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May 25, 2018

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…

“Hate Speech: Halting the tide before it is too Late”

NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALIST

NUJ Communiqué Communique Issued At The End Of The 2nd National NUJ Conference Held In Kano 19th – 20th FEBRUARY, 2018 Theme: “HATE SPEECH: HALTING THE TIDE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE” Five hundred (500) Participants made up of Veteran and Senior Journalists, former Presidents, Ex National Officers, The President and all members of the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Delegates from all the 36 States and the FCT Councils of the NUJ attended the Conference which was the second annual National Conference convoked by the NUJ to engage the Stakeholders of the Nigerian…

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….

FG has spent N1 Billion on Ekwueme’s burial – Ngige

  Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, yesterday said the Federal Government has spent over N1 Billion on Ekwueme’s burial. This is even as all the roads leading to Oko community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State have been given facelifts in readiness for the burial of the late Second Republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme on Friday. The roads are Amansea-Amawbia; Nise –Agulu; Umunze-Ajali; Nnewi-Igboukwu-Ekwulobia; and Akokwa (Imo State) –Uga Ekwueme died in a London hospital last year and programmes for his burial started on January 19, 2018. The Minister of Labour and…

HERDSMEN/FARMERS CLASHES: FG to establish “Cattle Colonies”

cattle colony

  …It’s Fulani colonization – group In a bid to find a permanent solution to farmers/herders bloody clashes, the Federal Government is planning to set up “cattle colonies” in the country to assist Fulani herdsmen in rearing their cows. The government had earlier proposed ranches. Government assured landowners of adequate compensation for their land that could be acquired to establish such ‘cattle colonies.’ This assurance came at the end of a five-hour Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, the first in the year. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in response to State House Correspondents…

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…

Coup in IPOB?

  Nnamdi Kanu dethroned He remains our leader – IPOB Radio Biafra, the international media arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), resumed operations last week. But instead of the fiery rhetoric with which it was associated with, the radio announced the sack of Nnamdi Kanu, as director and leader of IPOB. The Radio Biafra’s programme started between 6am -7am last Sunday with the lady announcer, who gave her name as Ifeoma Okorafor, stating that the radio was restructuring. Then the shocking announcement that “Mazi Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu, the former Director of Radio Biafra is hereby dismissed and…

FG Agrees to Pay Civil War Victims N88bn Compensation

civil war victims

Forty-seven years after the Nigerian Civil War ended under ‘no victor, no vanquished’ terms, the federal government Monday agreed to pay victims of the war N88 billion as compensation. A breakdown of the compensation adopted by the ECOWAS Court of Justice as consent judgment for government and the victims showed that N50 billion would go directly to the victims of the war in 11 affected states in the South-east, South-south and parts of the North-central region, while the remaining N38 billion would be used for the evacuation of abandoned bombs and other lethal weapons, as well as the construction of…

Address grievances, agitations now – Catholic Bishops tell FG

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) rose from their Second Plenary Meeting in Jalingo, Taraba State (Sept. 7-15) with an appeal to the Federal Government to address various grievances in the country. In a strongly worded communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the bishops noted that: “Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general sense of hopelessness and dissatisfaction. This we believe is as a result of years of injustice, inequity, corruption, and impunity. There are agitations in many sectors of the country against the one-sidedness in appointments…

Chibok Girls: Exchange for more blood

There is no doubt  that Nigerians wants the 217 schoolgirls forcefully taken away from their school by Boko Haram, nearly three years ago, back home.  What they do not want is to exchange the girls for more kidnapping and more blood, which is what Boko Haram represents and promises Nigeria. It is sad that kidnapping, even of school children, is no longer a strange thing in Nigeria.  Since the Chibok girls were whisked away from their school on May 14, 2014, other cases of kidnapping of students have occurred. Nevertheless, none was on the same scale as the Chibok kidnap…

Abuja Airport Project – Light at the end of the Tunnel

Not many Nigerians believed the Federal Government would deliver on the Abuja Airport Project, and this is as a result of the past experiences: the ineptitude in Government and the number of failed projects lying around. Both the Federal and State Governments are good at initiating projects but not finishing it.  So the Abuja Airport project completed as scheduled has become a symbol of what is possible in Nigeria, with less selfishness and greed from those on the corridors of power. We are happy the runway was finished as promised but we do not want the surprise to end there….

Looting and whistle blowing Policy

Those who fought for Nigeria’s political independence had a dream of a country where tribe and tongue will not count and where no man shall be oppressed. It was with pride, and great sense of nationalism and patriotism that they looked forward to a country that will stand shoulder to shoulder with other nation states. Theirs was a dream of building a country where corruption and its attendant vices, are banished; a country where human life is sacred and respected, and where the rights of the individual are protected. But alas what we have today as a nation is a…

Southern Kaduna boils again as 12 persons killed in fresh attack

No fewer than twelve persons were feared dead in an exceedingly revived attack on Sunday at Aso village in Jema’a authorities space, regarding 250 kilometres from Kaduna, the capital. President, Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) Dr. Solomon Musa United Nations agency confirmed it same one person was still missing and 3 critically injured. The attack befell within the same village wherever 3 persons were reportedly killed by gunmen in February. “Yes we have a tendency to area unit aware that gunmen attacked a village known as Aso on Christian holy day and killed twelve individuals, one remains missing whereas 3…

New Militant group tasks FG on peace process

A new militant group, the Niger Delta Marine Force (NDMF) has told the Federal Government to speed up the peace process in the region or dine consequences with the construction of oil facilities in the area. The group, in a statement sent via electronic e-mail signed by its spokesman, General Benikeme Hitler also warned Total oil producing company to urgently consider massive development of communities in its area of operations or face attacks on its facilities. Hitler declared that if the dialogue between the Federal Government, IOCs and Niger region was not resolved between January 5 and 30, facilities belonging…

Nigeria bans importation of vehicles through land borders

The importation of vehicles into Nigeria through the land borders have been banned by the Federal Government. The prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles. The ban is sequel to a presidential directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria sea ports only. The order takes effect from January 1, 2017. The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that of rice, whose imports have been banned through the land borders since April 2016. Importers of vehicles through the land borders are requested to utilise the grace up till December 31, 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in neighbouring ports….

Biafra: FG re-arraigns Kanu, 3 others on felony, terrorism charge

The Federal Government, Tuesday, re-arraigned the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, before the Federal High Court in Abuja. Kanu who was hitherto answering to a six-count treason charge alongside two other pro-Biafra agitators, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu, is now facing an amended 11-count charge, with FG including terrorism among offences the defendants allegedly committed. Equally docked as the 4th defendant on the amended charge dated November 7, was an alleged National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe. Meantime, all the defendants pleaded not guilty to the fresh charge which was signed by the…

Price of rice to fall before November – Audu Ogbeh

The Federal Government has announced that the price of rice would start to fall from November this year. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, made this disclosure on Monday while addressing members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development at the headquarters of the ministry in Abuja. According to Ogbeh, the government could not be involved in the importation of rice as speculated in some quarters, adding that his ministry would not encourage rice importation because it would be detrimental to local production. He said the Federal Government was against rice smuggling and noted…

Federal Government withdraws forgery charges against Saraki, Ekweremadu

Sarai and Ekweremadu

The Federal Government of Nigeria has filed a motion to withdraw the charge of criminal conspiracy against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. Four months ago, government, through the Ministry of Justice, arraigned Saraki, Ekweremadu, alongside former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasu, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi. The four were accused of conspiracy and forgery of Senate Standing Rules which brought Saraki and Ekweremadu to office in 2015. The suit was filed in June, almost a year after Secretary of Senate Unity Forum, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi petitioned the Inspector General of Police where he demanded…

Nigeria is gradually being Islamised – CAN Secretary

The General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Musa Asake, speaks with BAYO AKINLOYE about Muslims being major beneficiaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and corruption allegations against ex-President Goodluck Jonathan The Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, stated that there are discriminations against Muslims in Nigeria; that Christians are against the practice of Shariah and that Muslims are deprived of having Friday as a work-free day just as Christians enjoy Sunday. Did you say the man (Ishaq Akintola) is a professor? May God have mercy on Nigeria, if that is the kind of professors that…

Under – Cover Islamisation?

Rumours that there are covert plans to Islamise Nigeria have been on-going. Some people dismiss them while others insist the handwriting is on the wall. Even if it is only a rumour, what is happening in the country – the kidnaps, forced conversions and mass massacre of Christians and Ndigbo by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, resemble such an obnoxious plan. It is sad that in this day and age anyone or group of people could think of forcing others to adopt their religion. Unless the motive is to oppress or ridicule the so-called converts, anyone with the slighted common sense should…