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Monday, January 9, 2017

THE MANY UNCOMPENSATED HORRORS OF CIVIL WAR-TIME CRIMINALITIES AGAINST ANI AHABA NATION.


BY ANONYMOUS YORUBA-MAN

I got from an online contact the quote below, it left me somewhat speechless, I spent many hours contemplating what a horror my forebears suffered, and how good a non Ani Ahaba person can honestly appreciate the pains and terrible loss that followed thereafter.

I invite you to read the piece below and possibly see what I exeperince.

Happy reading!!!!!!!!

If you do not start from a point of truth and courage, you have a broken compass.
What happened in Asaba was genocide, no ifs, no buts.

I have always thought that as a (contrived) people, our cowardice is primeval and savage.

The criminals who did this to thousands of women, children and the defenseless are still alive as “statesmen.”
The evil dead are immortalized in currency notes and their evil names adorn airports.

I respect Pa Awolowo but I think he was not only wrong, he and Chief Anthony Enahoro are culpable in the genocide that was committed in Asaba.

I am not from Asaba, not that it should matter, but I could tell you about what it meant to be caught in a war-zone (Benin City under the Biafran army occupation) at age 8, without your parents, tending to your six-year old brother while living in a two-room lean to of a distant relative.


I could tell you that the terror lives with both of us to this day.
Because war is hell.


Yes. the Nigerian civil war is infinitely more complicated than any book I have ever read can script it.

It is quite possible that without a free primary education powered by Pa Awolowo’s vision, I would not be here today.

It is also true that many Asaba children are not with us today because they were denied that which was offered to me so generously; in their case, death became an offer devastatingly presented.
That is the absolute truth.

It is impossible to forget the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War, its horrors, criminalities and its attendant present day Asaba City-Wide Ugly Realities, a reality too far and alien from who and what represent Asaba historical reality.

But today, Nigeria is in a very bad place, on many levels.

Those that ruined our country are still strutting about handing us gobs of malu droppings.

Nigeria’s retired crooks are on social media tweeting quotes from Mahatma Gandhi.

I mean, how difficult is it to say that the forced social-cultural set back of Asaba people, due to that unreasonable and needless civil war was wrong?

It is never a hard point to stress, that all those directly and indirectly behind the Asaba 1967 Genocide were always jealous of Ani Ahaba advancement and contribution to nation building of both the pre & post -colonial cum independent Nigeria

Now, the evil these Ani Ahaba Nation's enemy committed against us are still here with us, its ugly realities staring before our face, as well as, confronting us at all angles, re-scripting our history and falsifying our holistic narration.

That we now spend time adorning airport buildings and naming currency with names of those that committed genocide (but to those who suffered various war time acts of criminality, till date, the nation's leadership, especially, now under democratic rule, never thought it worthy erecting a monument in honor of the departed armless and defenceless heros) of a truth, these war time criminals were instrumental in committing genocide against Asaba people.

The only true consistency remains, that there is no ifs or buts.

The War time criminalities and genocide committed against Ani Ahaba people MUST be compensated, the crime and evil till date is a spiritual offence, compensating it, will bring healing and peace to the homes and towns of those who committed the Asaba 1967 Genocide.

"Religion has Killed Rational Thinking of Nigerians

 
I say this all the time, our country is still in a pre-scientific era. That is why things are like this.

We don’t think logically; that is why any ruler, any fool would seize the reins and rule us, because we would always find an excuse for being ruled or being led by the nose.

Not long ago a pastor said he was between two cities and he discovered that the fuel in his car had run out. He actually checked and saw the fuel in the car was completely gone.

But because of his act of faith and on the strength of his prayers, he was able to do two hundred miles on an empty tank!


When he declared this testimony, people clapped and shouted “ Hallelujah!” I never heard anybody say how can?"

"Nigerians don’t ask questions; that is why the imams and the pastors lead them by the nose, and the politicians also complete their humiliation and disempowerment.

And between the clerics and the political functionaries, there is a very close liaison.

It’s a kind of power structure; one controls the political, social realm, the other controls the spiritual, metaphysical realm and they are together.

Many Nigerians are not rational, interrogative people.

In fact, in this country today, if you are the interrogative type you are easily labelled, branded, and condemned.

People even wonder: why are you always asking questions?"

"Another problem: well, our people are docile and the reason why they take
all kinds of cheating is that many of them envisage themselves in the position of power someday, too.

If I am X and the oppressor is Y, and the oppressor is oppressing me, stealing all the money, and making life difficult for me and my children, I am not likely to attack him. I’ll pray to God to let my own “miracle” happen so that someday, he will go and I will be in his place. No; I am praying for him to go but for the structure to remain."

Professor Niyi Osundare

Mr. President, Make Us A Market



Feyi Fawehinmi

Mr. President, during your media chat yesterday, you said you need to be convinced on devaluation.
I don't think I can convince you on that as there simply is no good way to convince someone to devalue something.

But I want to try to convince you of something else — pricing and markets.

You are correct in that Nigeria finds itself in a terrible situation with the collapse in oil prices.

Oil is the major source of foreign exchange in the Nigerian economy so a drastic reduction like has happened with oil falling from $110/barrel to less than $40/barrel will test anyone.

To make matters worse, Nigeria walked into the oil price collapse practically naked with no reserves to cushion the bad times.

Scarcity
The reality is what it is and crying everyday will not produce dollars. When something is desirable but limited in quantity, it is scarce.

These 2 conditions have to hold for there to be scarcity.

The air we breathe is desirable but thankfully it is not limited so it is not scarce.

Dollars are desirable but very limited especially right now, they are therefore scarce.

The challenge now is what to do when faced with such scarcity.

From your comments and the policies you support, it is clear you believe that the best way to deal with this situation is by placing restrictions on who can access dollars for things you think we can produce locally.
That’s all fine.

But there is a better way to achieve the same thing you want to achieve that will give you less stress and allow you to focus on other things instead of chasing after people who are determined to run rings around you.

2 Prices Instead of 1
The origin of the challenges being faced in Nigeria with regards to forex is that we always have 2 different prices.

There is always an official rate and a black market rate. The official rate is always cheaper and the harder it is to get dollars at that official rate, the wider the gap between the 2 rates become.

Now, I am sure you know fully well that the wider the gap between the 2 rates is, the greater the opportunity for very easy profits if you can simply get it at the official rate and sell at black market rate.

If there were enough dollars to meet all the demand at the official rate, there will be no gap between the 2 rates. But this is clearly not the case especially right now.


Mr. President, if you go to any developed economy, you will never find this business of 2 different prices.

The most you will get is tiny differences where the only way you can profit from different rates is by moving billions of dollars which is hardly worth it and very risky.

Exchange rates are not things that governments in such countries spend their night and day worrying about like we do in Nigeria.

So how are these countries able to maintain relative stability in their currencies without anyone actively trying to control it or setting what forex can be used for?

Enter One Way, Exit Another Way
Mr. President, today the official CBN rate is roughly N200 to $1. At the black market, the rate is around N270 to $1.

Now Mr. President, imagine you have a friend outside Nigeria who has $10,000 and wants to bring it into the country.

Which rate will he go for? Of course he will go for the N270 rate which will give you more naira for your dollar.

But what if you have naira and you need to buy $10,000 to make some purchases abroad. Which rate will you go for? Again, its simple — you will go for the N200 rate which will cost you less naira to purchase.

In any normal market, you and your friend will simply exchange your naira for dollars. But because of these 2 prices, we have an abnormal market where it does not make sense for incoming money to simply be matched with outgoing money.

During the media chat, you spoke about how the TSA system makes things simple and clear without the need for multiple accounts.

You mentioned that NNPC used to have 45 accounts but now they have only 1.

This means that everything coming out and going in is in one place and will be easy to monitor and detect any fraud or malpractice. It makes the life of auditors much easier and the government is able to get all revenues.
Your TSA example is similar to what is going on here with forex.

Instead of having a single market with one price, we now have multiple markets that do not match with each other as they normally should.

This is creating all sorts of problems in the economy. The worst of these problems is that people are now using their energies and brain power to find ways to buy money from one market and sell it in another market.

This is why people are running to Dubai with hundreds of debit cards. The potential profits are enough to pay for their ticket and hotel while out there and still make it worth their time.

What The CBN Data Says
Mr. President, the example I used above of you and your friend is not just a hypothetical one. It is actually happening.

And I can show you with figures published by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

On the CBN website, we can find statistics of dollars going in and out of the economy and where they are coming from. I did not publish these figures, the CBN did.

Let us use the Cash flow figures for July to October 2015 as shown below

Total Cash Inflow through Autonomous Sources and CBN Jul — Oct 2015

I want to draw your attention to line 16which says ‘Total Cash Inflow through Autonomous Sources’.
This represents dollars coming into the economy through people like your friend I used as an example above.
Now compare with line 2 which says ‘Total Cash Inflow through the Central Bank’. You can see that every month, dollars coming into the economy through autonomous sources is higher than what is coming in through the Central Bank and the gap widened in those 4 months.
Now let’s look at the dollars leaving the economy for the same period.
Total Cash Outflows through the Central Bank Jul — Oct
2015
I draw your attention to line 27 which says ‘Total Cash Outflows through the Central Bank’. The average for the period is $3bn/month but reducing monthly.

These are the people trying to buy dollars at the official rate which is far more attractive than the autonomous or black market rate.

Total Cash Outflows through Autonomous Sources Jul — Oct 2015 This time look at line 52 which says ‘Total Cash Outflows through Autonomous Sources’.

The numbers have dramatically collapsed to less than $300m per month.


People are happy to come in through autonmous sources where they get more naira for their dollars. But when they want to go out, they prefer to go through CBN which gives them more dollars for their naira. The 2 prices being operated have created 2 different markets that cannot be matched. You cannot blame people for behaving this way. It is perfectly rational.

In any normal market, you will go out the same way you came in. There should only be one market.
In the UK, you cannot buy dollars online and then sell it on the ‘black market’. You will lose money as there really is just one market with only very tiny differences in prices.

From the above tables, we see a situation where CBN is carrying the burden of supplying everybody even though it does not collect the money coming in from autonomous sources.

Using October 2015 as an example — $2.8bn came in through the CBN while another $4.2bn came in through autonomous sources. In the same October, $2.3bn went out through the CBN which is almost the same amount as came in. Infact, when you look at September numbers, you see that more money went out through CBN than the money that came in.

This is where the ‘pressure’ on the naira is coming from.

Yet, we can clearly see that there is money available from other sources but it cannot be matched with outgoing in a way that will relieve pressure on the CBN due to the problem of having 2 different prices.


Make A Market
It is true that Nigeria needs to earn foreign exchange in other ways apart from oil.

But building an export economy is not going to happen overnight. For now, the challenge is how to survive without damaging the economy with all these policies about restrictions.

There is clearly forex coming into the economy from other sources like people in the diaspora. The challenge is how to create a single market where all the money going out can be matched with the money coming in.
This will give everyone less of a headache and energy can be spent worrying about other issues like Boko Haram and infrastructure.

When you have a single market, if the naira depreciates, it will simply be because there is not enough dollars coming in and everyone will adjust.

For your government, the response to such a scenario will be to find ways to attract more dollars into the economy i.e policies that attract investments.

If the naira appreciates, then you know that there are more dollars coming in than going out and you really don’t need to worry yourself about that.

But there is no way to get to this market system without giving up control. The naira has to be set free to float and exchange for whatever price the market thinks it should exchange for.

Such a system will also give investors confidence because they know that they come in and go out without anyone telling them they cant have access to their money.


It also means that we cannot judge what people decide to use their money for. If people want to buy dollars to go and party in Dubai, so be it.


Ultimately, you will have to encourage an economy where reward is directly linked to effort. Someone who makes millions simply by stealing or roundtripping is more likely to burn that money importing champagne — easy come, easy go.

That is the problem that needs to be fixed and not the symptom that manifests itself with ‘irresponsible demand’ for forex.


You want Nigeria to live within its means?

You dont want scarce dollars to be spent on importing things you think can be produced?

That’s all fine. But the best way to achieve these things is not by trying to second guess human behaviour. It is by allowing markets to do their work.

Floating the naira will mean that the naira’s value could drop sharply. But ultimately it will settle at the price that clears the money coming in with the money going out and there will be stability.

And the exchange rate of the naira to the dollar will be a mirror to the country to tell everyone whether or not the Nigeria is earning enough dollars to pay for what it needs. Just like in any other normal country.
Update — 7th January 2016

I saw an interesting story in the papers a couple of days ago that illustrated the problem of forex mismatch and warped incentives in Nigeria as a result.

The Cement Producers Association of Nigeria gave an interview to The Nation newspapers complaining about the current forex policies. But what they are complaining about is quite revealing:

Cement Producers Association of Nigeria (CPAN) has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reconsider its foreign exchange (forex) policy that compels exporters to sell their forex earnings at the CBN’s official exchange rate of N197 to the dollar instead of allowing them to sell at the open market.
They are clearly exporting some of their output and get paid in US dollars. But the CBN compels exporters to sell their dollars to it and collect naira.

That is, they get their dollars exchanged to naira at the official rate. This means they are losing about N70 on every dollar at current black market rates.

But the question to ask is this — how is the CBN able to compel them to do this?

And the answer to that is simple — they obviously import some of their inputs and therefore, buy the dollars for those imports at official rates. The price of being able to do this is that you must then repatriate your export proceeds to the CBN when you get it.

When they are going out, they are happy to go at official rate. But when they are coming in, they want to enter through the black market.

It would be funny if it wasn't so serious.

P.S Feel free to go through the CBN figures yourself and let me know if you feel I’ve read anything wrong.
From the homepage go to Statistics > Statistics Database > Data Browser > Select A Sector > External Sector Statistics > Other External Sector Statistics > Select Frequency (Monthly)


Tick the first sub category ‘Cash Flow (US$ Million)’. Select the start and end year and the months you want to view and generate data.



“We Have Not Converted Struggle To Business Venture”, NDGJM Warns


“We have been silent all along, not because we are out of plans or because we have converted the struggle to a business venture and collected any pecuniary inducement, far from it”, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate has said.

The militant group said,it has been following as events unfolds and would respond in due course, “As a matter of fact, we have been following events, monitoring developments and designing possible lines of action for the incoming year”.

“We have remained quiet all along for strategic reasons and to clear any doubt that either the government or their partners in crimes; the oil multinationals, might have, we have kept quiet because we know that the Forcados Terminal (FOT) has been brought down by our comrades in the struggle in the creeks axis, the Avengers, thus no much activity on the line.


We also know that the TFP has been repaired, but yet to come on stream, we also know of the divestment of operations by federal government to a new investor in some of the assets.

We know all these and this is one reason we have been calm.


We are watching developments and we are assuring that we shall move soon enough to make new and more daring statements”.


This was signed by the group’s spokesperson General Aldo Agbalaja, stressing that, “For once, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate will like to commend the boldness of the federal government to face reality and say the truth.

 
Now this government is coming to terms with our warning that the so-called PANDEF and its leaders are the same crop of people who have used our region, land and people as their exchange currency over the years, thereby deepening our problems and feathering their own nests.

They do not represent our people or our collective interest, but their personal greed.

Like we said before, we have been on the task of identifying, studying and suggesting a new set of sincere, grassroots leaders, who will be selfless in fighting the course of our people sincerely and diligently.
We are almost done compiling this list”.

According to the group, “We also wish to mention that some respected leaders of our area have been mounting pressure on us to let down our sword.

We have been consistent though, we have given our conditions from the beginning, none of which either the government or their allies in the rape of our land have given a consideration.

The only benefit of doubt we have given these people approaching us is keeping calm all along, even as we observe the several activities of the oil companies, including all the repairs done so far and the divestment exercise as well as government’s military activities in our area.

However, we shall like to warn that this quiet session will end with 2016; you all should be ready for what is coming in a moment”.

The more things change, the more they are the same.



By Jaye Gaskiya

This will be very short.

This ‘government of change’, and its ‘governing party’ never ceases to amaze



The Vice President [VP] comes out to announce that they have started making their promised N5,000 monthly payment to indigent families as part of their much trumpeted [and I am using trumpet because all puns are intended] Social Investment Program.

As the late Abami Eda, Fela will say, ‘Just like that?’

A few pertinent questions to ask:

– Who are these one million indigent Nigerian families?

– What criteria was used in selecting them?
– Who prepared the criteria?


– Who undertook the selection?

– Where are they located?

– When was all the process

es and procedures put in place?

– How were they paid?


– Which banks were used?

– Who selected the banks?

– What criteria were used for the selection of the banks and other payment systems?

– How were the beneficiaries registered?

N5,000 to one million indigent households monthly is N5 billion monthly, and N60 billion annually.
This is huge, it is money that if well-spent and appropriately targeted can help to reflate the economy, and spur growth.

Yes, we know this, and it is why we welcomed the idea of Social Investment in the first place.


You only need to go to Latin America, the only continent to have actually succeeded in halving poverty and dramatically reducing inequality, to see the result of social investment that is well-articulated.

But as we now see from the series of corruption allegations with respect to the funds received by the Presidential Initiative on the North East [PINE], we also know that good intentions without a plan and a structured mechanism for transparency, accountability and popular participation, simply become the arena for grand looting.

So once again we ask the question, how was this magic performed?

How open, transparent, accountable and participatory has the process been thus far?


And before I am asked “what is my proposal”, let me be clear: my proposal is already implicit in the questions that I have raised.

You require to put in places teams, processes, mechanisms and structures to develop and administer the criteria for selecting both beneficiaries and participating financial institutions and systems.

You need to register and assess participants.
You need to provide incentives to ensure that the funds are utilised in a manner that benefits the economy – go into purchase of locally made/manufactured goods and services for instance.

You need to involve several agencies [MDAs] of government at Federal and State levels.
You need to have a coordination mechanism in place for this collaboration.


You need to involve and include the private sector and actually give preference to local private sector.
You need to put in place a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation; and,

You also need to ensure that all of these processes take place in the open, and that we do not have a situation where everything is wrapped in secrecy and the VP merely comes to announce the supposed outcome to us.


By the way, this governance shrouded in secrecy was the way governance was undertaken in the past, it was a major matrix for corruption.

And one would have hoped that a government that promised change, and a regime that promised that ‘it will no longer be business as usual’ would have behaved and conducted itself differently!


Okay sorry, so this did not turn out to be short after all!

Credit: Jaye Gaskiya

A final word to the cabal in Kaduna, By Femi Fani-Kayode



In reaction to the suggestion that the people of Southern Kaduna should defend themselves from mass murder and genocide, given the fact that their state government has refused to protect them, a political advisor to Governor Nasir El Rufai wrote the following in an essay titled “Kaduna Shall Be Great Again” and in some publications “Understanding The Southern Kaduna Crises.”
He wrote:
“The greatest challenge to peace in Kaduna State now is the antics of political jobbers and opportunists who have gone as low as spreading hate speeches; telling communities in Kaduna State to “defend themselves.”


This, is of course is an unmistakable call on the people of Kaduna State to procure arms and ammunitions and start killing themselves.

This is not just very low but extremely dangerous. This call on the citizenry to take the laws into their own hands totally undermines all on-going efforts to achieve lasting peace in Kaduna State.”


Instead of showing remorse for their woeful failures and begging for forgiveness for the sea of innocent blood that has been shed under their watch, the government of Kaduna State is lashing out at all those that have called them out and that are deeply concerned about the carnage that has taken place in Southern Kaduna.


The advisor pours scorn on the suggestion that a man should protect his family, loved ones and home from cold-blooded murderers who are attempting to maim and kill them.

He is suggesting that the people of Southern Kaduna should keep quiet, passively fold their arms and happily welcome, with a warm smile, those that have come to rape their wives, slaughter their children, burn their homes, wipe out their faith and take their land.

Is that how to make Kaduna great again?

Is that how to get back to the glorious days of Abubakar ‘Dangiwa’ Umar, Ahmed Makarfi and Patrick Yakowa when Kaduna had real governors who were balanced, mature, sensitive, caring, gentle, cosmopolitan, inclusive and fair to all regardless of faith, tribe or ethnic nationality?

Is that how to get back to the peaceful days of Kaduna when those of us that play polo used to look forward to going there to play at the annual Kaduna Polo tournament?

Is that how to get back to the days when Kaduna was one of the best places to visit in the country?
I doubt it very much.

The truth is that nothing could be more insensitive, irresponsible, callous and utterly absurd than the Special Advisor’s suggestion.

In any case one wonders just who these “political jobbers and opportunists” are and precisely what these “ongoing efforts to achieve lasting peace in Kaduna” are given the fact that the Kaduna State Government does not appear to give a damn about the fact that thousands of innocent and defenceless people, including women and children, have been butchered during their watch and right under their noses.

The Government of Kaduna State is evidently more interested in insulting, undermining, discrediting and threatening with arrest its critics and those that have expressed outrage about what the people of Southern Kaduna are being subjected to than in protecting and saving innocent lives.

Yet since no names were mentioned, for now I will limit myself to responding to Mr. Special Advisor only with the words of Mr. George Makeris of the One Nigeria group who hails from Southern Kaduna himself and whose views reflects the minds and thoughts of many concerned citizens not just in Kaduna but throughout the country.

In a direct response to the Special Advisor he wrote the following:
“Picking of arms for self-defence is obviously the last bastion of hope for Southern Kaduna and not its first option since the commencement of these mindless massacres.

This last resort became necessary when it becomes glaring that government is not interested in securing and protecting the lives of the people of Southern Kaduna people even though this is against its oath of office.

If Government had lived up to it constitutional responsibility and demonstrated unparalleled commitment in curbing the menace, citizens have no business bearing arms.

It is the failure of government that makes taking up arms necessary.

Even America had to allow its citizens to bear arms when it couldn’t protect them from constant attacks.
It is only natural to arm your citizens or allow your citizens to arm themselves, when you cannot guarantee their safety.

It is such a shame that the El-Rufai Government is not worried about its inability to secure the lives and properties of the Southern Kaduna people.

It is not worried that despite a twenty four hour curfew, a massacre took place in Goska.
It is not worried that the Southern Kaduna people lack arms amidst relentless hostilities.

 
It is not worried that it cannot arrest and prosecute the murderers.


But it is worried that the victims of constant attacks are now rising to arm themselves for self-defence as enshrined in the constitution.

Does this not tell any rational mind that the Government is helping the mindless murderers and condoning the massacres?

How can people who have never spoken against the massacres since it began suddenly start talking against carrying of arms for self-defence?

This tells us the type of criminals we have in power in Kaduna state and it explains the situation better to the international community.

I don’t see how those criminals can make Kaduna great and I believe it is just a matter of time before they are picked by the Interpol for “crimes against humanity”.
 
Mr. Makeris has hit the nail on the head. I could not have put it better myself.
Permit me to conclude this contribution with a few words about someone that I have come to respect and admire.

I had the distinct honor and privilege of receiving Rev. Musa Asake, the Secretary General of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in my home a few days before Christmas.

He is a courageous and truly wonderful man and I was struck by his extraordinary humility.

We discussed the situation in the country and particularly the marginalisation, persecution, slaughter and genocide that Christians are being subjected to in our nation today with particular reference to Kaduna state and the north.

Two days later, Southern Kaduna, which is where he comes from, was attacked by the Fulani militants and herdsmen and approximately 800 innocent people were butchered.

Asake is one of the few men of God in this country that has the courage of his convictions and that is prepared to risk all for the Body of Christ.

He is also one of the few Christian leaders and men of God in this country that has not been intimidated by the gratuitous insults, unadulterated violence, veiled and unveiled threats and pure hatred of those that seek to wipe out the Christian faith in Nigeria.

 Neither can he be compromised by their lying words, serpentine spirit, charmed meat, forked tongues, consistent inducements or the tiny crumbs that they regularly serve the uninformed, naive, gullible, and morally bankrupt from their accursed table.

He is not amongst those Christian leaders and clerics who are only too ready to sell their souls for a pittance, prostitute their principles, betray their faith, denigrate and undermine the Church, turn a blind eye to the slaughter of their flock, decimate the faithful, destroy all that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and millions of martyrs that came before and after Him died for and attempt to stop the spreading of the glorious gospel.

Asake is clearly either a conscious or sub-conscious believer in and practitioner of what came to be known as “liberation theology” which was made famous by primarily Catholic priests who stood up for the poor and the oppressed, who emphasised on evangelism AND social responsibility and who confronted and resisted tyranny and dictatorship in Latin America and other parts of the world from the 1950’s up until today.

He comes in the mould of other great clerics like Matthew Hassan Kukah, Benson Idahosa, Ajayi Crowther, Martin Luther King jnr., Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, Gustavo Guttierez of Peru, Leonardo Boff of Brazil, Jon Sobrino of Spain, Renee Padilla of Ecuador, Samuel Escobar of Peru, Orlando E. Costas of Puerto Rico, Alan Boesak of South Africa, Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Ian Paisely of Northern Ireland, Nicholas Duncan-Williams of Ghana and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam in the United States of America.
 
Such is the fire in his bones and such is his courage and passion
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A few days after Christmas I listened to his riveting and moving words in an interview with the Port Harcourt-based radio station, Garden City FM, and I wept. He told us exactly what happened in Southern Kaduna on Christmas eve and on Christmas day and it is simply barbaric.

I thank God that we have Christian leaders like him who are not ready to sweep things under the carpet and who have the courage to speak out and tell the world the bitter truth.
 
May the Lord help and deliver our brothers and sisters in Southern Kaduna

I implore those that have the opportunity to do so to trace the 20 minute interview on the internet and to find the time to listen it.

And to those that are unconcerned, that don’t give a damn and that believe it doesn’t matter I say the following:
You are shortsighted, ignorant, narrow-minded, insensitive, callous and very selfish.

As Rev. Asake rightly said, those of us from the south should get ready because the Fulani killers and herdsmen are coming there too and they have a master plan!

Yet few understand the gravity of the situation or even care.

The Nigerian people are so weak, so battered, so bruised, so stoic, so trusting, so naïve, so ready to accept injustice, so gullible, so uninspired, so uninspiring, so fearful, so faithless, so incapable of being courageous and standing up for truth.

They are like the proverbial frog that is slowly boiled to death in a pot of hot water. They just sit there, doing and saying nothing until death comes.

They will wait forever for God to deliver them forgetting

The ability to joyfully accept barbarity, wickedness injustice and to merrily tolerate evil and tyranny is NOT a virtue. It is a curse.
 
For those that do not see it that way please consider the words of Rev. Martin Luther King.
He said, ‘COWARDICE asks the question: is it safe?

EXPEDIENCY asks the question: is it political? VANITY asks the question: is it popular? But CONSCIENCE asks the question: is it right?

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right’.
 
My love and words of encouragement go out to our Christian brothers and sisters in Southern Kaduna particularly who have just been subjected to ethnic cleansing and genocide by the Fulani militants and herdsmen backed by government security agents and the military.


May the souls of all those that were slaughtered rest in peace.

May God heal the wounds of their loved ones and all those that they left behind and may He strengthen and avenge them speedily.

God will never abandon or forsake them or indeed any of us. Help is on the way, hang on to His sure word and hold on to His promise. Our God is mighty and He will surely deliver.
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To the Nigerian people I have the following to say:

May the Lord give us a strong resolve and the fortitude to stand up for the weak, the helpless, the dull, the vulnerable, the young, the elderly, the marginalised and all those that are being subjected to genocide, persecution and injustice.

2017 is a year of miracles, blessings and breakthroughs for those who know and trust Him. It is our year of abundance and final victory over evil.


Have faith, be happy and be strong. Despite the challenges, the difficulties and all the noise we hear on the market, God will make all things beautiful.


The night may be dark and filled with sorrow but joy comes in the morning.

For Rev. Musa Asake I have only three words to say: “onward Christian soldier!”

Happy New Year!



Credit: Femi Fani-Kayode



Donald Trump VS United Nations


Donald Trump, the president-elect of the United States has told the world that he is definitely not satisfied with what is going on in the United Nations.

Unlike the out-going Obama administration, Trump, who won the recently held presidential election is against the U.N overwhelming resolution which he sees as a deeply one-sided resolution that calls on Israel to end all Jewish settlement building in disputed areas of the West Bank and even East Jerusalem, without equally calling on Palestinians to end violent attacks on civilians in Israel.

Donald Trump says on twitter that “As to the U.N, things will be different after Jan 20th. ”

He added on another tweet that “the U.N. has such great potential but right now, it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”

Trump says further that the United States has never been fair to Israel and that it has often treated Israel with disdain.

He said that as soon as he becomes the U.S. president on 20th January, 2017, things will change.

Whatever the case may be, Trump should not forget the fact that Americans who voted for him to become their next president are actually interested in how he is going to make America great again.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, accuses the United States of orchestrating the U.N. vote and added that he has evidence to this effect.

The P.M maintains that “friends don’t take friend to the United Nations.”

The present U.S secretary of state, John Kerry denied this allegation and replied that “Friends need to tell each other the hard truth.”