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June 21, 2018

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…

Pope Francis: Eliminating nuclear weapons is a moral imperative

On Tuesday, Pope Francis acknowledged the difficulty of totally eliminating nuclear weapons, but said the challenge is still a necessary undertaking, especially given what’s at stake. “The ultimate goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons becomes both a challenge and a moral and humanitarian imperative,” he said in a message to United Nations members March 28.   The message was read before the “United Nations conference aimed at negotiating a legally binding instrument on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination,” held in New York March 27-31.   Presented by Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, Secretary for Relations…

Boko Haram: Shekau resurfaces

…Says “I’m alive, safe and healthy” The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has resurfaced in a new video posted online on Sunday. Shekau, in the clip debunked claims by the Nigerian Army that he was dead after he had been seriously wounded. “You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me,” Shekau said. “Oh tyrants, I’m in a happy state, in good health and in safety.” Shekau, in the 40-minute video released on YouTube and dated September 25, said attacks against the Nigerian state will continue. Days before the Sallah celebration,…

Chibok Girls: Buhari blasts BBOG over criticisms

The raging crossfire be­tween the Presidency and the #BringBack­OurGirls (BBOG) campaign group took a new dimen­sion on Monday as Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari took a swipe at the organisa­tion’s statements on the ad­ministration’s non-rescue of the missing Chibok girls. While the group, led by former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, accused the President of failing to keep all his promises to res­cue the kidnapped 215 sec­ondary schoolgirls after four died, the Presidency accused the group of misleading Nigerians. The President therefore appealed to officials and members of the BBOG not to relent in their support for the Federal Government’s anti-terror war…

Ondo State Governor Receives Knights of St. Mulumba – Calls for unity against terror

The Owerri Metro Grand Knight (MGK),  Bro. Eugene Emeakaroha, flanked by his executive and LSM Noble President, Lady Pat Nwachukwu, receiving KSM National Merit Award from the Supreme Knight, KSM Nigeria, Bro. Anthony C. Onuh (L), at Akure, Ondo State, in recognition of his services to the Church and humanity, December 6. Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has appealed to Nigerians to stop making inflammatory statements that could encourage terrorism in the country. Mimiko made the plea in his office in Akure during a courtesy visit of the Order of the Knights of Saint Mulumba, Nigeria, led by the Supreme…

FIGHTING BOKO HARAM: PROFESSIONALISATION NOT POLITICISATION

In the 1970s, when armed robbery first went digital in Nigeria, there was a cartoon in a national daily trying to convey a satirical depiction of the phenomenon. In the cartoon, villagers were rejoicing over the fast development of their town and some of the celebratory placards read: our town now has motorable roads; we have electricity; we have pipe-borne water; now even armed robbers visit us! In other words, armed robbery is a normal collateral consequence of development and affluence. After all, armed robbers do not waste time and ammunition on undeveloped, impoverished villages. To extrapolate this logic to…

Terrorism And Its Impact On Political And Religious Freedom In Nigeria (3)

In the final analysis, Nigeria has no Data base on Terrorism that is credible and dependable. For a country that cannot count itself, no reliance can be placed on facts and figures produced by any state department because it may be influenced by other considerations, including perhaps, the amplification of fear to generate better needless federal funding.                      The federal government war on terror is going awry. It has sent out the signal that it can’t defend itself as it is prepared to negotiate with terrorists contrary to standard protocols and findings on the subject of non negotiation. Nigeria remains a…

TERRORISM AND ITS IMPACT ON POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN NIGERIA

A government has to make response on how to deal with the problems posed by Terrorism. There are varied responses a government can take to deal with the problem posed but the responses taken by Nigeria seems to have encompassed the entire response options because of the destructive and psychic fear the organizations   of terrorist groups has caused in Nigeria especially the Group known as Boko Haram. The Niger Delta Militant groups pales into insignificance in comparison to the Islamist fundamentalist group. The federal government of Nigeria has exercised all the options particularized here under including the use of military…

TERRORISM AND ITS IMPACT ON POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN NIGERIA

“Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” 1999 constitution of Nigeria. There is no legally acceptable definition of terrorism to scholars or the United Nations but the definition in use is sectoral conventions. In fact there are as many definitions of the subject as are Authors on the subject. The definition of the term terrorism by a Terrorist is likely to be as unacceptable but we can establish the essential ingredients of Terrorism at least. As Lord Denning Once noted, if we cannot define an Elephant, we know an Elephant when we see One.  …

Pope expands role, reach of Vatican Financial Intelligence Authority

As part of the Vatican’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all its financial activities comply with international standards, particularly those aimed at preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism, Pope Francis has expanded the role and the reach of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority. Less than a month after he updated the Vatican’s criminal code to include all Vatican employees around the world and not just those working in Vatican City, Pope Francis issued new rules Aug. 8 broadening Vatican City finance laws to cover all the offices of the Roman Curia. The rules also apply to the non-profit…

Crush Boko Haram now – Jonathan orders military

President Goodluck Jonathan has given a fresh order to the Nigerian Armed Forces to go all out and crush Boko Haram and other terrorist groups operating in the country.  He said the military should not just identify and disrupt activities of the terrorists but go after their sources of funding, arsenals, training bases and recruitment efforts. Noting that unlike in the past when adversaries were easier to identify and confronted, Jonathan said, the enemy was now hiding behind human shields and despicable ideologies and deploying cyber offensives in addition to lethal conventional and unconventional armaments. He said confronting those new…

QUEST FOR THE IDEOLOGY OF TERRORISTS

My grandfather Ekhaisomhi, the father of my mother, was a true and good Muslim, the best grandfather every child prays to have. My mother, Awawu Veronica, is simply the best mother any child could have. She gave me the love and peace she inherited from her Muslim parents. My grandfather, Omonokhua, the father of my father, was an African traditional priest who was known for love, peace and generosity. Another grandfather every child would pray to have. My father, Okhifo, gave me the love, peace and generous values he inherited from his parents. My grandparents and parents personified the scriptures…

Holy See joins war against money laundering, terrorism – Signs pact with US

The Financial Intelligence Authority of the Holy See and Vatican City State (AIF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Washington, D.C., with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), its U.S. counterpart at the U.S. Department of Treasury. The signing of the memorandum is meant to strengthen its efforts to fight money laundering and terrorism financing globally. The Memorandum was signed by René Brülhart, Director of the AIF, and Jennifer Shasky Calvery, director of FinCEN, and will foster bi-lateral cooperation in the exchange of financial information. “This is a clear indication the Holy See and the Vatican City State take international…