CRY OF MARTYRS: Healing the Wound of Christ

We thank all the generous donors who contributed to Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) to provide relief to persecuted Christians in Nigeria.  CSMN conducted distribution of relief at four locations in one week from 21st February – 28th February, 2020. The four locations are:

  1. Anyiin IDP Camp, Logo Local Government, Benue State
  2. Ugba IDP Camp, Logo Local Government, Benue State
  3. Unguwar Waziri Shato, Kargi Ward, Kubau LGA, Kaduna State
  4. Stephens Children Home (sons of martyrs), Abeokuta, Ogun State

The distribution in Benue State was done by CSMN in collaboration with Chairman, Benue State CAN and Global Christian Update. We are grateful for the support.

In view of the relentless attempts by some people in the Church to distort narrative about the relationship between CAN and NCEF, it is necessary to clarify as follows:

  1. It is not right for anyone to create an impression that NCEF is at loggerheads with CAN. This is not correct. NCEF “is not fighting” CAN. The Association belongs to us all.
    NCEF is opposed to the mismanagement and compromise of CAN by some people to satisfy their personal selfish interests. There is deliberate attempt to hoodwink Christians to think it is clash with CAN. So long as Christians think in this manner, they would not address the salient issues at stake. Christians should understand the issues and address the issues based on the facts of the case.
  2. It is also incorrect for any Christian to claim that NCEF has no right to make the issues in CAN public. The scriptural command is that evil in the Church should be exposed, particularly when the issue has been raised privately and there is no willingness from the erring brethren to repent and change. Please refer to Eph. 5: 11; 1 Tim. 5: 20; Titus 3: 10-11; 1 Cor. 5: 11-13; Matt. 18: 15 -17; etc.
    Rather than repent, the Church leaders set up a fraudulent investigative/reconciliation Committee that turned the truth upside down. It justified the wicked and condemned the righteous. Isaiah 5: 20 That is the Report they carry about that they have been cleared.
    God commands that evil in the Church should be exposed. NCEF did the right thing. It is the unrepentant sinners in the Church who complain when evil is exposed.
    In addition, Christians can no longer complain of ignorance about what is going on in CAN while the Church is facing existential threat.
  3. Nigerian Christians are required to clarify whether it is proper for election to be manipulated in CAN. The purported “re-election” of the incumbent violates four Articles in the Constitution of CAN. These are:

    Article 14a

    Article 14b (iii)

    Article 19

    Article 22

    Also to be investigated are allegations of multiple vote-buying to the tune of N500,000 each. Where did such money come from?Should the Church conduct election like corrupt and irresponsible Nigerian political parties? Those who rig election cannot claim to be ordained by God.
    Please address this issue.
  4. Christians should consider if it is proper for the interest of the Church to be used to play politics. On 2nd August, 2016, NCEF handed over to the incumbent CAN President the CAN Strategy Document for implementation. This document was prepared under the last Administration in CAN and it was approved by NEC.
    Why was the document not implemented?
    The previous Administration also established the CAN Trust Fund to provide critical funding for the Church in view of the foreseen attacks of the Islamists.
    Why was the CAN Trust Fund frustrated?
    Now the enemies are threatening and the Church is in distress. Unfortunately, the Church is pauperized, it has no funds; the Church has no plan to implement. (Can any man of good conscience blame NCEF for raising alarm?)
    Is it right for the collective interest of Nigerian Christians to be used to play politics so that some people can use Aso Villa as ATM Machine?
    Who sent CAN Officials to rush and congratulate Buhari after the questionable 2019 elections? Whose interest were they representing?
    Please address these issues.
  5. Should the Officials of CAN deliberately frustrate a Christian political consensus project aimed at mobilizing Christians to use their numerical advantage to elect a Christian President during the 2019 election? NCEF wrote a Report on this titled FACTORS HINDERING CHRISTIAN POLITICAL CONSENSUS FOR 2019 ELECTIONS. (Available at www.csmnigeria.org )
    Due to the treachery of CAN Officials, the Government under which 25,794 people were killed by insurgents (according to PUNCH report) was re-elected.
    Should not Christian Elders protest and disagree with such act of Judas in the Church?
    Please address this issue.
  6. When the Constitutional infractions listed above are examined, other issues of fraud, criminal conversion of funds, violation of CAN Constitution, lies, and forgery in CAN shall be exposed.
    Should a group of Christian Elders see all these in the Church and keep quiet?
    Please address this issue also.
  7. Nigerian Christians have two options: 
    Either handle unrighteousness like Joshua did to Achan and Israel was able to enter the Promised Land or, continue to pamper and indulge defilement in the sanctuary like Israel did with Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli, and suffer defeat. Carrying the Ark into the battle ground did not help Israel after the Tabernacle was defiled and polluted. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
    Nigerian Christians, the choice is yours.
  8. Nigerian Christians should remember that on 14th September, 2013 God said: “If care is not taken, in 30 – 40 years Nigeria will be like Turkey.”
    The process has started. The enemies are outside, defilement and corruption is within.  In just seven years after God spoke, it is clear Nigeria is on the road to Turkey. Shouting “God forbid” is not the solution. The solution is to return to truth and righteousness and enforce Godly judgment in the Church.
    According to 1 Cor. 5: 11 – 13, Christians must judge evil inside the Church so that God can judge the evil outside the Church. So long as Christians continue to indulge and tolerate corruption inside the Church, God will not do anything about the evil outside the Church. Check your Bible.
  9. Rather than repent, the affected Church leaders raised a band of “attack dogs” and spin doctors to attack whoever speaks the truth. Consequently, many Christians have been intimidated into silence in the face of evil in the Church.
  10. We have prayed repentance prayers. It is time for Nigerian Christians to produce fruit meet for repentance.
    NCEF is not fighting CAN. NCEF is fighting for truth and righteousness in CAN. May our Christian Association be delivered from the grip of corrupt and evil men who hold the truth in hypocrisy.

 

Secretary

28th February, 2020

 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8: 20

Christian Social Movement of Nigeria and National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), invites every Christian to listen and hear the CRY OF THE MARTYRS. In the flurry of outcry against insecurity and bad governance in the country, we are beginning to lose sight of the humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the Christian community and its responsibility as Christians to resolve.

This presentation is directed mainly at Negro Nigerians and Negroids who see themselves as Nigerians. it is also intended to bring to the notice of the leadership of Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum (MBF) and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) facts and events which all Nigerians must know to appreciate the true meaning of Bishop Kukah’s statement in comparing the Federal Government with Boko Haram and saying that the difference between Federal Government and the terrorists is that, terrorists use bomb to achieve their aims.  See Vanguard, Sunday, January 26, 2020] In effect that the two have the same objective.

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.” 

Huntington wrote: “Who are we? And they are answering that question in the traditional way human beings have answered it, by reference to the things that mean most to them. People define themselves in terms of ancestry, religion, language, history, values, customs, and institutions. They identify with cultural groups: tribes, ethnic groups, religious communities, nations, and, at the broadest level, civilizations. People use politics not just to advance their interests but also to define their identity. We know who we are only when we know who we are not and often only when we know whom we are against.” [Emphasis supplied] [The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order, pg. 21]

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.” 

Mon. 3rd – Sun. 9th Feb. 2020

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

PRESS RELEASE

REJOINDER:
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

  • Presently, everyone of good conscience in Nigeria is pained at the operation of the spirit of Judas which through treachery has steadily degraded Democracy in the country.
  • The antithesis of Democracy is Sharia ideology. While Democracy accommodates divergent groups in the country, Sharia is discriminatory and caters only to the interest and well being of a section of the country.
  • Democracy is easily promoted when Christians uphold democratic values. Unfortunately, the current leadership of the Church has confirmed by its various actions that it is Islamist collaborator and more sympathetic towards Sharia rather than Democracy.
  • Consequently, Christians no longer possess moral or spiritual legal ground to defend free and fair election because Sharia supporters inside the Church ensure that Church election is neither free nor fair. In effect, Democracy is compromised in Nigeria from within the Church.
  • If Christians wish to regain spiritual and moral right to promote Democracy in Nigeria, their agitation should commence from within the Church.
  • It has been suggested that CSMN should constitute a Christian Judicial Panel to interpret the Constitution of the Christian Association in view of the recent undemocratic “election” inside the Church. It is concluded that if there is no electoral integrity inside the Church, electoral integrity cannot be found in the country.
  • In view of the other points enumerated in the paper below, Christians are enjoined not to destroy Democracy in Nigeria.