Nigeria

  • 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

    World Watch Monitor

    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,

     

    Messenger

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    Tel: 08185555307

    Revival Altar 17-9-16.

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

    where_shall_we_go

    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,

     

    Messenger

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Tel: 08185555307

    Revival Altar 17-9-16.

  • 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. 

  • PRESS RELEASE: CORRECT ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT SITUATION IN NIGERIA

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    The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has viewed with much concern and apprehension, the issues currently unfolding in the country. The Christian Elders are saddened that once again, the nation is being driven to a needless and mindless conflict that if not well managed, could conflagrate into war, destruction, and threaten the cohesiveness of the Nigerian State.

  • Press Release: Federal Government extends Public Holiday

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    PRESS RELEASE

    By

    COALITION OF CHRISTIAN GROUPS

    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REVERSES EID-EL-FITRI PUBLIC HOLIDAY

    As Nigerians, we congratulate the Muslims in the nation on their successful completion of the Ramadan fast in 2016. However, we are disturbed by the apparent shoddiness and confusion the Federal Government brought into the declaration of the Public Holiday rounding up the Muslim religious exercise.

    The Federal Government had earlier declared Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July as Public Holiday only to reverse itself and declare Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July 2016 as Public Holiday. If this was done before Tuesday was observed as Public Holiday, it would have been tolerable but declaring Thursday 7th as Public Holiday in addition to Tuesday and Wednesday is a mark of institutional unseriousness. The implication now is that three days would be work free in the week.

    We are equally appalled that the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau based the decision to declare Thursday as Public Holiday on “the directive by the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues today (Tuesday) as a result of the non-sighting of the moon”. We are not aware that Nigeria has transmuted into a religious theocratic state in which the leader of a religious group issues “directive” to the Federal Government. If the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs confirmed Wednesday and Thursday as Public Holiday for the Ramadan fasting, then who advised the Federal Government to declare Tuesday a Public Holiday?

    As innocuous as some people may want to present this development, it is a dangerous signal confirming the worrisome direction of the party that promised Nigerians CHANGE from the lawlessness and impunity that seem to characterize this nation. Since the inception of the Buhari administration, it has left no one in doubt of its discriminatory leaning towards Islam as the preferred religion in Nigeria, in violation of Section 10 of the Constitution. The Buhari Administration needs to be reminded again that Nigeria is not an Islamic Theocratic State that receives “directive” from a Sultan. Nigeria is a democratic and secular nation and preferential treatment should not be accorded any section of the nation but all should be treated equally.

    If indeed a mistake was made in declaring Tuesday a Public Holiday that does not warrant declaring Thursday a Public Holiday. Both the Federal Government and leaders of Islam should have maintained the statutory two days Public Holiday and learnt a lesson on how to not to repeat the mistake in future. It is very embarrassing the tardiness and shoddiness that the Buhari Administration has brought into governance in Nigeria. Decent and respectable people are ashamed at the flagrant acts of discrimination, nepotism, and impunity of the APC led government.

    We wish to state clearly that declaring Thursday an additional Public Holiday is not only wrong but an insensitive approach to the management of the economy. The economic well being of the nation should not be sacrificed on the altar of religious fervor.

    Nevertheless, having illegally appropriated an additional day as Public Holiday during the Eid-el-Fitri, the Federal Government and leaders of Islam should be prepared to repay the nation the extra day during the next Eid-el-Kabir in which we expect only one day should be approved as Public Holiday. Nigeria should not be turned into a lawless nation. The APC led government should call itself to order.

    COALTION 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

    9.                  INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY JERUSALEM (ICEJ)

    10.               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

    14.               FULL GOSPEL BUSINESSMEN FELLOWSHIP

    15.                NIGERIAN FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN STUDENTS (NIFES)

    16.               UNIVERSITY JOINT CAMPUS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (UJCM)

    8TH JULY, 2016

  • Press Release: Ibo Nation Expresses Anger at Fulani Herdsmen

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    The attention of members of Oganiru Ndigbo Foundation aka Igboville, has been drawn to the continuing targeting and killing of Ndi-igbo and other Nigerians in our communities by armed Fulani Herdsmen. Our members drawn from the 5 South East states, Delta State, Rivers State and minorities of Benue state wish to express our deep discomfort and anger at the persisting acts of terror unleashed on our people and others by this new terror group loosely called "Fulani herdsmen".

    For some time now, armed Fulani cattle rearers have been in the news because of their tendency to unleash terror on communities where they carry out their unauthorized cattle breeding.  Chief amongst the area where they have committed abominable acts are Benue State, Enugu State and other parts of Southern Nigeria. Recently, these herdsmen killed and maimed over 80 people at Uzo-uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State and gory pictures of these dastardly acts which we have investigated and found to be real have flooded the Internet. The Uzo-uwani incident came on the heels of the Agatu Benue State massacre, carried out by these herdsmen. More than 300 lives were lost at Agatu village and acres of farmlands were destroyed by the marauding armed terrorists. Just yesterday, another attack was launched in Benue state by the herdsmen with more than 10 lives confirmed lost.

    The Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government's response to the danger posed by this group is at best tepid, if not out rightly condoning. Since the escalation of these killings we have not read of arrests by the security forces or compensation for the victims. There has not been any concerted attempt to disarm these terrorists and their sponsors. The attitude of the government appears defined by the recent half-hearted pronouncement by the Minister of Agriculture to the effect that the Federal Government will import breeding grasses from Brazil as well as establish ranches all of the country for the herdsmen. We are totally against carving out portions of our land as "safe havens" for those recently described by the Inspector General of Police as "foreigners from neighboring countries". We view the "grazing land" proposal as a veiled attempt to take over our land and plant violent terrorists to execute an age old jihadist plot of "dipping the Koran in the Atlantic Ocean" as espoused by Ahmadu Bello.

    It is important to note that the insurgency in the northeast spearheaded by Islamic terrorists has been partly about forceful conversion of Christians living in those areas to Islam. Chibok girls abduction is still unresolved and Boko Haram spokesman recently claimed all the girls have been (forcefully) converted to Islam by their abductors and married off. We are also aware of the recent spate of abduction of minors from the south and their forced conversion to Islam and marriage without the consent or approval of their parents.Added to the above is the recent revelation from the Nigerian Senate to the effect that fleeing Boko Haram fighters have transmuted to "Fulani herdsmen" and were responsible for the blood chilling Agatu massacres in Benue State. We view the treatment of the marauding terrorists by the federal government as nothing short of criminal negligence and the planned allocation of grazing fields in the South as compensation to the terrorists. Coming at a period when unarmed IPOB members were shot and killed by security agents while they were praying within a school compound, the cuddly treatment of the murderous herdsmen by the Federal Government smirks of compensation for mass murder of innocent citizens including women and children. It will also be difficult not to suspect collusion between the murderous herdsmen and people in government to promote a sinister agenda. We hereby call on all south east governments and others affected by the terrorist activities of the herdsmen to immediately enact laws through their state legislature to outlaw the negative activities of these merchants of death and sorrow. Such action is in line with our federal constitution and we cannot see why the concerned states should not take necessary legal measures in fulfilment of their sworn obligation to protect lives and properties of the citizens of their states. It is sad to note that the President, whom the opposition parties, during the 2015 election campaigns, accused of being a sectional leader seems to be working "very hard" to prove them right.

    To date we have not seen any attempt by the Federal government to disarm the herdsmen or bring them and their sponsors to justice. Are the herdsmen and owners of the cattle above the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? It is obvious that the herdsmen were armed with sophisticated assault weapons such as AK47 riffles by the privileged owners of the cattle they rear. The same owners appear to be using their leverage with our security establishment to deploy our security forces to aid the herdsmen when they are challenged by vigilant citizens of the communities they invade. We have a list of major cattle breeders in Nigeria and will willingly offer same to security agents if they claim not to know.

    The international community should urgently intervene to compel the Nigerian government to check the murderous activities of the Fulani herdsmen before it leads to large scale breakdown of law and order in the affected communities. While we wait for the necessary response from the authorities, we call on all Igbo communities to organize themselves and take all necessary measures to protect their people and farmlands. Further massacre of our people by the herdsmen and their collaborators must be decisively responded to until the Federal Government wakes up to her responsibility of protecting lives and properties of all Nigerians.

    Signed on behalf of the members of Igboville/Oganiru Ndigbo Foundation:

    Barr Emeka Maduewesi (USA)
    Barr Ifeyinwa China Onyeabor (SA)
    Mr Marleek Onyekaba (USA)
    Mr Eche Chidume (Ireland)
    Dr Benjamin Udodigbo  (Nigeria)
    Dr Innocent Uzuh (Nigeria)
    Mr Paul Kalu (Nigeria)
    Mrs Nelda Okafor (Nigeria)
    Ms Lilian Ngozi (Nigeria)
    Mr Jude Duke Anago (UK)
    Barr Eresi Grace Oko (Ireland)

  • Press Release: Is the Federal Government Abdicating its Responsibility?

    National Christian Elder's Forum

    PRESS RELEASE

    By:
    Coalition of Christian Groups


     IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABDICATING ITS RESPONSIBILITY?

    Following the controversy that surrounded the extension of the Eid el-Fitri Public Holiday by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III in July 2016, we are amazed that there has been an escalation of the impropriety. According to Vanguard Newspaper Report of 3rd. September, 2016, “Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced Monday, Sept. 12 as the Eid-El-Kabir Day, ….” This is contained in a Statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto (http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/09/sultan-announces-monday-sept-12-eid-el-kabir-day/)

  • Press Release: Is the President Pleased with the Persecution of Christians?

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    I have waited since Sunday, July 10, 2016, when the news broke, of the gruesome murder of Mrs Eunice Elisha, an assistant pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Abuja, for the comment and reaction of the President, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari, retd., to no avail. The President's silence is ominous, worrisome, unfortunate and disappointing. And after listening to the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Channels television, coupled with the pictorial report of the visitation of the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, to the family of the deceased, it became clearer to me, that the President is deliberately keeping silent, on this cold blooded murder.

    In section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, it is stated that "the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government". All Citizens of Nigeria should therefore feel safe in any part of the country that they choose to reside in, irrespective of their faith.

    Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution states clearly that "the government of the federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State religion", signifying clearly, that Nigeria, by law and by the choice of our people, is a secular state.

    By section 38(1) of the same Constitution, "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."

    It is this section 38(1) that Mrs Eunice Elisha, was relying upon to manifest, propagate and practice her religion, through evangelism, in public. She could therefore not have constituted a threat or a nuisance, to any person or any other religion, especially in Abuja, which is declared and designated by law, as the federal capital territory of Nigeria.

    On the same day that life was snuffed out of Mrs Elisha, it was also reported that Fulani herdsmen invaded a community in Benue State and killed over 81 persons. Still, the President has kept mute. The stage-managed killings by the Fulani herdsmen, who are Muslims, have been targeted at predominantly Christian settlements.
    The worrisome dimension of the President's silence, is more frightening because majority of the people that the President has openly complained did not vote for him in the 2015 presidential elections, are mostly in the South-South and in the South East, who are mostly Christians, in their majority. The States that have been free of any form of attack by Fulani Muslim herdsmen, in the South West, are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun, all of which are either headed by Muslim governors or controlled by Muslim party leaders.

    In Ondo State, where a Christian governor holds sway, chief Olu Falae, has been attacked twice, by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, right in his own farm. In Ekiti State, where a Christian governor holds sway, Muslim Fulani herdsmen, have also attacked farmers, but for the prompt intervention of the governor.

    Interestingly, neither the ruling APC nor the opposition PDP, has uttered a word, on the heinous and barbaric murder of Mrs Elisha and indeed the invasion of other Christian communities. They have been busy, as has been customary with politicians, fighting dirty, for the control of our national treasury, through political power.

    Neither the Islamic nor the Christian religion preaches violence and bloodshed, but fundamentalists and fanatics of these different religions are unleashed on our people by our leaders, when it is convenient for them to achieve a sinister motive. From all indications therefore, it would seem convenient, for the President to keep sitting upon the blood and death of innocent Christians, who are considered to form the bulk of the critics of his government presently and also in the opposition, politically.

    In times past, we have learnt to respect the faith and beliefs of all fellow Nigerians, in demonstration of a single, United and indivisible Nigeria. But that national unity seem to be in apparent peril, under this administration.
    Presently, it is alleged that Christian Religious Knowledge, has been removed from the educational curriculum of all the Northern States. It is alleged that there is a pending Bill in the National Assembly, to codify Islamic law as part of the criminal jurisprudence of Nigeria, with universal application in all the states of the federation. The Grazing Bill pending in the National Assembly is targeted at the acquisition of the customary land of the Southern Christian States, for the use and occupation of Muslim Fulani herdsmen. It is alleged that most critical appointments of the present administration have been dominated by Muslims. There are indeed other serious concerns, voiced against the Buhari regime, in relation to religion.

    Ordinarily, we should have no concern about the faith or belief of any leader, if and when aberrations, such as happened to Mrs Elisha in Abuja occur, the leader is quick to speak and act, in genuine condemnation and detestation of same. But our President has been silent, and indeed uncomfortably silent, in all of these attacks.

    The President is very well aware of the effect of faith and religion, on our national life. Thus in 2011 when he sought to rule Nigeria, General Buhari picked Pastor Tunde Bakare, a vocal Christian, as his running mate. And in order to garner more votes in 2015, General Buhari chose Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, a provincial pastor in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, and close confidant of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, leader of the biggest Pentecostal church in Nigeria, as his running mate.


    It is therefore a great disservice to the loyalty of Osinbajo and indeed all his supporters, for the President to openly ignore the barbaric and cold blooded murder of Mrs Elisha, who is also a pastor in the same church of his Vice-President, which occurred right in the domain of the President, in Abuja. No statement, no visitation, no condemnation. It is indeed ominous, especially in an administration that rules through body language.

    It is bad enough for the people to be complaining that their leader is clueless about how to run his government, it is painful enough when a leader openly reneges upon his campaign promises, to the detriment of his own integrity, it is hurting enough when a leader runs the economy aground and is implementing anti-people policies, that impose hardship and suffering on the people; but it becomes saddening, when the leader is openly insensitive to bloodshed and violence, perpetrated on the strength of the faith of that leader. General Buhari must speak loudly and act decisively, against any form of religious intolerance, if that is the only dividend, that they will get, for their votes and support for him.

    It is on the strength of all the above that I call on the President to urgently visit the family of the Elishas, that the President should personally visit and console with facilities of the communities that have so far been decimated, devastated and wrecked by Fulani herdsmen, in demonstration of the unity and secularity of Nigeria.

    Nigerians love themselves and would love to dwell in a country united in faith and religious practices. I therefore urge the President not to destroy that unity and togetherness, with his seeming preference for religious fanaticism. If previous administrations have done this for their selfish and ulterior purposes, it behoves on the present government of change, to depart from this inglorious and divisive practice.

    Thank you.

    Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.

    Press Release from Mr Ebun Olu Adegboruwa.

  • Progress of the Jihad in Nigeria

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    Perhaps for a very good reason, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saád Abubakar, and a Maiduguri-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Saleh recently made the list of the world’s 50 most influential Muslim leaders. The Muslim 500, an annual publication of the World’s 500 most influential Muslims, recognised the three Nigerian leaders in its 7th edition published late last year.
    The publication measured influence some Muslims have on other Muslims to include: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world. The impact could be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view, it said.

  • PUNCH Newspaper Fabricated Lies Against President Of CAN

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    The National Secretariat of CAN has issued a rebuttal of an interview which PUNCH Newspaper falsely claimed it had with the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, his Eminence, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. In refuting the malicious publication titled “I’m shocked when I read negative things about Jonathan – Oritsejafor” by PUNCH Newspaper on 10th April, 2016, the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Dr. Musa Asake, wrote to Church leaders that “the President of CAN did NOT make the statement credited to him as he did not grant the interview in question. The PUNCH journalist, Nosa Akenzua, is under strict obligation to explain how he came about the interview that he credited to the President of CAN.”

  • Quit Notice To Igbos: “We Are Not Part Of The North,” Middle-Belt Dissociate Self

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    A coalition of youth group, under the umbrella body of Middle-Belt Youth Patriotic Front, on Wednesday dissociated itself from the north, saying they are not part of the coalition of Arewa Youths group that gave a quit notice to Igbos residing in northern parts of Nigeria.

    Briefing newsmen in Kaduna, the group said the middle-belt states include, Kwara, Kogi, Plateau, Benue, Nassarawa, Taraba, Niger, the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) as well as southern parts of Kaduna; as such, they should not be categorized as belonging to North but Middle-Belt.

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