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CAN: Igbo presidency will be Nigeria’s political solution

The Imo State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Dr. Divine Eches Divine, has said that Igbo presidency in 2023 is incontestable, arguing that it will be Nigeria’s political solution.

The cleric spoke to newsmen on Monday in Owerri, the state capital.
He said that it would amount to injustice if Igbos are denied the opportunity to produce the next president of Nigeria, describing it as long overdue.

“We are laying a serious foundation for people to understand that the Igbo presidency is not a zoning issue. Every agitation should surrender at the feet of the Southeast presidency as a doctrine of necessity.

“Southeast leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria, as well as other religious groups, are seriously consulting. There should be a fair share of power where all the ethnic groups will benefit. For instance, the North, the West and the south have taken a turn in government. The southeast has been marginalized. It is our turn to take a stand in the corridors of power.

“I can beat my chest to tell you that Igbo presidency will go a long way in solving the country’s political problems,” he added.

Meanwhile, he has called on the political and religious leaders from southeast to come together in chatting a way forward, insisting that it is now or never.

OPINION: Like CAN, Like MURIC: The Part And Parcel Of Nigeria’s Problem

By Busy Brain

Anytime I think about the affairs of this nation, I do ask myself: what have we done wrong to deserve these killings and maiming in our regions? At times, within my innards, I always ask: what are the genesis of the problems marauding the nation? From Boko Haram bombings to Fulani herdsmen killings; Banditry and kidnappings are much more pervasive. For how long will it take us to find a way out ? Are there no Holy men from our religious groups who can talk to God to bestow His blessings upon our nation and restore peace? Sorry case! Some of our so called men of God are even worse, they are the ones making headlines with exasperating and shocking news stories.

Gone are those days, if there’s no peace in the land, the Holy Men in conglomeration will come together and speak to God in one voice. They will talk to God swiftly to spell out some malignant nemesis on the evil men and restore peace. But not any more, the crop of Holy men we have now cannot speak to God. Many have exhausted their air times; many have poor network except for the few ones who still maintain 4G to connect the Almighty God. For those that engage in fake prophesies and lobby the government in power, tell me, how will God answer our prayers when the ten percent and zakat offered emanated from the looted fund? Allahu Akbar in Jesus Name, unholy men swindling with Holy name. If we continue to run things this way, will there ever be peace ?

Sincerely, the mode of operation of our religious groups in Nigeria is more than worrisome. I didn’t feel sorry to say they are part and parcel of our problems but continue to point accuse fingers at political leaders. Having read the comments of Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) on Boko Haram killings and Leah Sharibu’s hostage and Muslim Rights Concern’s ( MURIC) comments on Operation Amotekun, I have come to a facile conclusion that, these religious groups have nothing to offer this country than to get things out of hand.

Or Isn’t it irritating when CAN accused the Federal Government of working with Boko Haram to Islamise Nigeria? Isn’t it appalling that MURIC tagged Operation Amotekun a Christians’ outfit all in the name of religion? I don’t know how these associations do select their leaders but the current set of leaders paddling the groups are not helping the matter. Giving religious colouration to security issues is a big problem entirely. Is it possible for Federal Government to sponsor Boko Haram even when thousands of innocent citizens, Armed Forces are paying the price on daily basis. Will Buhari led administration be so happy while Leah Sharibu still in evil men’s den ? Boko Haram was tough during Gooodluck Jonathan’s regime; it is more tougher now. Boko Haram doesn’t have a specific direction and what they really want remains unknown to both the government and the governed. Who will now bear the blame for the loss of lives? It is still the government but the blame game should not come from those that prayed for their emergence.

Recently, one of the prominent pastors staged a prayer walk on the streets to express disapproval on the nature of killings in the country. For real, we are tired of these gory scenes. It’s getting unbearable. When I read the news, I commended the prayer walk but still, something seems unclear to me. During electioneering, the so called politicians who have failed today in the area of security visited different Mosques and Churches to receive blessings in order to be victorious. They attended their Ministries for prayer in order to emerge as winners. Many out of our Holy men had their shares from the loots. Of course, the money used to get private jets by pastors and exotic cars by Alfas didn’t come directly from heaven. Larger portion came from the purse of looters and these looters believe that, God has forgiven them of their sins because the anointed Imams and Pastors could not tell them the truth. But why? Why will our men of God hide the truth from these nefarious grandeurs during election and point fingers for failing us now? Our Imams and Pastors should have informed our political leaders that corruption is evil in the Holy Books before embracing their zakats and ten percent. The level of today’s insecurity is an output of corruption.

Alas! It’s very appalling that our agents of socialization have failed us woefully. The media has been asphyxiated and porous, Political class is nothing but a failure, entertainment industry has been infected by Marlians virus and our sanctified men of God that occupy CAN and MURIC are the agents of controversies. This government has failed us in the area of protecting lives and properties through Armed Forces, our MURIC and CAN have also failed us as weak prayer warriors. Like CAN, like MURIC, the part and parcel of Nigeria’s problem.

Busy Brain is an opinion writer, Poet, researcher and a freelance journalist

CAN honours Gov Ugwuanyi with award of excellence

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State Chapter, on Friday, honoured Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with an award of excellence in recognition of his unrelenting efforts in entrenching peace and good governance in the state.

Enugu State CAN presented the award to Gov. Ugwuanyi, when its leadership from the state and the 17 local government areas, led by the State Chairman, Rt. Rev. Christian C. Obiefuna, paid a courtesy call on the governor at the Government House, Enugu.

Presenting the award, Obiefuna who described Gov. Ugwuanyi as an exceptional, grassroots-oriented, humble, humane, peaceful and generous leader, said: “You do not discriminate in your services as a leader; I am proud of you and God shall continue to provide and uplift you”.

The cleric told Gov. Ugwuanyi that the Christian body is delighted that “you paid the 13th month salary; you have continually kept awake and deployed all resources for security and peace in Enugu State; you pay workers’ salary as and when due; you broker peace among several communities/organizations who have one conflict or the other.

“Our church leaders and members are being honoured and respected; we do ply different roads which you have constructed in all the zones in Enugu State; you have approved the payment of N30,000 Minimum Wage from February this year; there is visible harmony among all tiers and branches of government in Enugu State; you made Enugu State a peaceful and united family, among others. These are worthy of commendation”.

The state chapter of CAN disclosed that the award was also in appreciation of the governor’s “resilience, sleepless nights and uncompromising decision to provide security in Enugu State”, adding that “because you have timely deployed unprecedented human and material resources to protect lives and property in Enugu State, Enugu is the safest place to live, courtesy of your commitment”.

Also speaking on why CAN honoured Gov. Ugwuanyi, the State Legal Adviser, Barr. Onuora Okeke, stated that the body is impressed that Enugu State is the most peaceful and secure state in the South East zone because of the governor’s capacity as a peace-loving and security-conscious leader.

Barr. Okeke pointed out that the outstanding efforts the governor deployed to tackle the security challenges in the state, such as the establishment of the Forest Guards, purchase of security patrol vehicles, visit to thick forests, during the day and at night, which the kidnappers and other criminal elements used as hideouts, among others, were eloquent testimonies to his firm commitment to the safety, security and wellbeing of the people of the state.

“We are very happy that this award is given to you, not on grounds of politics. It is given to you because we know your worth and what you have done for this state”, he said.

Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi appreciated God for the honour and thanked the state chapter of CAN for recognizing the modest achievements of his administration, in spite of the nation’s security and economic challenges.

The governor, who stated that his greatest support comes from the church, noted that the success his administration has achieved, in spite of the nation’s economic challenges, was a product of the prayers of the church and urged them to continue to pray for him and the state.

Other religious leaders at the event, include the State Vice-Chairman of CAN, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benjamin Eze, the Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Enugu State, Bishop Dr. Godwin Madu, Head of Blocs, CAN, Bishop Obi Onubogu, representative of the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Donatus Onuigbo and representatives of other Blocs of CAN in the state, the Secretary of CAN, Apostle Joseph Ajujungwa, among others.

CAN Demands Arrest of Miyetti Allah Leaders

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the federal government to immediately re-organise the headship of the country’s security agencies to ensure that they are not dominated by persons of one religion and same section of the country.

The CAN also called on the government to desist from sending official representations to meetings of international Islamic organisations.

The religious body has also urged the federal government to either label the Miyetti Allah Fulani Association a terrorist organisation or order the arrest of its leadership and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states, among others.

The leadership of CAN also said that it has directed all its state chapters nationwide to honour all innocent victims of terrorists and religious-motivated killings in the country by observing a three-day fasting and prayer from December 31, 2019, to February 2, 2020, in all state capitals and Abuja.

The President of CAN, Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle, told a press conference yesterday that Christians have suffered greatly over the years with little or no effort by the federal government to arrest and prosecute the culprits. Ayokunle said that onslaughts by the insurgents and other bandits have made the lives of Christians very unsafe and miserable.

He described the situation as clearly reprehensible and unacceptable and accused the federal government of not doing enough to stop the killings and abductions of Christians in the country, adding that there was no doubt that Christians were the major targets of the killing expedition of the monstrous insurgents over the years.

FULANI: CAN, Civil Societies, women to protest tomorrow in 5 S East states

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-East zone has said that it’s planned demonstrations across the zone on Thursday (tomorrow) is to protest the attacks of Fulani herdsmen on their South East hosts.

CAN said that it can no longer fold it’s hands and watch as Fulani herdsmen kill and destroy Igbo communities with impunity, while the security agencies do nothing. The protest, it revealed, will be taking place simultaneously in the five states of South East Nigeria.

In a communique issued condemning the massacre of Ukpabi-Nimbo indigenes two weeks ago, and signed by its chairman, Most Rev Prof David Eberechukwu, it’s chairman emeritus, Most Rev Dr EO Chukwuma, Rev Dr SC Nwokolo, secretary and chairmen of CAN in the five South East states, it condemned in very strong terms the lackadaisical attitude of security even after getting information prior to the attack.

It also said that ‘the preference of cow lives over the resourceful human lives is wrong’, and that killer herdsmen should be treated like Boko Haram terrorists, as human lives cannot be substituted by that of animals.

CAN, according to reports, will be working in alliance with Umu Ada Igbo (daughters of Igboland), Umu Ada Uzo-Uwani (daughters of Uzo-Uwani), and the Civil Liberties Organization in Enugu to ensure that the demonstration is peaceful and orderly. All Christians, including Catholics, protestants, and evangelical members in the South East will also be attending.

Speaking to our reporter yesterday in Enugu, Comrade Rita Eberechukwu Anigboogu, coordinator of Umu Ada Igbo, Enugu State said the protest will begin at 6 am, and take off from Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Enugu, move to the House of Assembly, before moving to Government House in the state.

On her part, coordinator of Umu Ada Uzo-Uwani, Princess Eziamaka Ezugwu told journalists that the protest is not just about Ukpabi-Nimbo, but incessant, unprovoked attacks on Igbo communities “in our local government, Ukpabi-Nimbo was not the first to be attacked. These killers have been killing our people. They came in November and killed two people in Abi Ugwuobi town. They burnt the biggest house in the community and our people ran away to hide. On December 25, they came back and attacked. The people ran away, and spent the rest of 2015 at police stations hiding.

“In February this year, Ogwu Uvuru people were also sacked by Fulani herdsmen. After their cows destroyed our farms, they then came back and began to attack and cut our people with daggers. The people ran away, and we were sleeping in bushes for three weeks. What they usually do is to kill men and boys, leaving the women. We Umu Ada won’t fold our hands and wait while they kill off our men”, she said.

Chairman of Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Enugu State branch, Comrade Zulu Ofoelue, in a press statement expressed worry that the Federal Government was not handling Fulani attacks with the same seriousness it handled Boko Haram.

He said ‘citizens of communities in Enugu State and beyond should organise an internal self-defence mechanism to complement government security efforts. Self defence is a constitutional right of citizens”, the activist said, and called on all Civil Society Organizations as well as citizens to join the protests to save the South East from marauders.

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