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February 22, 2017

Religion is NOT the Problem: Revisiting Prof. Soyinka’s Stigmatization of Religion (2)

True enough, there are causes of violence impeded in some religious beliefs and elements. This does not mean, however, that there is a direct link between religion and violence. Because to hold the view linking religion with violence is to obscure authentic thought about people’s belief in the One True God, who is the Creator and Father of us all. The purity of religious faith in the One True God must therefore, be always recognized as the principle and source of Love between human beings. This observation is important because it helps to correct the wrong impression created in some…

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There’s hunger, poverty in Nigeria – Speaker House of Reps …Inflation hits 18.72%

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday admitted there is hunger and poverty in Nigeria. Speaking in Abuja, the Speaker acknowledged that Nigerians can no longer cater for their needs in the face of the prevailing economic situation. He, however, assured that the legislature is working towards alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians. Dogara said, “Going by the report of the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, economic recession is already with us. “The double quarters of negative growth, high level of inflation, worsening purchasing power of the Naira and the increasing levels of unemployment are all strong indicators that…

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Ex-NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu allegedly claims $9.8m, £74, 000 found in his house were gifts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has quoted a former Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, as saying the $9.8m and £74, 000 found in his house were gifts. Recall that operatives of the EFCC, had penultimate Thursday raided the home of Yakubu in Kaduna city where it discovered the huge sum. In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency disclosed that the money was found in a hidden fire-proof safe. The spokesman noted that the raid of Yakubu’s house was sequel to an intelligence which the commission received,…

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Economic woes: Stop blaming Jonathan, other past leaders – Catholic bishops tell Buhari

Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Province have affirmed that there are no signs that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is truly working. The clerics noted that the hardship in the country was one of the reasons some persons were calling for the nation to break up. The bishops raised these concerns in a communiqué signed by its President, Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin and Secretary, Bishop John Oyejola at the end of its February meeting held at Oke Ado, Ibadan. The bishops in the communique enjoined the federal government to stop blaming the past administration for the current economic crisis in the country….

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Imo is Marginalised… Okorocha laments

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, threw politics to the wind, on Tuesday, during a visit by Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and spoke earnestly about the marginalisation of Imo State and south east by the Federal Government. Okorocha, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), put his best foot forward on the occasion and surprised many, complaining seriously about the neglect of the South-East and absence of Federal Government projects in the region. He told Prof. Osinbajo that Imo-State, Ndigbo and the South- East had nothing to show for being part of Nigeria, despite their contributions to national growth…

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Man disappears after wife gives birth to triplets

A woman whose husband absconded when she gave birth to triplets has appealed to government and individuals to come to her rescue. Mrs Queen Udekwe, 35, had previously given birth to a set of twins. She told newsmen in Benin on Tuesday that her husband, Mr. Matthew Udekwe, from Enugu State took to his heels when she gave birth to triplets nine months ago. Mrs Udekwe, who took her case to the secretariat of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin, said that she was looking onto public-spirited individuals and government. He said, “My husband…

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Why food prices are high in Nigeria – Osinbajo

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has explained why prices of food items are high in the country. Osinbajo said one of the reasons was lack of accessible roads in rural areas. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity quoted Osinbajo as making this remark at the Task Force on Food Security constituted by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday. According to the statement, the meeting, which was presided over by the Ag. President focused on “gaining a full understanding of all factors that contribute to unduly high food prices, especially at urban markets throughout the…

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Nigeria is world’s most dangerous place for Christians – US lawmakers

United States House of Representatives says Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world. The Chairman of its Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organisation, Christopher Smith, made the assertion as former President Goodluck Jonathan made a presentation to the Sub-Committee on the challenges faced by Christians in Nigeria. Smith said: “My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today”. “My staff director, Greg Simpkins and I have made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such…

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Senate should impeach Buhari …He seems incapacitated

Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, has subtly advised the Nigerian Senate to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari who seems to be “incapacitated and unable to discharge his duties as President of Nigeria.” Reacting to the news of Buhari extending his vacation indefinitely, the elder statesman admonished Nigerians to rise up against the President’s action of keeping them in the dark on his health status should the senate fail to impeach him. He asked the President to tell Nigerians the truth about his health status. Recall that the President who was billed to resume duty on Monday, following a 10-day vacation had…

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Buhari should douse tension, prove he is alive – Catholic Bishop of Awka

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese in Anambra State, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to prove to Nigerians that he is alive. Ezeokafor spoke to journalists on Sunday at the annual meeting with the Religious Council in the diocese at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka. He observed that Nigerians were lamenting the vacation extension and were asking questions about the health of their President as he was not a private citizen. The cleric said: “We pray that he comes back in good health; those asking about his state of health have the right to know where their…

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Customs declare two officers wanted over seized 661 rifles

Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service who allegedly examined and cleared the ammunition-laden container at the Apapa port, Lagos State, have been declared wanted. Our correspondent learnt on Tuesday that the officers, Abdullahi I, with service number 44483 ASC, and Odiba Haruna Inah, with service number 133386, fled after the weapons were uncovered by the operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), had said the agency arrested three suspects – Oscar Okafor (importer), Mahmud Hassan (clearing agent) and Sadique Mustapha (escort) – in connection with the arms smuggling. He…

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Okorocha, Obiano in verbal war

Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his An­ambra State coun­terpart, Chief Willie Obiano, have returned to the trench­es over the former’s allegation that three governors from the South East zone are set to de­fect to the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC). In their renewed war of words on the matter on Tues­day, the governors threw decen­cy and dignity to the wind as they called each other names, using even unprintable words. Governor Okorocha, who fired back at Obiano over his earlier banter that the Imo State chief executive officer repre­sented the “opposite of a true leader”, described the Anambra…

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On Trump presidency, Pope says we must ‘wait and see’

In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God’s own patience with him and his faults. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais Jan. 20, the same day as the U.S. presidential inauguration, Pope Francis said he doesn’t like to get ahead of himself “or judge people prematurely.” “We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite…

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Katsina varsity bans all Christian associations, okays Muslim society

The management of the Umar Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Katsina State, has banned every religious or tribal associations operating within the campus, except the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSN. The school’s acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dr. Sulaiman Kankara passed this notice through a circular, to students’ clubs and associations that were operating on its campus in an internal memorandum dated January 17, 2017. Sulaiman said the new order was part of the resolutions of the institution’s management at its 59th meeting, which held on January 10, 2017. The memo reads in part, “The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria…

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How trigger–happy graduate killed youth in Ehime Mbano

The twilight of 2016 brought tears, anger and desolation to the family of late Abbah Iwuji, native of Umueze Ukwuubia, Ezeala/Ezike Autonomous  Community, Ehime Mbano LGA as a reprisal attack from irate youths from Ogbor, Ihitteaforukwu Ahiazu Mbaise LGA has left the family of seven homeless and desolate as the rampaging youths completely decimated their residence beyond redemption before setting it ablaze. Trouble started on the eve of the 2016 Iwa Akwa (Traditional wearing cloth ceremony) at Amaudara Umualumaku Umueze Autonomous Community when a suspected cultist, (name withheld), a graduate of a university in Imo State shot  one Mr  Chukwunaenye…

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Fulani herdsmen on Jihad mission in Kaduna – Catholic Church insists

Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese Of Kafanchan, Rev. Fr. Ibrahim Yakubu, has restated the Church’s position that the crisis in Southern Kaduna is being carried out by Fulani herdsmen who are on a Jihad mission. Yakubu said events of the past years were enough confirmation that the herdsmen had an agenda. “First of all, all the villages that have suffered these attacks are villages that are either 100 or 90 per cent Christians”, he told New Telegraph. “Even where you have the Muslim settlement, you will discover that their houses are never touched. In most cases, they will appear…

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From this moment on, it’s going to be America First – Trump

Full text of PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP INAUGURATION SPEECH, Jan. 20, 2017 Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out…

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Bola Tinubu raises alarm over hyper-inflation

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the godfather of the All Progressives Congress has described Nigeria’s current inflation rate of 18 per cent as unbearable Tinubu said Nigerians were suffering too much and urged the Federal Government to bring Nigeria out of the throes of recession by urgently reviewing its monetary policies. Tinubu spoke on Wednesday as a guest lecturer at the National Defence College Course 25 lecture, titled, “Strategic Leadership: My Political Experiences.” The APC chieftain, who urged the Federal Government to “stimulate this economy,” said the decline of oil prices seemed to be a long-term phenomenon and strategic objectives must be…

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Christianity under Siege: DSS tried to arrest pastor for Speaking out against Fulani herdsmen

Apparently, Christianity is under siege.  A pastor who got sick and tired of the assault on Christians by the so-called Fulani herdsmen and advised his congregation to prepare for self defense was to be arrested by the Department of State Services – DSS, if not for the prompt intervention of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose. Rather than fishing out and arresting the blood-thirsty herdsmen responsible for the numerous killings in Southern Kaduna, Enugu and Benue States, the DSS wants, to lock up Christians who speak out. Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the early hours of Wednesday foiled…

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They came home, met their death … How two foreign based Imolites were murdered in Imo during Christmas

Insecurity is rearing its ugly head strongly again in Imo State, kidnappers and cold-blooded murderers are back, with at least two families mourning the brutal killings of their sons, in strange circumstances, last Christmas. Friday Nduka from Egbuoma in Oguta, returned home from Indonesia to celebrate Christmas and also get married. He was unbelievably gunned down at the NNPC filling station at the Control Post in Owerri, by a policeman, over a minor incident. Nduka’s shocking death occurred on December 22, while he, his bride-to -be and her mother stopped at the petrol station to fuel their car.  An eyewitness…

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