Gbagyi Villa Tale: Kaduna State has no business with G-Villa, Kadpoly Encroachment – Sen. Sani

Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Comrade Shehu Sani, has asserted that the long-drum encroachment crises between community of Gbagyi Villa and Kaduna Polytechnic is a ‘federal government business,’ saying the intervention of the state government is uncalled for.

Senator Sani, who disclosed this, while addressing the Gbagyi community which falls under his constituency, said the state intervention could only become necessary in terms of bringing solution and peace between the institution and host community. Said he, “From my understanding, this issue is between Kaduna Polytechnic, which is a federal institution, and the people of Gbagyi Villa.

Massacre in Kodomun

PRESS CONFERENCE CONVENED BY PENE DA BWATIYE ON THE INVASION AND WANTON DESTRUCTION OF LIVES AND PROPERTIES AT KODOMUN TOWN IN DEMSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA BY FULANI HERDSMEN AND THEIR HIRED MERCENARIES BETWEEN FRIDAY 29TH JULY, 2016 TO MONDAY 1ST AUGUST, 2016

Gentlemen of the press,
It is with a heavy heart that the Bwatiye Community represented by our umbrella organization, *PENE* *DA* *BWATIYE* wish to address you today. We draw attention to the massive destruction of the rural town of Kodomun in Demsa Local Government of Adamawa State and the brutal cold blooded murder of twenty five (25) persons comprising our revered elders, young and middle aged men, women and children. As we address you today, the entire population of about 2,500 inhabitants are now homeless and scattered in towns and villages as Internally Displaced Persons.


Please recall that from January to July this year, similar mass killings took place in the Bwatiye villages of Koh, Goron, Ndikajam, Tabongo, No-Ine Fawaire and Jimoh in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State where seventy two (72) deaths were recorded including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Vunoklang, a suburb of the Jimeta metropolis. These killings were perpetrated by suspected Fulani Herdsmen and their hired mercenaries. Up to this time, no one, to the best of our knowledge has been questioned or sanctioned by the authorities over the incidence and no compensation to the victims.


As painful as the destruction and looting of property and the brutal killings of our defenceless people and the removal of some vital parts of their bodies for ritual purposes have been, we have managed with difficulty, to implore our communities to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. While we continue to look up to the State Government for justice and protection, unfortunately, government failed in this regard. We find this failure of government unacceptable, as it is equally becoming more challenging to restrain our people from rising up to their own self defence by every possible means against armed Fulani herdsmen that are using assault riffles and hard core military weapons, as didi in Koh, Ndikajam, No-Ine, Tabongo Goron, Fawaire and Jimoh in Girei Local Government Area.


The impunity of these invaders will not stop unless the government ceases to treat them with kid gloves. We are gratified that the president of the Federal republic of Nigeria, President Muhamamdu Buhari has at last directed the security agents to disarm them. However, we wait to see what will happen, for with the likes of commissioner of Police of Adamawa State as law enforcement officers, we will be faced with either inaction or complicity. You will recall that this Commissioner of Police on Tuesday 2nd August, 2016 said no life was lost in the invasion on Kodomun and that he did not allow his men to intervene in the attack because according to the Commissioner of Police, this was a Communal clash and to do so, would appear to be taking sides. We feel that this man is not fit for Command. He should be removed immediately by the Inspector General of Police.


In light of the foregoing, we unequivocally affirm that it is not a coincidence that the brunt of these murderous attacks have been directed mainly at the ethnic nationalities and other well meaning citizens who are opposed to this diabolic agenda.


The activities of these evil men is not limited to the Bwatiye alone, it is rather a carefully calculated and orchestrated agenda by these dangerous external Fulani Marauders in collaboration with their local herdsmen and sponsors to lay state, sack and take over the fertile agricultural lands of the indigenous groups.


First they struck in Dumne and massacred several Yungur people. In 2012, they invaded Lamurde LGA and touched several of the Sobo settlements through a highly sophisticated mercenary force whose advance was only checked through the late intervention of a combined team of police and military troops.


Between 2010 - 2014, through the diabolic Boko Haram sect, these blood thirsty organizations laid waste to the largest concentration of ethnic nationalities in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States destabilizing in the process the Marghi, Higgi, Fali, Gude, Janyi, Kilba, Hona, Lala, Bura, Ga’anda, Mboi, to name a few. The strategy they employed is a simple one isolate the different ethnic nationalities and strike them at will. They started this in Plateau State, then moved to Nasarawa and Benue States. They have laid siege to Kogi, Ekiti, Ondo, Enugu, Delta, Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, Nasarawa States etc. This is therefore, a wake-up call on all and sundry to stand up and fight this common evil by all well meaning and peace loving Nigerians.

*OUR* *DEMANDS*


1. That, as a matter of priority and urgency, government should immediately come to the aid of the victims of the Kodomun massacre through the provision of relief materials. Government should also rehabilitate and settle the affected community as houses and property have been destroyed and they could hardly afford to provide shelter for themselves.
2. We as a people have a well known attribute of love for peace and good communal life with all people who seek sojourn in Bwatiye land. We would cooperate with Government in finding ways to ensure that justice is done through the CONSTITUTION OF HIGH POWERED JUDICIAL PANEL OF ENQUIRY with task to ascertain the true position of the immediate and remote causes of all these deadly attacks on innocent and defenceless people, in all cases by surprise in their sleep, on their farms or as in the case of Kodomun as the people gathered to bury their dead. We call on the government of Adamawa State, His Excellency Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla to take this important step to provide a permanent settlement to the raids and feuds in the interest of peace in Adamawa State.
3. We assume government is aware that unless culprits are brought to book, we run the danger of communities resorting to the dreadful steps of securing justice against the tenets of civilized society. The danger is that as no section of the citizenry or ethnic group has a monopoly on violence, other groups will take measures to protect themselves and their property. The result is going to be chaos and disorder in the country beyond the scope of government to control, should it desire to do so at this stage, we call on the government to check this dangerous drift to anarchy.
4. Consequently and more importantly, we demand the immediate disarming of Fulani Herdsmen and immediate proactive steps towards restoring amicable farmers / grazers relationship for the benefit of peace and harmony in Adamawa State.
In conclusion, *PENE* *DA* *BWATIYE* *WORLDWIDE* here again calls loudly to all Bwatiye sons and daughters and other ethnic nationalities to in spite of our distress, to keep the faith in the Federal and State Governments, to remain law abiding, respecting all constituted and responsible authority.
We appreciate you the media and look forward to your reports.
Sign for and on behalf of the Bwatiye Worldwide.
_____________________
*PRINCE* *HEZRON*  *A*. *FADA*,
National President, Pene Da Bwatiye.

I Resign to Fight El-Rufai Govt Conspiracy, Anti-People Polices – Youth Leader

National Youth leader of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), Comrade Nasiru Jagaba, has resigned his appointment with Kaduna state government with the sole aim to deal with ‘contending issues’ bothering on conspiracy, prejudice, social denigration/denial, anti-people polices and grazing reserves in their area.

Addressing newsmen shortly after his resignation from Due Process Office in Kaduna, Jagaba said he deliberately resigned to join his people to also stand against anti-people policies of Governor Nasir El-Rufai against Southern Kaduna people.

In an elaborate text, Jagaba bloated that, “I just tendered resignation letter with Kaduna state government because my conscience leaves me with no other choice.” 
He continued that, “I’ve sensed a conspiracy by the government of the day to cage me, put a gag on my mouth and to make me docile and voiceless.”

He further said, “This has informed my decision to put up my resignation letter so as to stand with my people, to raise my voice against prejudice, social denigration and denial.”

Jagaba, in company of other exco-members, also said, at a time like this – when his people are faced with so many subjugations, “silence is betrayal” and, therefore, called for radical departures from the destruction of Southern Kaduna.

“The mission to which Southern Kaduna youth called me is the most difficult one even when pressed by the demands to break the silence, especially now that we have found ourselves in the hands of an evil organization that acts without conscience, morals, human dignity and respect for rule of law or fear of God,” he said, adding that, “I am saddened with anti-people policies of Nasir El-Rufai towards the good people of Southern Kaduna.”

According to him, “El-Rufai wakes up every day to manufacture very harmful and demonic policies to cripple our will and spirit,” – a recap on the governor’s recent announcement of his intention to build Grazing Reserves across communities in Southern Kaduna. 

Doing so, according him, would mean to cohabitate Southern Kaduna with the same strange and volatile Fulani that have been attacking defenceless communities in the same area. “Since Fulani started their barbaric activities somewhere around 2010, they have burnt over 500 houses and killed over 4000 lives, especially women and children.”

He expressed worry that El-Rufai’s land reclamation programme in the state has failed to note that governance is a continuous enterprise, saying late Governor Ibrahim Yakowa of the state set up a committee and issued a government White Paper that explicitly created a boundary between Ghagyi Villa and Polytechnic with a sketch plan produced and signed by Surveyor-General of the state.

“But, in cruel display of power, El-Rufai had sworn with Holy Qu’ran to demolish the area, even when the matter was still pending in court, showing he has no respect for the rule of law.”

They queried that El-Rufai has no any visible development in Southern Kaduna since he assumed office as governor, other than grazing reserves that he forcefully wants to establish in the area and planned demolition of Gbagyi Villa. The plan not to site FG proposed universities in Kaduna South was among issues raised against El-Rufai.

Disarm Fulani herdsmen, Anglican church tells FG

 

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has called on the Federal Government to take urgent actions to “disarm all Fulani herdsmen ravaging the country.”

The church, which premised its demand on the need to stem the wave of attacks and killings of harmless farmers in the country, also called on the Christian Association of Nigeria to map out strategies to curb the killings of Christians in the country.

Government Orders Separate Teaching of Christian, Islamic Religious Studies

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.

Plateau Monarch Murdered by Fulani Herdsmen

The First-Class Chief of Bokkos local government council of Plateau state, the Saf Ron-Kulere, Da Lazarus Agai, has been reportedly murdered on Monday (18th, July 2016) while returning from his village, Sha.

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

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.

Nigeria: A Macabre Dance of Death

PRESS STATEMENT BY CAN

The National leadership and the entire members of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, have received with rude shock and disbelief the report of yet another religious hatred motivated gruesome murder of a dedicated 42-year-old Christian mother of seven children, Mrs. Eunice Elisha, who on Saturday 9th July, 2016, was brutally killed while doing Christian evangelism.

Mrs. Eunice Elisha was murdered in Kubwa area of Abuja, FCT, in the early hours of the day. Her neck was slashed and she was also stabbed in the stomach. About a month ago in Kano, Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, a 74 year old Christian was murdered at Wambai market due to an altercation with a Muslim man who came to the front of her shop to perform ablution. Her offence was that she objected to the Islamic washing rite in front of her shop.

Just last week a clergyman of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Reverend Zakariya was killed by attackers suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen in Obi LGA of Nasarawa state. They attacked him on his farm, cut off his arms and legs, then they chopped his head with a machete. Another fresh but sad news reaching us is that of the Fulani herdsmen militia that is back on rampage killing 81 people in multiple attacks in Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state in central Nigeria.

In recent times, there have been multiple cases of attacks by Fulani herdsmen on various Christian communities, all over the nation. In the South East and in the South-South zones, there have been gruesome attacks on IPOB members and on Christian communities in the Niger Delta. All these are in addition to the relentless attacks of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt and southern Borno.

The Christian Association of Nigeria commiserates with the families affected by these mindless orgies of death and destruction as well as with the entire Christian community in Nigeria. We pray that God in His mercy shall comfort and strengthen the families of all the Nigerians affected in these unwarranted murders unleashed upon the nation by religious extremists.

The recurring decimal of violence and murder of innocent Nigerian citizens on the basis of religious intolerance demands specific and relevant response from all concerned citizens in the country more so when the government in power seems to have adopted an attitude of lukewarm response to the evils being perpetrated in Nigeria in the name of religion.

The discrimination against non-Muslims in Nigeria under the Buhari Administration is assuming a dangerous dimension that should not be left to the vagaries of time and circumstance to resolve.

You will agree with me that with these happenings and the lukewarm attitude by the authorities concern toward putting an end to it, Nigeria is dancing a macabre dance of death, both for the nation and for its citizens. It is time to stop the beat and let common sense guide the nation out of the present quagmire. A stitch in time saves nine.

Before the situation escalates into an unmanageable national crisis, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is calling on the authorities both at the states and federal to do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice if the confidence of Christians on this government must be maintained.

The unprovoked attacks on Christians and the authority’s inaction is becoming unbearable and may not be tolerated anymore, inasmuch as we will continue to call on Christians to remain tolerant and law abiding, it is becoming inevitable to also call on them to buckle up and be ready to defend themselves against these incessant unprovoked and mindless attacks.

Signed…
Rev. Dr. Musa Asake
General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
10th July, 2016

Pastor Joseph Kura Murdered In Nasarawa State

Dear friends,

We just received the news of  Rev. Joseph Kura, Pastor serving in ECWA church Obi, in Obi LGA of Nasarawa state. He was attacked and brutally murdered by Fulani Herds Men on 30th June, 2016. Until his murder he was the CAN chairman of the Obi LGA.

CAN President Calls for National Solemn Assembly from 27th – 29th May, 2016

In response to the growing conviction in the nation that the Nigerian Church should hold a Solemn Assembly nationwide, to repent on behalf of Nigeria and seek God’s divine intervention on account of the multiple crisis afflicting the Church and the nation, His Eminence, the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has approved that a national Solemn Assembly should take place from Friday 27th May – Sunday 29th May, 2016.

The intercessory community in Nigeria, represented by the Wailing Women International, Intercessors for Nigeria (IFN), and NIGERIA PRAYS, are deeply committed and involved in the call for the Solemn Assembly. Presently, Intercessors for Nigeria (IFN) has embarked on 120-day prayer and fasting for Nigeria.

All the Church leaders are requested to inform and mobilize all the Christian assemblies within their spheres of influence to actively participate in the Solemn Assembly. For as many as are able, the Solemn Assembly weekend should be accompanied with FASTING. The details are as follows:

Friday 27th May, 2016                     -              Prayer Vigil for Repentance and Divine intervention.

Saturday 28th May, 2016               -              5pm – 6pm Prayers in homes, home cell groups or fellowships.

Sunday 29th May, 2016                  -              All Christian assemblies nationwide should preach on REPENTANCE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS during the worship service. This should be accompanied with at least 15 minutes devoted to prayers for Nigeria and the Body of Christ.

Sunday 29th May, 2016                  -              4pm – 6pm Solemn Assembly Worship Service in all Christian Assemblies in Nigeria. FCT CAN shall be required to organize the Solemn Assembly on the National Altar at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

Kindly give the Solemn Assembly your highest urgent attention. May the Lord hear our prayers and heal our land.

Yours faithfully,

Signed

Rev. Dr. Musa Asake

General Secretary, CAN

PLEASE FIND BELOW THE PRAYER POINTS FOR THE VIGIL ON FRIDAY, PRAYER ON SATURDAY AND SCHEDULE OF PROGRAM FOR THE SOLEMN ASSEMBLY ON SUNDAY 4pm.

A CLARION CALL TO PRAYERS

This is a call to prayer from all Churches, Intercessors and lovers of Nigeria.  A one-man army cannot give us the success we need.  Therefore, we need corporate intercession.  Our nation, Nigeria is under threat as a result of Insurgency, insecurity to life and property.  As we know, the spiritual controls the physical and time is of the  essence.  Join us to cry unto the Lord asking Him for mercy upon our Land and people.  “But where sin abounds, there the grace of God abounds’… the depth of our helplessness is actually the ground for God to manifest Himself again.”

Thanksgiving:  

Let’s pray using Psalm 100, 103, 105: 1-5:

Let us begin by giving thanks to God for giving us a country we can call our own.  With all the things we criticize about Nigeria, it is still the only country and homeland we have.

1.        Thank the Lord for the size and abundant resources of Nigeria – we are so blessed with rich human and material resources. Nigeria is a great Nation under God.

2.      Thank the Lord for the redemptive gifts of Nigeria and pray that the Lord will help us fulfil our mandate as a nation.

3.       Thank God that despite the ethnic diversity and the political differences, Nigeria is still together as one nation.

4.      Thank God for not giving Nigeria as a prey to the enemy, pray using psalm: 30: 1-5, 124: 1-8.

5.      Let’s bless the LORD, and forget not all His benefits.  

6.      Thank God for forgiving us all our iniquities.  He has redeemed us from destructions.  God has shown us His loving kindness.  Praise God for being merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He has not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities (Ezra 9:13), for the fact that God spoke to us means that He has not forsaken us.  Let’s give Him thanks for He knows our frame; and remembers that we are dust (Isa 29:16).  “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should see the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:26:27).

7.      Let’s thank God for the entity and destiny of Nigeria.

Praise God for the riches he has endowed us with.  There is no nation like Nigeria and no nation will be like her. Nigeria is a Great Nation and it is one nation under God.

Our ethnic diversity should be a blessing not a curse. Praise God for the human and material resources in Nigeria

 

REPENTANCE:  THE ISSUES

Ps 66:18; Isa 1:15; James 4:3; Joel 1:13-20; Dan 9:4-11

Using the following Scriptures: Psalm 51:1-18; Neh 1:4-8, Ps 66:18, Daniel 9:3-19,Joel 1: 13-20; 2: 15 -18.  Let us pray to the Lord for our nation Nigeria and ask Him to forgive our sins and show us mercy

We have sinned against the Lord our God in the following ways:

1.        By ​breaking His commandments and worshipping idols – Exodus 20:3-5.

2.      By rebelling against Him in disobedience and practicing witchcraft, sorcery, etc.  Pray using 1 Samuel 15:22-23, Isaiah 58: 1-10

3.       By our constant complaints, ingratitude and murmuring against our Leaders – Exodus 16:2-8.

4.      ​By killing, maiming, kidnapping and causing much pain to innocent people

5.      ​By oppressing the poor, cheating the widows and taking away the rights of the orphans.  Pray using Psalm 146:7-9.

6.      ​By fighting against each other and causing avoidable crisis.

7.      By unleashing acts of terror, violence, vandalism and hatred against each other.

8.      ​By being dishonest, deceitful, corrupt and wicked.

9.      ​By not being patriotic, bad-mouthing and cursing our nation.  Yet this is one nation that God has blessed so abundantly.

10.   By the atrocious and mindless destruction being unleashed by Islamic insurgency i.e. Boko Haram, the unprovoked violence and unwarranted invasion of innocent and peaceful communities by Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors. 

11.     By our attempts at secession, we must repent for the attempt by Biafra to break away from Nigeria, the Bakassi crisis, the militancy in the Niger Delta.

12.    By our complacency – we have allowed evil to take over parts of our country.  Because the Church has refused to strategize and act proactively,  the agents of Satan are almost taking over this country.

13.    ​By our disunity we have made God weak.  Therefore we must repent of the sin of strife and disunity in the nation.  Pray using Psalm 133; Amos 3:3; John 17:21.

14.   Repent in any way God’s standard has been compromised in the Church.

15.    Ask God to show us mercy for praying and looking for rewards from men.

16.   The root cause of deep distress in all nations of the world today is disobedience to the pattern of worship in Heaven, despising the altar of the Living God attracts curses, punishment and death.  Pray that God will forgive us for this gross sin.

17.    Let’s repent of every act of wickedness, rebellion, iniquity and departing from God’s precepts and from judgment (Ps 106:6; Isa 53:6).

18.   Repent over strange cultures and idolatry in our nation.

19.   Cry out to God to show us mercy and deliver us from bloodshed and its consequences. ( Deut. 21:1-8)

20.   Repent from the abomination of kidnapping elders/fathers/pregnant women and children and rape in Nigeria.

21.     ​Repent and ask God for mercy on misplaced priorities, greed, and covetousness

22.  .​Repent for aiding and abetting corruption.

23.   Cry out and repent for lack of vision and strategic plan.

24.  Bring repentance for lack of values and moral strength.

 

 

THE CHURCH:      

1.        Pray for the unity of The Church of Jesus Christ in Nigeria. Ps 133, Genesis 11:6. Acts 3:1, Ephesians: 4: 2-7.

2.      Pray and wake up the Church and the mighty men from their seat of complacency. Amos 6:1, Joel 3:9-11, Isaiah 32:9-11

3.       Pray against fear. Call forth strength to travail and bring forth. 2Tim 1:7, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 66:7-8

4.      Pray that God will raise a voice for the Church in Nigeria.

5.      Pray for vision, focus, prophetic direction, wisdom, understanding and the Spirit of excellence.

6.      Pray for courage, selflessness, the spirit of sacrifice.

7.      Pray for grace in the face of persecution.

8.      Pray for visionary and influential leaders that will put strategic plans in place for the Church, such as Nehemiah, Moses, Joseph, Ezra, Deborah etc.

9.      Pray and call forth Spiritual Fathers, Role Models and Mentors for the younger generation.  2 Timothy 2:2.

10.   Pray and deal with the multiple satanic altars springing up as Churches.

11.     Pray that the people who walked in darkness will see a Great light (Isa 9:2a).

12.    .​Pray that the church should stop politicking and be focus.

13.    ​Cut off every accusing tongue against the church.

14.   ​Pray for sustainability and unity of the church.

THE YOUTH  Psalm 144:12-15.

1.        Pray that the potentials in our youths will be harnessed and properly channelled.

2.      Pray against the spirit of provocation, restiveness, violence, lawlessness and disorder that will lead to wastage of lives.

3.       JUDGEMENT ON THE WICKED. Declare Psalm 149:6-9, Psalm 74.

4.      Pray against encroachment of the adversary

5.      Pray and frustrate all evil plans in the pipeline they will hear a rumour and turn backwards. Job 5:12-14, 2 Kings 19:7.

6.      Release the judgment of God on the wicked. Psalm 94.

THE GOVERNMENT:

The Bibles says that, “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!  Blessed are thou, O land, when they king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness” (Isa 3:4-5, 12; Eccl 10:16:17).

Let’s bring repentance on behalf of our Spiritual and political leaders.  

1.        Corruption, lies, misplaced priorities, mismanagement of our resources.

2.      Misappropriation of funds, greed and covetousness.

3.       ​Evil alignment with the nations that oppose God and Israel. Pray using Psalm. 122: 6-9.

4.      Stealing from the people and oppressing the people at the same time.

5.      Oppressing the weak and not providing relief to the needy displaced persons and handicapped.

BLOODSHED  -  pray using Deut 21:1-8

We need to repent of blood guilt in the Land.  

Blood has polluted and defiled our Land.  Let us cry out to the Lord for mercy.

STRIFE AND HATRED

Let us repent of the sins of hatred, strife, bitterness, unforgiveness, rancour and distrust among the ethnic nationalities of Nigeria.

NOT USING OUR REDEMPTIVE GIFTS WELL 

We need to repent for not using maximally our redemptive gifts in Africa.

General Prayer Focus:

1.        There is a demonic influence over the nation.  It is either you drive it out or you will compromise.

2.      Pray and deal with all demonic altars and satanic systems operating in the country  Let the Lord visit with fury and destroy them (Isa 64:1-4; Ps 144:5-6).

3.       Ask the Lord to put out the fire of the adversary.

4.      Declare that there will be no religious violence in the land.

5.      Pray that God will break the staff of the wicked and the sceptre of Rulers (Isa 49:25-26; Isa 51:25).

6.      Pray that the wicked will fall into their own net (Ps 141:8-10).

7.      Pray that there will be no secession by any group of rebels.​ Ask the Lord to bring an end to Militancy: Bakassi, Egbesu, the Avenger, Arewa group or Area boys and let it die a natural death in Nigeria.

8.      ​Declare and pronounce death on Boko Haram, their kingpins and sponsors if they do not repent. ​People are being beheaded, raped and sexual assaulted.  Pray that the culprits will not go free.

9.      ​Ask the Lord to raise for our nation leaders that have national interest and sentiments.

10.   ​Break the monopoly of some businesses in Nigeria.

11.     ​Pray that any attempt to devalue our Currency will not stand.

12.    There is a principality of death casting its shadow over our nation and people. Pray against it.

13.    Pray that God will restrain our youth from evil.  

14.   .​Pray against destruction and the spirit of restiveness, violence, lawlessness and disorder.

15.    Break every alliance, treaty or agreement made in any altar of darkness against Nigeria.

16.   Cry out, Oh! God frustrate the tokens of lions, make their diviners mad, turn their wise men backward and make their knowledge foolish (Isa 44:24; Ps 33:10; Isa 47:13; 1 Cor 1:27; 2 Sam 15:31; 1 Cor 1:19-20). 

17.    Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders.

18 .​Pray God will satisfy us early with His mercy (Ps 90:14).

CONCLUSION:

Let’s pray fervently and plead with the Lord as Ezra , Nehemiah and Daniel did.  Pray using Daniel 9:18-19:

 Raise a loud lamentation and pray saying:

​“O Lord, hear!  O Lord,  forgive!

​O Lord, pardon us.  O Lord, please listen and act!

​Lord, please do not delay  answer us and take away our reproach for your name sake. 

Father, please show us mercy and answer us to preserve and deliver Nigeria,

because a remnant in this nation continually call upon your name.

Thank you, Lord, for hearing and answering our prayers, which we pray to you this season, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen!

Thank God for answered prayers and read Psalm 21.

SUPPLEMENTARY PRAYER POINTS TO IFN - 120 Days Prayer Project

1.        Is 52.1,11 – Please Lord help me and help all of Your Church to put on beautiful garments of faithfulness and obedient living, to touch no unclean thing – the bribes, immoralities and iniquities of government, schools, business and politics in Nigeria – that the Church may be strong and attract the outpouring of God’s power in the land to heal it, and keep His children safe under the shadow of the Almighty. 

2.       Is 52.3 – O Lord forgive me and forgive the Church for every way in which we sold ourselves; every way in which we turned our back against you; please forgive and redeem us

3.       Is 52.9-10 – make bare Your Holy arm in mighty protection and deliverance of Your children, and in mighty conversion of strategic rebels and unbelievers that will silence opposition, comfort Your children and expand your kingdom.

4.       Is 52.5-6,15 – let those who have been rebelling against the Lord in Nigeria be sprinkled, let their kings hear what they never heard before, see what they never saw before, let them no more be able to open their mouths to blaspheme or lift their hands or resources against the Lord to make God’s people howl anymore, but rather humbly submit and serve the Lord.

5.      Is 2.2-3 / Mic 4.1-2; Is54.3: Let the Church and God’s people begin to experience such spiritual and material elevation and distinction that unbelievers all over Nigeria voluntarily recognize the supremacy of the way of the Lord and opt to follow Jesus. Pray for compelling attractiveness of the gospel and the way of the Lord.

6.       Hab 2.14 “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Lord let the knowledge of your glory cover every nook, cranny and people group of Nigeria as the waters cover the sea.

7.      2 Co 4.6 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Lord please command light to shine out of every dark place of Nigeria, let all Nigerians – rich and poor, rulers and ruled, North, South, East, West and centre – experience the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face if Jesus Christ.

8.      Psalm 2.8 “Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.” By Your power, Almighty God, let no inch of Nigeria and no people group remain without knowledge of the living God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

9.      Matt 26.31 “I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.” Lord, as You did to Saul Who became Paul, please confront and conquer the leaders of those Who rebel against You and are killing Your children; spiritually conquer their leaders and let their flock likewise abandon every way of rebellion and follow You the living God.

NATIONWIDE FASTING AND PRAYERS FOR GOD’S MERCY ON THE CHURCH & INTERVENTION IN NIGERIA, MAY 27-29, 2016. THEME: “Return to the LORD your God” – Joel 2.13

PROGRAM FOR FRIDAY MAY 27, NIGHT VIGIL: 10pm – 2am

DURATION ACTIVITY TIME
5 Welcome 10pm
10 Opening Hymn:“Spirit Divine Attend Our Prayers” & Opening prayers 10.05pm
20 Prayers of thanks for ourselves, families, business/jobs, Nigeria 10.15pm
  • For Jesus, for the Holy Spirit, for salvation and sanctification  
  • Protection and preservation  
  • Provisions and promotion  
  • For God’s plans, purposes, program for a far better future  
15 Solemn, consecration Hymns *** 10.35pm
30 Repentance for sins, transgressions and iniquities 10.50pm
  • Personal / Individual  
  • The Church / Body of Christ   
  • Families, Businesses, Groups, Communities, States  
  • Nigeria  
  • Special prayer for Children, Teens & Youth on Children’s Day  
  • Silence before the Lord (minimum 5 minutes)  
15 Praise & Worship 11.20pm
40 The Word & related prayers 11.35pm
25 Intercession session 1 12.15am
  • Thy Kingdom come in Nigeria: Let Jesus increase, everything contrary decrease  
  • Thy will be done: Let righteousness take root and exalt Nigeria  
  • The Church: Let the Church be true light and salt; let there be revival  
  • Open the eyes and hearts of unbelievers to know You, Lord  
  • Raise fresh Pauls from among today’s enemies of the gospel  
15 Praise & Worship  12.40am
25 Intercession session 2 12.55am
  • Lord, please protect your children, the Church   
  • Oh, Lord, avenge our adversary  
  • Root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build and plant  
  • Good governance, Peace, Prosperity and Progress in Nigeria  
10 Offering 1.20am
25 Prayers for participants and their families 1.30am
5 Announcements & closing 1.55am

SOLEMN ASSEMBLY – SUNDAY 4 – 6 PM

NATIONWIDE FASTING AND PRAYERS FOR GOD’S MERCY ON THE CHURCH & INTERVENTION IN NIGERIA, MAY 27-29, 2016. THEME: “Return to the LORD your God” – Joel 2.13

PROGRAM FOR SOLEMN ASSEMBLY, SUNDAY MAY 29: 4pm – 6pm

DURATION ACTIVITY TIME
5mins Welcome / Opening prayer 4.00pm
5 mins Opening Hymn: “Thy kingdom come O God” 4.05pm
10 mins Prayers of thanks for ourselves, families, endeavours, Nigeria 4.10pm
12 mins Solemn, consecration Hymns *** 4.20pm
10 mins Repentance for sins, transgressions and iniquities 4.32pm
10 mins Intercession:  4.42pm
  • Help us to be faithful…Let righteousness exalt Nigeria   
  • Open the eyes of the blind, save the lost  
  • Equip the Church to win Nigeria for You, Lord  
  • Lord, please give Nigeria’s leaders wisdom to rule aright  
  • Thank You Lord for 17 years of democracy. By Your power, let it be sustained and get better for the good of Nigerians  
  • Scatter the horns of wickedness…Let peace flood Nigeria   
10 mins Praise & Worship 4.52pm
25 mins The Word 5.02pm
5 mins Offering 5.27pm
15 mins High Praise 5.42pm
5 mins United cry: “Let God Arise (Psm68.1….Let your people not be ashamed (Joel.2.26)” 5.47pm
5 mins Prayers for & blessings unto the participants 5.52pm
3 mins Announcements & closing 5.57pm

*** SOME HYMNS THAT MAY BE SUITABLE

➢ Approach my soul, the mercy seat

➢ I am Thine O Lord

➢ I need Thee every hour

➢ Nearer my God to Thee

➢ All to Jesus I surrender

➢ Rock of Ages, cleft for me

➢ Thou Whose Almighty Word

➢ Revive Thy work O Lord

➢ My hope is built on nothing less

➢ God our help in ages past

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