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The ‘currency of the world’ is trust–Osinbajo.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says trust is a very crucial factor in the web of human activities.

Osinbajo expressed this view on Monday at a keynote address at the 2018 Nation Building Workshop, organised by the Apostles in the Market Place in Abuja.

The theme of the workshop is “What can we do to rebuild our nation?”

“The currency of the world is trust, and that is the currency that people operate on anywhere in the world.

“If you can’t be trusted, then you find it difficult to do business or sustain any kind of relationship even in business.

“The currency of business, the currency of relationship that will thrive is one of trust and as much as possible we should teach trust.”

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Osinbajo called on church leaders to teach and make young people understand that integrity pays.

According to him, teaching about integrity and honesty is not just about moralising but because they are values that sustain business.

He said that the task of re-building the nation was enormous because societal values, principles and moral ethos had been destroyed.

“The reality is that as the years have gone by, we have not paid as much attention, especially to questions of value.

“So, today people are not certain anymore as to what those values should be. There is a fair amount of confusion and you see it displayed out there.

“One of the things I discovered pasturing was just the fact that very many young people do not understand anymore what the real issues, what the moral questions were.

“It is not just the matter of values being lost, many young people do not understand those wrongs anymore more.”

The vice president said the first thing to recognise in efforts to rebuild the nation was to recognise that the righteous has a role to play.

Osinbajo said that the scripture pointed out that the righteous were the light of the world and the salt of the earth.

“Everything that is wrong is waiting the rebuilding of the sons of God; it is awaiting the righteous to do something.

“Being righteous is not about certain moral standards; it is about being saved by the grace of God. And because we are saved by the grace of God, God has given us certain responsibility.”

Osinbajo also urged the righteous in society to model their live in such a way as to set example.

He said it involved so much personal sacrifice because one was held to account the moment one presented oneself as the light.

According to him, the challenge is that even in being one who is setting example one must recognise that one is not infallible.

“You must recognise that you are not incapable of failing or falling and the important thing is to recognize that if you make a mistake you have a duty to get up and continue.

“You keep working at it because at the end of the day the One who gave us the assignment really does not expect us to be perfect. He doesn’t expect us to be able to do everything perfectly.”

He also called on leaders to teach righteousness in the churches and make people realise that success in life does not come suddenly and miraculously.

“Sometimes you find that what is being preached in the churches doesn’t necessarily support the basic values you want to teach.

“Sometimes people give the impression that you are only doing well as a Christian when you have all manners of miraculous ways of getting wealthy or making a success of yourself miraculously.

“The truth of the matter is that in most cases is block by block, line by line. It is not overnight. It’s not by some sudden flight or miracle,” he said.

Earlier, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, said the gathering was to challenge individuals to come together and chart a new course.

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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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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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