In NCEF’s paper titled “Negros in Nigeria must not Continue to Pay and be Colonized”, we answered the question “Who are we?” This has become necessary in that “unless we hate what we are not, we cannot love what we are.”
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.Hosea 6: 1
The Church in Nigeria seems closer to a destiny climax than ever, with options for deliverance or devastation. The present sounds in the land and the echoes from the enemies have lately been so ominous that even the blind and the deaf doubt the threats no more. If the Church ever needed to pray, it is in this double-double year of 2020, especially before Easter in April with its worrisome indications of plotted simultaneous tribulations against the land, Haman style. Hear the sounds, see the signs!
CHRISTIAN SOCIAL MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA (CSMN)
NORTH EAST ZONE
RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE - ISLAMIC GROUP BLASTS CHRISTIAN BODY OVER ATTACK ON SULTAN, MAKES REVELATIONS
The attention of the North East Zone of Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) and indeed the Christian community in Nigeria has been drawn to an online media publication by the DAILY POST with the above headlines. The publication was said to have emanated from the desk of the Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Ishaq Akintola. In the said publication, he unleashed a diatribe on the Nigerian Church and affronted Nigerian Christians, using uncouth and provocative language. In a brazen display of denying reality, the publication denied there was any persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
Lord Alton of Liverpool has written to the BBC challenging a report that an orphanage for unwanted children which was forcibly closed by the Kano state authorities was functioning illegally. He has also highlighted the case in a letter to the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK).
On 25 December, Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa, the co-founder of the Du Merci Centre in the Kano state capital, was detained by authorities. A report by BBC Pidgin reporter Mansur Abubakar, published on the BBC News website at 14.41 on 9 January, stated that police in “northern Nigeria” had “rescued 27 children from two illegal orphanages operating in Kano and Kaduna states”, quoting police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna.
The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) joins all Christians worldwide to mourn the unwarranted and callous murder of eleven innocent Nigerian Christians on Christmas Day, 2019. These Christians were abducted by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram. According to reports, thirteen men were shown in a video pleading for deliverance while eleven were eventually killed. Two of the captives were released because they are Muslims while the remaining eleven were presumably killed due to their Christian faith. Ten of the Christians were beheaded while the eleventh was shot dead.
In 1954, as a form one student at the Immaculate Conception College (ICC), Benin City, I was a presiding officer at that year’s election to the western Regional Assembly and since then as Police Inspector and Superior Police officer (1959 – 1970) 12 years, one has participated in various elections in pre-independence 1959 and Western elections of 1964.
Since its inception in 2015, the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has been informing Nigerians, particularly the Christian community that the problem of Nigeria is simply the conflict between Democracy and Sharia and this was institutionalized in the 1999 Constitution. The 1999 Constitution is a document at war with itself because the two ideologies it accommodates are antithetical to each other and are pulling the country in opposite directions. It is therefore not surprising to observe that the country is prone to conflict, confusion, and disharmony. Nigeria is more divided today than it was during the Civil War of 1967 – 1970.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAPER
According to a report in public domain, "Nigerian has 80,000 registered Doctors. More than 50,000 are practicing abroad." Out of the remaining 30,000 doctors, "92% are considering finding a job abroad" while "70% ... are making plans to leave for foreign lands and are taking exams to that effect."
I am inclined to conclude that professionals, particularly the doctors, are deliberately being frustrated to flee Nigeria. This notion is reinforced by the recent news that procurement in the Ministry of Health must pass through Ministry of Agriculture.
CHRISTIAN SOCIAL MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA (CSMN)
MESSAGE TO NIGERIANS
AFTER THE SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT: ADVOCACY FOR DEMOCRACY CRUCIAL
Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) wishes to join generality of Nigerians in expressing grave concern on the assault on Democracy in Nigeria. The judgment of the Supreme Court validating the 2019 Presidential Election has not been helpful. In his response to the judgment, Atiku Abubakar said, “in a democracy, you need a strong Judiciary, a free press and an impartial electoral umpire. Nigeria has none of those three elements as at today.”
Christian Social Movement of Nigeria and National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) have consistently maintained that the problem of Nigeria is the conflict between Democracy and Sharia ideology. It is evident that Sharia is the ideology presently employed to run Nigeria, not Democracy. The 2019 Election is proof of Sharia not Democracy.
A paper presented on October 25, 2019 @ the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Benin City by Solomon Asemota, SAN
ADDING VALUE TO MY FAITH: REPORTS AND COMMENTS
I visited the Archbishop of Benin City and President CBCN, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze on August 10, 2019, wherein he promised to create one hour at this Conference for me to address you, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and for this, I am very grateful.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8: 32
It is with the above Bible verse as background that Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) would issue a Rejoinder to the publication referred to above, signed by Prof. Charles Adisa and Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam. It is difficult to know which one of them actually authored the document because the document is full of “I” yet it was signed by two persons.