Nigeria

  • 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.

  • FAILED PROMISES OF APC

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    Concerned Citizen

    Below are forty-one promises contained in the APC Manifesto as published by the party prior to the Presidential election.

    The promises below are extracted from the two official documents released by APC as their Manifesto titled ‘Securing Nigeria’s Future’ and ‘Roadmap to a New Nigeria’, all published by the APC and signed by the then Presidential aspirant, now President Muhammadu Buhari. Please note that some of the promises that do not require funds to be implemented are even yet to even be initiated.

  • 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.

  • Femi Fani-Kayode: Nigeria: What’s God Got To Do With It?

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    "Our country is about people that God put together"- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, 8th June 2017.

    I am sorry Mr Acting President but I humbly and respectfully disagree. We must not use God's name in vain. Worse still you have based your assertion on a false premise. I am afraid that you got it completely wrong. The truth is that our country is about people that the British, not God, put together. 

  • 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.

  • FG resorts to Islamic Bond to fund budget! Islamisation loading?

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    LAGOS—As the pressure on federal revenue mounts following steady decline in oil revenue, the Federal Government would be resorting to a Sukuk Bond for funding the widening budget deficit.

    Sukuk is a financial certificate, similar to the traditional government bond, but complies with Sharia, Islamic religious law.

  • Forex Irregularities in CBN

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    The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been implementing a questionable, and possibly corrupt, policy in its allocation and sale of foreign currency to Nigerians, LeadersNG can exclusively reveal. Documents made available to us reveal the arbitrary fixing of different exchange rates for transactions.

  • France’s world unbeatable transition record exposed

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    France’s presidential election’s final round was held on 7th May, 2017, with Emmanuel Macron emerging winner by landslide. One week after, i.e., Sunday 14th May, outgoing President, François Hollande, handed over power to the 39-yr old new President, Emmanuel Macron, who was then sworn in.

  • Fresh Attacks In Southern Kaduna: Many Feared Killed As Students Flee; College Of Education Shut Down

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    Many have been allegedly killed, while students of students of College of Education, Gidan Waya in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State fled in numbers, following renewed attacks launched against the people of Southern Kaduna by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Thursday.

    An eyewitness account said that many of the students, who ran away for their lives into the bush, were yet to be seen by their parents, while some spent nights hiding in the bush.

  • FULANI HERDSMEN ATTACKS: MAKURDI DECLARATION 2017

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    Communiqué of the Conference on Herders and Farmers Conflicts in Central Nigeria, organized by the Centre for Research Management, Benue State University, Makurdi, held at the Auditorium 1 of the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University from 13th – 16th March, 2017 Christened:

    The Centre for Research and Management, Benue State University, having noted that thousands of people of the Central Nigerian States are being killed, with thousands more suffering debilitating injuries; communities being destroyed and hundreds of thousands being displaced from their ancestral homes; and concerned at the deteriorating security situation and the real threat of hunger and starvation in Nigeria as a result of the attacks on the farming communities in the region, which is the food basket region of Nigeria, decided to convene a conference to critically examine the unfolding violence and to explore solutions against the terror. 

  • Fulani Militants Raid Village, Kill 28 Women and Children

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    Villagers Hiding in School, Found by Militants and Slaughtered 

     

    10/17/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani militants raided Nkedoron community in Plateau State, Nigeria.

  • Fulani Reject Ranches; Insists On Grazing Reserves

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    The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, the umbrella body of Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria, has said its members accept grazing reserves, saying the nomads are not yet ready for Ranches. 

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Government Orders Separate Teaching of Christian, Islamic Religious Studies

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    Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has directed that teaching of Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) and Christian Religious Studies (CRS) in secondary schools should be done as separate subjects.

    The instruction, contained in a press statement from the ministry, was aimed at dousing the confusion created by speculation in the social and conventional media that both subjects have been combined.

  • Governor Lalong accused of N97bn squander of Plateau funds

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    Plateau State governor, Barr Simon Lalong, has been alleged to have squandered 97 billion naira Plateau funds within one year, and also for taking loans of car-tracking devices to the tune of 18 billion naira.

  • Governor Shettima says Boko Haram killed 100,000 Nigerians

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    The Boko Haram has killed around 100,000 Nigerians in its six years of terror in northeast, so says Borno governor Kashim Shettima –

    Shettima queried statistics by international agencies with revelation of shocking figures about Boko Haram devastation in Borno alone.

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

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    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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  • GRAZING RESERVE: OBJECTION AT HOUSE OF REP

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    MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND SERVICES ON INCESSANT CLASHES BETWEEN PASTORALISTS, FARMERS AND FARMING COMMUNITIES

     

    PROLOGUE

    BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION

    This paper is presented by Professor Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, a woman. As the only woman, making a presentation, looking at the grazing bill through the eyes and perception of the woman will be one of the wisest things the National Assembly will have to do. The reasons are not farfetched. She is the mother of not just her children but the nation's children. Also, she is fashioned by God, the creator to be a fitted help, not only for her husband but the whole community of men.

    As a mother, I see this bill rather than an attempt to give the Fulani herdsmen space, but as an attempt to institutionalise Boko Haram throughout the country and cripple our children with fears of a people, who rather than love human beings, are more caring and more intimate with their herds. Fear has torments and as mothers, we see our children being tormented physically and even psychologically and emotionally. Time will not permit me to do justice in analysing the nature of the torments and their effects on our children. As an adult, let me recount my ordeal as a university professor, living near students’ hostels on the University campus.

    I have Fulani Nomads living behind my house in Port Harcourt. They are wild, uncivilized and inaccessible. They wake us up at four 4 o’clock am daily and make everyone including all my students living in several four 4-storey buildings nearby have high blood pressure. I hope those buildings will not crash soon around my university. When I offered to buy them a grinding machine, they said pounding is their culture, yet their women showed me bleeding blistered hands. When I insisted that I would buy the grinder, they asked me how I would be fuelling it. When I told them to go to the nearby grinder to grind, they said they don’t have N20 naira to grind. When the Iwofe University community told them that they would be reported to the police authorities, they threw such great tantrums threatening that they would wipe away the entire university community and the whole Universe!

    Their utterances and actions portray that they are ABOVE THE LAW. Everybody and even farmers who cherish life are terrified of them as they kill, rape, bomb, loot and maim anyone that entreats them. I had to go and complain to my brother, the Alhaji, who was hosting them on his land in Port Harcourt, to please intervene; which he graciously obliged me.

    This should not be treated as an isolated case because I represent the so many women of Nigeria who may never be confident enough to present a memorandum of this nature. I carry their pains and anxieties here because I am a woman like them. As wife, I wish to kneel down and beg our men not to allow them to spread this hostility for whatever reasons which they may be advancing, not at this point in time in our history as a nation, when we are struggling with Boko Haram Insurgents.

    I will cite a second testimony as a Kwaran from Ira, Kwara State Nigeria. For some time now, whenever, I go home, I observe that the women do not go to their farms anymore. Upon enquiry from the Oba and the women themselves, they explained that the Fulani herdsmen have taken over all their farms with all their crops are eaten up by their cows. They further exclaimed that the herdsmen rape and kill if they dare sight them on their farms. The men also do not bother going at all. The Kabiyesi said he has intervened, but the policemen are also afraid of the Fulani herdsmen. So the Farming occupation has thus been truncated. GOD help us!

    To my mind, the Fulani herdsmen are business people like others seeking opportunity to market and enlarge their industry. Even now doctors are warning that red meat consumption should be curtailed and not as healthy as we thought. What right has the Nigerian Government to forcefully take community lands by legislation to enlarge the Fulanis cow business? Is it that other livestock farmers eg snail, goat etc. will also in every State be given a land as they desire for the enlargement of their businesses throughout the country? Is this the wish of the average Nigerian or is it that the Fulanis have terrorized us so much such that our husbands have become cowards to please them? God forbid! If our husbands will not protect us, we will have no choice but to move out on the street, if this bill is passed, to be killed by the bullets of our motherland.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS
    The Federal Government plans to encourage the Cow Fulani Breeders to establish private Cattle Ranches and Grazing Reserves which is outdated, unscientific and unsustainable. That the nomadic culture of moving cattle from one place to another is not economically sound and that the culture should change for the creation of private cattle ranches with access to all the necessary amenities like schools, hospitals, Banks and proximity to Agro allied industries like Dairy, Tannery and Beef Production.

    The startling statistics on the un-productivity of the current nomadic system is evident. The population of Cattle in Nigeria is 15million as against Brazil’s 220 million. Our dairy/milk production is extremely poor with 1L/cow compared to Brazil and Saudi Arabia of 30-40L/cow). Saudi Arabia produces 10 million pints of milk daily while Nigeria spends $1.32 million annually on importation of milk powder.

    The Government is to assist Breeders with grazing grass seed and other incentives.

     

    CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (Nigerian Graduate Christian Fellowship Submission – An Affiliate of CAN)

    A)     Grazing reserve/grazing route is unsustainable, conflicts with Land use act of our constitution that vested the power on land allocation to State Governors and not the Federal Government. It is also prone to conflicts with host communities and Farmers.

    B)      The best solution is private ownership of modern day cattle ranches with access to veterinary services, Schools, Irrigation/water supply and other social amenities

    C)      It is wrong for Federal Government to seize a community land and give it to Private businessmen who are cattle breeders as it favours one group at the expense of others.

    D)     The land mass in Northern Nigeria far outstrips what obtained in the South. The entire South eastern states have a land mass of 28,982 km2 which is smaller than Kogi State (29,582 km2)!

    The entire southern states in the west, east and south south is less than a third of the land mass in the North. It is therefore wrong for Government to allocate land from the South to breeders from the North.

    E)      Sambisia forest which is approximately 60,000 Km2 and has more than 6million hectares of land can be used as a national ranch where all breeders from different parts of the country can breed their cattle. This will help to develop the area and derive Boko Haram their haven.

    F)      That the Fulani Herdsmen causing havoc, raping women, and armed with sophisticated weapons is a grave security threat to the country and should be treated as terrorists.

    G)     Government’s proposal to solve herdsmen/farmers incessant clashes by introducing grazing land reserve all over the country will in our opinion extend their terrorist activities all over the country and this is not acceptable.

    H)     The idea that grazing reserves as a panacea to the problem is not only archaic, but unscientific, unsustainable and most modern nations including Saudi Arabia have introduced ranches instead of Nomadism.

    I)        Moreover, cattle rearing as practiced in Nigeria  is a private business, therefore it is unfair for Government to acquire land from Farmers which is their only means of livelihood and give same to the Fulani Herdsmen free of charge.  In summary, we advocate the Ranching system which will restrict every Farmer to his own portion of land thus eliminating incessant clashes and unnecessary loss of lives and properties.

    RECOMMENDATIONS BY CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN)

    1.   No grazing rights, routes or reserves (3Rs) because it is private business and tax payers’ money should not be used as in other normal private businesses in the country.

    2.   Loans should be sourced for through banks, Federal/State ministries, like other businesses in Nigeria to facilitate their education as an association to improve themselves so that they can fit in with 21st century Nomad practices in line with the millennium development goals. It is a well known fact that the Federal Government has released billions of naira for Grazing Reserves in Northern Nigeria which we presume should be enough.

    3.   Lands should be sourced at state level or through Northern Governors’ forum where the cows will be in their natural habitat in northern Nigeria. This should not be done by COERCION, MANIPULATION, INTIMIDATION, ENFORCEMENT OF LAW or THE PASSING OF ANY BILL INTO MOTION but with PERSUASION and ENCOURAGEMENT. State Governors should be adequately educated on what they stand to benefit.

    4.   Ranches/Reserves should be restricted to state of origin of Nomads or anyone into animal husbandry and the remaining untapped, uncultivated vast land space on the entire planet which happens to be in Northern Nigeria.

    5.   Chief Awolowo said “Tap and pipe water from the Atlantic Ocean to irrigate the whole of Northern Nigeria like other deserts of the world and you will feed the entire world from here”.

    6.   There should be no driving of herds all over the nation as the excuse to mass murder Nigerians in the South.

    7.   All Nigerian borders should be tightened, because most of these so called Fulani herdsmen who are actually Boko Haram and illegal immigrants from neighbouring Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic etc. They are definitely not our Nigerian brothers.

     

    CONCLUSION:

    1.   WE BELIEVE THAT THE NATIONAL GRAZING BILL IS A SUBTLE WAY FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ISLAMISE NIGERIA. So, in order to alleviate and prove our fears wrong, such a BILL SHOULD NEVER BE PASSED INTO MOTION because it is not a LEGISLATIVE ISSUE.

    2.   We are of the opinion that there should be constant dialogue with all the stake holders to formulate a holistic plan that will promote peace, harmony and advancement of our Livestock industry, so that we don’t divide Nigeria into Southeria and Northeria either overtly or covertly.

     

     

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

    GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA!!!!!!!!

  • 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.

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