The Chairman of the US Congressional House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Chris Smith, has requested that President Buhari should publicly speak out in condemnation of mass killings of Middle Belt Christian farmers in their ancestral homelands by the MACBAN-sponsored Fulani herdsmen militia. The powerful US congressman made his wish known while welcoming the release of the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report by Secretary Pompeo’s announcement of a Ministerial Committee to Advance Religious Freedom scheduled for July 25-26, 2018. The committee on religious freedom, which shall be constituted in late July 2018, shall focus on collating reports of mass extrajudicial killings throughout Nigeria since the outset of the Muhammadu Buhari's presidency.
TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ELDERS FORUM (NCEF) ON THE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS TO CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA HELD AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, ABUJA, ON FRIDAY 22ND JUNE 2018 AT 4.00PM
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DEMOCRACY IS THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA
The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) welcomes you to this Press Conference which is aimed at expressing its concerns about the state of the Nigerian State as well as propose solutions. As this Press Conference coincides with the 67th World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI), taking place in Abuja, the NCEF wishes to appreciate Journalists worldwide for their immense contribution not just to provide information, but for acting as guardians of freedom, justice and equity in nations of the world. Without the Journalists, dictators and tyrants would have made the world unbearable for the human race. As Christians, we pray that the protection of the Almighty God shall rest on the Journalists, worldwide.
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By John Pontifex and Murcadha O Flaherty
ISLAMIST nomadic herdsmen are waging a violent campaign to eradicate Christianity from Nigeria’s Middle Belt region – and the Government is doing very little to stop them – according to a bishop determined to speak up for his frightened people.
“Buhari's government has not only failed at home, it has also failed internationally and exported the failures," he said. "Buhari is best known for accusing people in the media and not convict them in the court.”
MAY 30, 2018
International human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, has labelled President Muhammadu Buhari "an enemy of democracy".
Speaking to newsmen during the celebration of 2018 democracy day in Lagos, Ogebe accused the Buhari administration of championing anti-democratics acts, including repression of opposition politicians.
Since the proclamation of the 8th Assembly, I have noticed a consistent effort to emasculate the National Assembly, particularly the Senate. This matter has assumed an alarming intensity in the recent weeks and I am getting really worried for our democracy.
First effort, was the challenge to the power of the Senate to confirm certain executive appointments. Both the constitution and other extant laws gave powers to the Senate to approve, confirm or ratify specific appointments from ministerial through Commissions, Security service leadership, Boards and Agency leadership. But we have seen some effort to deny this power of the Senate. The classical and subsisting case is the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of EFCC after the Senate rejected his nomination twice due to adverse reports from a sister Security agency-DSS. Three years down the line, the President has ignored the Senate and has kept Magu on the job, effectively rendering the Senate irrelevant and impotent.
Since I arrived here the day before yesterday, the attacks have continued daily.
Three people returning from the same funeral I attended for the murdered priests were brutally butchered by the Killer Herdsman on Tuesday.
In the governor’s speech I included in my last update, 492 people had been killed by the Herdsmen. By evening of the same day, the death toll had risen to 495 from the latest attack.
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An Abuja High Court, today, heard the matter connected to the failure of the Nigerian embassy in USA to assist the Chibok girls, in which a Washington-based human rights lawyer was constrained to raise funds for their support.
Under cross examination by the government’s defense counsel in a multimillion dollar defamation suit instituted against Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs, Barrister Emmanuel Ogebe said that in 2015, he had approached the Nigerian embassy in Washington D.C. in connection to the matter, but when the government failed to assist its citizens, he had no choice than to raise funds to take care of the Chibok girls which according to him, is the standard practice of NGOs worldwide.
Today, (28th May, 2018) a Catholic Seminary was attacked:
Eye witness account:
“With permission from my Bishop, Most Rev. Charles Hammawa of Jalingo Diocese, I Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Atsue (the Rector) want to announce and inform Nigerians and the international community that our diocesan Sacred Heart Minor Seminary was attacked in the early hours of this morning 28/05/2018 at about 12:30am by sophisticated armed Fulani Herdsmen (at least we heard their conversation). They shot sporadically at the Rector's residence, broke window glasses in the process, (litered live bullets were collected by police) windscreen of one of the vehicles belonging to one of the priests, they shot and injured one of the priests Rev. Fr. Cornelius kobah on the leg, beat up Fr. Stephen Bakari. From their conversation we were able to understand that their grievances against us is that the security men in the Seminary have been challenging their decision to graze right inside the Seminary: around the classes, football field, laundry etc. They said even inside the church if they see grass their cows will graze. Normalcy has temporarily been restored thanks to the prompt response from the Nigerian Police, Army, Civil Defense and local vigilantee. All our students are complete, none is missing. Two of them who were showing them the way to the Father's house suffered injuries from the sticks of the herdsmen. I had a meeting with the officials of the Parents Teachers Association PTA and the bishop has equally approved one week break for the seminarians to enable them manage trauma for a while and to show themselves to their parents that they were safe. For now this is the situation. Let us continue to pray for and work for peace in Nigeria.”
Study these instructions and prayerfully comply to give God glory and build Biblical Convictions in our young ones.
Hello everyone, is it right for children in our Christian schools to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day on May 27th 2018, casually, while Leah is still in captivity because of her faith?
Will God not smile at us if we use the occasion of this years’ Children’s Day to build Biblical Convictions in our children on how to contend for their faith? We should refuse to go out for parade in any stadium but lower our school flags and have children fast, mourn and cry for the release of Leah and for the murdered children and orphaned ones in Nigeria due to insurgencies.
I am up at 4am (GMT) giving you an update on today’s mass burial of victims of the St Ignatius church massacre so please pardon the brevity and incoherence (after three days of non-stop travel to get here.)
- Nigeria’s Vice President Osinbajo came though he arrived late. He offered general platitudes and said this is not the first time church killings have happened in Nigeria, citing incidents before their government came into power. Priests at the graveside commented to me that he was the regime’s Cicero and his remarks were poetic. Unlike the president’s visit where he never actually said sorry to the people of Benue on their loss, the priests I spoke felt the Vice President did so on this occasion.
While activists I spoke to were pained that the president did not come himself, I for one was relieved that at least the VP came. It’s the first of three mass burials this year in Benue State that such a high level federal government representative has attended.
Incidentally the VP was also here last week where he was pointedly challenged on his Christian faith amidst the persecution of believers.