convict them in the court.”


BY SAHARAREPORTERS,
NEW YORK
MAY 30, 2018



International human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, has labelled President Muhammadu Buhari "an enemy of democracy".

Speaking to newsmen during the celebration of 2018 democracy day in Lagos, Ogebe accused the Buhari administration of championing anti-democratics acts, including repression of opposition politicians.

Emasculating & Humiliating The Senate: In Whose Interest?

Since the proclamation of the 8th Assembly, I have noticed a consistent effort to emasculate the National Assembly, particularly the Senate. This matter has assumed an alarming intensity in the recent weeks and I am getting really worried for our democracy. 

 First effort, was the challenge to the power of the Senate to confirm certain executive appointments. Both the constitution and other extant laws gave powers to the Senate to approve, confirm or ratify specific appointments from ministerial through Commissions, Security service leadership, Boards and Agency leadership. But we have seen some effort to deny this power of the Senate. The classical and subsisting case is the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of EFCC after the Senate rejected his nomination twice due to adverse reports from a sister Security agency-DSS. Three years down the line, the President has ignored the Senate and has kept Magu on the job, effectively rendering the Senate irrelevant and impotent.

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