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August 14, 2018

Mama Boko Haram, Red Cross in fresh move to secure Leah Sharibu’s release

Mama Boko Haram, Red Cross in fresh move to secure Leah Sharibu's release

  Aisha Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram, says she will partner with the International Committee of Red Cross to rescue Leah Sharibu, the only Christian among the 112 kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents from Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state on February 19. Miss Sharibu was held back for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, while others were later brought home to their parents by Boko Haram after Nigerian government negotiated their release. Mrs Wakil, who disclosed this while interacting with journalists in Maiduguri, said the ICRC will partner with her under her NGO, Complete Care And Aid…

STATEMENT OF MOST REV.  IGNATIUS  KAIGAMA  ARCHBISHOP OF JOS AFTER THE RECENT JOS KILLINGS

  I am very far from Nigeria but the sad and bad news from Plateau State are not far from me. I hear that herdsmen are on the prowl again and there is bloodshed, murder of infants, youths, men and women in huge numbers in our beloved land of “peace and tourism”. The flagrant and despicable taking of human lives and the continued destruction to homes and means of livelihood is a disgrace to humanity and a shameful projection of a negative image of Nigerians.   The  gruesome murders have robbed me of the enthusiasm, energy and pride with which…

CAN Rejects Ex-boko Haram Recruit into Army & Police

  Latest update as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has opposed reported moves by the Federal Government directing the Nigerian Army and Police to recruit some former members of Boko Haram terrorists who recently underwent deradicalisation programme. The President of CAN, Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, said on Tuesday that if it is true, it is condemnable as it is capable of undermining the nation’s security system. “CAN is visibly disturbed at reports that the Federal Government has allegedly directed the Nigerian Army and Police to recruit some former members of Boko Haram terrorists who recently underwent deradicalisation programme. “If…

Gen. Danjuma, Governor Ishaku storm US over killings by Fulani herdsmen

  Former Minister of Defence and respected business mogul, General TY Danjuma (Rtd) has taken his protest against killings in the Middle belt to the United States of America. Speaking at a session hosted by the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), in collaboration with Heritage Foundation and 21 Wilberforce, he said the issue of extremism among some Fulani people has led to horrific attacks on villages that echo Boko-Haram tactics. General Danjuma who was at the event with Taraba State Governor, Daruis Ishaku discussed implications of Nigeria’s escalating religious and ethnic violence. Representatives from the U.S. government and prominent NGOs also…

The Power of Protests

Lagos Archdiocese

  In the civilized world, protests work. Peaceful protests constitute a veritable and potent tool for expressing grievances, demonstrating strong dissent, disapproval of something or a readiness to resist an unacceptable status quo. Protests give very strong signal of the people’s frame of mind. They capture people’s mood about how disappointed or disgruntled they are with a prevailing or impending issues. How the government responds to protests sends clear message of its sense of responsibility and leadership. How seriously it takes protests shows how much it values those it governs. If those in government were truly elected through the people’s…

Dapchi: FG abandons Leah’s family

Leah Sharibu

  Father of Miss Leah Sharibu, 15, one of the abducted Dapchi girls whom Boko Haram did not release on account of her religion, Nathaniel Sharibu, has said that no word has been heard from government since the release of other abductees. He pleaded with the Federal Government to do everything possible to ensure the release of his daughter.   On February 19, 2018, Boko Haram abducted 110 students from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. While 101 of the girls were released, Leah, a Christian, was reportedly held back by the terrorists on account of her refusal…

Yakubu Gowon: Nigeria’s prayer warrior

  Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon is on a nationwide prayer tour. Last week his caravan made a brief stop-over in Owerri, Imo State, where the man met with Governor Rochas Okorocha. Gowon said he was consumed by grief over mass murders of innocent citizens carried out by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, and armed groups across the country. There is something unsettling and cowardly about what Gowon said when he met Okorocha. He said massacres of innocent people by herdsmen and Boko Haram militants could only be solved through prayers. It is through prayers, he said, that God…

Murder of two Catholic Priests and their Parishioners in Benue: When will this barbarism end? – Catholic Bishops

The first group of Catholic bishops of Nigeria shortly after arriving Rome last week

  A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the wake of the murder of Two Priests and their Parishioners During the celebration of the Holy Mass, in Mbalom, Benue State.   We have received with deep shock, sorrow and utter horror, the gruesome, grisly and dastardly murder of two Catholic priests along with fifteen of their parishioners in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday 24 April 2018. These innocent souls met their untimely death in the hands of a wicked and inhuman gang of the rampaging and murderous terrorists, who have turned the vast lands of…

Nigerians Protest against Buhari in London

Nigerians protest against Buhari

  … They are looters-FG Some Nigerians living in London on Tuesday April 10, protested against President Muhammadu Buhari. The protesters stormed the Abuja House in Kensington London, where the President is staying, blaming him for the nation’s ills. The protesters accused the President of not addressing the herdsmen-farmers attack, and not doing anything about the citizens’ welfare. The angry Nigerians were seen with placards bearing various inscriptions as: “Save Benue,” “Save Nigerian Christians,” “Fulani herdsmen are Boko Haram members freed by Nigerian Government,” “They want to kill us all.” The protest came just a day after President Buhari declared…

  Bishop Kukah berates political class over primitive accumulation

Bishop Kukah berates political class over primitive accumulation

  Says Buhari does not share in the suffering of the people The Catholic bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah has appealed to governors and other politicians to please abandon the spirit of selfish accumulation and embrace the principles of integrity and genuine service of our country. In his Easter  message titled: “Easter Message to Mr. President and all Nigerians”, Kukah said, the average age of Governors and Legislators across the country is 50. These are the years of dreams, maturity, sacrifice, patriotism and self-giving. But, sadly, they do not seem to be ready to depart from the…

Southern Youths Wings of CAN condemns herdsmen killings

Gov. Samuel Orton of Benue state presenting an award of recognition to the Southern YOWICAN Chairman, Barr. Oluchukwu Ijere Nnabugwu for his friendship to Benue state government

  …… Condoles with Benue state government The Southern Youths wing of Christain Associations of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in its entirety the recent massacre killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country. In a press release made available to newsmen in Owerri recently, the President of the Southern Youth Wing of CAN, Barr. Oluchukwu Nnabugwu noted that since 2016 still date more persons have died in clashes with herdsmen than in Boko Haram especially in states like Benue, Adamawa, Ekiki, Imo, zamfara, Enugu and Delta. Saddled by this, he disclosed that the Youths Christain Association has commenced the visit to…

Dapchi: Boko Haram withholds Christian girl for refusing to convert to Islam

Leah Sharibu

… “I’m happy my daughter did not deny Christ” – Father Nata Sharibu, father of the only student of Federal Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State who is yet to be freed, says Boko Haram insurgents decided not to release his daughter because she refused to denounce Christ. A total of 110 students were abducted when Boko Haram terrorists raided the school on February 19, 2018. In a dramatic manner, the insurgents returned the girls to Dapchi on Wednesday, March 20. The media had earlier reported that Leah Sharibu did not make it back to Dapchi, apart from…

1,351 killed in Nigeria in 10 weeks

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY

  On March 11, for many Nigerian families, 2018 has become a nigtmare on account of deaths resulting from auto accidents and violent crimes. Just about 10 weeks into the new year, the country has lost 1,351 to violent deaths,according to Sunday Vanguard checks. Last month, no fewer than 517 people died violently, across the country. In January, about 676 Nigerians were cut down through herdsmen and farmers clashes, sectarian crises, communal clashes, Boko Haram insurgency, cult clashes, kidnapping, and ritual killings, among others. The deaths are 176 more than the 500 recorded in January 2017. The 1,351 deaths recorded…

Dapchi Abduction – One Kidnap Too Many!

Dapchi Abduction

When we thought we had seen and heard it all with the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, in Borno State in 2014, we are confronted with yet another strange abduction of 110 young students from the Government Science and Technical Girls’ College Dapchi in Yobe State. Some people have rightly described it as a national disgrace and that is what it is. It is indeed an embarrassment for which the Federal Government should cover its face in shame. The current kidnap comes four years after Chibok and less than a year to the nation’s next general election. We…

Address of the Catholic Bishops to Buhari

Catholic Bishops with President Buhari on Thursday

  AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA (CBCN) ON THE OCCASION OF A COURTESY CALL ON  HIS EXCELLENCY MOHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE  FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2018   Your Excellency,   Preamble We, the representatives of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, bring you our cordial greetings and blessings. We desired this meeting, in order to continue the dialogue we initiated with you even before your election as President. We therefore thank you for granting us this audience, which affords us the opportunity to share with you, once again, our thoughts and concerns…

Stop reign of terror ravaging Nigeria

  …JDPC tells Buhari The Catholic Church has appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to as a matter of urgency put a stop to the reign of terror currently ravaging the length and breath of this country. Caritas Nigeria and Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), organs of relief and development of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, which gave the charge in a press statement made to some newsmen in Calabar at the weekend, after a “Conference Call with Diocesan Directors”, said they are “shocked that human life is gradually becoming a statistic of deaths in Nigeria….

Cattle Colony: Ndigbo be warned

cattle colony

  Never before, in the history of Nigeria, had Fulani herdsmen clashes with farmers over the destruction of farm crops by cattle, assumed the alarming dimension as it has in the last three years. Before now, there have been skirmishes and clashes in various parts of the South and Middle Belt Regions between these two groups. But since 2015 when the present Federal Government came into power, the boldness at which the herdsmen operate and rampage farmlands and communities have reached an intolerable level. Things are taking this new dimension because government seems to be siding, aiding and abating the…

Catholic Bishops Say Nigeria Under Siege …Reject Cattle colonies

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

  Catholic Bishops are not at all amused by the consistent killings and bloodshed in the country, undermining what little success has been made in the fight against Boko Haram. A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) January 16, said the country is under siege and warned that it is easier to prevent war than stop it after it has started. They say war is looming in the country. “Our beloved country appears to be under siege from many forces. Repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of…

Too many killings with Impunity

Day of anger anguish in Benue

  No words, than sorrow, tears and anguish can best describe the tragic experience of victims of mass killings that took place on New Year Day, 2018 in some parts of our country. At Guma and Logo Local Government areas of Benue State, over 70 people were killed in cold blood by marauding herdsmen, while 14 others were also shot dead at Omoku LGA in Rivers State the same day. A monarch and his pregnant wife were sent to their untimely graves on the same New Year Day in Kaduna State, while hoodlums attacked churches and raped worshippers in Ilorin,…

THE INVASION OF IGBOLAND BY NIGERIAN ARMY – A RIDICULOUS MISSION

The Invasion of Igboland by Nigerian Army – A Ridiculous Mission

Nathaniel I. NDIOKWERE  Preamble NIGERIA NOT A ZOO, BUT A JUNGLE You come to the above conclusion, without much reflection when you consider absurdities that one finds “Only in Nigeria!”. Just one example: “NIGERIA’S UNITY IS NOT NEGOTIABLE!” And this testament was written and signed by two people, BUHARI and OJUKWU, and this time the venue was not ABURI, in GHANA, but in KATSINA, NORTHERN NIGERIA! The implication of this two-man agreement is that anyone that tampers with the sacred accord, the testament, must be ruthlessly deal with! Wow! Recently, Philip Omenukwa, a young Nigerian writer, in a fine article…