Christianity

  • WHITHER THE NIGERIAN CHURCH? NO. 15

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    I had thought I would not write another edition of this series this year since I have written within this year alone four editions – Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14. However, I have told many of my encouragers that this assignment belongs to God. These write-ups are not monthly or quarterly editions, but their timings are based on God’s promptings.

    Many issues have cropped up lately that directly or indirectly involve the Nigerian church. God has been telling me, especially in the past ten years or more that the activities of the church determine the activities of every sector of the nation.

  • A Different Kind of Christmas

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    Southern Kaduna Killings and Christmas Period Curfew: A Statement of Deep Concern – by The Revd Gideon Para-Mallam

     

    On Thursday December 22nd, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, met with President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the President’s backing to declare a 24 hour Curfew in three local government areas of Southern Kaduna State namely: Jema’a, Kaura and Sanga.

  • A QUEST FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT OF IDEOLOGY, DEMOCRACY AND ISLAMISM IN TODAY’S NIGERIA:

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    Being a paper presented on behalf of the National Christian Elders’ Forum (NCEF) at the Africa Peace, Security and Synergy Summit in Washington, D.C. on 23-24 June, 2017

     

     

    Protocol

    Introduction

    Permit me to begin this presentation by thanking Mr Emmanuel Ogebe for encouraging me to come to Washington, DC to make this presentation on the Nigerian question which we recognise as the conflict between Democracy and Islamism to Nigerians and other Africans in Diaspora that constitute the views of the National Christian Elders’ Forum (NCEF).

  • Abduction and Rape, The Chibok Martyrdom

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    Media events of the last few days surrounding the reported rescue of one of the  Chibok girls are so morally reprehensible that they should be a great concern to everyone with any sense of decency and respect for human dignity. What should be obvious to every fair minded observer is that this horrendous saga is not the  tragedy of just one unfortunate schoolgirl (or the hundreds of others whose fate  still unknown is keeping their traumatised families in unimaginable distress!) It is the entire nation that is being raped in full public view and every genuine lover of peace and justice cannot but feel scandalized and outraged by the ugly dimensions of this sorry episode.
    May 18, 2016 was the day it all began, all Nigerians initially excited and cheering at breaking news that Amina Mkeki, one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted some two years ago by the infamous Boko Haram terrorists had been rescued by the Nigerian military from somewhere on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.
    A not-so-surprising detail was her four-month old baby girl, now a living proof of the ordeal and nightmare that this young schoolgirl had suffered in the hands of her conscienceless abductors. Beyond that multifaceted signpost, however, stood also a most offensive, repulsive and provocative spectacle, to wit the very height of naked impunity, in the person of a male figure. This latter character was introduced to  the benumbed public as father of the infant child. More offensively, he was also brazenly purported and celebrated in various media pictures and reports as Amina’s ‘husband’. The said individual has since been identified as Mohammed Hayatu, a self-confessed Boko Haram member known also as ‘Amir’.


    Shades and Shadows of Shame


    Conflicting statements in the official report of Amina’s rescue have done absolutely no credit to the credibility and image of Nigeria’s military establishment or to the Federal Government of Nigeria and for that matter, the Presidency itself. However, that is not the focal point of our immediate concern here.
    As patriots and Christian faithful, we take strong exception to the virtual VIP treatment seemingly being accorded this captured male terrorist suspect. The emerging picture is as dumbfounding as it is egregious, Momammed Hayatu being ceaselessly portrayed as Amina’s decided husband.
    We see this unfolding aspect of the matter as most disgusting, unconscionable and abhorrent, a spiteful slap on the face of all civility and decorum. It amounts to the casualization of the most heinous crimes if not a callous endorsement and  glorification of criminality. Not only does it suggest a wicked disposition to heaping of unmerited favours on a criminal at the expense of his victim, it veritably rewards a captured bandit with his loot, as fruit of conquest and a fait accompli. Nothing could more odiously, signal to the whole world that the Nigerian state is indeed regressing very dangerously.  Nigerians of all faiths need to pray hard for our beloved country. No group must shove us into the primeval depths of the dreaded Hobbesian canyon.
    Amina is a Christian girl child by all known records. She was one of over two hundred school girls forcibly abducted from school by a marauding band of criminal insurgents that has been fighting the Nigerian state and citizenry for years in the name of Islam. Boko Haram’s avowed goals, all of which are blatantly treasonable, include  the forceful conversion of all Nigerians to their brand of violent Islam. It is no secret that the abduction of the mostly Christian Chibok schoolgirls was a devilish stratagem aimed at procuring sex slaves and child-bearing sub humans to be married off willy-nilly to persons unknown. 
    To the best of our knowledge, Amina was never betrothed or given away in marriage by her parents. She was still a minor at the point of her reported abduction and had not attained the age of consent. How come she returns with a baby and a suspected rapist is being paraded as her husband?
    Where are Amina’s rights and freedoms as guaranteed for every citizen by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Where is any respect for her feelings as a human being and where is any sensitivity for the terrible anguish the embarrassing and highly obnoxious portrayal of a terrorist suspect as her husband is causing her entire family and community?


    Facing the Immediate Future


    We are thankful to the Almighty God of all creation for sparing the life of this young girl and bringing her back home from twenty-four months of cruel captivity. What Amina and her devastated family need most at this time is public respect of their right to privacy. They must be allowed the space and quiet they need for rightful healing and constructive rehabilitation of their shattered lives. Enough of the inordinate rush to make political capital or journalistic scoop out  of the poor victims of this national tragedy.  What our Government must keep faith with is timely and transparent prosecution of Mohammed Hayatu and his cohorts to ensure that the cause of justice is not only well served but seen by all as well served.
    Nigerians would want to be reassured also that their Government is fully committed to and capable of protecting the citizenry from vandal bands of rampant killers and kidnappers, rapists and paedophiles. Boko Haram has sponsors and surrogates all of who must get the clear and unequivocal message that their crimes against humanity will never be allowed to go unpunished. Regarding the said Mohammed Hayatu, the captured Boko Haram suspect, his obvious desert is to be held in confinement away from public view. What is more, he must be earnestly interrogated by the security forces, bearing in mind that the good people of Nigeria deserve to be told something definite about his date in court.


    Conversion of Women by Rape and Violence


    It is pertinent to comment here also on the pernicious and cynical tactic of forcing underage girls into non-consensual sex or mock marriage. It is most unfortunate that any person or group in the present day and age could be seeding or in any way supporting such a nefarious and barbaric crime or using it in any shape or form as a pragmatic tool to push the expansion of any particular religion.
    As now quite obvious to the whole world, Boko Haram is doing just that in its undisguised and unmitigated espousal of terror and violence. Clearly also, however, that savage group is not alone in pushing their most ignominious agenda.
    There are countless other cases of a subtler or more covert nature coming to light, the recent Ese Oruru saga being an eloquent ready example. All those are   painful and present reminders to every Nigerian that our nation is today facing a looming threat of ambush by its own conflict of values. The dire need for an urgent meaningful conversation is staring us all in the face.
    Let it be restated that marriage and childbirth are at the very heart of life values. They are key levers of regeneration and continuity of the human race –  which indeed is why they must be maintained and protected at premium principles and standards of law and order, justice and equity. Every genuine civilization owes that unchallengeable duty to mankind as a whole and Nigeria by its written and  operating Constitution is a foremost subscriber to those standards and principles.
    The Christian community in Nigeria therefore rejects and refuses to recognize any purported conversions or dagger-point marriages or sex-related liaisons of  any type secured by duress or arising from evident abuse of underage girls. 
    President Buhari hosted the rescued Amina and her baby at Aso Rock Villa and it was a telling media event. Sadly, however, the atmospherics of that event failed   to reflect sufficient sensitivity, so much so that it almost appeared as though what the whole nation is being made to celebrate is the fruit of terrorism.
    The world is now waiting for assurances of Amina’s complete and effective rehabilitation as a human being and as a Christian. She must be allowed to regain her life and faith, all that she was as a person before her lawful rights and liberties as a free citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria were so criminally violated. Anything to the contrary would make all the stakeholders (not excluding the government of the day) seem complicit to criminality or render each and everyone of us as a nation an accessory-after-the-fact to the travesty.
    In the meantime, may we not conveniently forget the 215 other girls who are still missing, the painful count of days….and the untold agony these virgin daughters and their distraught families are still passing through.

  • ACTING PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO’S SPEECH AT THE PFN 14TH NATIONAL BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN BENIN CITY

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    Wonderful God, we bless your name. King of kings we declare your glory, we declare that there is none that can compare with you, you are God yesterday, you are God today and you will be God forever more. You are God over all gods, you are God over governors, over presidents, you are God over sovereign and you reign supreme. So father, we declare that by your mighty and strong arm, you will take us from Glory unto Glory in the name of the Lord Jesus. Thank you for being our God, thank you for choosing us, thank you for helping us in Jesus mighty name, we have prayed. Amen

  • CAN Bloc Leader Kidnapped

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    The leader of TEKAN/ECWA Bloc of CAN, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Dziggau, was today (Monday 21st March) kidnapped by unknown persons in Kaduna state.

    It is believed that the kidnap is not unconnected with subterranean moves being made by some forces in the country to influence the election of the next President of Christian Association of Nigeria. The incumbent President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, is expected to leave office in July 2016.

    Rev. Dr. Dziggau, according to people close to him, has consistently resisted pressures to support undue interference in the election process to produce the next President of CAN, a stand which has drawn the anger of some influential Christians in government. He has been heard to express his neutrality openly.

    Please pray for the safety and release of Rev. Dr. Dzzigau. The Church is facing perilous times.

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

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    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 RIGHTEOUSNESSduring 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

  • CAN Press Statement on the Separation of CRK, IRK

     

    CAN Commends FG on the Reinstatement of Christian Religious Studies and Islamic Studies as Separate Subjects

    The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is using this medium to register our sincere and deep appreciation to the Federal Government for reversing the controversial, unlawful, and ungodly merger of the Christian Religious Studies and the Islamic Religious Studies as a subject by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).

  • CONFLICT OF IDEOLOGIES AS THE GREATEST OBSTACLE TO PEACE, UNITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

    National Christian Elder's Forum

    BEING TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ELDERS FORUM (NCEF), AT ABUJA ON THURSDAY MARCH 17, 2016

     

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

    A few weeks ago, the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) issued a statement titled THE NEED TO PRESERVE THE PEACE AND UNITY OF NIGERIA. Of concern to the Christian Elders is the deteriorating state of national security, the free fall state of the economy, the inflammation of religious tension through the misappropriation of state powers, a worrisome foreign policy that is evidently skewed in favor of Islamization, as well as the increasing impunity of the Fulani herdsmen, amongst many other issues.

    The National Christian Elders Forum was established by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to make statements in defense of Christianity in Nigeria, as well as promote peace and unity among Christians and Nigerians, as a whole. The NCEF is made up of Christian Elders from the six geo-political zones in the country.

    2. NIGERIA: THE BEGINNING

    In retrospect, the amalgamation of 1914 produced a country but not a nation. There was an amalgamation of two Protectorates but there was no integration of the Ethnic Nationalities and this created serious fault lines that still exist today. The unity of the two protectorates was not part of the British Agenda. Rather, Britain sought to maintain a hold on Nigeria through a policy of divide and rule.

    In effect, Nigeria remains a country made up of two races pulling in opposite directions. There is the indigenous African race tilting towards a Westernized ideology and the Arab race, made up of Fulanis, Hausas, and Kanuris in favor of adopting the Arabian culture.

    At independence in 1960, the impression was created that “all” Nigerians opted for Liberal Democracy as the national ideology. As the years progressed, it became clear that some citizens of the Arab stock were more in favor of a system of rule of which an “important ingredient is the application of the Muslim Law”.

    While paying lip service to democracy, many of the political, religious, traditional and military leaders from the Muslim North were insidiously working to undermine democracy and promote Sharia, which is based on Islam and is patterned after the Arabian culture, to which the North has been exposed to for hundreds of years.

    Operating under the Islamic practice of “Taqiyya”, which permits a Muslim to deceive an “infidel” in order to gain the mastery over him, leaders of the Muslim North surreptitiously “smuggled” Nigeria into OIC in 1986 and kept it out of public knowledge for ten years until 1996, when Sultan Dasuki confirmed to the Pope that Nigeria is a member of OIC.

    The Islamization Agenda was solidified in the period 1975 – 1999 under the military rule, of which majority of the military heads of state were Muslims from the North. The Muslim Military leaders favored an Islamic model of ideology because it promoted dictatorship. They set up an “invisible” government which operates behind the scene in the Presidency and constantly undermines liberal democracy while promoting Sharia. The “invisible government” is still active till today.

    The invasion of the nation by Islamic terrorism and smuggling of Sharia into the 1999 Constitution, thereby creating a dual ideology for the nation, are reflections of the activities of the “invisible government”. Boko Haram, membership of Nigeria in OIC, Islam in Africa Organization, the D8 group, as well as compromise of Section 10 of the Constitution on separation of state and religion, are all interwoven conspiracies to abolish Liberal Democracy in Nigeria and declare Sharia as the national ideology and the nation as an Islamic state.

    3. CONFLICT OF IDEOLOGIES

    There is the need to stress that at the root of the insecurity, distrust and mutual suspicion in Nigeria is the conflict between Liberal Democracy and Sharia ideology. Nigeria was established as a nation upon the principles and practice of Liberal Democracy. According to the Willink’s Commission Report of 1958:

    “The whole structure of the proceedings leading to independence is based on the belief that Nigeria meant to follow the road of liberal democracy and parliamentary government and to base part of the structure on the opposite assumption is to invite government to do their worst. But if the road is followed (liberal democracy and parliamentary government), votes will count and in the last resort it is votes that will win fair treatment for minorities”

    Bearing in mind the huge ethnic, cultural, religious, and racial diversities in Nigeria, it was deemed necessary that an all accommodating ideology would be required to ensure justice, equality, and fairness for all the divergent groups in the nation. Unfortunately, a group known as “Islamists” has been working surreptitiously over the years to supplant Liberal Democracy with Sharia as the “source of legislation” in Nigeria, over and above the Constitution.

    The present day state of global Islam makes it imperative for a distinction to be made between Islam and Islamism. While Islam is a religion, Islamism, otherwise called “political Islam”, “is a set of ideologies that holds that Islam is not only a religion but a political system”. As a political system, Islamists insist that Islam is meant to dominate the environment in which it is practiced. In a sharply divergent society like Nigeria, any attempt to implement the principles of Islamism portends great danger for the nation.

    The various Military Governments of Nigeria, starting from the regime of Murtala Muhammed in 1975, did not hide their preference for the imposition of Islamism upon Nigeria. The Military changed the status of Nigeria and commenced attempts to make the nation an Islamic nation first by making it an OIC observer and thereafter to full membership of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Later, Nigeria was made a member of the Islamic D8. 

    It is clear to the NCEF that since the amalgamation of 1914, the Islamists have been in control of northern Nigeria, while the majority of Christians were in the South. The military government of General Babangida merely extended Islamism to the South of Nigeria by Nigeria’s full membership in the OIC. Thus, in 1981 the race to make Nigeria an Islamic state was accelerated.

    Evidently, this ideological competition between Liberal Democracy and Islamism has not helped Nigeria concerning development, progress, peace and security and the reason can be found in the conclusions of several thinkers that Liberal Democracy and Sharia are not compatible. For Islamists of a radical disposition, like the influential Egyptian activist Sayyid Qutb, “democracy and Islam are simply incompatible”.

    The British, in their characteristic divide and rule policy, left Nigeria with democracy in the hands of Islamists, knowing full well that democracy and Islamism cannot peacefully co-habit. The challenge facing Nigeria today is how to resolve this apparent contradiction that has created a conflict of ideologies for the nation. If this trend continues, Nigeria is sadly being moved into an arc of conflict and that is why we are calling for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be established by law.

    It would appear that the Islamists, (otherwise known as the “invisible government”) who used to rule by proxy in all the previous administrations, are now fully entrenched in Government. Rather than pretend that all is well with the country, Nigeria needs to examine its past critically and reconcile all the ethnic, religious, and other groups in Nigeria. Presently, the Islamists control the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

    It is instructive to note that many Arab nations have found Islamism an extreme way of religious expression and have taken steps to ban it. Examples are Egypt and Tunisia. After the Arab Spring revolution, both nations voted Islamists into power and within a few months, staged another revolution to oust them. Even the United Arabs Emirates is on record to have denounced the extremism associated with Islamism when it alerted Britain on the dangers of giving oxygen to what Britain does not understand. It is therefore a cause for concern that in Nigeria, a multi cultural and multi religious nation, Islamism should be thriving.

    As a principle, Islamists “loathe” democracy believing that it is a “man-made” law that must give way for “God made” law, which is Sharia. Islamists, as opposed to Muslims that practice Islam as a religion, will go to every possible length to eradicate democracy in any society so that Sharia can be introduced. Nevertheless, Islamists pay lip service to democracy and claim to promote and support it. Nigerians should understand that such claims by Islamists of supporting democracy are mere pretensions and a display of “TAQIYYA”(deliberate deception) because they work surreptitiously underground to undermine and destroy democracy.

    4. ISSUES OF CONCERN

    In the build up to the 2015 elections, majority of Nigerians expressed great hope that there would be CHANGE in the nation. However, ten months after the new government was sworn into office, credible apprehension can be expressed given the policy direction of the new administration. We hope that the buildup to these policies do not result in full blown Sharia which President Muhammadu Buhari had promised Muslims in Nigeria.

    A number of worrisome issues readily come to mind:

    a)      The apparent disregard for the Constitution, by Mr. President in many instances. For example, N900 billion was released in bailout package for states without Appropriation, the government was run for five months without a Cabinet, international commitment are being made without recourse to the National Assembly. All these are acts violating the Constitution.

    b)     Including Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia Military Coalition of “Muslim/Arab” nations would appear that the Foreign Policy thrust of the present administration is to make Nigeria a satellite state of Saudi Arabia. The strengthening of the nation’s democracy and security for all should remain the greatest priority of Government. This we see to have been negated by the President’s fiat/unilateral decision to enlist Nigeria in the 34 nations Muslim/Arab coalition. Given the emotive and sensitive nature of this unilateral Executive decision, it should have been handled by Mr. President in line with our democratic culture through popular discussion and participation by the citizenry, or at the very least, through the National Assembly.

    c)      Attempt to fund deficit in the 2016 Budget through issuance of Sukkuk loan which is a “Sharia compliant loan.” Nigeria is not a Sharia compliant nation.

    d)     The consideration of establishing “free visa” arrangement with Islamic D8 nations. These countries are: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, and of course, Nigeria.

    e)      The apparent Islamization of key security positions in the country.

    f)       The apparent disdain and contempt of Mr. President for Christians in Nigeria as demonstrated during his interview on Al – Jazeera on the objection of Christians to Nigeria’s involvement in the Saudi led Military Coalition to fight ISIS.

    We wish to remind Mr. President that he was brought to power through the votes of Nigerians, Christians inclusive. Mr. President should kindly remember that the over 50% non-Muslims in Nigeria did not vote for the nation to transmute into a Sharia compliant nation. Mr. President assured Nigerians that he is “a convert” to democracy but we are disturbed by the direction of his administration.

    We are aware that there are presently Islamists in Government prepared to execute the Islamization Agenda. Any nation in which Islamists believe that they are sufficiently strong to exercise influence rarely experience peaceful cohabitation amongst the divergent groups within it. This is the current situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the Sudan. Islamism thrives on injustice, inequality and unfairness. We urge Nigerians to remain circumspect so that the Islamists do not drag the nation down the path of destruction.

    5. KADUNA STATE RELIGIOUS BILL

    We wish to express tremendous shock at the proposed Kaduna State Religious Bill. The proposed Bill contravenes Section 38 (1) of the 1999 Constitution. We should remind the Government of Kaduna State that religion is personal and no one has the right to legislate on how individuals worship. We call on the Kaduna State Governor to retrace his steps from this ill-advised venture.

    ABDUCTION AND FORCEFUL MARRIAGE OF UNDERAGED CHRISTIAN GIRLS

    We are saddened by recent exposure in the country of serial cases of forceful abduction of underage, forceful marriage, marriage without parental consent of the Christian girls and their forceful conversion to Islam. We condemn in totality this act of violation of the Human Rights of these girls and it is a degradation of our national values.

    We are also amazed that the Senate failed to pass the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill into law. We strongly recommend that this Bill should be re-introduced and passed into law urgently.

    6. RAMPAGE OF FULANI HERDSMEN

    We are dismayed by the inaction of the Federal Government to the carnage and destruction caused by the Fulani herdsmen against legitimate native land owners and farmers, across the country. The most recent case occurred in Agatu area of Benue State in February 2016. According to media report by eye witnesses, over 300 Nigerians were allegedly massacred by the herdsmen and many communities were devastated in the attacks. It is most shocking that till today, there has been no prosecution of any of these marauders. For years, the Fulani herdsmen have been murdering innocent Nigerians with impunity. The murderous escapades of the Fulani herdsmen has gained international notoriety to the extent that the group is now considered, internationally, as the fourth most dangerous terror organization in the world. It is sad to note that Boko Haram, which is presently regarded as the world number one most dangerous terror organization and the Fulani herdsmen, considered the fourth are both operating in Nigeria. Meanwhile, the response of Government to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen has to date, been tepid and indifferent.

    7. GRAZING RESERVE

    One reason adduced to justify the perennial attacks of the Fulani herdsmen is the argument that they seek grazing fields for their cattle and as a result engage in conflicts with farmers. It was therefore proposed that ancestral lands of other ethnic groups should be allocated to them as grazing fields.

    However, the most sensible and economically wise approach would be to build ranches for the herdsmen in their states of origin. This makes more sense and it is the internationally approved best practice under the circumstances. Other nations of the world consume beef yet, nomads do not drive herds of cattle all over the nation in the 21st century.

    The Grazing Reserve proposal is seen as a deceptive manner of appropriating the lands of indigenous ethnic groups for the Fulani herdsmen to spread their tentacles of terror all over the nation. The proposal should be dropped and the state governments of the herdsmen should build ranches for them in their states of origin.

    8. INCONSISTENT POLICIES

    We find it curious that the Federal Government of Nigeria that has pledged total support for a two state solution to the Israel – Palestinian conflict, as well as support for the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), is not addressing the demand of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for a state of their own. To date, the leader of IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is still under detention while there are frequent killings of the protesting members of the Movement. The latest in the series of attacks on the IPOB occurred on 9th February, 2016 when over twenty two members of the Movement were killed by soldiers during a prayer meeting in Aba.

    It is difficult to rationalize why a government that is clamping down on agitations for self determination by an ethnic group within Nigeria, could be supporting such agitations in foreign countries. We recommend to the Government that as it is considering the case of SADR and the Palestinians, it should in like manner open dialogue with IPOB. The solution to the Biafra agitation is dialogue. While we discountenance any secessionist move, the solution to the Biafran agitation is dialogue.

    9. RECOMMENDATIONS

    a)      Government should urgently convene a Council of State meeting to enable past presidents assess developments in the nation and give mature counsel.

    b)    A Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be set up to reconcile all Nigerians. It would appear that the Islamists, who ruled Nigeria for many years from the background, using various administrations as proxies, are now fully entrenched in the Government. The terms of reference of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission should include:
    i.              To distinguish the differences between Islam and Islamism and identify Nigerians that promoted Islamism in Nigeria.
    ii.            The role that Islamism played in promoting corruption and impunity, which includes cultism, a phenomenon that was developed in Nigeria in the last 30 years.
    iii.           Identify the role played by the armed forces, the police, and the intelligence agencies in the promotion of cultism, corruption and other vices that have since devastated Nigeria.
    iv.           To grant reprieve and pardon to any person, organization or group which confess to criminal, illegal and immoral act in the past.

    v.            To deal with the issues of genocide and/or marginalization perpetrated against certain ethnic minorities and promote reconciliation and healing to all those affected.

    c)      Every form of negotiation to involve Nigeria in issuing Sukkuk should be discontinued. Sukkuk is a “Sharia Compliant Loan” which does not serve the interest of all Nigeria because the nation is not a Sharia compliant nation. In addition, Sukkuk would jeopardize the sovereignty of Nigeria because under Sukkuk, both the lender and the debtor will own the asset which is based on land. It therefore implies that if Nigeria should eventually succumb to the acceptance of the Sukkuk loan, both the Arabs and Nigerians will own Nigeria.

    d)    To put an end to the murderous attacks of Fulani herdsmen, ranches should be established in the states of origin of the herdsmen. The Grazing Reserve proposal is seen as a deceptive manner of appropriating the lands of indigenous ethnic groups for the Fulani herdsmen to spread their tentacles of terror all over the nation.

    e)      The ownership of Nigeria can rightly be claimed by the Ethnic Nationalities. We call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to complement the stand of the National Assembly on the Constitution and implement the Report of the National Conference as regards the Executive and Policy recommendations. The National Conference Report guarantees the introduction of true Federalism which is required to build a strong, united, and prosperous nation.

    f)       In view of the security challenges facing the nation, it is highly advisable that each ethnic group should develop Community Policing to protect its people and its land. The security agencies have not been effective in providing security, particularly for vulnerable communities in the nation.

    g)     For reasons shrouded in mystery, the government stopped the teaching of History as a subject in schools. From the experience of Black Africans in Sudan, Islamists employ this sly method to eradicate the history of the indigenous ethnic groups whose land the Arabs covet and wish to takeover. According to George Orwell, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”A people without history, is a people without a future. We therefore demand that the teaching of History as a subject in schools should be reintroduced forthwith.

     

    God bless Nigeria

    Yours faithfully,

    Solomon Asemota, SAN

    Chairman

    For and on behalf of the National Christian Elders Forum

  • Declare Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists - Benue Elders Tell Buhari

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    Elders drawn from the three major tribes in Benue state have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare Fulani herdsmen’s invasion of the state as well as the gruesome massacre of villagers by the armed herders as act of insurgency and label the perpetrators as terrorists to be routed by the military.

    They made this call in a communiqué issued at the end of a unity meeting held in Makurdi and attended by the leaders of Tiv, Idoma and Igede.

  • Disarm Fulani herdsmen, Anglican church tells FG

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    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.

  • Enough of The Bloodshed: Press Release From the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, North West, Nigeria

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    PREAMBLE

      We, the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, welcome you to the Cathedral of St Peter Clavers. We are here to present to the world, the pains, agony and sorrows that have befallen us in this part of the State, the Southern Senatorial Zone of Kaduna State. Unfortunately, this crisis of tremendous proportion is happening at the time when, our Chief Shepherd, Most Rev Joseph Bagobiri is far away, outside the shores of this country attending to his health. This is the time when Southern Kaduna looks up to him for leadership. But he is not here. God knows why.

  • FG orders immediate separation of CRK, IRK in new curriculum

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    The Federal Government on Thursday bowed to pressure and directed the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to separate the Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge subjects in the basic education curriculum.

    The grouping of IRK and CRK under the Civil Education in the new curriculum by the NERDC had generated controversy in the last few months with religious leaders calling for their separate teaching.

  • GLOBAL 40 DAY FASTING AND PRAYER FOR NIGERIA – 23rd August – 1st October 2017

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    The Calvary Hephzibah Full Gospel Church in Manchester, Britain, in Collaboration with 4-Square Gospel Church Asokoro Abuja and King's Mission Centre, Lagos, is calling on all Nigerian Christians to join in a Global 40 Day Prayer and Fasting for Nigeria.

    The situation in Nigeria demands Divine intervention. As Christians, we need to unite and cry out to The Lord to intervene in the situation in our Country. The nation is facing, on the one hand, the surreptitious, steady, and unrelenting plan to Islamize Nigeria, and on the other hand we have corruption in the highest places to contend with, kidnapping left and right, and many other societal ills.

  • Govt shouldn’t promote lawlessness —CAN president-elect

    National Church of Nigeria

    THE PUNCH MONDAY JUNE 20 2016

    Friday Olokor, Abuja

    The new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, has urged the government at all levels in Nigeria to safeguard the rights of Nigerians and avoid plunging the nation into a state of lawlessness.

    Ayokunle, who said this at in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja after his election, argued that when a government violated the constitution, such government had given room for people to break the law.

    The cleric, who explained that he had a premonition that he would lead Christians in Nigeria, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to “maintain balance and keep close to constitution” irrespective of his religious affiliation to avoid opening the door for lawlessness in the society.

    The CAN president-elect stated, “I want to advise the present government to maintain balance and keep close to constitution irrespective of the religious belief of those in government. The government should respect the constitution of Nigeria because if the government breaks the constitution of Nigeria on religion alone, they have already opened the door for lawlessness in the society.”

    Ayokunle, the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, called on Islamic leaders to talk to their followers who, he said, were not giving them honour by what they were doing.

    He added, “They (children) are bringing disgrace to the religion of Islam; we have existed together for many years without this type of development, so it is the duty of the Islamic leaders in Nigeria to look for those who are radicalising their children and turning them into murderers and be able to apprehend them and hand them over to the government or speak to them to teach what is right.

    “To say that they are not Muslims is so embarrassing. So, who are they? Are they Christians? Are they pagans? If they are pagans, why do they owe allegiance to the Quran? Do pagans hold Quran or owe allegiance to it?”

    Ayokunle criticised Nigeria’s membership of the Organisation of Islamic Countries.

    According to him, Islamic leaders should mentor their children properly and ascertain who is “radicalising their children and turning them into murderers” and be able to teach what is right to reduce religious intolerance.

    He added, “Whenever the government is not upholding the sanctity of the constitution in terms of the secularity of our existence, the church must speak out without fear of favour. “For example, we have been talking of OIC. Does the government of Nigeria have the right to take the country to OIC? Is it in keeping with the spirit of the constitution? No and when you continue to push people, the limit is to push them to the wall.

    “So the government of Nigeria should not take things for granted and think that Christians are fools and they will be seen to be promoting one religion above the other or favour one religion to the detriment of the other.

    “Whenever we see that, we are going to tell them to be very careful and we are going to speak out. Who you are going to worship is a fundamental right of every individual and government is there to protect that, not to force one religion on the other.”

    According to Ayokunle, the recent attack on a Christian for allegedly eating during fasting in Kaduna was the height of religious intolerance and bestiality.

    He said, “Somebody was going to eat in the afternoon; he was not a Muslim. What right do you have to go and stab that person in a law-abiding society? When you are not from the bush, you are not a beast, how can you just behave like that? What is Nigeria becoming in the name of religion?

    “So these are the things we must all rise to condemn. Since nobody has monopoly to guns and violence, we should not continue to provoke people.

    “There is a theory in Psychology that instigation to aggression depends on the degree of frustration. If you continue to frustrate a people they may end up becoming aggressive; we don’t want that state.”

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  • HEKAN condemns arrest of 40 of its Sunday school children, demands apology from Road Safety Corps

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    The United Church of Christ in Nigeria (HEKAN) has condemned the arrest of 40 of its Sunday school pupils and two teachers by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Kaduna, while on their way to attend the annual HEKAN National Sunday School Camp at the church headquarters in the state.

  • Is this Islamization of Christian Children?

    School Children

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

  • JIHAD IN NIGERIA: BURYING THE HEAD IN SAND

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    1. As a Mission Statement, the NCEF is committed to the Unity of Nigeria and the duty of the Leadership of the Nation to ensure that this Unity is not sacrificed on the altar of sectarian interests and biases.
    2. In its exercise of the Biblical "Issachar Mandate," the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) is purposed to draw national attention, as Senior Citizens, to the issues as they stand in Nigeria at present. The NCEF Press Release of July 2017, titled: Correct Assessment of Situation in Nigeria, presently under contention by some Muslim groups, was sent as "non-violent communication" (NVC) to keep Nigerians abreast with the disturbing threats packaged no doubt, by Islamists (political Islam), to destroy NIGERIA as one indivisible and all inclusive Union State under GOD. NCEF position still stands on Truth as the only pillar of national strength and unity.
    3. Kaduna Christian Youths Regroup Over Attacks, Killings Of Members

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      A Youths Wing’s Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna South Local Government, recently convened a meeting of stakeholders, and deliberated extensively on ways to contain the consistent attacks and killings of their Christian members in the Northern part of Nigeria by Muslims, describing the act as a deliberate ploy to enslave them.

      Participants in the meeting, which held on Wednesday evening at Albarka Church premises in Kaduna south, expressed displeasure over the continuous and unwarranted attacks and killings of Christians by their Muslim brothers at all times without any punitive measures against the attackers.

      Youths participants, drawn from across different church denominations, dwelt mostly on the recent killings and attacks in Kano and Kaduna states. Members expressed dismay that mere condemnation of the act perpetrated against Christians by the opposite religion would no longer be condoned, as no religious faithful has monopoly of violence. 

      Also worried and discussed was the public commentaries ascribed to some top government functionaries in Kaduna state that tend to play down the population of Christians, describing it as ‘derogative and disparaging’ Southern Kaduna population or sized.

      Specifically, they condemned the statement by the APC government in its “30%” population estimation of Southern Kaduna and others, saying it’s unfair. They also pointed out that the habit of describing penetrators of the callous act of attackers as criminals and non-Muslims, without any public capital punishment, would no longer be tolerated.

      Numbering over a hundred, the youth, which involved non-indigenes, resolved to continue to watch with curiosity, actions that would be taken against the recent killings and attacks on Christians in Kano, Kaduna, Niger and others States in the north, adding that the outcome would determine their reaction in cases of future occurrence.

      Officials, led by its chairman, Solomon Tanko, however appealed to the Youth CAN to avoid any act that would jeopardize any peace process, saying, it’s following the issues judiciously with a view to report back to them.

    4. Kaduna Killings: Catholic Archbishop Spits Fire; Says It’s “Exclusion Policies” Against Southern Kaduna People

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      Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna and Metropolitan Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province, KPC, Most Rev. Matthew M. Ndagoso, Thursday, said the killings in Southern Kaduna are part of the larger historical policies of exclusionpursued by successive governments in Northern Nigeria against Southern Kaduna and its people.

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