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Leah Sharibu: What abduction of school girls has done to Nigeria’s image globally – Plateau Speaker

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Boko Haram: Why Leah Sharibu is still in captivity – Senator Shehu Sani

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The Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Joshua Madaki, on Tuesday said Nigeria’s image internationally is at stake because of continued captivity of Leah Sharibu and the others abducted by the Boko Haram sect.

It would be recalled that Leah is the only abducted school girl of Dapchi, Yobe State, still in the captivity of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Madaki stated this during a special prayer time for Leah and others in captivity, the celebration of Leah’s 16th birthday and the protest by the organizers of the programme to the assembly complex to submit an appeal letter for Leah’s release, which was addressed to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State through the Speaker.

The Lawmaker commended the organizers of the programme for their unrelenting effort on Leah’s case and urged them not to give up until the right thing is done and the girl is released.

The organizers and partnering groups are Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigerian Society, Leah Sharibu Foundation, Catalyst for Peace and Justice (CPJ) Lagos and The Para-Mallam Peace Foundation.

The Speaker said nothing was too difficult for God to do and that he was positive that before the end of this year, Leah would be released to her family.

“As an assembly, our heart goes to our daughter, Leah Sharibu, who has been in captivity. It all started with counting days, it then went to months and today we are counting years.

“Her case is not beyond God, and we should not relent in praying and fasting for her release. I don’t know how God will do it, but I have the conviction that this year 2019 we shall give testimony. Our daughter will be released and she will testify. All others who are in captivity will be released also, that is my believe.

“As Leah marks her 16th birthday with her abductors, we urge the government to facilitate her immediate release and the others. If we put ourselves in the shoes of her parents, we will understand what they are going through without their daughter. When your child is missing for one day you know how it feels, and now Leah is being held for almost two years now. The trauma Leah’s parents are going through also includes their relations, neighbours, friends and indeed the whole society. By God’s grace, all our prayers for Leah would be answered and not be in vain.

According to him, “Leah’s predicament is not beyond what this country can solve. We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and all the heads of security agencies to do everything it take to secure the release of Leah and all those in Boko Haram captivity.

“The truth is that the image of this country is at stake internationally because of Leah and other school girls’ abductions. So, everything should be done to put an end to these ugly incidents so that our reputation with the international community would be redeemed,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the partners, Rhoda Jahota, said Governor Simon Lalong should take their cry and demand to President Muhammadu Buhari because he (Lalong) promised to be of assistance on the Leah’s case because when Leah’s mother came and we went to visit him he promised to assist in anyway he could.

Jahota maintained that they have waited enough for Leah’s release, they don’t know what she is passing through and that they are celebrating her 16th birthday while she is in captivity.

“But everything should be done so that Leah herself will celebrate her 17th birthday with her family and not in captivity.”

The group departed from the assembly complex and marched outside various placards with different inscriptions such as, “#Not Forsaken, Not Forgotten, #Free Leah and Happy birthday Leah. Others were #For Leah’s sake, keep our schools safe, act now to keep our girls safe, It could be your daughter.”

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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