Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama

Stop Making Policy Statement in Church, Archbishop Kaigama Tells Jonathan

 The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama has advised  President Goodluck Jonathan to stop making policy pronouncements in  churches. He urged politicians to go and meet the people in the villages  where they are living in abject poverty. Archbishop Kaigama offered the  advice while talking to SaharaTV over the weekend. He chided Nigerian  politicians for not caring about the people but rather engaged in a mad  pursuit of their personal interest.  “All we want are politicians who are ready to serve Nigerians,” he said  in an interview with Rudolf Okonkwo. “Nigerians have suffered enough.  The politicians that get into power concentrate their whole energy in  helping themselves.”Archbishop Kaigama who is the President of the Nigerian Bishops  Conference urged religious leaders to stop telling people in power what  they wanted to hear because of the pittance that they collect from these  political leaders. “If I have to meet the governors or the president I  wouldn’t have to hide my disappointment,” he said. “Our leaders are not  giving their best to the nation.”On the upcoming National Conference Kaigama expressed the worry that it  would be another avenue to display intellectual talent and oratory. He  said he did not see how it would bring anything good for the nation.“After 100 years of amalgamation we are still dancing in a circle,” he  lamented. “Why is there poverty? Why is there endemic corruption?”He described as criminal the idea that the government allowed students  to be out of school for over six months. Addressing the violence going  on in Plateau state between the settlers and the indigenes, the  Archbishop called the relative peace now in the state ‘the peace of the  graveyard.’ He said that social, political and economic issues behind  the crisis have not been addressed. He worried that it was a matter of  time before they explode once again.“The issues are not addressed because of either lack of political will  on the part of politicians or that security people are compromised,” he  said.Archbishop Kaigama applauded President Jonathan’s signing of the  Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage Bill. Despite the signing the  archbishop hoped that gays would not be discriminated against. “I don’t  imagine that because any body is gay he or she will be convicted,” he  said. “The constitution is clear about this gay union is not allowed. It  is not a crime to be gay but gay union is a crime.”He added, “I will treat [a gay person] with great understanding and love, with great compassion.”


Five soldiers, 7 others killed as Fulani herdsmen attack Agatu village in Benue

No fewer than twelve persons, including five soldiers attached  to the 72 Army Battalion in Makurdi, Benue State on Sunday lost their  lives as suspected herdsmen attacked Agatu Local Government Area of the  state. The incident made some residents to flee their homes in large number when heavy shooting erupted in the early hours of the…


Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh Boko Haram terrorists mayhem’ll end April 2014

The new Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, yesterday assured that the military would end the Boko Haram insurgency in the North- East area of Nigeria before April. Badeh gave the assurance during handing over ceremonies at the service headquarters in Abuja. He expressed absolute confidence in his colleagues to achieve this mission in three months. Badeh promised to crush the insurgency and return the geopolitical zone to its good old days ahead of the 2015 general elections. “The security situation in the North-East must be brought to a stop before April 2014,” Badeh said. He told the perpetrators of terrorism and their allies that there


Release bodies of our members, says MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday demanded the bodies of three of its members allegedly killed by soldiers during the raid on its security office on the Onitsha-Owerri Road, Onitsha, Anambra State. MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, who addressed reporters, said the release became imperative, following worries by the deceased’s families and MASSOB that the bodies be released for a befitting funeral, to prevent their spirits from roaming. MASSOB also demanded the release of those arrested before, during and after the raid, who included, Friday Igiri, Kenneth Nwabueze and Ezeigwe.


Nigeria won’t break, even if Jonathan loses 2015, says Mohammed

Second Republic federal lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, yesterday dispelled fears that Nigeria would break if President Goodluck Jonathan was not allowed a second term in office in 2015. Mohammed pointed out that the country had gone beyond the stage of disintegrating on account of the electoral fortune of one man. The political commentator made the claim in reaction to the assertion by former Anambra State governor, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, that Nigeria would break up if President Goodluck Jonathan was not allowed a second term in office.The former governor had said in an interview with Vanguard that the issue of Nigeria’s continued existence and second term for Jonathan were inseparable and that any attempt by any group under any guise to deny Jonathan of his second term could lead to unintended consequences.


Afenifere have officially rejected Okurounmu committee’s reportv on Confab

NATIONAL MIRROR – Afenifere Renewal Group yesterday rejected the recommendations of the  Senator Femi Okurounmu’s Presidential Advisory Committee on National  Dialogue, saying it cannot engender the type of confab that Nigeria  needs. described the proposed conference as a make or mar issue for  President Jonathan that initiated it and for Nigeria, saying it would be  the most defining legacy of his administration and for Nigeria. Advocating complete restructuring as the only thing that can save the  country from the gradual collapse buffeting all its public  institutions, the group said that any conference convened based on these  recommendations cannot meet the yearnings of Nigerians. ARG maintained its stance that the proposed conference must be a conference of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. In a press release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo,  the group described the recommendation that representation should be  based on federal constituencies as distasteful. They described the political structure has been used as veritable  tools of injustice, social, and political discriminations that have held  this country bound. It said:”Nigeria has six administrative regions, which have become a  defining structure for almost any national issue. Our recommendation  therefore is that equal number of delegates should come from each  administrative zone and these delegates should be selected by ethnic  nations within each zone. “We reject also the recommendation that conference delegates should  be saddled with the responsibility of deciding how decisions and  outcomes of the proposed conference would be integrated into the  Constitution and Laws of Nigeria. This committee could not come up with any recommendation on this  particular Term of Reference, despite the avalanche of historical  antecedents in other countries, more than 1,000 presentations and  memoranda, technical presentations from renowned experts and leaders,  and several other consultations available to it.

Adamu Muazu

Nigeria Recycles Criminals: Ex- Gov. Muazu, accused of stealing N19.8 billions, is the new PDP chairman.

Barring any last-minute change in plan,  the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will, at its National  Executive Committee meeting on Monday (today), ratify a former governor  of Bauchi state, Adamu Muazu, as its new national chairman, party and  presidency sources have said.The usually reliable sources told  PREMIUM TIMES early Monday morning that Mr. Muazu emerged the consensus  candidate for the job after a rash of meetings involving President  Goodluck Jonathan, PDP governors and other influential chieftains of the  party, including Vice President Namadi Sambo and President of the  Senate, David Mark.Mr. Muazu, who will now replace Bamanga  Tukur, who was forced out of office Thursday, emerged ahead of Minister  of Transport, Idris Umar, a former Minister of Commerce, Idris Waziri,  former Acting National Secretary of the party, Musa Babayo, a former  party spokesperson, Ahmed Rufai Alkali   and a former minister of the  Federal Capital Territory, Ibrahim Bunu, who were all widely reported to  have jostled for the position.A party source familiar with the  maneuverings and negotiations that threw up Mr. Muazu said President  Jonathan actually preferred Minister Umar for the position but was  outfoxed by governors from the North-East geopolitical zone who all  rooted for Mr. Muazu.When Mr. Jonathan tried to insist on Mr.  Umar, insiders say, the North-East governors reminded him of how they  deferred to him two years ago when he insisted on Mr. Tukur for the  position in spite of massive opposition from the zone.Our sources said Bayelsa state governor,  Seriake Dickson, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, and President  of the Senate, Mr. Mark, joined the North-East governors in pushing that  position.They reportedly warned the president  against foisting an unpopular candidate on party members to avoid a  repeat of the Tukur situation where the party was perpetually  in crisis  throughout his reign.Mr. Muazu, 55, was among candidates who contested for the PDP chairman position in March 2012.In a zonal congress election conducted  by the North-East PDP in Bauchi to choose a consensus candidate for the  zone at the time, Mr. Muazu got only one vote to place last.Mr. Babayo got 14 votes  to defeat other  contenders. Mr. Tukur, who was clearly the president’s anointed  candidate for the position at the time, got four votes.Former Ministers Bunu and Shettima Mustapha scored 2 votes each while Mr. Alkali , just like Mr. Muazu, scored only one vote.Mr. Muazu and corruptionIn November 2013, President Jonathan appointed the former Bauchi governor chairman of the Nigerian Pension Commission, PENCOM.He was appointed to the position even  though he is still being investigated for graft by the Economic and  Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly looting N19.8billion  belonging to his state while he was governor between 1999 and 2007.The former governor has consistently denied any wrongdoing but he is yet to be cleared of the allegation.


Northern Agenda: 15 dead, hundreds flee Nigeria homes after attacks

Maiduguri (Nigeria): Villagers and police say that more than 15 people have died in attacks by militants in northeast Nigerian villages and hundreds have fled their homes for safety.Borno state police spokesman Gideon Jibrin said at least seven people were shot dead and three others drowned while fleeing Thursday when gunmen believed to be Boko…

Bishop Kukah

B’Haram: Even leaders of Christians are suspects! I Feel More Secure In Sokoto Than Any Other Part Of Nigeria, Says Bishop Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Hassan Kukah, on Monday said that he felt more secure in Sokoto than in any other part of the country.Kukah made the assertion in Sokoto during a media round table.“Sokoto is the most peaceful state where Christians and Muslims stay with one another peacefully”, he said.He said that the exemplary leadership of Gov. Aliyu Wamakko had made it possible for the people of different tribes, religious and political opinions to live in peace.Kukah stressed that there was no alternative to peace, urging Nigerians to shun all tendencies that would create conflict in the country.“It is only by so doing that the abundant human and mineral resources in the country would be tapped, for the overall political growth of the nation”, he said.The Bishop attributed the nation’s set back to lack of political will by leaders to propel the country to “the Promised Land”.“Unless Nigerians, especially those at the helm of affairs put the interest of the nation at heart, the followers will not have a sense of direction.“We should be thinking of how to develop our energy and how to improve power supply.“This is what we are supposed to be doing, but unfortunately it was the other way round”, the cleric added.He therefore urged Nigerians to be patriotic in any capacity they find themselves, and urged politicians to shun violence in the build up to the 2015 election.The cleric advised the Federal Government to ensure that the forth coming general elections were conducted peacefully. (NAN)