“””urges church leaders to work together to promote body of Christ
Coalition of Christian youths organizations of Nigeria (CCYON) has asked politicians, activist and even traditionalist to know that the church of God is not a campaign ground or place for carrying out political protests as it is not the seat of government.
They also called on church leaders to work together to promote the body of Christ and avert what happened at Dunamis gospel center by Omowole Sowore and also put a stop to the insultsvented on all Pastors.
A gospel music minister and youth development activist, Ambassador Phil Roberts had earlier condemned the evil plot by the self-acclaimed human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, to destabilise the church by staging a political protest in Dunamis Church on Sunday, 4th July, 2021.
The he said CCYON is an umbrella body of Christian Youths Organizations in Nigeria with an aim to promote Christian values and ethics through prayers, media advocacy, networking, mobilisation and empowerment
He said, “Today being the 16th of July 2021 we call on all our members scattered all around Nigeria to remain calm and not react negatively to the provocative words coming from Sowore and his group.
“We appreciate the kind words and more especially the love we have gathered from various Christian leaders in support of our position to come out at such a time to speak up for our fellow young Christians as they are the life line of the church.
“As youths, we identify with the collective yearnings for positive change and leadership transformation in our land, but we also believe in orderly and civilized engagement in the quest for change.
“We won’t be cowered into embracing anarchy in our quest for change, and so, we urge all Christian youths to avoid the societal plague called of disunity.
“We implore everyone to critically look into the above and satisfy their conscience with balanced and objective answers.
“We also plead with Christian youths to please avoid people who don’t respect or fear God as we live in perilous times where the house of God has suffered a lot and we believe it’s time for us to kick start the trend of righteousness to exalt this nation with the sanity that our churches possess.
“We draw the attention of church leaders to rise up to the occasion and speak for the church so as not to allow unwarranted attacks on the church. We shouldn’t allow the devil to infest Christian youths with bad morals, political rascality and ethical bankruptcy.
“We are Christian youths bought and washed with the precious blood of Christ and we should take that calling seriously. We are peace loving people. We live by the rules of the kingdom of God as well as love our country and above all love God.
” Therefore it is against this backdrop we call on other Christian youths to grab this opportunity to join this chariot of unity to bring us together to promote the body of Christ through the activities of this Coalition.”
Bokoharam: MBF challenges FG to prove its not culpable by naming sponsors
The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has challenged the Federal Government to yield to the demand by the Nigerian public to unveil identities of the sponsors of Boko Haram, especially the 400 Bureau de change operators as identified by the UAE authorities and come clean of allegations of culpability
This was contained in communique released at the end of a 2-day Middle Belt Forum National Executive Committer (NEC) meeting held on Thursday and Friday, September 9th and 10th, 2021 in Qkwanga Nasarawa state which was signed by National President of the forum Dr Pogu Bitrus.
The forum in the communique expressed grave concern especially given the report by the UN that the Federal government is secretly engaged in negotiations tagged ‘Sulhu’ with Boko Haram terrorists through which it is allegedly offering monetary rewards to insurgents and other criminals.
The forum said it is opposed to the project and to any form of amnesty for insurgents and other terror groups who have their hands dripping with blood. “NEC is also vehemently opposed to any planned recruitment of these so called repentant terrorists into the national security architecture.”
They also demanded for 100 percent implementation of electronic transmission of electoral results in order to ensure credibility and transparency in the electoral process.
“Since democracy is about the wishes and aspirations of the people, we call on both the National Assembly and the Presidency to reconsider their position on electronic transmission of election results and yield to the wishes of the Nigerian people who are demanding for 100 percent implementation of electronic transmission of electoral results in order to ensure credibility and transparency in the electoral process.
They observed that the country has been plunged into a critical situation of insecurity occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, armed Fulani militia, kidnappers/bandits and other related criminal elements.
“This spate of insecurity has pushed the nation to the precipice. NEC calls on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to arrest the situation and save the nation from another civil war.
“That, the incessant invasions by Fulani militia on several communities across the Middle Belt Region in particular, and other parts of the country in general, have assumed genocidal/ethnic cleansing scale. “These attacks have left in their wake mind-boggling massacres and devastations in our communities and displacement of indigenous Peoples to various Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps.
“That many schools and places of worship in the Middle Belt Region have remained closed due to the criminal activities of these Fulani kidnappers and bandits.
“NEC regrets that many school children and other hapless citizens are still languishing in the dens of kidnappers. NEC further appeals to the government to take urgent steps to rescue those in captivity.”
“NEC calls on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to return displaced communities to their ancestral lands, given the fact that territory can no longer be acquired in the 21st century by the use of force. The Forum also called on the government to identify all IDPs in the Middle Belt Region and provide relief materials for them.
The MBF also called on the Federal Government to identify, apprehend and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against humanity to justice so as to serve as a deterrent to others. “Consequently, NEC calls on the government to set up an agency to be called the Middle Belt Development Commission (MBDC) to serve as an intervention agency in addressing the challenges caused by the activities of these terrorists”
On the zoning arrangement in terms of power rotation between the North and the South they group described it as an unfair treatment as it has failed to recognize the Middle Belt geopolitical block.
The forum therefore, called on the political actors in Nigeria particularly political parties to henceforth reflect the zoning arrangements for power to rotate between North, South and the Middle Belt.
they acknowledged and commended Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state for his resilient stance in the defence of the rights of the Benue people and for his courage and foresight in making the anti-open grazing law even in the face of threats by Miyetti Allah and those other forces that seek to Fulanise and enslave the Benue people and the rest of the Middle Belt.
“It is for his foresight that today, the entire Southern Nigeria has adopted his position based on the validity of his position.
“By the same token, NEC commends Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for his consistent struggle for the Rule of Law and true Federalism, particularly the recent judgment of the Federal High Court on the Value Added Tax (VAT) which has opened the door for the commencement of the struggle for Restructuring of Nigeria.
“Against the backdrop of ethnic cleansing being waged by Fulani terrorists in our Communities, including the supplanting of our people, NEC resolves that people of the Middle Belt people should rise up and defend themselves in the face of governments abandoning their Constitutional responsibility of defending them or seeming complicity. ‘Furthermore, NEC resolves that an attack on any of our communities is henceforth, considered as an attack on all Communities in the Middle Belt Region with the attendant responses and consequences.”
How Police officer’s reckless gunshot almost killed APC’s Andy Uba during campaign
The candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Anambra state November 6, governorship poll, Senator Andy Uba, narrowly escaped death from gunshot fired by police officer on duty during his campaign on Saturday.
The incident reports said happened when he was addressing a rally at the Ekwulobia Township Stadium in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that only providence, saved the APC standard bearer’s life as the bullet narrowly missed him while on the podium addressing supporters.
According to an eye witness a gunshot fired by a policeman on duty missed him narrowly.
The crowd of supporters were amazed that the gunshot which was just about a foot off the position of Uba did not hurt him.
In utter astonishement by the incident, Uba shouted ”My friend what is it? What is it? A television cameraman who was closed to the policeman stated that the suspected cop was drunk as alcohol, was oozing out from his mouth. Another bystander, noted “I guess it was an accidental discharge. There was no threat whosoever to warrant that shot. We thank God for his protection, this should have been a disaster.
It was further gathered that a retired Deputy Inspector General of police who was at the occasion had taken up the matter to ensure proper disciplinary measures against the erring policeman.
Not deterred by the incidence Uba Continued with the rally as he told his audience that he was in the governorship to liberate the state from the shackles of underdevelopment it had been subjected to over the years by the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA government. According to him “My first assignment is Enugu-Onitsha”. He declared that Anambra became liberated the day President Muhammadu Buhari handed the party flag to him in Aso Rock. “My first assignment is Enugu-Onitsha road. It is impassable. Work will begin on the road immediately. That is the essence of being at the centre” he said.
He also stated that he had defeated his enemies and he is determined to liberate the Anambra state from retrogression and underdevelopment.
He thanked his teaming supporters and urged them to mobilise for the party’s victory at the poll.
According to him, the power to win an election resides with the electorates, urging them to ignore the rumours that APC had perfected plans to rig the poll. He also reminded those against him that it is God that makes kings, noting that if God had ordained him nobody can stop it.
IGP orders investigation into alleged indictment of DCP ABBA Kyari
The Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba has ordered a thorough investigation of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari,
The statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Cp Frank MBA reaffirmed the police force commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.
It indicated that “Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.
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