Nigeria

  • NGO REGULATION BILL - A Bill the Church should keep on her radar:

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    The House of Representatives is presently considering what perhaps qualifies as the most dangerous piece of legislation to come before the National Assembly since the return of civilian rule in 1999. It is the NGO Regulation Bill sponsored by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Umar Buba Jibril. The bill is stunning in its audacity, far-reaching in its scope and a danger to the elective government in Nigeria. It should not be allowed to pass.

  • NGO REGULATION BILL: ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO MUZZLE THE NIGERIAN CHURCH

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    The House of Representatives is presently considering what perhaps qualifies as the most dangerous piece of legislation to come before the National Assembly since the return of civilian rule in 1999. It is the NGO Regulation Bill sponsored by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Umar Buba Jibril. The bill is stunning in its audacity, far-reaching in its scope and a danger to the elective government in Nigeria. It should not be allowed to pass.

    There is a context to this NGO Regulation Bill which is important. It comes at a time when the Federal Government, led by the same party whose parliamentary caucus Jibril leads in the House, has signalled enthusiasm and desire to establish a commission to regulate social media content. This, despite the fact that a similar measure previously sponsored by Jibril’s counterpart as the Deputy Majority Leader in the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, had earlier failed to pass muster. Around many states of the country, social media activists are routinely persecuted. With the active encouragement of the Federal Government and the ruling party, free expression is being chilled and dissent criminalised.

  • Nigeria governed by gang of clueless administrators, negative propaganda – PDP Speakers’ Forum

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    Members of the Forum of PDP Former Speakers of State Houses of Assembly (FOFSHA) have voiced their feelings that Nigeria has been governed by a “gang of clueless administrators,” who have taken negative propaganda to an unprecedented level.

    The forum disclosed this during a courtesy call on the national caretaker committee of the People Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday.

  • Nigeria Should Think Twice Before Joining Saudi Arabia Islamic Military Coalition

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    On 15 December, Saudi Arabia made a surprising announcement as it unveiled to the world what it said will be a 34-state “Islamic military alliance” to combat terrorism “all over the Islamic world”.

    This ambitious initiative, said Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman, “emanates from the keenness of the Muslim world to fight this disease, which has harmed the Islamic world’s standing in the international community”.

    Little is known about how exactly this alliance will operate, but according official statements it seems there will be a military component which includes intelligence sharing, a messaging component to combat ideology, and a sanctions component focused on “stopping the flow of funds” to terror groups.

    As for the countries involved, there are notable absentees such as Iran, Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, those said to be part of the alliance are drawn from across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It remains to be seen which countries will formally join the Saudi-led coalition, but one of those considering membership is Nigeria.

    On 17 December, Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu said that “Nigeria has been formally invited to be a member of the alliance”, but that the “decision to join has not been taken yet”.

    If Nigeria were to join, it would signify a major step-change in relations with Saudi Arabia. Islam and membership of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have traditionally anchored the two country’s relationship. But adding security cooperation to that relationship could have real potential.

    Boko Haram clearly has a transnational dimension – it is increasingly engaging in cross border attacks and has links to other Islamist militant groups beyond West Africa – and an international security platform for intelligence cooperation could be hugely useful to Nigerian security forces. Additionally, further support from the alliance in the form of funding or training could also significantly enhance counterterrorism efforts.

    However, there are also potential perils from membership that the Nigerian government should consider seriously as it ponders the Saudi invitation.

    What’s in a name?

    The first possible danger comes from the name of the group – the Islamic Military Alliance – and how this could play in Nigeria’s fraught domestic scene.

    Soon after news broke of Nigeria’s supposed membership of the Saudi-led initiative, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body for the country’s Christian groups,registered its protest, saying membership harms “Nigeria’s pluralistic character [and] portends great danger to national unity and integration”.

    Should President Muhammadu Buhari sign-off on Nigeria joining, informing the public early, being transparent about how the decision was reached, clearly articulating the advantages for Nigeria, and securing broad elite consensus will be essential to avoid the anti-terror alliance becoming a polarising factor in the country’s interreligious relations.

    The intense controversy that trailed Nigeria’s membership of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1986 offers salutary lessons.

    When “out of the blue” news broke in January 1986 that Nigeria had “secretly” become a member of the OIC the previous month, it sparked a political crisis. The non-transparent attainment of OIC membership exacerbated what in any case would have been a contentious issue, and the controversy it sparked effectively paralysed Nigeria’s participation in the organisation.

    “In order to satisfy Muslims, [Nigeria] has not officially withdrawn its membership”, saidhistorian Toyin Falola, “and in order to satisfy Christians, it has refused to play an active role in the OIC”.

    If Nigeria joins the Islamic Military Alliance, it will have to be careful as to how it presents this move to the public.

    Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical motives

    The second problem derives from Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical motives and regional ambitions.

    Most responses to the new anti-terror alliance have expressed scepticism as to the real reasons behind the initiative. The exclusion of Iran in particular – a country with which Saudi Arabia is locked in an intense struggle for supremacy in the region – is seen by many as being indicative of Riyadh’s desire to galvanise the Sunni world against its rival.

    Nigeria’s membership of the anti-terror alliance could entail, if not explicit support, then at least implicit endorsement of Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical objectives – objectives that are much broader than simply countering terrorism.

    The sectarian undertones of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry could also have domestic repercussions for Nigeria given the unresolved tensions between the Nigerian state and its own restive Shia minority.

    Whose terrorists?

    Linked to the question of Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical motives is a third problem: which militant groups will command the alliance’s focus?

    Saudi Arabia says the new alliance will confront “any terrorist organisation that appears in front of us”. But it is clear that the alliance’s heavyweights will have different perceptions of who the main threats are.

    For Turkey, for example, the role of Kurdish separatists looms large in its concerns. Ankara’s attention is focused on unseating Syria’s President Assad and preventing its nightmare scenario of an independent Kurdistan emerging amidst Syria’s wreckage. Defeating Islamic State comes an important but distant third in its list of priorities.

    Similarly, Saudi Arabia’s view of what constitutes terrorism – as enshrined in its 2013 anti-terror law – is so broad as to practically include “any act of protest or criticism” against the monarchy. The law was recently used to execute a prominent Shia cleric and critic of the Saudi monarchy, further inflaming regional tensions and leading to thesevering of diplomatic ties with Iran.

    A truism in international relations is that the heavyweights in any alliance generally define its objectives. The danger for Nigeria in joining Saudi Arabia’s initiative therefore is that it may find itself having to stand by the controversial, and sometimes reckless, policies of its powerful friends in the name of solidarity.

    No Algeria

    The fourth problem for Nigeria’s possible membership of the alliance is the absence of Algeria.

    If one were to map the landscape of Nigeria’s security threats, a picture would emerge of three separate geographical levels of concern: stability in the Lake Chad region, where Boko Haram is concentrated, would constitute ‘vital’ interests; the broader Sahel, which potentially offers Boko Haram strategic depth and connects Nigeria to the chaos in Libya, would be of ‘strategic’ interest; and stability in the Levant, where the so-called Islamic State is based, and beyond would come under ‘peripheral’ interests.

    This perspective illuminates Algeria’s importance to Nigeria’s priorities. Stability in the Sahel is crucial for Nigerian security, and Algeria is the regional power in that neighbourhood. Despite its reticence about using military force – its constitution explicitly forbids external military adventures – Algeria’s potential as a stabilising power is undeniable.

    The Sahel is both a barrier and a highway straddling Nigeria and Libya, the latter of which is arguably home to Islamic State’s most important outpost. And Nigeria’s limited capability to project its power means close cooperation with Algeria is essential if the region is to push back against the further spread of IS.

    Since March 2013, intelligence chiefs from eleven countries across the region – including Nigeria and Algeria – have met every two months, with foreign ministers meeting every three, as part of the Nouakchott Process to discuss Sahelian security. Diplomatic energy may well be better spent improving the performance this multilateral initiative, where matters affecting Nigeria’s direct strategic interests are concerned, than in the broader Saudi-led alliance.

    In assessing whether to stay in or out of the Islamic Military Alliance, Nigeria should be careful to weigh the clear potential advantages against these equally formidable perils.

    Muktar Usman-Janguza is a geopolitical and security analyst.

    http://africanarguments.org/2016/01/08/why-nigeria-should-think-twice-before-joining-saudi-arabias-islamic-military-alliance/

  • Nigeria: A Macabre Dance of Death

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    PRESS STATEMENT BY CAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nigeria's Muslim Government Targeting Christians by Con Coughlin

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    President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator, rather than concentrating his efforts on Boko Haram, has instead mounted a campaign of intimidation against his Christian opponents in the south of the country.

    50,000 children are facing death by starvation, according to Western aid officials. In May, the Nigerian military killed at least 15 people at a peaceful Biafran protest.

  • Nigerian Church Unites to Overcome Insurgency

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    The world’s deadliest terrorist group is not in the Middle East. It’s in Nigeria, where the Islamist insurgency Boko Haram and other forces killed more than 4,000 Christians in 2015.

    That tally was a 62 per cent increase from the previous year, according to Open Doors, a global charity that supports Christians in places where their faith exposes them to government, social or sectarian hostility.

  • Nigerian churches criticized for not helping persecuted North

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    Baroness Cox: there's 'a disconnect at every level' betweensouthern and northern Nigerian churches 

    Baroness Cox: there's 'a disconnect at every level' between southern and northern Nigerian churches

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    Christians in the south of Nigeria are failing to help their persecuted compatriots in the north, according to a veteran humanitarian campaigner.

  • NIGERIAN FULANI HERDSMEN AND TERRORISM

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    President Muhammadu Buhari recently claimed that herdsmen causing mayhem and committing terror acts all over the country are foreigners, specifically Libyans and not Nigerians.
    I completely disagree with this narrative from no less a figure as our Commander in Chief and Father of the entire nation.
    His comments amount to pure propaganda and image laundering for his kinsmen. This is nothing but tribalism .
    And tribalism is a very perverse form of corruption, in fact, the infrastructure on which corruption thrives. This negates his government /party's  vow to defeat corruption.
    Unfortunately, this propaganda has now become a refrain/chorus sang by several powerful individuals and government agencies for example the Inspector General of Police, Minister of Internal Affairs and Minister of state for Agriculture, Senator Abdullah Adamu and several others.
    The reasons why this dangerous refrain is false and insulting to the intelligence of Nigerians are many and I will mention a few of them
    1. Nigerian Fulani herdsmen are now ranked as the 4th(fourth) worst terrorist organization globally by the global terrorism index after BOKO HARAM, ISIL and El Shabaab in terms of mass murder they commit.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/global-terrorism-index-nigerian-fulani-militants-named-as-fourth-deadliest-terror-group-in-world-a6739851.html

    2. While it is true that very few herdsmen arrested recently claimed they were foreigners, it is an undisputed fact that the Fulanis or Fulfubes (20 millions in population) spread across 20 countries in West Africa and 2 in North Africa (Sudan and Egypt) and they are bound by the same culture, religion and language. They move freely across the West African boundaries and they regard themselves as kiths and kins. It is therefore
    artificial to claim those who commit terror attacks are only foreigners when they view themselves as a brotherhood and family.
    3. Victims from the communities where the terror acts have been committed attest to the fact that they are the same Fulani herdsmen who have been ravaging and destroying their farms. E.g Agatu, Kaduna, Nimbo, Edo and Delta.
    4. The massive act of terrorism is often preceded by a long running battle for months or years with the local community and wanton destruction of their farms.

    http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/04/26/fulani-herdsmen-sack-enugu-community-48-feared-dead/

    5. The Fulani herdsmen have often collaborated with border communities at conflict with one another and used as mercenaries by one community against their feuding neighbor with the agreement that they (Fulani herdsmen) can then occupy the defeated or sacked community as their grazing reserves. This happened in a community in Odukpani, Cross River state.
    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/05/communal-clash -40-feared-dead-village-head-4-policemen-beheaded/

    6. Few days to the massive terror attacks, the Fulani herdsmen disappear from the host communities and never returned which showed pre knowledge and fear of reprisals attack by host communities if they return after the terror acts.

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/aftermath-attack-fulani-herdsmen-flee-enugu/

    7. President Buhari's government surreptitiously smuggled 954 million naira into the 2016 budget for grazing reserves when there are still controversies raging on the grazing reserves. The Senate has publicly denied the grazing reserve bill and the House of Representative is yet to complete debates on the grazing bill.
    8. Several Fulani herdsmen groups have publicly admitted that they retaliated or committed reprisals attacks because their cattle were rustled or their kinsmen killed or attacked by the host communities.

    http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/200426-exclusive-struck-agatu-fulani-herdsmen.html

    9. Mr President's first security assignment as President in addition to fighting BOKO HARAM was a determined putsch against cattle rustlers while turning a blind eye to the atrocities of his kinsmen until recent upsurge in their terror attacks and unprecedented public outcry.
    10. The peak/upsurge in the Fulani herdsmen terror attacks coincides with President Buhari's Presidency.  Is it possible that they felt emboldened that a sympathetic kinsman is now at the helm of affairs and now they can do and undo?  Is it also possible that the real owners of the cattle which are powerful individuals/Nigerian elites are arming these herdsmen knowing that President Buhari is a life patron of Miyeti Allah cattle breeders association (MACBAN)?

    These and many other questions are begging for honest and unbiased answers from all concerned.
    If care is not taken, I sincerely pray and hope that this conflict will not snowball into an implosion and a much bigger conflict. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    7 THINGS PMB MUST DO NOW
    I have been warned that I will be labeled an ‘enemy’ for addressing the issue of herdsmen killing innocent villagers but I love my country more than I fear blackmailers. In my humble opinion, wisdom, tact, and common sense dictate that President Muhammadu Buhari do the following:
    1. Address the nation directly on TV and radio.
    2. Commiserate with affected communities deliver a message of peace and hope.
    Promise the rapid delivery of compensation and restitution to the survivors, the wounded, and the families of those who have lost loved ones and livelihoods.
    3. Go on BBC and other relevant radio services that Fulanis have a tendency to listen to. Speak to them in their own language, and in no uncertain terms state that this nonsense must come to an end quickly.
    4. Set up and empower a Rapid Task Force with a view to stopping future violence and preventing a national conflict that might be much more difficult to contain.
    5. Personally visit the affected communities to see things for yourself.
    6. Meet with the leadership of Myetti Allah, the umbrella association of Fulani cattle herders, and explain in vivid detail what the consequences of future conflicts could be.
    7. As a start, all herdsmen must be disarmed immediately, otherwise we are only postponing the evil day.
    Mr President, you owe it to Nigerians, to the many Fulani herdsmen of no determinate nationality who rampage and roam Nigeria, and to future generations, to be seen at this time to be on top of the unfortunate situation; to the plight of affected communities in word and deed; and to the security implications of these most barbaric and medieval acts.
    Read more at http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/opinion/herdsmen-killings-time-to-act/138783.html#OWcR8UqBUBtpjpUh.99

  • Of Jehu, Cyrus or Ishmael?-The Buhari Dilemna

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    President Buhari has been privileged to lead this nation on two occasions both of which has implications for the nation.

    The difference is that on his first coming, time was on his side. He was free to do as he willed on the throne and God allowed him for a season until he began to cross a delicate boundary.

    On his second coming, time is no longer on his side as God’s purpose for the Nigeria nation beckons. Presently, the mercy of God overshadows the throne of Nigeria and the Lord has released a fierce angel to guard His jealousy, preserve the throne for Himself and His purpose and it is dangerous to exercise the powers of the throne in self will.

    Buhari was allowed to come to office to bear the sword of God and execute the judgment of Jehovah. He was shown to me in the spirit receiving the judgment sword that President Jonathan could not weld (because of fear of men), and that sword was given to him to act as God’s agent to judge peoples, institutions and things that are primed for God’s judgment.

    The best thing that would have happened to him before assuming office was to have called a genuine servant of God to anoint him for that office even if he chooses to continue with his faith.

    I am not sure he did that. Instead what we heard is that he resorted to be clothed in the Bayajiddah anointing which is a manifestation of the spirit of Nimrod.

    Add this to the sorcery and immense darkness that was resorted to before bringing him to office. What you have is the double tragedy of darkness and death hovering around him.

    If you notice, this administration has been marked by much bloodshed in different guises, lack and despondency. This is not likely to change until the sons of light understand the forces at work and begin to take a united stand on the side of God’s purpose and His kingdom.

    I will attempt to use three pictures in the bible to paint the unfolding scenario and offer suggestions on what the Church needs to do to avert the looming danger. These three pictures apply to Buhari in varying degrees. They are like forces pulling him to different tips in a game of tripod and the point that tips the scale will determine his end.

    JEHU: A son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi who God told Elijah to anoint as king over Israel and avenger. Once anointed by a protégé of Elijah, Jehu goes on his foretold rampage, kills Jehoram of Israel and dumps his body on an open field. Then Jehu gives chase to the incumbent king of Judah and has him killed too; proceeds to Jezreel and executes Jezebel by having her thrown out of the window. Then he kills the seventy sons of Ahab, the fourty two sons of Ahaziah and all remaining priests of Baal found in Israel.

    Buhari was given the sword of Jehu, to execute judgment against all those who have earned God’s judgment especially in the realm of politics and governance. As long as he bears this sword in righteousness and justice as the sword of God, he will prolong his days in office and extend the possibility of serving out the term that Nigerians have given him.

    We need to sincerely evaluate whether he is doing this and welding the judgment sword as the sword of God.

    CYRUS: The Cyrus anointing is the grace that God gives to a heathen king to act in furtherance of God’s purpose especially in rebuilding His house, freeing His people and advancing His purposes.

    God has a purpose for the Nigerian nation which the present structure of the nation cannot carry. God’s sole purpose for bringing President Jonathan to the throne was to clear the way for rebuilding the foundation of the Nation by laying a new constitutional framework for the country.

    Jonathan delayed this until the last minute and this is one of the reasons God took the throne from him.

    One thing that would have saved Buhari is the discernment of divine purpose. He would have prospered if he pursued this agenda and lays a new constitutional framework for the nation. It appears he is completely averse to that and this may yet be his undoing.

    The only justification for Cyrus enjoying the grace of God and his protection on the throne is if he serves the purposes of God and the people of God.

    This does not seem to be happening under this dispensation. Instead, the evidence we have on ground is that Islamists have received boldness to pursue a divisive scheme that will not augur well for a multi cultural nation like Nigeria.

    We have recently been touring the northern states and everywhere we went in the north, we saw systemic persecution and marginalisation of Christians that one would never believe would be allowed to thrive in Nigeria. In the midst of all that, the government says nothing and does nothing.

    I hear certain Christians speak in terms of the President being a kind of Cyrus, but methinks he is not a Cyrus who opposes the counsel of God concerning His people and His house.

    ISMAEL: Eldest son of Abraham by his concubine Hagar; born when Abraham was eighty-six years of age (Gen. 16: 15, 16).

    In Rabbinical Literature, the name of Ishmael is an allusion to God's promise to hear the complaints of Israel whenever it suffered at the hands of Ishmael.

    The biblical picture painted of Ismael is that of a wild one and a fighter. And he will be a wild man, his hand will be against everyman and everyman’s hand against him.(Gen.16:12).

    The spiritual force that brings together all who bear this sword today is Islam.

     

    In the context of our discussion, if Jehu’s sword in the hands of President Buhari is allowed to become a sword of Ismael, it portends great danger.

    I have concerns that things are tilting in this direction.

    Firstly, on 26th September last year, I was brought into the visions f God and shown a vision of a conspiracy to hijack his presidency to pursue an Islamic agenda. (See Page 131-133 of our book, God’s Eternal Plan for Nigeria).

    I was concerned when the events I was shown played out some months later when the President travelled to Saudi Arabia and visited the Khaba.

    I believe that the transaction that took place in this event changed the sword of Jehu that the Lord appointed for him into a sword of Ismael.

     

    EVALUATION WE MUST MAKE AS CHRISTIANS:

    We must own up that this dispensation would not have been without the active co-operation of Christians. Some out of ignorance and some out of selfish motives supported the emergence of Buhari as Nigeria’s president.

    We must now take responsibility to watch over him on the throne by praying aright and in line with God’s purpose.

     

    I am not among the number of believers who are praying that somehow he will die so that his Vice who is a Christian can take over. I think that is witchcraft and pure wickedness.

    I wish him well, but I also know that God has NOT given it to him to bring answers to the nation’s problems. The Bible says, a man can receive NOTHING except what has been given to him from above (Jn.3:27).

     

    The only grace he has is to weld the judgment sword but if that sword should become the sword of Ismael as I am afraid it is becoming, then danger looms.

     

    A CALL FOR A SOLEMN ASSEMBLY:

    The Lord is asking us to mobilise the Church for a Solemn Assembly by October next year around the time of Israel’s Feast of Atonement.

    In obedience to the Lord, we have been travelling to the different zones in the country to inform the Church and the Nation of God’s Eternal Plan for Nigeria.

    The National Solemn Assembly is now scheduled for the 15th of October 2016 in Abuja. We will publish details later. Please pray along with us and if the Lord grants it to you to support the event in any way, you can contact us. This season calls for prayers and for the sons of Issachar to arise.

     

    The word I am hearing in my spirit are not palatable. I am not even praying it yet:

     

    And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; 23But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: 24Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. 

    25.And this is the writing that was written, MENEMene, MENEMene, TEKELTekel, UPHARSINUpharsin. 

    26. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENEMene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 

    27. TEKELTekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 

    28. PERESPeres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

     

    PRAYERS WE CAN PRAY:

    1)      Issue a Decree of watchers restraining the President from exceeding the boundaries drawn for him by the Lord.

    2)      Issue a Decree commanding him to drop the sword of Ismael and bear only the sword of Jehu which is God’s purpose for him.

    3)      Decree that his government will not answer to the wishes of the Islamic world and other enemies of Nigeria including the international community.

    4)      Declare that God’s timetable for bringing His David to the throne will stand.

    5)      Command the mornings to execute the Job38:13 decree against all the wicked that have taken him hostage.

     

    May the Lord grant it to us to do the needful.s

    In Christ,

     

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  • Of Jehu, Cyrus or Ishmael?-The Buhari Dilemna

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    President Buhari has been privileged to lead this nation on two occasions both of which has implications for the nation.

    The difference is that on his first coming, time was on his side. He was free to do as he willed on the throne and God allowed him for a season until he began to cross a delicate boundary.

    On his second coming, time is no longer on his side as God’s purpose for the Nigeria nation beckons. Presently, the mercy of God overshadows the throne of Nigeria and the Lord has released a fierce angel to guard His jealousy, preserve the throne for Himself and His purpose and it is dangerous to exercise the powers of the throne in self will.

    Buhari was allowed to come to office to bear the sword of God and execute the judgment of Jehovah. He was shown to me in the spirit receiving the judgment sword that President Jonathan could not weld (because of fear of men), and that sword was given to him to act as God’s agent to judge peoples, institutions and things that are primed for God’s judgment.

    The best thing that would have happened to him before assuming office was to have called a genuine servant of God to anoint him for that office even if he chooses to continue with his faith.

    I am not sure he did that. Instead what we heard is that he resorted to be clothed in the Bayajiddah anointing which is a manifestation of the spirit of Nimrod.

    Add this to the sorcery and immense darkness that was resorted to before bringing him to office. What you have is the double tragedy of darkness and death hovering around him.

    If you notice, this administration has been marked by much bloodshed in different guises, lack and despondency. This is not likely to change until the sons of light understand the forces at work and begin to take a united stand on the side of God’s purpose and His kingdom.

    I will attempt to use three pictures in the bible to paint the unfolding scenario and offer suggestions on what the Church needs to do to avert the looming danger. These three pictures apply to Buhari in varying degrees. They are like forces pulling him to different tips in a game of tripod and the point that tips the scale will determine his end.

    JEHU: A son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi who God told Elijah to anoint as king over Israel and avenger. Once anointed by a protégé of Elijah, Jehu goes on his foretold rampage, kills Jehoram of Israel and dumps his body on an open field. Then Jehu gives chase to the incumbent king of Judah and has him killed too; proceeds to Jezreel and executes Jezebel by having her thrown out of the window. Then he kills the seventy sons of Ahab, the fourty two sons of Ahaziah and all remaining priests of Baal found in Israel.

    Buhari was given the sword of Jehu, to execute judgment against all those who have earned God’s judgment especially in the realm of politics and governance. As long as he bears this sword in righteousness and justice as the sword of God, he will prolong his days in office and extend the possibility of serving out the term that Nigerians have given him.

    We need to sincerely evaluate whether he is doing this and welding the judgment sword as the sword of God.

    CYRUS: The Cyrus anointing is the grace that God gives to a heathen king to act in furtherance of God’s purpose especially in rebuilding His house, freeing His people and advancing His purposes.

    God has a purpose for the Nigerian nation which the present structure of the nation cannot carry. God’s sole purpose for bringing President Jonathan to the throne was to clear the way for rebuilding the foundation of the Nation by laying a new constitutional framework for the country.

    Jonathan delayed this until the last minute and this is one of the reasons God took the throne from him.

    One thing that would have saved Buhari is the discernment of divine purpose. He would have prospered if he pursued this agenda and lays a new constitutional framework for the nation. It appears he is completely averse to that and this may yet be his undoing.

    The only justification for Cyrus enjoying the grace of God and his protection on the throne is if he serves the purposes of God and the people of God.

    This does not seem to be happening under this dispensation. Instead, the evidence we have on ground is that Islamists have received boldness to pursue a divisive scheme that will not augur well for a multi cultural nation like Nigeria.

    We have recently been touring the northern states and everywhere we went in the north, we saw systemic persecution and marginalisation of Christians that one would never believe would be allowed to thrive in Nigeria. In the midst of all that, the government says nothing and does nothing.

    I hear certain Christians speak in terms of the President being a kind of Cyrus, but methinks he is not a Cyrus who opposes the counsel of God concerning His people and His house.

    ISMAEL: Eldest son of Abraham by his concubine Hagar; born when Abraham was eighty-six years of age (Gen. 16: 15, 16).

    In Rabbinical Literature, the name of Ishmael is an allusion to God's promise to hear the complaints of Israel whenever it suffered at the hands of Ishmael.

    The biblical picture painted of Ismael is that of a wild one and a fighter. And he will be a wild man, his hand will be against everyman and everyman’s hand against him.(Gen.16:12).

    The spiritual force that brings together all who bear this sword today is Islam.

     

    In the context of our discussion, if Jehu’s sword in the hands of President Buhari is allowed to become a sword of Ismael, it portends great danger.

    I have concerns that things are tilting in this direction.

    Firstly, on 26th September last year, I was brought into the visions f God and shown a vision of a conspiracy to hijack his presidency to pursue an Islamic agenda. (See Page 131-133 of our book, God’s Eternal Plan for Nigeria).

    I was concerned when the events I was shown played out some months later when the President travelled to Saudi Arabia and visited the Khaba.

    I believe that the transaction that took place in this event changed the sword of Jehu that the Lord appointed for him into a sword of Ismael.

     

    EVALUATION WE MUST MAKE AS CHRISTIANS:

    We must own up that this dispensation would not have been without the active co-operation of Christians. Some out of ignorance and some out of selfish motives supported the emergence of Buhari as Nigeria’s president.

    We must now take responsibility to watch over him on the throne by praying aright and in line with God’s purpose.

     

    I am not among the number of believers who are praying that somehow he will die so that his Vice who is a Christian can take over. I think that is witchcraft and pure wickedness.

    I wish him well, but I also know that God has NOT given it to him to bring answers to the nation’s problems. The Bible says, a man can receive NOTHING except what has been given to him from above (Jn.3:27).

     

    The only grace he has is to weld the judgment sword but if that sword should become the sword of Ismael as I am afraid it is becoming, then danger looms.

     

    A CALL FOR A SOLEMN ASSEMBLY:

    The Lord is asking us to mobilise the Church for a Solemn Assembly by October next year around the time of Israel’s Feast of Atonement.

    In obedience to the Lord, we have been travelling to the different zones in the country to inform the Church and the Nation of God’s Eternal Plan for Nigeria.

    The National Solemn Assembly is now scheduled for the 15th of October 2016 in Abuja. We will publish details later. Please pray along with us and if the Lord grants it to you to support the event in any way, you can contact us. This season calls for prayers and for the sons of Issachar to arise.

     

    The word I am hearing in my spirit are not palatable. I am not even praying it yet:

     

    And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; 23But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: 24Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. 

    25.And this is the writing that was written, MENEMene, MENEMene, TEKELTekel, UPHARSINUpharsin. 

    26. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENEMene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 

    27. TEKELTekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 

    28. PERESPeres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

     

    PRAYERS WE CAN PRAY:

    1)      Issue a Decree of watchers restraining the President from exceeding the boundaries drawn for him by the Lord.

    2)      Issue a Decree commanding him to drop the sword of Ismael and bear only the sword of Jehu which is God’s purpose for him.

    3)      Decree that his government will not answer to the wishes of the Islamic world and other enemies of Nigeria including the international community.

    4)      Declare that God’s timetable for bringing His David to the throne will stand.

    5)      Command the mornings to execute the Job38:13 decree against all the wicked that have taken him hostage.

     

    May the Lord grant it to us to do the needful.s

    In Christ,

     

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  • OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ONGOING KILLINGS IN PLATEAU STATE

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    16th October 2017

    Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum.

     

    Dear Sir,

    It is with grief and pains in our hearts that we write this open letter with the conviction that urgent steps and proactive measures will be put in place to address the ongoing killings in some parts of Plateau State which have continued unabated.

    Government fundamental role is the protection of lives and property of the people as well as ensuring that their fundamental human rights to life are protected.

  • Over N3m church property burnt, girls raped, abducted in Godogodo Fulani Attacks – ECWA Leaders

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    Leadership of Evangelical Church Winning All, otherwise known as ECWA, Wednesday said property worth over N3.1 millions were destroyed in the wake of the recent unrestrained attacks carried out by the Fulani in Godogodo chiefdom in Southern part of Kaduna state. 

  • PFN Drags El-Rufai To Court Over Anti-Preaching Bill

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    A Church, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has instituted a case before Justice Hajara Gwadah of Kaduna State High Court against Governor Nasir El-Rufai and two others asking the court to declare as null and void a controversial executive bill before Kaduna state House of Assembly, KDHA, which sought to strengthens a moribund 1984 Kaduna State law that regulates preaching in the state.

  • Plateau Monarch Murdered by Fulani Herdsmen

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

  • Police Recruitment: Afenifere Rejects LGs As Basis Of Recruitment

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    The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the simmering crisis between the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission(PSC) which led to the suspension of the recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Police Force in September .
    While the PSC insisted that the process should follow the constitutional provision of equality of states in line with the principle of federal character ,the Senator Abu Ibrahim-led committee wanted the recruitment to be done on the basis of local governments .The Senate Committee also insisted that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) should supervise the exercise as against the PSC which is statutorily saddled with such responsibility.

  • Policy Incoherence Fuels Herdsmen Attacks

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    There is now a commonality of opinion that the rate of violent attacks of farmers all across Nigeria by armed Fulani herdsmen skyrocketed since the emergence of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who by birth is a Fulani.
    Conversely, since he assumed office last May, president Buhari has yet to articulate a workable public policy framework on how best to effectively combat the rise in armed Fulani attacks/insurgency. 

  • POSITION OF CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA ON THE ISSUE OF CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES AS REFLECTED IN THE CURRENT 9-YEAR BASIC EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF SENATE ON WEDNESDAY JULY 12, 2017

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    Prof. Charles Adisa

     

     

    INTRODUCTION

    Your Excellency, I wish to express my gratitude (NCGF), and that of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on behalf of Christians in Nigeria for your quick response to our request for an audience over the fate of Christian Religious Studies (CRS) in the current 9-Year Basic Educational Curriculum. Your prompt reaction shows how much importance you attach to this matter as of urgent National attention. I recall it was a fortnight ago we made this request. Thank you for granting us an audience. In our letter, we did say, we will bring to your notice our observations, worries and fears as well as our position on the vexing issue. 

    OBSERVATIONS

    First, observations: we observed that Christian Religious Studies which over the years has been an independent Subject of its own was listed as part of an omnibus subject called Religion and National Values with others, such as Islamic religious studies, Social studies, Civic education and Security education. By this lumping together, in-depth study of the subject is lost to necessity of accommodation of other Subjects. Further, we observed that the content of the Curriculum and the textbooks approved by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) deliberately denigrated the person of the founder of the Christian faith. The Islamic religious studies section of the same Curriculum document impudently denied the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is blasphemous - The Cardinal Truth of the Christian faith. This we consider as obnoxious, offensive and provocative. If this was limited to a private religious belief, it is understandable, but making such statements in a national document for all faiths is indeed obnoxious.

    We also observed that the omnibus subject called Religion and National Values is compulsory in National examinations such as JSS 3, SS 3 and NECO. The implication is that a student must offer any of the two religions as part of the overall Subject. In a situation where there is no Subject teacher for any of the two Religious Studies, the Student will compulsorily do the available, not minding whether it conflicts with his or her faith. Finally, we observed that many schools, particularly in the northern part of the country, deliberately refused to employ Christian Religious Studies Teachers, thereby denying the Christian students the right to choose Christian Religious Studies and indirectly forcing them to do Islamic religious studies. This we consider an infringement on their fundamental human rights.

    FEARS AND OBJECTIONS

    Now our fears: We consider this Curriculum a means of promoting one religion (Islam) above other religions in a multi-religious nation. We are also worried that there is a deliberate act of indoctrination of Nigerian children through the Curriculum towards Islam. This for us is the most subtle and most dangerous way of executing a jihad. We are worried by the confusion this Curriculum will create in the minds of the minors. For instance, at home, a Christian child is taught that the salvation of his or her soul is through the atoning death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. Then in school, he or she is faced with a Curriculum and textbooks denying the death and resurrection of Christ, which is a blasphemy. The worst is the portion in the Curriculum that encourages the child to disobey the parents if they oppose his or her recitation of the Koran. When an educational program encourages rebellion in the home, what will be the implications on the society?

    POSITION AND STAND OF  CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA

    Finally, your Excellency, the positions  of Christians in Nigeria are as listed below:

    1. The Curriculum as it concerns the omnibus subject: Religion and National Values should be scrapped as a Subject. In its place, there should be three distinctive subjects each standing on its own. They are Christian Religious Studies, Islamic Religious Studies and Social Studies, while Civic & Security Education can be combined or be made optional.
    2. Federal Ministry of Education and State Ministries of Education must be made to employ Religous Studies Teachers so that Pupils and Students will have the opportunity to study any religion of their choice in all Public Schools in Nigeria. We note that though education is in the concurrent legislative list, where State can decide what to do since all teachers in Public schools are being paid with tax payers money, the majority of which come from the Federal Allocation, there should be no discrimination on which Religious Teachers to employ and which ones not to. It is also pertinent to note that the Constitution is supreme over any other local considerations. The 1999 Constitution states clearly in Section 38 (1) and article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human right that “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.” In addition, in any situation where there is a conflict between the State and Federal values even in a concurrent list, the doctrine of “covering the field” supervenes which gives the Federal authority the edge in such a dispute.
    3. The Christian faith has suffered monumental damage caused by the publication and circulation of the Curriculum. We consider the Curriculum libelous and demand unreserved apology from the Federal Ministry of Education and Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).
    4. We demand immediate reinstatement of Christian Religious Studies (CRS)  in the Curriculum of the States' Ministries of Education in the States that have delisted it from their school Curriculum, particularly, Kwara and Niger states, and most states in the North.

    l would like to bring to your notice sir as you may well be aware, several states in the North since the 80's have stopped employing CRS Teachers in their public schools, some even went to the extent of coercing and flogging Christian children who refuse to do Islamic Studies. A very recent example came from your very home state, Kwara.

    1. We demand that Christian Association of Nigeria be allowed to provide Christian Religious Studies Teachers in each of the states that claim they are unable to source and recruit Christian Religious Teachers. In fact in Niger State, Christian Association of Nigeria in the past decade had had a running battle with successive state governments over the employment of CRS Teachers in Public Schools. At a point, CAN volunteered to pay the salaries of the CRS Teachers, which was declined by the state authorities.
    2. We demand that the Curriculum be Redesigned to reflect true Christian values for our children, not humanistic social/ moral instructions, but that which teaches them to love, respect and reverence the God of their fathers JEHOVAH Elohim, who sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, whose resurrection gives us passport to Heaven.
    3. Genuine respect for our Constitution which in section 38 (1) guarantees freedom of worship and right to choose what, when and how to worship as well as Article 18 of Universal Declaration of human rights.
    4. Abolition of obnoxious laws that infringe on freedom of worship, like the one recently promulgated by the Kaduna State Government.
    5. The involvement of all stakeholders in the review of the Curriculum such as CAN, Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship (of which I am the National President and have played key roles in advocacy over this and similar issues), PTA's of Schools and Private schools proprietors. NERDC should not at their whims and caprices hand-pick those to participate in the review.
    6. There should be a program of continuous education and reorientation of end users as part of the Curriculum implementation.
    7. Offensive items in the Curriculum that are blasphemous should be expunged as a step to restoration of mutual respect.
    8. Morally degrading items should be removed from the Textbooks for use.
    9. NERDC should be empowered to penalise erring publishers and State Ministries of Education that violate the rules and not be a toothless bull dog.
    10. NERDC should make an available list of recommended Textbooks in the Curriculum to the public.
    11. There should be a restoration of key subjects like History, Geography in our basic education Curriculum.
    12. The government should not in practice nor be seen to interfere or promote one religion to the exclusion of others by sponsoring only a particular group or allocate State resources to it.
    13. There should be prosecution and arrest of all agents of hatred and murder of Christians in Nigeria: Two recent examples were that of Mrs Eunice Olawale, a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who was killed in Kubwa, Abuja last year and that of a 74-year-old Bridget Agbaime of Imo State killed in cold blood in Kano last year. It is trite to remind your Excellency Sir,  that the Villains were exonerated for no genuine reasons at all.

    Let me add that in listing all these demands, we consulted widely with all Christian groups, associations and affiliations both in Nigeria and the diaspora, and all these points represent the opinions and positions of the vast majority of Nigerian Christians.

    1. We demand for the arrest, prosecution and stoppage of kidnapping of under aged Christian girls and forceful marriage of such in the Northern part of Nigeria.
    2. The school uniform is part and parcel of the curriculum, we therefore demand for security reasons, an end to wearing of Hijab in Christian Schools in Nigeria as seen and legislated in Osun State. 
    3. Another issue which we will like to draw your attention to, is the Draft Document by the NUC (Nigeria University Commission) in which Arabic studies is now considered as a Compulsory/Elective subject in the Management Courses like Economics, Accounting, Banking / Finance and Actuarial Science  as well as Arabic studies as a Generation Studies (GS ) course our the universities curriculum. This is a rude shock to us, absolutely incredible and as such unacceptable sir.

    Finally, may I assure you of the high regards of Nigerian Christians as we believe you will take steps to ensure the National Assembly will take legislative steps to redress the issues raised, and  possibly call for a public hearing on these vexing issues that seem to undermine our unity and diversity as a nation.

    God bless your Excellency

    God bless the Federal Republic of  Nigeria

    God bless the Church.

    For and on behalf of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),

    Prof. Charles Adeyinka Adisa

    National President

    Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF) 

    Endorsed by: 

    Coalition of Christian Groups

    1. National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF);
    2. Nigerian Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF);
    3. Think Tank For The Body Of Christ;
    4. Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON);
    5. Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria (ACSIN);
    6. Students Christian Movement (SCM);
    7. Christian Professionals Forum (CPF);
    8. Ministers Prayer Network (MPN);
    9. International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ);
    10. Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA);
    11. International Prophetic Ministerial Association (IPMA) (Inc. Worldwide College of Bishops & Ministers, Africa, UK & USA);
    12. Intercessors Without Walls (IWW);
    13. Wailing Women International (WWI);
    14. Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship;
    15. Nigerian Fellowship of Christian Students (NIFES);
    16. University Joint Campus Christian Fellowship (UJCM);
    17. Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship (NCCF);
    18. Nigeria Supreme Council For Ecclesiastical Affairs (NSCEA);
    19. African Association for Ecclesiastical Affairs (AAEA),
    20. The Preacher (TP),
    21. The Messenger,
    22. Womb of Intercession International Fellowship (WIIF)
    23. International Foundation for Christian Unity (IFCU)

    20th July, 2017

  • Position of Middle-Belt Youth Council on “Go Away” threat to Igbos

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    The Middle-Belt Youth Council, MBYC, of the central part of Nigeria, has distanced itself from the three months’ vacation ultimatum issued to Igbos by ‘Northern Youth’ groups, saying, the Youth Council is ready to accommodate the Ohaneize Ndigbos in their states.

    A statement issued Wednesday and signed by the CounciI's President, Emma Zopmal, stated that Middle-Belt has been a home for the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South-South and the South-West without any form of discrimination against anyone.

  • PRESS RELEASE: CONTINOUS SOUTHERN KADUNA KILLNGS

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    CAN Declares Jan. 8 2017, National Day of Mourning …Over Southern Kaduna Killings         

                  To:  All Christians in Nigeria and Diaspora. 

    Gentlemen of the Press,

    I bring you greetings in the precious name of our Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. I have been directed by the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo A Ayokunle to bring to your attention the on-going ethnic/religious cleansing of Nigerian Christians in general and those of southern Kaduna in particular in the last few weeks. 

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