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Zamfara: Nollywood stars blow hot over killings in Nigeria, vow to drag sponsors to UN



Zamfara: Nollywood stars blow hot over killings in Nigeria, vow to drag sponsors to UN


Nollywood actors on Wednesday alleged that the killings in some part of the North, precisely Zamfara State were politically-motivated.

The group, under the umbrella of Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars, which was lead by former President, Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Ejike Asiegbu at a rally held in Surulere, Lagos, called for an end to the sponsorship of the senseless killings in the State by political actors and their cohorts.

Asiegbu also urged sponsors of these dastardly acts to sheathe their swords and embrace peace in the interest of humanity.

He said if those politicians failed to stop the senseless killings in their interest Nollywood stars were ready to take this campaign beyond the shores of Nigeria, down to the United Nations.

According to Aseigbu: “We have watched the horror movie in Zamfara State and concluded that our politicians had thrown the sanctity of human lives to the dogs with the way and manner that have carried with their political activities which have resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and the destruction of properties.

“Consequently, the Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars in Nigeria would no longer fold its hands and watch politicians continue with their nefarious activities that have brought untold sorrow and blood to numerous families.

“The sanctity of human life must be respected by these politicians that have brought hell to families in Zamfara State.

“The worrisome aspect of the whole issue is the fact that these politicians have been dramatizing in public and on the pages of newspapers condemning the killings when in truth, the entire world knows they are the ones behind the senseless killing of innocent women and children because of their vested interest.

“The Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars in Nigeria is lending its voice to the global campaign to call the political elites to question on the continued killings in Zamfara state and other parts of North West Nigeria.

“It is indeed an irony that these politicians that were voted into office by the people have now turned their back against the people all in a bid to acquire political power and relevance, and also to enrich their pockets all at the detriment of the people and their host communities.

“Yes, we know gold is a precious stone, but to make the mistake of equating gold with human life is an anomaly that must be resisted by all and sundry in the interest of peace and tranquility in Northwest Nigeria.

“These gold miners are not spirits, they have names, and they reside amongst the people, and they have sponsors. But they must also realize that the same politicians sponsoring them to kill innocent people today can decide to turn against them and order for their elimination tomorrow.

“They must realize that human life is indeed precious than gold and as such the senseless killings must stop.

“The Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars have reviewed the situation critically in North West Nigeria and concluded that unless urgent and proactive measures are taken, the killings in North West Nigeria will not abate especially with the level of desperation exhibited by the politicians behind the carnage.

“We wish to state that this protest is by no means a joke or a flash in the pan, it should indeed serve as a wakeup call to the politicians behind the killings that the world is now fully aware of their nefarious activities and how they have placed a premium on gold over human lives.

“The Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Faces wishes to use this medium to call on the attention of the world to the plight of the people of North West Nigeria who have been severely battered and degraded by the same politicians they elected into office to better their lives, but instead they have added sorrow of unimaginable proportion to their lives.

“We also wish to send a strong message to Zamfara politicians that they must stop the senseless killings in their interest as the Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars is ready to take this campaign beyond the shores of Nigeria, down to the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to ensure that justice for the innocent men and women that were wasted in their prime because of selfish interest and the lust for gold.

“It must be noted that this protest became necessary due to the fact that the security of lives and properties is not the job for only the military or the police, but all hands to be on deck with critical stakeholders such as the Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars coming out to raise awareness to the plight of the people of Northwest Nigeria.

“There is no doubt that our security agencies have been up and doing in the task of protecting lives and properties in Zamfara state and its environs. However, they still need our support in ensuring that peace returns to Zamfara state and its surroundings.

“We consequently call on the gold miners and the sponsors of these dastardly acts to sheathe their swords and embrace peace in the interest of humanity.

“We shall also spare no initiative to ensure that in the world over, nobody buys their blood-soaked gold which has become the basis for the senseless killings in Zamfara state and other parts of North West Nigeria.

“We have taken the pain to come out to voice our concerns in a bid to end the senseless killings and to also put the country and the whole world on notice about the acts of genocide been perpetuated in Zamfara state by politicians.”


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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

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



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



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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