2014 International Day of Prayer: Don't Stand in Silence

Don’t Stand in Silence

The 2014 International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Christians worldwide shall take place on Sunday 9th November, 2014. The nation of Syria has been adopted for the 2014 global prayers for persecuted Christians.

It would be recalled that Nigeria was adopted for the 2013 International Day of Prayer with the account of Christians massacred in Deeper Life Bible Church, Gombe, as the main feature. The 5 minute video, VICTORIA, was produced to commemorate the 2013 global prayers.

On Sunday 9th November, 2014, all Christian assemblies worldwide are expected to pray for persecuted Christians with particular emphases on Christians in Syria. Attention should also be focused on Nigerian Christians in the northern parts of the nation.

Please ensure that this information is brought to the attention of every church leader so that global supplication and intercession can rise to heaven against the forces of Satan afflicting believers in Jesus Christ.

Don’t Stand in Silence.

 

Prayer Alert: 2 Years On, Remembering Pastor Saeed Abedini

26 September 2014 marked the 2nd year anniversary of pastor Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment for his faith in Iran.

During a visit to Tehran, on 28 July 2012, pastor Abedini, 34, was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and placed under house arrest for his Christian faith.

On 26 September 2012, Revolutionary Guard members raided pastor Abedini’s parent’s home and took him to an unknown location. 4 days later, pastor Abedini’s family was informed that he was in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison in Iran.

On 26 January 2013, pastor Abedini was handed an 8-year prison sentence for evangelizing and attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.

“We are praying for a miracle. My hope is that, as thousands gather together on September 26, our governments and leaders will be reminded of the importance of religious freedom for all and continue to pressure Iran to secure Saeed’s release,” said Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor’s wife in a media report.

“The kids and I are longing to see Saeed returned home safely to us. The kids have been suffering for too long. Our family is ready. It is time,” she added.

Prayer points:

  •          Pray for pastor Abedini’s release from prison;
  •          Pray for God’s protection over him;
  •          Pray for Jesus’ comforting presence upon pastor Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, and their children;
  •          Pray for the release of all other Christians detained for their faith in Iran.

 

Pastor In Bhutan Sentenced To Prison For Accepting Funds For Ministry

THIMPHU, Bhutan (Morning Star News) – A court in Bhutan today sentenced pastor Tandin Wangyal to three years, 11 months in prison for receiving funds for ministry activities from a Christian organization.

The verdict from the court in Dorokha, Samtse District asserts the pastor received US$11,864 in funding from a foreign Christian organization to conduct trainings and spread Christianity in the Buddhist country, sources said.

Another pastor, M.B. Thapa (known as Lobzang) was sentenced to two years and four months for taking Wangyal to a village for a gathering for which he had not obtained prior permission, but he was entitled to pay a fine of US$1,678 “in lieu” of prison that enabled him to remain free.

Wangyal was convicted under Article 71 of the Civil Society Organization Act of Bhutan, which outlaws raising funds for activities “in contravention of the laws of the country” and without prior permission. The pastors were arrested in Khapdani village, Dorokha area in Samtse District, on March 5.

The pastor has 10 days to appeal, but in comments to Morning Star News hours before he was detained last night (Sept. 9), Wangyal said he had already filed an appeal in Samtse District Court and was hoping for bail.

“My case now dates back to the past records and findings on my laptop,” Wangyal.  “I do not agree to the charges.”

Wangyal and his wife have three sons, ages 8, 5 and 2.

“I am worried about my wife and my three little sons,” he said. “Please pray for me and my family.”

The two pastors were apprehended after they had reached Khapdani village in Dorokha to attend a foundation-laying ceremony. The police confiscated Wangyal’s laptop hard disk, mobile phone and a movie projector.

Before winning release on bail on April 22, the two pastors were detained for 49 days without formal charges. The evening of March 4, they had spoken at the ground-breaking ceremony for a new house at the invitation of another Christian in Khapdani. They were planning to hold a three-day seminar in the village the next day that included screening of a film, but as they were trying to transport a child who was ill to a hospital, police arrested them.

The Civil Society Organization Act puts restrictions on collections, stipulating that “No person shall collect or ask for any contribution or charity to aid or help any activity, which is in contravention with the laws of the Country, and a collection in a public place must not be conducted unless the promoters of the collection hold a public collections certificate from the Authority and the collection is conducted in accordance with this Act.”

At the United Nations Human Rights Council’s recent Universal Periodic Review of the Buddhist nation in Geneva, Switzerland, the United States and other nations urged the tiny kingdom to protect religious freedom by allowing people to freely practice their faith and by granting all religious groups equal opportunity to obtain legal status.

Among other international rights groups submitting reports, U.S.-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) called on Bhutan to address various religious freedom concerns. ADF noted that Bhutan has enacted several laws restricting fundamental rights of its citizens, freedom of association and freedom of religion and belief of individuals.

Wangyal had refuted Home and Cultural Affairs Minister Damcho Dorji’s statement to Business Bhutan newspaper that religion was not a factor in the arrests, saying, “All this time they have denied that it was a faith-based arrest, but everything since day one has revolved around faith.”

Thapa (Lobzang) said he was grieving for his friend and colleague.

“I was sentenced to less than three years, which was bailable,” he told Morning Star News. “I paid the money against the prison term and will return home tomorrow.”

Christians are generally allowed to meet in homes or private halls to worship but face obstacles and persecution in trying to do so. Bhutan has numerous Buddhist monasteries and a few Hindu temples, but no church building.

The miniscule Christian community remained underground until 2008. Bhutan transitioned to a constitutional democratic monarchy in 2008 after a century of absolute monarchy.

Source: Morning Star News

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CAN Declares 17-19 Oct For National Repentance and Re-dedication

NATIONAL REPENTANCE AND RE-DEDICATION:

CAN DECLARES 3 DAY PRAYER AND FASTING - 17TH – 19TH OCT.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Monday 29th September, 2014, passed a resolution that Christians in Nigeria should observe 3 days of fasting and prayer for the church and for the nation from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th October.

Earlier, the South West Zone of CAN had chosen 26th October as the day of the National Repentance. However, with the directive from NEC, both positions have been harmonized and the day of repentance and national re-dedication shall take place nationwide from 17th – 19th October.

The President of CAN, his eminence, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor called on all Christians to unite at this critical period in the life of the Nigerian church and the nation and corporately seek the face of God for forgiveness and divine intervention.

In his opening remarks at the meeting, the President of CAN remarked that “as we labor for the Lord and make our way into the kingdom of God, we must constantly bear in mind that the enemy of our souls is perpetually at work seeking to ‘steal, kill and destroy’. The most common tactic of the enemy is to ‘smite the shepherd’ and scatter the sheep. Whenever the enemy launches this attack on any shepherd, experience has shown that the main targets are the sheep.”

On the day of National Repentance, Christian assemblies are expected to focus on prayers of confession for the sins of the nation as well as transgressions that are in the church. Paramount among the short comings of the church is the challenge posed by disunity and the attitude of ministry competition. A message of repentance based on 2 Chro. 7: 14 should be preached in all the churches on the Sunday  of  the National Repentance and National Re-dedication. Subsequently, prayers should be offered to God for mercy and forgiveness for the church and the nation.

Other areas of prayer focus include the persecution of Christians in the North, insurgency in the nation, the threat posed by Jihadists to the church and the nation, the forth coming general elections, good governance in the land and so on.

Christians are called upon to prayerfully establish in Nigeria, the four pillars of the throne of God. These are: righteousness, justice, mercy, and truth.

All the 5 blocs of CAN are expected to participate in the prayer and fasting program. No Christian assembly is exempted.

During the NEC meeting, the leaders of the church reinstated their support and solidarity for the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, as well as their commitment to a united and cohesive national church.

All enquiries should be directed to the General Secretary, CAN, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Catholic Church Refute Denouncing President Of CAN

RE: “CATHOLIC BISHOP CHIDES ORITSEJAFOR”: A MISREPRESENTATION OF ARCHBISHOP IGNATIUS AYAU KAIGAMA

Our attention has been drawn to the reports in some online  editions of some newspapers such as the Daily Post, Daily Trust,  New Telegraph and the Guardian  with misleading headlines, posted  on Thursday 25th September 2014,  and suggesting that Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) accused Pastor Ayo Ortistejafor of denting the image of the Christian Association  of Nigeria over the case of the  jet that was found with $9.3milion  allegedly owned by the CAN President.

The said report is not only false and malicious but a calculated attempt to further sow the seed of disharmony between Catholics and the leadership of CAN.
While we disassociate ourselves from the newspaper reports, it is important to put the records in the right perspective.

Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama granted an interview with the Hausa BBC Service in Kaduna in which he condemned money laundering.  He said  that the relevant authorities  in Nigeria ought to investigate  the issue of the $9.3million arms deals saga dispassionately and ensure that those found guilty of money laundering be punished according to the provision of the existing law of our land against money laundering. He never, in the said interview, cast any aspersion on the person of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Reporters who monitored the said interview in Hausa BBC Service totally misrepresented the Archbishop by misquoting him. Knowing the person of Archbishop Kaigama as a man who is committed to ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, there is no way he can make such an inflammatory statement against the leadership of CAN which is capable of causing dissections among the CAN family.
It was amazing to read such sensational headlines as ‘Ayo Oritsejafor is disgracing CAN’ - Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’, ‘Oritsejafor has dragged Christianity to the mud - Bishop Kaigama’, ‘Bishop blasts Oritsejafor for playing politics with CAN’. Archbishop Kaigama was also quoted as saying Catholic Bishops had been watching with “sadness how Oritsejafor had been hobnobbing with the Presidency for long. It is not proper, the guilty must be punished. It is not acceptable for a Christian leader to be seen always with the President. We in the Catholic have always picked holes in Oritsejafor’s style of leadership in CAN and we wanted to stop attending CAN meetings at the national level”. This is unfortunate, inciteful, unpatriotic and uncharitable. It looks like some people have problems with the person of Pastor Oritsejafor and wanted as the saying goes ‘to borrow the mouth of Archbishop Kaigama to chop their onions’. It appears that some people are hell-bent on setting the Catholic Church against the rest of CAN. Some want to use unfortunate situations to promote their fortunes. Yes the Catholic Bishops did in the past make their observations about how CAN could be run better not with

the intention to discredit the body but so that things could be corrected fraternally, but there were screaming headlines which tended to put the Catholic Church in negative light. This is happening again.  All that Archbishop Kaigama said about the 9.3m saga was that the matter should be investigated in depth to avoid insinuations, psychological projections and unhealthy rumours and gossips. A transcription of his interview will reveal that the words attributed to him were a figment of somebody’s imagination. He said nothing about Pastor Ayo hobnobbing with Mr President or dragging CAN to the mud; neither did he mention the pastor’s name or Mr. President. Pastor Oritsejafor has in the mean time very clearly and convincingly explained his own side of the story in a phone conversation with Archbishop Kaigama and Pastor Oritsejafor is to be presumed innocent unless found otherwise.

We are indeed embarrassed at the monumental scale of misrepresentations in the said newspaper reports. What we expect from Journalists is genuine reports based on truth and facts, which ought to promote public trust and confidence.  A hall mark of responsible journalism is that reporters ought to cross-check their facts before publishing them whereas reports based on falsehood, rumours and preconceived ideas such as this, are not only malicious but a calculated attempt to strain the good relationship between the Catholic Church and the leadership of CAN.
There is a poison of deliberate misinformation in the air, more deadly than the Ebola virus disease. This may be a symptom of how forthcoming political events may be handled in the media. Some persons want to at all cost see the North and the South, Christians and Muslims fight.

In God’s name it shall not come to be. Our prayer is that our nation shall remain one and indivisible. No matter how hard our detractors may try, they will not succeed. As leaders of the Catholic Church we shall continue to be objective in our assessment of the situation in the country and endeavour to edify by our comments and actions and not to destroy. This is because we believe that we are one people and one nation.

God bless our beloved country Nigeria.

Rev. Fr. Chris Anyanwu,
Director (Social Communications Directorate),
Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.

September 26, 2014

What Does ISIS Want?

In these several intervening weeks a coalition of forces has emerged, led by the U.S., and on September 22nd air attacks were launched against the ISIL capital Raqqa inside Syria in an attempt to contain and neutralize ISIS (ISIL). Air strikes were also conducted in Syria against an offshoot of Al Qaeda – Khorasan.  We are reminded of the ancient Islamic prophecy – “armies carrying black flags will come from Khorasan. No power will be able to stop them, and they will finally reach Eela [the Temple Mount in Jerusalem] where they will erect their flags…. The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims will kill them.”
In all of this, I want to sound the note again, that even if this one ISIL head of the Islamic hydra is cut off, two more heads will grow up in its place.  Radical Islam is a clear and present danger to the entire world, and like the Hydra of Greek mythology it is “a many-headed serpent… a diverse evil not to be overcome by a single effort.”
An insightful look into ISIL by a pastor and friend for many years, Jim Croft, has given us a good understanding of ISIL. The following excerpts are taken from his article, Tricky PC Semantics available at https://www.facebook.com/jim.croft.31/posts/701567619928848

ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. What is the Levant? At minimum, it is the land mass on the eastside of the Mediterranean stretching from the northern edge of Saudi Arabia and north and east through Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria up to Iraq. However, historically it also includes Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Iraq.
 
Islam lays claim to the entire region as they took it by Jihad from Christians during the period from approximately 700-1,100AD. The general Islamic mindset is: once Islamic, always Islamic. To the fundamentalist Muslims, it is unthinkable that the entire Levant region can ever be permanently relinquished from Islamic control.

This is why Israel must be eradicated as a nation. It is why the Christian Arabs dwelling in Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq have been systematically persecuted with the goal of making them flee these nations for their lives. We can be sure that if the ISIL has its way that the Christians of Egypt, Cyprus and Turkey will be coerced to follow close on their heels. Historically, Islam does not sense any obligation to think in the limitations of national boundaries. Its term is Caliphates. What is a Caliphate? It is governance totally by Islam’s Shariah Law over a nation and/or large regions of the earth of which the Levant is an example. What does it take to define a Caliphate? A standing army that has the manpower, armaments, funding, and the determination to wipeout all who are unwilling to submit to Islam’s Shariah Law.

The ISIL has the manpower as its army has grown from 6,000 to over 31,500 in a matter of weeks. Its funding at this moment is over $3 million per day. Its will to overcome all obstacles with no qualms about brutality is without question. If free nations with Christian roots truly want to defeat the ISIL our leaders need to declare war on ISIL’s attempt to establish a huge Caliphate in the Levant.

Dating back to the demise of the Ottoman Empire, the plan is that Turkey will be the seat of government for the Levant Caliphate. It will be the springboard to spread the Caliphate’s tentacles throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the UK; and across the Atlantic into North and South America. If you think that it could not happen, think again! The Levant nations that were once Christian have been for the most part under Radical Islamic for a very long time. Once the foothold was realized, nothing has proved powerful enough to shake it loose in the past 500 years.

 THE HORRORS OF RADICAL ISLAM

 Shira Harrington, a former member of Immanuel’s, forwarded this cry for help as she recently returned
from Israel —

A friend just got a text message from her brother asking her to shower him and his parish in prayer. He is part of a mission and ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of these families – even if it means their own deaths. He is very afraid and has no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called him for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, he is begging prayers for courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances, and like the children, accept martyrdom if he is called to do so. Please pray for them.

THERE ARE MUSLIMS AND THERE ARE MUSLIMS

Muhammad outlined in the Quran the very strategies we are seeing implemented in Iraq and Syria by ISIL. These are his words —

 “The penalty of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle – they will face being killed or crucified, or having their heads and feet cut off from opposite sides, or they shall be banished from the land…” (Surah 5:33). “And when you meet those who misbelieve, non-Muslims, while fighting in Jihad, cut off their heads until you have massacred them…” (Surah 47:4).  “I will put terror in the hearts of non-Muslims. So cut off their necks and cut off every finger tip. Do that because they opposed Allah and His Apostle.  And Allah is intent on punishing anyone who opposes Him and His Apostle.” (Surah 8:12-14).

 
Not all present day Muslims, however, are aligned with these brutal ISIL strategies.  I recently heard King Abdullah of Jordan disavow these very practices declaring that ISIL by their actions were “heretics”. I also recently heard a progressive Imam from the U.S. disavow these ISIL practices as draconian and that modern day Islam needs to come out of its dark ages into present day moderation.  Also, we need to note that multiplied millions of Muslims have also come to the knowledge of Jesus and received Him as their very own Savior and Lord.  Consequently, we need to pray in faith for Muslims everywhere, that there will continue to be a rich harvest for the Kingdom of God from among them!

Boko Haram Killed 1,000 Christians In One Day?

Nigeria: Muslim terrorists kill 1,000 Christians in one day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl4IgD--nKg
Video purports to show massacre of Nigerian troops and civilians in Gwoza, a town in northeastern Nigeria. It is there that as many as 1000 Christians were killed: a modern record.

BY MARTIN BARILLAS

Tens of thousands of Christians are fleeing northeastern Nigeria, following killings and the burning and destruction of several churches by the Boko Haram Muslim sect. According to Fr . Patrick Tor Alumuku, Social Communications officer in the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, “I spoke to priests in Maiduguri (Ed. note: the capital of BornoState in northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram is most active) who speak of terrifying happenings.”  According to the priest,  “Boko Haram is determined to eliminate every sign of Christian presence and many churches have been destroyed or torched. Last week in a village in the area of Maiduguri, Boko Haram took over the parish for its local headquarters.”

Catholic Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, “in areas where Boko Haram is active Christians are fleeing by the thousands. ” He reported that at least 90,000 Catholics are now displaced by the Islamist rebels who are challenging the sovereignty of the Nigerian government. 

According to the Fides news service, Father Patrick said, “However, among the crowds of Christians in flight there are also Muslims.” He added, “Some are chiefs of villages and towns, others are Muslim religious leaders (emirs) who cannot identify with what is being committed by Boko Haram.” 

“Unfortunately a good number of these displaced persons cannot escape from the combat areas and getting humanitarian aid to them is very difficult. Only people outside these areas can reached by assistance” the Father Patrick continued. “If a city likeMaiduguri with a population of more than one million were to be attacked by the BokoHaram offensive, the result would be an extremely serious humanitarian disaster.”

When contacted by Spero News, Nigerian-American attorney and human rights activist Emmanuel Ogebe spoke of the horrors being faced by Nigerian Christians at the hands of Boko Haram, which has been linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. Said Ogebe, “Our local partners say a couple more towns fell to the terrorists over the weekend, including a predominantly Christian safe haven where we normally stay during trips to the violent northeast.” 

Ogebe is special counsel to the Justice for Jos Project and the Jubilee Campaign, both of which have spoken forcefully about the predations made by Muslim Nigerians against Christians. In June 2014, Ogebe testified before Congress about the inroads Boko Haram has made in Nigerian territories where Muslims and Christians had previously lived in relative peace.

Speaking to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the House of Representatives, Ogebe said in June 2014 “It took the US twenty-five months after the first two Americans were attacked and one year after the third and fourth Americans were targeted before Boko Haram was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization.” He went on to note that the United Kingdom and the European Union were similarly tardy in recognizing the threat posed by Boko Haram when the group was finally designated a terrorist organization.  Ogebe criticized the Nigerian government for its lack of responsiveness to the terrorist threat, especially in light of the abduction and rape of over 300 girls from a school in Chibok in June 2014.

Ogebe described in an email to Spero News more recent horrors being visited upon Christians in Nigeria. He wrote, “Our local partner's female cousin is amongst those killed by Boko Haramindicating that they are killing Christian women too which is different from the takeover of Gwoza. InGwoza, they beheaded Christian men and married off their wives when they declared an Islamic caliphate two weeks ago. According to Boko Haram's own video, Abubakar Shekau claims he killed 1,000 Christians on that day. This has not been reported in the media as far as we can tell but is contained in his YouTube statement. We are investigating this but since he controls the town it is impossible to tell. If true this is the worst single day massacre of Christians anywhere in contemporary history.”

The video in question was released by Boko Haram on August 24 and can be seen on YouTube.Shekau is seen on the video boasting of Boko Haram's victories and slaughter, while calling on Nigerians to accept Islam. According to SaharaTV, Boko Haram released the video in order to celebrate the seizing of the town of Gwoza, which the group has declared is the capital of a new Islamic caliphate in Nigeria.  is its new headquarters for a new Islamic caliphate in Nigeria. The video also showed examples of the weapons captured from Nigerian security forces. In addition, the video showed Nigerian troops abandoning their positions as civilians fled for their lives. In a statement, the media source declared "SaharaReporters could not show that last 10 minutes of the video because it contains gruesome images committed by Boko Haram militants against innocent civilians in Gwoza.'

Earlier this year, a female suicide bomber detonated an explosive device, killing herself and four worshippers outright at a Catholic parish church. The attacker is described as a girl of approximately 18 years in age. According to one report, it was on July 27 when she was asked by soldiers guarding the church why she was wearing traditional Muslim attire that covered her from head to foot that she unleashed the deadly blast. At least 70 persons were injured on the scene, while three of the wounded subsequently died in hospital.

In early June,  Catholic Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos wrote a pastoral statement in which he said that Boko Haram’s tactics are ever more worrisome because the insurgents are seeking to “conquer” territories and force Nigeria’s military to respond. Entitled "Take to heart", Archbishop Martin’s statement said "it is most disheartening to see women and children blowing themselves up in the guise of fighting a religious war."

ISIS: Vision 2019

 

By 2019, this is how ISIS expects the world to look like.

Can you identify Nigeria in the map above?

There is still time to repent.

Kindly consider the "7 Things The Church Should Do Now"

It is time to wake up.

BEWARE: Abuja Declaration Has Been Edited

Apparently, as a result of the growing awareness amongst Christians of the evil planned by the Muslims against the Church, the Muslims went online to edit and distort the information on the Abuja Declaration of 1989. The information on Wikipedia was edited on Monday 21st July, 2014 by one Greg Abdul. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abuja_Declaration_(1989)

Their battle plan below, detailing the plot behind the current Boko Haram insurgency and other forms of political manipulations by the Muslims in the country, was completely removed!

Below is what the Muslims planned to do in Nigeria and in the other members nations of the IAO during their conspiracy conference in Abuja in 1989.

 

THE REAL BATTLE PLAN:

          "To ensure only Muslims are elected to all political posts of member nations".

"To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslim)." (the word Christianity is underlined in the declaration)

"To ensure the ultimate replacement of all western forms of legal and judicial systems with the sharia in all member nations before then next "Islam in Africa conference."

"To ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of member nations"

Do not be deceived, they have not changed their agenda.

The Military President as of 1989 donated US $21 billion to facilitate the conspiracy. It was acknowledged in the communique as follows:

The Joint Conference finally ratified the admission of Nigeria as a full member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference OIC, and thanked the government and people of Nigeria for having generously donated US $21 billion to the Islamic Development Fund of the OIC, and sincerely requested the Federal Government of Nigeria to implement all policies and programmes of the OIC to show the whole world that Nigeria is truly an Islamic nation.

 

Please find below what was originally posted on Wikipedia before it was edited on Monday 21st July, 2014.

 

Abuja Declaration (1989)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Abuja Declarion is the outcome of a conference of the African countries of the OIC in 1989 and launched by a communiqué of the Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) founded during this conference.

The Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) is a Nigerian statuted Islamic organisation, an initiative of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Dr. Usman Muhamad Bugaje is the current Secretary-General of the IAO.

Goals and strategies

The organization was founded on 28 November 1989 in Abuja,[1] Nigeria, with the goal to win the whole of Africa for Islam. The statutes and goals[2][3] are ratified in 1991 and this marks her formal definitive founding. The founding-communiqué is also called the Abuja Declaration.[4] Starting point for the conference is the fact that Africa is the only continent with an Islamic majority and therefore Africa should become completely Islamic.[5]

The plan contains a lot of points that are also common for Christian missionary organizations as relief and economic progression.

A battle plan was composed to Islamize Africa with some less innocent points in that decision:[6]

  •         "To ensure only Muslims are elected to all political posts of member nations".
  •         "To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslim)." (The word Christianity is underlined in the declaration)
  •         "To ensure the ultimate replacement of all western forms of legal and judicial systems with the Sharia in all member nations before then next "Islam in Africa conference."
  •         "To ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of member nations."

The execution of this strategy can be recognized in countries like Nigeria, Ethiopia and Sudan. In Nigeria more and more provinces choose for the Sharia leading to heavy protests of Christians, oft resulting in violence and bloodshed to both sides. In Sudan the government chose in 1983 for the Sharia, in 1991 sharpened with death punishment for apostasy from Islam.

Funds: The government of Nigeria has donated 21 billion US-dollar to confirm an IAO-communiqué [7] as donation to this "Islamic Development Fund".

 

Organisation

The IAO consists of four main organisations:[8] the General Shura', the highest authority consisting of 43 members from all over Africa and theDiaspora. the Executive Comité.

the Secretariat housed at Abuja, (Nigeria). the Necessary organs to the realisation of the goals.

Countries

The organisation mentions the following countries on its website:

  • Algeria
  • Benin
  • Chad
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Eritrea
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Marokko
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Sudan
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia
  • Zambia

Ethnic Cleansing in North East

Guardian Newspaper 11th June, 2014, Page 7

Boko Haram-led pogroms, ethnic cleansing and medieval bestiality in Nigeria’s North East

A statement by some concerned leaders of ethnic nationalities of Borno South Senatorial District

AGAINST the background of denials by high-ranking functionaries of the Muslim establishment in Nigeria that the Boko Haram insurgency is not a Muslim agenda, we owe it to ourselves and the world to set the record straight. In 2012, in a widely publicized video recording that is easily accessible on the internet, Abubakar Shekau, the late erstwhile leader of Boko Haram announced the mission statement of his sect. Among other things, he said “this war is not political. It is religious. It is between Muslims and unbelievers (arna). It will stop when Islamic religion is the determinant in governance in Nigeria or, in the alternative, when all fighters are annihilated and no one is left to continue the fight. I warn all Muslims at this juncture that any Muslim who assists an unbeliever in this war should consider himself dead.”

This mission statement explains why Muslim communities have been viciously attacked for having within them persons who served as informants to the authorities. While we appreciate the concern of well-meaning persons in Nigeria   and world-wide over the fate of more than three hundred female students abducted from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram sect we want to draw the attention of the world to the fact that the abduction saga has become a distraction that has left our communities to free-pillaging and rampaging by Boko Haram. 

These are the facts that happened in the past four weeks:

In Ataggara, Southern Senatorial Zone of Borno State, Boko Haram attacked and were repelled by the community. Community leaders went to Pulka, where a military formation exists, to report the attack and were assured that a unit would be drafted to the town to protect the people. The following day some people appeared in Nigeria Army issue in nine armoured personnel carriers bearing the colours and insignia of the Nigerian Army. They announced to the villagers that they had come to assess the security situation. When the people gathered to hear them, the men that came in armoured personnel carriers, and in Army uniform, opened fire and killed over two hundred and fifty men, women and children. Those who were able to take to their heels were pursued by the marauders into the bush and when they were caught up with, were either butchered with knives or shot to death. The survivors have taken refuge in Cameroun, or in friendly communities;

In Bokko Wizhe, four people died when Boko Haram terrorists opened fire indiscriminately in the predominantly Christian community. About two thousand survivors have fled to Cameroun and neighbouring states;

In Bokko Timta, about 1,500 Christians had to flee to Cameroun and other states in Nigeria after Boko Haram attacked their community;

In Kugyly, about 2,500 fled the village to Cameroun and other states in Nigeria after they were visited by Boko Haram;

In Ngoshe, 46 persons were killed by Boko Haram and more than 3,000 had to flee to Cameroun and other states in Nigeria. None of the houses and churches in the community escaped being torched; 

In Gava, 26 persons were killed by Boko Haram. About 2,000 people fled to Cameroun and other states in Nigeria. All the houses and churches were burnt down;

In Amuda, 17 persons were murdered by Boko Haram and more than four thousand people fled to other places. The Village Head is, at present taking refuge in Nasarawa State;

In Halaghwa after an undetermined number of persons were killed by Boko Haram, about 500 persons from the community fled to Cameroun and another 2,000 fled to other states in Nigeria;

In Agapalawa, 15 persons were killed by Boko Haram and more than 4,000 had to flee to Cameroun;

 In Ganjara, 46 persons were killed by Boko Haram and more than 2,500 fled to Cameroun;

 In Jibrili, an undetermined number of people were killed by Boko Haram and Christian houses and churches burnt to the ground. The remnant of the people have fled to Cameroun;

 In Zamgba, Boko Haram attacked and killed 13 people, and about 1,700 were forced to flee to Cameroun;

 In Ashigashita, Boko Haram attacked and killed 10 people. The remnant of the community fled to Cameroun;

 In Vale, Christians were completely chased out. Their belongings were looted by Boko Haram and their sympathizers;

 In Kwadale, an undetermined number of persons were killed by Boko Haram and about 2,000 fled to Cameroun;

 In Pulka, 30 persons were killed by Boko Haram, including the Village Head Mallam Ali Pulka. Many members of the community have fled to Cameroun leaving about 4,500;

 In Kirawa, all the Christians fled to Cameroun after the village was taken over by Boko Haram;

 In Chinene, Boko Haram killed 14 persons, more than 500 fled to Cameroun, about 1,000 fled to other states in Nigeria, while about 1,000 are still in the mountains as all motorable roads have been blocked by the sect;

 In Arboko, more than 10 persons were killed by Boko Haram, all houses and churches razed to the ground, and about 2,000 have fled to Cameroun;

 In Chikide, 2 persons were killed by Boko Haram, and about 1,500 have fled to Cameroun and other states in Nigeria;

 In Barawa, more than 20 persons were killed by Boko Haram, and the community’s houses and churches burnt down. Survivors have fled to Cameroun, other states and the hills;

 In Pege, Boko Haram killed five persons by Boko Haram, and about 1,000 members of the community have fled to Cameroun and other states in Nigeria;

 In Kaghum, Boko Haram killed more than 20 persons by Boko Haram, and more than 3,000 members of the community have been forced to flee to Cameroun, other states in Nigeria and the hills;

 In Angurva, an undetermined number of persons were killed by Boko Haram, and some 4,000 persons have fled to Cameroun;

 In Baladigavuraza, Boko Haram killed 3 persons, about 2,000 persons fled to Cameroun and another 500 fled to other states in Nigeria;

 In Kunde, some 7 persons were killed and the community’s houses and churches burnt. About 2,500 fled to Cameroun and the hills;

 In the past fourteen days the following communities in Damboa Local Government area have been over-run by Boko Haram: Kwapchi; Shawa; Daku; Kwamjilari; Blakat 1; Blakat 2; Blakat 3; Mulgwe 1; Mulgwe 2; Mulgwe 3; Katsalabulari; Kulali 1; Kulali 2; Kuburuvhu; Kautivha; Izghe 1; Izghe 2; Izghe 3; Kaya 1; Kaya 2; Konchi;

 Mbulakuduga (Alagamo) in Askira Uba Local Government Area was over-run within the same time frame;

 Takulashi of Chibok Local Government Area was also over-run in the past few days.

In all the communities it has over-run, Boko Haram has removed the Nigerian national flag and hoisted its own flag, the flag of jihad.

We want to place on record that all the communities mentioned above are predominantly Christian. Why are we being attacked now? The answer lies in the result of the 2011 Presidential Election. It is on record that the Middle Belt, which the Southern Borno State Senatorial Zone is a bona fide  part of, voted massively for President Goodluck Jonathan; a fact that enabled the sitting President to succeed at the polls in 2011. Going towards 2015, Boko Haram, on behalf of the oligarchic North, wants to decimate and displace our communities so that we would be less of a factor. Why is President Jonathan not instructing the military ro protect our communities? We are aware that the the Nigerian military is a deeply divided fighting force.

As the Ataggara case above illustrates, when some Muslim commanding officers and others receive reports from our communities, they pass such reports to Boko Haram who come in Nigerian Army issue uniforms to perpetrate pogroms in our communities. 

Boko Haram has many atrociously wealthy sponsors on account of the fact that successive governments in Nigeria have always patronized Muslims to our exclusion. It is primitive capital that those Muslims have accumulated from the Nigerian state that they are deploying to decimate our populations. Our most profound prayer to President Jonathan, which we want other Nigerians and the international community to pressurize him to accede to, is that he should arm our communities. if we have access to arms and ammunition like Boko Haram, we would have a sporting chance of defending our lives, dependants and property. We would not run away from Boko Haram. Our President should please do this in good time before it is too late. We have a right to live in peace in our communities and to vote our choice without any fear, however we choose to do so in electoral contests in our country. That is an irreducible minimum for every citizen.

As communities in the defunct Northern Region we are not unaware of the inspiration of Boko Haram and their sponsors. It is no news that the average Northern Muslim thinks that Nigeria is his to dominate, and its riches his to dispense. In October 1960, the late Premier of the defunct Northern Region and Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, had declared:

“The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great-grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities of the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us, and never allow them to have control over their future.” (Parrot Newspaper, 12th Oct. 1960; republished on November 13, 2002, by the Tribune Newspaper, Ibadan.);

Before the late Sardauna made this very revealing statement, the Conference of Northern Chiefs, in response to a letter from the UK-based West African Students’ Union (WASU) to the Northern emirs asking them to support the constitutional evolution of Nigeria into an independent nation, had declared “holding this country together is not possible except by means of the religion of the Prophet. If they want political unity let them follow our religion.” (Obafemi Awolowo, Path to Nigerian Freedom, London: Faber and Faber, 1947, p.51.);

We recall that the Fulani Jihad failed woefully to Islamize our people in the 19th Century. We also recall that the Kanuri, who had been practising Islam for more than eight centuries before the Fulani Jihad, could not Islamize our people. Boko Haram seeks to succeed where their more illustrious ancestors failed. 

If the Federal Government of Nigeria would not arm our communities to defend ourselves, the least it can do is not to stand in the way of other Nigerians and members of the international community who are so inclined to help arm our communities. Boko Haram, as its mission statement as espoused by the late Abubakar Shekau states, the only time it would be mollified is “….when Islamic religion is the determinant in governance in Nigeria or, in the alternative, when all fighters are annihilated and no one is left to continue the fight.”

Our people refuse to be forcibly Islamized. We, also, insist on making our own free choices. It is our belief that it is only on the basis of mutual respect that nations can be built. We would like to contribute our quota to building the Nigerian Federation into a nation and call on others to follow our peaceful path. But if the forces of evil insist on pursuing their present murderous course, our people will be forced to respond in kind and to meet force with force. The present path of violence by Boko Haram can only lead to destruction, Boko Haram’s destruction as well as others. 

We thank you for giving us an ear.

Dr. Pogu Bitrus (of Chibok),                             Rev. Ibrahim Dauwa (of Gwoza) andRev. James Yaga, JP (of Gwoza) 

SULTAN OF SOKOTO: Military Persecuting Muslims

Military Persecuting Nigerian Muslims, Says Sultan Of Sokoto’s Group

Posted: Apr, 08 2014, 1:04PM
Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar III,
By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigerian Muslims under the leadership of Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar III, have accused the country’s military of persecuting Muslims and carrying out indiscriminate killings without adhering to rules of engagement.

The allegation was contained in a statement distributed by the Islamic body, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). The Sultan of Sokoto chairs the body. The JNI demanded that the Federal Government and others concerned must urgently address the issue, adding that the mistreatment of Muslims was getting out of hand.

In a statement signed titled ‘MILITARY OPERATION AND THE PERSECUTION OF INNOCENT MUSLIMS; THE KILLING OF 15 MUSLIMS IN KEANA AND THE MASSACRE IN ZAMFARA STATE’ and signed by the group’s scribe, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the JNI stated:

“The dimension of extra judicial killing of Muslims by the military on a mere whim of unsubstantiated suspicion leaves much to be desired, which clearly depicts that Muslims have become endangered species, murdered and maimed indiscriminately in the guise of fighting terrorism. The sad incident of Keana 15 is another scenario where the settlements of innocent Muslims were mercilessly massacred. These are people who have been exonerated by the State Governor as being peace loving people and law abiding. It is questionable that an operation of this magnitude would be carried-out without the knowledge of the Chief Security Officer of the State, nor other relevant security bodies. JNI is concerned that the perpetrators of these genocidal acts against Muslims may go scot-free as it was the case with Apo Killings and other similar heinous acts.

The Benue state governor and his deputy have recently exonerated the Fulani of Benue for the long outstanding relationship and social cohesion between them. The social joke between them lives for almost a century. How can all this suddenly change and the next neighbor is accused because of his simplicity and unsophistication?

“The various reports of human rights abuses and massacre of hundreds of Muslims in Maiduguri by the military, as reported by human rights groups, [are] painful and unacceptable. [There are] criminals on [the] one hand and the supposed protectors of the innocent on the other, in front is a lion and behind are wolves.

“We have found the usage of the term Fulani herdsmen, hiding their religious identity, an attempt to wipe out Muslims in the guise of fighting terrorism, as it suits the situation, and using Muslim terrorist as it suits the other situation as absurd. Why is it when a Christian commits a crime it is not called a Christian crime or terrorism? The fact remains, [a] crime is [a] crime[:]  it is colorless, tribeless and religiousless.

“It is sad to note that a Muslim milk maid, a mother of five, was raped and killed by a military man around Dei-Dei area of the Federal Capital Territory. We are not aware of any step taken by the military authority on the matter. As usual they will buy time and the case will die naturally.

“We can say without any fear of contradiction that there is a grand agenda to destabilize the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria. If any Nigerian is in doubt regarding the hidden grand agenda to destabilize Muslims in Nigeria, and cautiously reduce their rising human capital, then the Zamfara State incidence should have removed this doubt. An event where vigilante personnel working to restore peace would be the subject of a grand massacre, tells much about the chaos and insecurity some enemies want to push our states into. We call on all our Governors, politicians and indeed every well-meaning citizen to do something before it gets out of hand.

“Where is the human rights compliance and rule of engagement by the military personnel involved in maintaining peace and security? Why are the defaulting military personnel not brought to book for [deterrence] and forestalling future occurrence? The military should know that it is extremely dangerous to polarize security agencies along religious line. It will have far reaching negative effect in the country, especially at this material time, where the efforts of all are required to cushion the effect of the pains we are passing through.

“JNI unequivocally condemns the extra judicial killing of 15 Fulani Muslims in Keana, the raping and subsequent killing of Binta Usman, the milk maid and all the human rights abuses on innocent Muslims in Maiduguri. We strongly call for bringing to justice the perpetrators of transgression against innocent citizens who have the right to practice the religion they choose.”

FULANI HERDSMEN ATTACK WUKARI, TARABA STATE

WUKARI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA (TARABA-NIGERIA) CRISES

1. This is a concise report on the crises captioned above. For some months now, precisely 5 to 6 months, the southern senatorial zone of Taraba State has witnessed sudden and unprecedented influx of Fulani people into this geo political entity. I happen to be one of the religious leaders that complained about the presence of this strange set of Fulani people. They don't move about with wives or children; and unlike the Fulani we knew right from the days of our parents, who carried only their stick and swords, and came in mostly seasonally, this set of Fulani, beside what is stated above, carry sophisticated weapons. In one of the instances where I was cautioning our members over the need to be careful about this people, a Fulani man was caught in the crowd, in that village called Lufu, recording my words.

2. With the growing presence of this people in our area, we started experiencing rise in cases on armed robbery and fracas with the Taraba Tiv people. I remember that at a point, the Governors of Benue and Taraba even set up a reconciliation committee to mediate in a crisis that came up between the Tiv and the Kuteb, and the Fulani. As usual, nothing has happened substantially in respect of the committee.

3. Beginning from January this year, relationship between the Fulani and the Tiv in both Taraba and Benue became more sour as the Fulani increased their attacks on the Tiv, with terrible tolls in terms of human casualties and property. This led to an unprecedented mass exodus of the Tiv from Taraba State. As they fled their homes and farm products, the Fulani have maliciously guided their cattle into their farms, destroying their cassava and yam seedlings, and threatening other local people who try to question them.

4. Now that the Tiv have fled, leaving their immediate neighbors, the Jukun, who are mostly Christians, the Fulani started confirming a rumor we heard before: that they were planning to send the Tiv (who are over 99% Christians) away to prepare the ground for a religious war against all other non-Muslims in the area. They mobilized their fighters from three places - Bantaje, Jibu and Ibi, and began by attacking three Jukun villages (Nayinawa, Tudun Wada and Yamini) burning down everything, including our Churches and the homes of our pastors and evangelists. There, they killed about eleven people, including an evangelist of the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria (CRCN), which is the Church over which I am since 2012 its President.

The Muslim fighters, made up of Fulani and Hausa, who are predominantly Muslims, entered one Jukun village (Nwokyon) yesterday, in a number suspected to be over 250, armed with sophisticated weapons, and messed the whole place up, killing seven of our youth, and destroying everything there that belongs to our Church and the people generally.

5. As it is now, all our Churches in the following places have been either burned and pulled down completely, or burned:

Nayinawa        Tudun Wada        Yamini        Nwokyon        Bakyu    Jibu (all in Wukari Local Government Area).

In Benue State, for our Church (CRCN), we lost over 22 people killed on a Sunday as our members closed from the Church service and were returning to their homes. From the Tiv (NKST) side, the losses are colossal. The NKST General Secretary, Rev. Peter Azuana (Phone Number  08035006823), can inform you better on their own story.

MY SUMMATIONS:

* What is happening in both the case of southern Taraba and Benue is not a Fulani herdsmen versus farmers' fracas as people are made to believe. Confessions of some of the islamic jihadists (such as "Allahu-akbar"; "Zamu karbe kasar arna" and the like) as they attack do betray the truth of the undertones to this crisis that has been given different and false coloration;

* The battles fought in these said areas are carefully planned terrorist campaigns for the islamization of the Middle Belt as this has been the dream of the Muslims of Nigeria since the days of Uthman dan Fodio;

* Delayed action by the Taraba State Deputy Governor, Mr. Garba Umar, to stop the cunfusion and bloodshed ignited by the  islamic campaigns as is obvious, is part of the effort to take over governance of Taraba State, which is the heart cry of the islamic world. It is clear that of the remaining three States governed by Christians, Muslims have given these three no rest, in their bid to completely control the North and completely eradicate Christianity.

* We are aware that part of the reason for this current onslaught against believers in southern Taraba is to chase away the Tiv who are Christians and deplete the voting strength of believers so as to have a Muslim Governor in a State that is about 75% Christians. We know that Mr. Garba Umar is a sworn enemy of believers in Christ and he has not hidden this. Imagine the number of mosques he has built in the State capital, even in areas that are of Christian population;

* All so called efforts of government to bring peace must be looked at strictly to ensure that justice is delivered to whoever deserves it;

* The Governor of Taraba needs to tell Nigerians in truth all he has done since he came in, to ensure peace, unity and progress of this State. Let him tell Nigerians why he believes that what has not been done for Christians in Borno and other northern States (because they are in the minority) should be done to Muslims in Taraba. President Goodluck Jonathan must be careful to view all that is happening in Taraba as one who is a Christian (genuinely and without any religious discrimination) and read the signs in the sky. God bless Nigeria.

Rev. Dr. Caleb S. Ahima, fictn

CRCN President

April 2014

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