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June 18, 2018

June 12 Blame Game

Buhari Declares June 12 Democracy Day

  June 12 has become a mantra to Nigerians. In fact, beside our October 1st Independence Day, no other date has gained greater fame and popularity or even notoriety among Nigerians as June 12. Twenty-three years after the event leading to the date occurred, Nigerians still talk about June 12 with such emotion and that goes to show how important and significant the date is to our people, despite the demise of the principal figure of that day, Chief M.K.O Abiola. Nigerians make so much fuss about June 12 because it is the day the unimaginable and unforgettable happened –…

Herdsmen Rampage: Matter of the truth

killings by Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists in Nigeria

  For several months now, Nigerians have watched with amazing docility, somnolence, and helplessness as Fulani “herdsmen” rampage several communities across the nation laying waste lives and property with impunity and reckless abandon. They have terrorized the middle belt, sacked several communities and decimated their population, in the manner of ethnic cleansing. They have equally touched parts of Kogi, Nasarawa and Southern Kaduna and have brazenly spilled over, unrestrained; into communities in the border area of Enugu State in the Eastern States and parts of the South West. These unmistakable jihadists are armed to the teeth and would brook no…

Buhari under fire over claims on civil war killings

Former minister of Health, Prof. Alphonsus B. C. Nwosu has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon ordered the Nigerian Army to be soft on Biafrans during the 1967-1970 civil war.   Prof. Nwosu said the president should spare Ndigbo his memory of the war and that he did not understand the basis of the president’s claims that the war was not brutal when over three million Igbo children were starved to death. The former political adviser to former president Olusegun Obasanjo stressed that a war that every family lost a valuable provider and…

Herdsmen Rampage: Matter of the truth

killings by Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists in Nigeria

  For several months now, Nigerians have watched with amazing docility, somnolence, and helplessness as Fulani “herdsmen” rampage several communities across the nation laying waste lives and property with impunity and reckless abandon. They have terrorized the middle belt, sacked several communities and decimated their population, in the manner of ethnic cleansing. They have equally touched parts of Kogi, Nasarawa and Southern Kaduna and have brazenly spilled over, unrestrained; into communities in the border area of Enugu State in the Eastern States and parts of the South West. These unmistakable jihadists are armed to the teeth and would brook no…

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…

Sycophancy as the politician’s albatross

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  INTRODUCTION The political drums are officially rolled out with the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the Presidential post in 2019. Buhari won the Presidential race in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The APC was dexterously put together by the sheer ingenuity of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.   The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that boasted as having no rival in the continent of Africa further proclaimed that it would rule Nigeria for 60 years. The APC pulled the carpet from under its feet and it went crashing after 16 years of near inglorious reign….

Killing of Christians

  United States President, Donald Trump, is not at all happy about the continuous killings of Christians in Nigeria, which he sees as a serious problem that must stop. Trump made the statement shortly before he entered into a closed-door meeting with President Buhari, who paid him a visit in the White House, Washington DC, during his official visit to the United States, last week. Trump expressed concern about the religious murders, saying they were unacceptable to the United States. “We have had very serious problems with Christians who are being murdered in Nigeria. We are going to be working…

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…

Looters list, a welcome idea but…

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Any plan to name and shame all those who have brought Nigerians to their current level of poverty is a welcome idea. But a better plan is one which not only names the thieves but reclaims the loot and punishes the looters, to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigerians have heard so much about “how” their money was looted and actually is being looted, and “who and who” are looting it, but it makes no sense just to publish the names of a few. What is needed is a comprehensive list of looters, without respect for party affiliation,…

Nigerian youth are lazy, uneducated – Buhari

  President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday criticised the attitude of some Nigerian youth, saying they were “only hustling to get on the gravy train.” “More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying by The Cable during a panel appearance with world leaders at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London. The president’s comment adds to an earlier one he made…

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…

‘Go and fight snake that swallowed N36m’ – Ghanaians tell Buhari

Ghanaian citizens, particularly social media users have descended on President Muhammadu Buhari over his promise to help Ghana in its fight against corruption. Buhari had during his visit to Ghana on her 61st Independence Anniversary celebrations, which held at the Independence Square, promised to help the country in its fight against corruption. His pledge, however, did not go down well with some of the citizens, who wondered why Buhari, whose country was ranked 148th most corrupt country in the world could help Ghana in fighting corruption with his own unending corruption load in Nigeria. The angry citizens asked the Nigerian…

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…

Petrol Problem: A National shame

  Everything seems to have gone awry with the petroleum sector, so much that Government does not seem to be in control any longer. It is unbelievable that two months after the usual Christmas and end of year rush, the price of petrol is still hitting the roof, and in some states, the product is seldom found. From the pre- December price of 145 naira per litre, which many Nigerians were struggling to pay, the price of fuel abruptly jumped to 185 naira per litre or more. In fact, the product sold for between 200 and 250 naira per litre…

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…

Nigerians are suffering – Catholic bishops tell Buhari

Catholic Bishops with President Buhari on Thursday

  I’m doing my best – Buhari The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria on Thursday told President Muhammadu Buhari that the enormous goodwill with which he assumed office in 2015 was being fast depleted by some glaring failures of his government. The bishops said this when they paid a courtesy visit to Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Their address at the visit, a copy of which was made available to The Leader, was jointly signed by the CBCN President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama; and the Secretary who is also the Bishop of Gboko, Most Rev….

Herdsmen attacks: You’re not prepared for governance – Kukah tells Buhari

  Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah, has blamed the incessant attacks allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government’s unpreparedness to tackle the many challenges bedevilling the nation. Kukah spoke to newsmen in Sokoto during the inauguration and dedication of the new secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Sokoto State chapter. According to him, it was uncharitable on the part of government to blame citizens or any particular group for the incessant attacks instead of looking for a way to tackle the challenge. The clergy said, the primary responsibility…

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,…

Buhari Appoints Boss Mustapha as SGF

Buhari Appoints Boss Mustapha as SGF

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Mr. Mustapha will replace Babachir Lawal who was sacked on Monday. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said the sacking of Babachir follows the report of a three-man panel led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that investigated some allegations levelled against him. The Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, who was also indicted by the panel was sacked. The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed…