Terrorism

  • Abduction and Rape, The Chibok Martyrdom

    chibok_protest

     

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


    Shades and Shadows of Shame


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


    Facing the Immediate Future


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


    Conversion of Women by Rape and Violence


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

  • About 400,000 children under 5yrs to suffer severe acute malnutrition in 3 states – Unicef; 65,000 now live in famine-like conditions in Borno, Nigeria

    united_nations

    UNICEF has reviewed its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people, who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in North East Nigerian.

  • Boko Haram Insurgency: More Than 230,000 Nigerians Still Refugees In Cameroon, Niger, Chad – NEMA

    boko_haram

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has on Monday revealed that, no fewer than 230,000 Nigerians, who fled their communities in the North-eastern part of the country (Yobe, Maiduguri, and Adamawa), as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency are still refugees in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

  • Continued Genocide of Fulani Herdsmen

    Herdsmen

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

  • Declare Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists - Benue Elders Tell Buhari

    Herdsmen

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

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

  • Ethnic Nationalities: Adamawa Under Siege

    protest

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

    Attention:

    The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

    The Governor of Adamawa State

    Inspector General of Police

    Director General of State Security Services

    The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

    The Federal House of Representatives

    Adamawa State House of Assembly

    All Church Leaders

    All Muslim Leaders

    Adamawa State Emirate Council

    All Ethnic Nationalities

    Dear Adamawa State Ethnic Nationalities,

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

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

    kaduna_logo

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

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

  • FULANI HERDSMEN ATTACKS: MAKURDI DECLARATION 2017

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

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

  • Genocide in Southern Kaduna: Senator La’ah Indicts El-Rufai

    elrufai01

    The Senator representing Southern Kaduna district, Senator Danjuma Tella La’ah, of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, recently released a press statement where he indicted Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state of being responsible for the genocide against the natives of his constituency. He also labeled El-Rufai an accomplice supporting his Fulani brothers to carry out jihad on Southern Kaduna people, among other revelations. Excerpts:

  • Governor Shettima says Boko Haram killed 100,000 Nigerians

    boko_haram

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

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

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

    kaduna_state

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

  • Kaduna Youths Group Calls For El-Rufai’s Impeachment Over Money Paid To Fulani Herdsmen

    elrufai

    Youth groups, known as Netzit Patriotic Front, has expressed serious concern over media report that Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai of Kaduna state single-handedly paid Fulani herdsmen a huge sum of money to ‘stop’ killings in Southern Kaduna, describing him as unfit to rule the state.

    The Front group said, “following the ‘revelation,’ they concluded that the governor is not fit to govern Kaduna State,” even as Youth Wings of Christian Association of Nigeria, YOWCAN, also joined suit in the same propagation.

  • Kano Blasphemy Killling: Prosecute Killers or be Blacklisted Abroad - Human Rights group warns Ganduje

    activists

    A pro-democracy and non-governmental organization, the Human Rights Writers
    Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Thursday handed a 74-hour ultimatum to the Kano State government to reopen the prosecution of the five suspects linked to the killing of the 74-year old Igbo woman in Kano, Mrs. Bridget Agbagheme.

  • NIGERIAN FULANI HERDSMEN AND TERRORISM

    Caught_Herdsmen

    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

  • OUR FULANI NEIGBOURS ATTACKED US

    fulani_herdsmen

    My name is ASP Usman Gambo Kobin, I am a retired police officer, I am from Kobin, Numana Chiefdom, Sanga LGA of Kaduna state.

    We learnt that some people were killed in Nandu, and some in Kabamu all in Numana Chiefdom. I then went to my old father around 7am and said, “baba, I don’t know what may happen to us today based on what we have been told but stay at home and don’t move around”. A Fulani man had actually hinted us of the impending attack but it was hard to ever imagine that our Fulani neighbours would come around to attack us.

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

    kaduna_state

    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. 

  • Plateau Monarch Murdered by Fulani Herdsmen

    armed_fulani

    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.

  • PRESS RELEASE: CONTINOUS SOUTHERN KADUNA KILLNGS

    national_christian_centre

    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: Ibo Nation Expresses Anger at Fulani Herdsmen

    Fulani_herdsmen

    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 President Pleased with the Persecution of Christians?

    boko_haram

    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.

Get News in Your Inbox

DisclaimerInformation on this site is provided for the purpose of creating awareness, mobilizing prayers and raising support for persecuted Christians in Nigeria.
No information on this site should be used as the basis, or the purpose, of mounting, or inciting, an attack, hatred, or any vindictive action on any individual or groups of individuals.

Management, Kingdom News

pd