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Nobody has plan to Islamise Nigeria – Onaiyekan

9 months ago

Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal OnaiyekanJohn Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, has called on Christians, to rise up and Christianise Nigeria instead of complaining that Muslims want to Islamise the nation.
Onaiyekan made the call in his homily at a Mass to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at Our Lady of Perpertual Help Parish, Gwarinpa II on Sunday in Abuja.
“So let nobody deceive you, I don’t think there is anybody who has plan to Islamise Nigeria, but even if they do, they have every right to do so.
 “They have every right to do so provided they also know that I have the right to Christianise the whole of Nigeria. “The answer is not in complaining and crying; stand up like a man and Christianise Nigeria,’’ the Cardinal said.
He said that Christians had the mandate to preach Jesus Christ to everyone without being distracted with material things.
Onaiyekan urged Christians to defend their faith by preaching the gospel in words and deeds without comprising the message of the Cross.
He said that the disciples of Christ preached the crucified Christ, accepted persecution and that many even died for their faith.
“People complain that Christianity is being persecuted; they are saying that some people want to Islamise the nation. Just know that nobody can’t Islamise you unless you agree to be Islamised.
“For as long as you are not ready to stand up and carry the Cross, you are on the verge of losing your faith; if you don’t want to lose your promotion for Christ sake, you are also not worthy to be a Christian.
“ Anybody who presents another programme different from the programme of Jesus Christ on the Cross will lose, you will drop; you will just drop like an overripe apple.’’
According to him, Christians cannot achieve the feat by compromising their faith, it can only be achieved by carrying their cross and following Christ.
“You don’t Christianise the nation by standing up and looking for prosperity or material benefits.
“You Christianise a nation, if you are ready to stand up for the truth, preach the gospel, carry the Cross and follow the Lord Jesus.’’
Quoting from the Gospel of Mathew Chapter 10 verses 37 to 42, Onaiyekan said that anyone who loved his or her mother, father, children , husband more than Christ is not worthy of His kingdom.
He, however, said that the message of Cross is that of salvation, which was gradually being reduced to the message of prosperity, adding that it was natural to face suffering in the world.
The Cardinal said that Christianity had survived over 2,000 years and the religion became more established even when the apostles faced persecution and were even killed.
“The apostles went through horrible suffering because of that, the Church took root when everybody thought it was the end of the story of Jesus, who died on the Cross.
 “That is the mystery of Christianity, if it is not God’s own doing, Christianity would not have survived,’’ he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Onaiyekan administered sacrament of confirmation to 63 Catholics in the parish and also laid a foundation of the 2,000 capacity new church.
According to Catholic teaching, the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.
For by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptised) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with special strength of the Holy Spirit.
Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the Christian faith by words and deeds.
Also, 30 candidates received first Holy Communion at the service.

Obong of Calabar denounces Biafra, distances self from video

9 months ago

Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu VThe Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, has distanced himself and the Efik kingdom from the state of Biafra, as he denied sending any emissary to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
A two-minute video on YouTube titled, “BIAFRA: I am very happy we are now a nation,” shows Kanu addressing some supporters in a room, when a man in dark glasses, dressed in Efik traditional attire said he brought greetings from the Obong, who supports the Biafra cause and would like to see the IPOB leader.
According to the man, the Obong and Calabar people wanted to see the IPOB leader.In his response, Kanu said: “tell him he was one of the people I was praying for, while in prison and one of the people I would go to. Tell the Obong of Calabar that I will go to see him, that I would be honoured to see him in person. I will come to see him in his Palace. Tell the Obong that. Thank you very much for coming.”
 But in a reaction, while briefing journalists in Calabar on Friday night, the Obong said: “Ordinarily, the palace would not react, but to put the records straight, this is fake, as we don’t support any separatist group. And such a person or persons faking the Obong should be brought to book, as it is a case of impersonation.” A press statement signed by the Chairman of Etuboms’ Traditional Council of the Palace of the Obong, Etubom Bassey Okon Bassey Duke, said, “The Obong of Calabar is one of only eight rulers recognised by the Federal Republic of Nigeria as Natural Rulers and Treaty Kings, whose kingdoms existed hundreds of years before the amalgamation and who interacted with and signed Treaties and Agreements with Sovereign Nations in Africa and Europe.
“The content of this video is, therefore, a ridiculous insult and the Obong of Calabar-in-Council dissociates itself completely from everything to do with the person and fake message carried in the video. From the poor illegitimate dressing, intonation, accent and comportment, it is clear that the person is a petty impersonator with dubious intentions.
“While freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution, it does not extend to endorsing the propagation of falsehood of making fraudulent claims.“The Obong of Calabar-in-Council, therefore, calls on security agencies to live up to expectation and immediately arrest and prosecute the impersonator, whose face can clearly be seen in the video.”

See List Of Top 5 Politicians Who Are Against Restucturing

9 months ago

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said that a census of Nigerians against restructuring to quell the various agitations and correct the marginalisation in the country are “President Buhari, el-Rufai, Ango Abdullahi, Lai Mohammed and Tanko Yakassai.”
The Yoruba group said this in reaction to a statement credited to Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who had said that the 2014 National Conference report is not a sensible basis for the Buhari-led APC government to use and correct the imbalance in the country.
Recall that in the statement credited to the Kaduna state governor, he was quoted as saying that the APC has an already step-by-step plan which differs from the recommendations of the 2014 Confab to solve Nigeria’s problems of marginalisation.
The Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin who gave the statement also said that the only way out of the current agitations in the country was to restructure the current set-up of the nation.
He stated, “El-Rufai should tell us his own idea to correct the imbalance in the country because as far as we are concerned, the 2014 confab report is about the closest to the democratic representation of Nigeria.
“The confab consisted of representatives of all segments of the societies in Nigeria. But for somebody, who occupies a responsible office of a governor to be saying those who are talking about restructuring are irresponsible, it is very unfortunate.
“It is very sad for the governor to be talking like an area boy on the television. In Nigeria of today, we can now begin to take a census of those who are against restructuring – they are President Buhari, el-Rufai, Ango Abdullahi, Lai Mohammed and Tanko Yakassai.
“Aside from those people, everybody in Nigeria supports restructuring; that is the song everybody is playing all over the country as of today, whether we like it or not. Those who are against it are insignificant.’’
Governor Nasir El-Rufai had, while speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, party does not believe that the 2014 National Conference report which so many stakeholders are clamouring as basis to restructure the country is sensible enough for the party to begin what he termed, the already existing steps by the APC to correct the political imbalance in the country.
The Governor who faulted the 2014 Confab in that statement also said that those who were selected to participate in that conference did not reflect the demographics and diversity of Nigeria, adding that the conference and its deliberation were lopsided.
El-Rufai had however maintained that the manifesto of APC has all the solutions to Nigeria’s problems.
“We meet every month under the auspice of the National Economic Council and working together with the Federal Government we chart directions of economic policy and that is part of shifting the federal- state balance.
“A lot of the talk about political restructuring is political opportunism and irresponsibility in my opinion. “It is popular and people that have presidential aspirations think there is a platform upon which they will exploit this. As I said, if you look at the APC manifesto, all the elements to divulge power to the state to change the balance in the federation are there and we are committed to that as a party.
“The National Chairman of our party will restate that commitment and we are discussing it and as I said President Buhari and Osinbajo’s government has taken very concrete steps rather than rhetoric to actually move in that direction and we are going to move in that direction but we do not believe that the basis for it is rhetoric and opportunism, we do not believe that the 2014 CONFAB report is a sensible basis to even begin.
“We all know the circumstances in which the so-called CONFAB was put together, we all know the composition, how lopsided it was, how important stakeholders were not taken to account, how even the composition and numbers do not reflect the demographics and the diversity of this country and we took a position as a party not to participate but to encourage our state governors to be there at the table.”

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