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  • 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).

  • Cardinal Okogie: Buhari's CHANGE Causing Despondency and Misery

    Cardinal Okogie

    The Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogies, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently retool, refocus and aggressively lead by example on all fronts or risk plunging Nigeria into a state of despondency.

    “He must retool, refocus and aggressively face the social, economic (fiscal and monetary) problems we have head on, without letting the anti corruption drive look like a political distraction,” the cardinal noted. Expressing disenchantment with the president’s style, Okogie said: “A snail paced and disordered methodology in governance, his apparent disdain for judicial authority and decisions, a lost today found tomorrow 2016 budget debacle, and a rather rudderless and confused Central Bank with an unclear monetary policy strategy (inevitably increasing the economic uncertainties being faced by Nigerians), have set alarm bells ringing in my mind and in the minds of many discerning Nigerians.

  • Casualties As Imamship Tussle Disrupts Juma’at Prayers In Kaduna

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    Juma’at prayers were on Friday disrupted in Kaduna, following disagreements between Imams and their followers over who leads Juma’at prayers at Sultan Bello Juma’at Mosque.

    Many worshipers, who were already on ground for prayers, sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of the disagreement, which disrupted the Juma’at prayers.

  • Chibok Girls: Emmanuel Ogebe Responds to Slur By Women Affairs Minister

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    FGN’S DECEIT ON CHIBOK GIRLS IN US

    http://247ureports.com/fgns-deceit-on-us-chibok-girls-response-of-ogebe-esq/


    –          Response of Barrister Emmanuel Ogebe


    My attention was drawn to a press conference held by the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, recently in which she claimed to be coming to the rescue of Chibok girls in the US. The minister alleged that some Chibok girls were taken to the US “under the guise” of going to school but that they were instead kept by “one Emmanuel” and were never in school. The minister’s defamatory comments are demonstrably deceptive and intentionally false as can easily be seen in the following.


    1. Hajiya Aisha claims no contact was made with the government of Nigeria before the 10 Chibok girls in our program were sponsored to the US. The girls left for US in 2014. Senator Aisha was nominated a government minister in 2015 more than a year after they departed for US. She has no competence to speak on what transpired before she came into office. Thus obviously her statements were false.


    2. In September 2015, one of the Chibok girls was invited by a former Prime Minister of UK to speak during the UN General Assembly. As a courtesy, we went to pay our respect to President Buhari who was himself also in New York for UNGASS. The SSA to the wife of the President mentioned to us that another set of Chibok girls had come to see her before their departure to US in 2015. At the time the president’s entourage was in New York, Hajiya Aisha had not even become a minister so again she could not speak authoritatively to what preceded her appointment.


    3. In October, diplomats of the embassy visited the girls’ in both schools they were attending.


    4. Prior to now, the girls had visited the embassy of Nigeria on multiple occasions:
    a. In November 2014 on a courtesy call to the head of chancery
    b. In April 2015 to obtain a replacement passport for one of the girls who lost her passport
    c. In June 2015 when they were hosted to lunch by the ambassador late Prof Adefuye
    Again, the minister would not have the competence to speak to this as she was still litigating her ill-fated bid to govern Taraba state.


    5. In March 2016, the minister and myself were scheduled panellists at the United Nation’s Consultation on the Status of Women in New York where her ministry had invited me to speak on the issue of Chibok. I was duly accredited by both the consulate of Nigeria and the United Nation as a resource person.


    6. In April 2016, I was invited to Nigeria to present a briefing to the presidency on the Chibok girls at Aso Rock presidential villa where we gave a status report of the girls’ performance after 2 years.


    7. I visited Chibok parents in the northeast including Mr. Paul Ali and presented to him a photo album of his daughter’s scholastic and other activities.


    8. Mr Ali gave an interview to the media team accompanying US ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers and spoke glowingly of how well his daughter was doing in school in the US.


    9. A member of the cabinet recommended I see the Minister of Women’s Affairs as she was responsible for Chibok issues. However even though I attended a CSO roundtable at the ministry of Women’s Affairs, Hajiya Aisha was still abroad for medical treatment.
    Accordingly, it is not only abundantly clear that the current administration is fully aware that the girls are in US schools before and after the minister was appointed but it is also quite clear that I am not an unknown person but have been actively engaged on providing updates to various levels of government at home and abroad including the US Congress, the United Nations and the FGN.


    The minister’s bizarre allegations raise the question whether she is simply guilty of ignorance or whether she is executing a script by intentionally misleading the general public and the media by her blatantly false remarks.
    While we note that the minister has been absent from her office for several months due to her ill-health, one would have expected she would be properly briefed to avoid embarrassing the government of Nigeria by these obvious lies she has peddled to the public. However it appears that this is not mere incompetence or laziness but a carefully orchestrated campaign of deceit.


    1. According to the minister, she was directed by the president to go and meet the Chibok parents. Since the president of Nigeria knows and was fully aware that the Chibok girls were in school, the only logical conclusion is that he either failed to properly brief his minister of the truth or the president intentionally withheld the truth from her in furtherance of a hidden agenda. Whether the minister goofed in doing her basic homework or whether she was set up by the president, it is clear that this major blunder has only portrayed the government in the eyes of the reasoning public as being dubious, ill-informed, uninformed, misinformed or untrustworthy.


    2. According to the minister, she just discovered on Friday September 9 that there were five additional Chibok girls in the US apart from the 10 I brought to US schools. Again this is a deeply damning and self-incriminating statement. It reveals the government of Nigeria not only doesn’t know where the abducted 218 Chibok girls are but they do not know where the 56 escaped Chibok girls are either. This is a major embarrassment for Nigeria to announce to the world without any sense of shame that two years after their escape, the FGN has misplaced, lost track or doesn’t know the whereabouts of the escaped girls. This is all the more disconcerting as the FGN has collected millions of dollars from Japan, UK, US and others because of the Chibok girls’ abductions and till date has not sponsored a single escaped girl back to school.
    We have a lot more information on those who have really taken advantage of the situation. However in view of the ongoing Sallah holiday, we want to give an opportunity to those who may have erred in their conduct, whether by omission or commission to use the time for sober reflection, repentance and course correction and behavioural change.
    Indeed it is a key tenet of the Islamic religion to provide assistance to the poor. For those who have despised and disparaged our assistance to the poor Chibok girls, be advised that he who gives to the poor lends to God. Our recognition and reward comes from Him. If you deny it, it doesn’t change the divinity of the generosity and you may well attract wrath upon yourselves.
    Once again, we call on the Government of Nigeria to use the Sallah break to seek how best to release the girls in Sambisa, how to resuscitate an economy in recession, how to recover its rapidly dwindling goodwill at home and abroad and to stop creating chaos and confusion for victims, activists and humanitarians, including the BBOG movement which is similarly under siege by this administration.
    We wish the good  people of Nigeria a Happy Sallah and wish the minister quick recovery.


    BELOW IS A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE MINISTER’S COMMENTS AS PRESENTED IN THE MEDIA


    INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY: FGN ON CHIBOK GIRLS USA

    Foundation takes over sponsorship of 10 Chibok girls studying in U.S.


    The Federal Government announced on Friday that the Murtala Muhammed Foundation has taken over full sponsorship of five out of the 10 students of Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok, Borno, currently studying in the U.S.
    ANALYSIS: FGN announced the takeover of sponsorship of the Chibok girls in US since May 2016. After about three months, they have failed to maintain this and have abdicated this responsibility by having another organization takeover unless this was the grand design from the very beginning.
    The Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, made this known shortly after meeting with parents of the girls in Maiduguri. Alhassan said that the Foundation took over the sponsorship after it was approached by government, explaining that the girls were part of the 10 taken to the U.S. by some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on the guise of taking them to school.
    ANALYSIS: While we maintained 12 girls in the US for 2 years, the whole FGN is unable to maintain 7 girls in the US for just three months and went begging for help from Murtala Mohammed Foundation.
    She said “what happened was that the girls escaped from Boko Haram captivity and returned home to Chibok. “But some NGOs and religious organisations approached the parents with offers to take them away from the area due to the trauma.”
    ANALYSIS: The FGN specifically mentions that it was a religious organization thus exposing its hidden religious agenda.
    Alhassan added that the parents accepted to release the girls without notifying government and that the NGOs took the girls to U.S. on the guise of sending them to school. “Government was not part of the arrangement because nobody was contacted,” the minister said.
    ANALYSIS: The current administration was not in power when the girls left in 2014 so the minister is straight out lying when she says no one was contacted. More so the minister herself has been out of her office on sick leave abroad for several months this year.
    She, however, said that the parents petitioned the Federal Government that they had received negative reports on the girls. “The parents sent information to government that they heard that the girls were not in school in the U.S. and that government should intervene in the matter.
    ANALYSIS: How did the parents in remote Chibok receive such information on happenings which did not come from the girls if it didn’t come from the embassy of Nigeria?
    “We investigated the matter through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Embassy in the U.S. and found it to be true. “Our investigations corroborated the parents claim that the girls were not taken to school, rather, they were being used by the NGOs to make money.
     
    ANALYSIS: Please view EXHIBIT A picture of Nigerian embassy official while on visitation to Chibok girls in school in October 2015 proving that the minister flat out lied. Secondly, the embassy school visit photo was taken in October 2015 but the parents’ alleged “petition” was in May 2016 (six months after the embassy visited the school.)
    “But government does not take responsibility over someone else mistake.” Alhassan said President Muhammadu Buhari ordered her to meet with the parents over the issue, “so, I have come here to meet with the parents and we have discussed, I have told them the options available.
    ANALYSIS: If government doesn’t take responsibility, why did they take responsibility which was announced on NTA news in May 2016? This means the govt. has once again taken one step forward and two steps backward in the on-going masquerade festival of policy summersault, promise annulment and all round miasmic confusion.
    Why is the minister only now discussing options with the parents after the government has already taken action? Action before analysis is a symptom of poor governance.
     “What we can do is to talk to some donor agencies that we are working with so that they can take up the sponsorship of the girls. “Consequently, I am happy to say that the Murtala Muhammad Foundation has taken over the sponsorship of five out of the 10 girls. “They have found schools for them and they are doing well.”
    ANALYSIS: The FGN is begging donors to help them sponsor the expenses of girls whom FGN took out of their scholarship schools to expensive schools. In other words, the minister is using the Chibok girls to raise money to sponsor them in school.
    She noted that the remaining five girls were still in the custody of two individuals in the U.S., saying “we understood that a white man has two of the girls, while one Emmanuel, a Nigerian, is keeping three, also in the U.S.”
    ANALYSIS: After the combined investigation of the embassy and the ministry of foreign affairs, the minister concluded that one “white man” has two girls in a country of over 60 million Whites.
    Alhassan said that the Murtala Muhammad Foundation had also signified interest in taking the two girls from the white man. “We spoke with Aisha Muhammad, the Chairperson of the Foundation and she agreed to take over the sponsorship of the two girls with the white man.
    ANALYSIS:The Minister in using a racial statement to describe the whereabout of the two girls, intentionally avoids the fact that they are at a school where the FGN put them in June until their deal with the “White Man” broke down. See excerpt from the “White Man’s” website as at when the Nigerian government took the girls to him in June 2016:
    “CCA provides complete transparency in the operation of its Chibok Girls Scholarship Fund.  Reports of all income and disbursements have been provided to multiple agencies and officials of the American and Nigerian governments and to reporters from selected media companies such as CNN and TIME magazine. Copies are also provided to Christian relief organizations in the United States and the Murtala Muhammed Foundation in Nigeria. And finally, copies are provided to the CCA Chibok girls themselves.”
    Note also that the White Man has a scholarship fund that he is accounting to the FGN but Minister says the Murtala Mohammed Foundation will sponsor them. This means double budgeting or budget padding for the same purpose to possible create a leakage pipeline. Rather than use US funds, the MMF will bring dollars from Nigeria at exchange rate $ = 425 to “takeover” sponsorship from the “White Man.” How is this economically sustainable or is the government going to give Murtala Mohammed Foundation favourable forex at official price?
    “But she declined to extend the scholarship to three of the girls with Emmanuel.” She said it was discovered that there were other five Chibok girls in the U.S. also studying apart from the 10. “Today during our discussions, we realised that there was a first group of five girls taken to the U.S. “But the parents said that they were in touch with them and the girls are in good hands,” Alhassan said.
    ANALYSIS: The government has only today September 9, 2016 discovered that there are additional five escaped Chibok girls in USA! This means not only does the Nigerian government not know where the abducted girls are, they have lost track of even the escaped girls.
    If the girls with Emmanuel are not in school, why have they declined to assist them with scholarships to go to school? In effect, they government created or identified a fake solution and is looking for a problem to solve. After creating an imaginary problem, it has now failed to apply the solution so the problem remains unsolved.


    Once again we call on the Federal Government to apologize for this obvious falsehood. We also urge the president to allow the Minister of Women’s to recuperate properly from her ill-health and catch up properly on what she has missed before embarking on any further serious national assessment so as not to embarrass the government again.


    Emmanuel Ogebe, Esq.


    Washington DC USA
    September 12, 2016

  • Clerics embark on empowering abandoned IDPs in North-West on fishing business, others

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    The General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, CEIFM, Pastor Yohanna Buru, has embarked on empowering some women, who were directly victims of Boko Haram from North-East.

    The victims, who are now living in North–Western Nigeria with their families, are being empowered so as to engage themselves in some useful business ventures, with the sole aim of fighting poverty, unemployment, hunger and other socio-economic challenges.

  • Colonel Hammed Ali and the Nigerian Senate

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    Retired Colonel Hameed Ali, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, is a proud and stubborn man. His disdain for others and insufferable arrogance is not only vexatious to the spirit but also downright nauseating. 

    Someone should remind him that the Holy Bible says "the Lord resists the proud and exalts the humble". Another should tell him that, according to Greek mythology, nemesis always follows hubris. If he doubts that he should find out what happened to a character called Icarus. 

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

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    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

  • Continued Genocide of Fulani Herdsmen

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    ENUGU—Tension is brewing in Owa community in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State where a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Aniako Celestine, priest in charge of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ukana, Udi Local Government Area was kidnapped by suspected Fulani herdsmen Saturday evening on his way from his home town, Ezeagu.

  • Court discharges suspected killers of Christian woman in Kano over blasphemy

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    Five suspects, who were remanded in prison custody over the killing of one Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, a trader in Kano State, for alleged blasphemy, have been discharged.

    It would be recalled that the 74-year old Bridget Agbaheme was allegedly killed by the suspects on June 2, 2016, in Kano.

  • 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.

  • Discriminatory Appointments against Non-Muslims in Nigeria

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    Islamist Jihadists of the Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Ethnic Nationalities, who are Negroid immigrants to Nigeria, are pushing the nation to an implosion. It is therefore imperative that the remaining 386 Ethnic Nationalities of Nigeria should, as a matter of priority, convene a Conference to demonstrate to the few Islamist Jihadists of the three Ethnic Nationalities the grave danger of Islamism as a system of governance.  Nigerians are reminded that the present distress in the nation is not an act of God but man-made. The brazen and audacious imposition of Islamist Jihadists into key positions in the country is not an expression of religious piety but a deliberate manipulation of religion for cultural and political domination by three Ethnic Groups. This Agenda commenced in 1975 after the overthrow of General Gowon. The Islamist Jihadists are a violent and domineering strain of Islam rejected by mainstream Muslims.

  • Editorial: OIC Schemes Against Nigeria (Part 1)

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    The OIC has for years been scheming to snare the oil-rich price of Nigeria. The oil reserves of Nigeria, combined with the petrol-wealth of other OIC countries, are the KEY to the strategy for the Islamization of Africa and the world. Billions of dollars lie in Nigeria’s oil deposits.

  • Editorial: The disclosure of an Islamic conspiracy to Islamize Nigeria (Part 2)

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    (Continued from previous Editorial)

    The documented resolutions in the Secret Document revealed at the Islamic Council, London, are: to further support the establishment and application of Sharia to all Muslim states to ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of Member Nations,

  • Emir condemns child marriage, many children; calls for relevant laws to enforce it

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    The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido, has shared his opinion on child marriage, condemning and describing the act as unhealthy. The Emir categorically said he is against child marriage in the Muslim community, even as he urged relevant authorities to create a law that would punish those, who give birth and allowed their children to suffer.

  • 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.

  • Escaped Chibok Girls Graduate IN Washington!

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    The first escaped Chibok schoolgirls to successfully attend and complete an American High School graduated last night in the United States Capital. The two girls known simply by their first names Debbie and Grace graduated after completing junior year (11th grade) and senior year (12 grade) at a prestigious private international school in the Washington metro area in America.

  • Ethnic Nationalities: Adamawa Under Siege

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    ADAMAWA STATE AND INCESSANT ATTACKS BY FULANI HERDSMEN: A CALL TO ACTION FOR ETHNIC NATIONALITIES!

    Attention:

    The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

    The Governor of Adamawa State

    Inspector General of Police

    Director General of State Security Services

    The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

    The Federal House of Representatives

    Adamawa State House of Assembly

    All Church Leaders

    All Muslim Leaders

    Adamawa State Emirate Council

    All Ethnic Nationalities

    Dear Adamawa State Ethnic Nationalities,

    The constitution of an Administrative Panel by the Adamawa State Government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the intermittent attacks on the Kadomon, Koh and Tambo communities of the State did not come to us as a surprise since it has almost become a routine and painful tradition for governments to venture in to such actions without coming with a result oriented outcome.

  • Exposed: Kaduna kidnappers of 20 are Sokoto, Gombe, Zamfara, Adamawa Fulani extractions, Chadians, others

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    Kidnappers, who abducted 20 people at a blow on Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, are Fulani extractions, who hail from Sokoto, Gombe, Zanfara, Adamawa states of Northern Nigeria. Others, among them, are from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic, respectively. 

    They are young, fearless, smart and are well-organised bandits within the ages of 22 and 35, who specialise in kidnapping, cattle-rustling, armed robbery and hired assassination.

  • Federal government re-introduces teaching of History in Primary and Secondary school

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    The federal government has finally re-introduced History as one of the subjects in the nation’s primary and secondary schools’ curriculum, explaining that its introduction as an independent subject and not a mere theme was necessitated by the clamour and concerns by several groups, including the Presidency, National Assembly and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.

    The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu had urged delegates to the recent National Council of Education, NCE, to consider the disarticulation of social studies in the current curriculum and re-introduction of History as a subject, adding that leaders in the education sector committed “a mistake” by removing History.

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