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[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved a whistleblowing policy to check fraud in both public and private sectors. Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun disclosed this to State House reporters after the FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
 
 She said the policy, devised by her ministry, is to encourage anyone with information about a violation, misconduct or improper activity that impacts negatively on Nigerians and government to report it.
 
 She said the policy was aimed at increasing exposure of financial or financial related crimes; supporting the fight against financial crimes and corruption; improving level of public confidence in public entities; enhancing transparency and accountability in the management of public funds; improving Nigeria’s Open Government Ranking and Ease of Doing Business Indicators; and recovering public funds that can be deployed to finance Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit.

  
 According to her, information that can be submitted include: mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds and assets (e.g. properties and vehicles); financial malpractice or fraud; collecting/ soliciting bribes; corruption; diversion of revenues; fraudulent and unapproved payments; splitting of contracts; procurement fraud (kickbacks and over-invoicing etc.)
 
 She said a whistle-blower is any person who voluntarily discloses information in good faith about a possible misconduct or violation that has occurred, is ongoing, or is about to occur.
 
The minister, who noted that there was a secure online portal where information could be submitted, said: "If you have already submitted your information, you can also check the status of your report on the portal."  

  
 Noting that the policy does not apply to personal matters concerning private contracts or agreements, she said whistleblowers could submit their information through the online portal by e-mail or by phone.
 
 On whether a whistleblower is entitled to a financial reward, she responded: "It depends. If there is a voluntary return of stolen or concealed public funds or assets on the account of the information provided, the whistleblower may be entitled to anywhere between 2.5% (minimum) and 5.0% (maximum) of the total amount recovered.

  
 "You must have provided the government with information it does not already have and could not otherwise obtain from any other publicly available source to the Government."

  
 Asked if there is protection from false or malicious claims, she said: "Yes. A first level review will always be carried out to determine credibility and sufficiency of information received. If you report false or misleading information, it will be referred to the enforcement agents for investigation and possible prosecution."
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports: Tony Edike reports ] - An Enugu High Court on Tuesday, December 6, granted bail to leader of the pro-Biafran movement, Biafran Zionist Movement (BZM), Mr. Benjamin Onwuka, and 100 members of the group who were arrested by the police on November 5, 2012, after re-declaring the Republic of Biafra in Enugu.
 
Presiding Judge, Justice L. Okereke granted the Biafran activists bail in the sum of  N1,000,000,(one million naira) with a surety who must be a civil servant above grade level 14, a member of the National Assembly from the South East Zone or a member of the State House of Assembly as well as a reputable traditional ruler.
 
Defence counsel to BZM, Okologu Njoku, had while moving the bail application, told the court that his clients did not commit any crime against the state as they were not caught with any weapon of destruction as gun, axe, club, machete, etc.
 
Onwuka and his supporters were arraigned before an Enugu Magistrate Court on November 5 on a one count-charge of attempting to wage war against the state and were subsequently remanded in Enugu Prison since the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the case.
 
Speaking with newsmen after the court ruling,  the second in command to the detained BZM leader, Mr. Samuel Edeson pointed out that Nigeria did not deserve to be among the comity of nations where human rights are being observed because, according to him, Nigeria violate human rights of its citizens, hence their agitation for self-rule and autonomy.
 
"We were intimidated, arrested and detained because we aired our views.  We said what we believed; we don’t believe in Nigeria, we believe in Biafra. We are not hiding, we know definitely that one day, Biafra will be actualized," Comrade Edeson states.
 
Hundreds of men and women believed to be supporters of the detained pro-Biafra members stormed the court in solidarity with the activists who they said were fighting for the emancipation of the people of South East.
 
It would be recalled that the group under the aegis  of Biafra Zionist Movement had  converged on an open field in Coal Camp area of Enugu where their leader, Mr. Ben Onwuka, addressed them on November 5.
 
Policemen led by the  Enugu Central Police Station Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Ike Mba, arrested Onwuka and members of his group, who displayed Biafran, American  and  Israeli flags during a procession that preceded the re-declaration of Biafra Republic.
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Plans are underway to transport petroleum products by rail to some parts of the country, Mr Goddy Nnadi, General Manager, Corporate Services, Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), has said. Nnadi made the disclosure on Sunday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
 
“We are moving into something else. Our pipelines are not effective because of age and vandalism and so the emphasis now is moving petroleum products by rail.
 
“As we speak, members of the committee [looking into the option of using railway to transport petroleum products] are in Lagos to collaborate with Railconnect, a private company and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
 
“NRC has a lot of rail tanks that are lying idle; if you go to Apapa there are lots of these tanks along the rail lines but because nobody bothers to use them they are there.
 
“If we switch to rail, the pressure on our roads will be reduced,’’ he added.
 
Nnaji said that in 2005, Oando Petroleum Company tried the rail option to transport petroleum products, but the exercise was not successful.
 
“I think they are willing to try again. A lot of marketers including Pipelines and Products Marketing Company are collaborating with us.’’
 
The GM explained that the rail option would not make tanker drivers redundant, adding that it would instead complement their jobs.
 
He said: “the Nigerian economy is growing and the more it grows, the more you need the rail option. In the next one or two months, we hope to kick-start the project.
 
“It will not be very fair to say that the country’s rail service is not effective. Trains have been moving from Lagos to Abuja so cargo trains will be useful.’’
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports: Hon. Ibegbu Speaks On Trump`s Victory & AFOT ] - Chuks Ibegbu is the Nigeria Coordinator of Africa Friends Of Trump (AFOT). In this no-holds-barred interview, he looks into some issues concerning the recently concluded USA elections.
 
Q. Sir, may we know the objectives of AFOT?
 
A. AFOT, which is the abbreviation for Africa Friends of Trump, was formed way before the US presidential primary elections, and borne out of the phenomenon which Donald Trump’s presidency represents for America in particular and the world at large. It is a group of like-minded Africans who, having followed the United States’ elections closely and especially on how they particularly often bear on Africa, came together and agreed with voices from America that the need for a presidential candidate who is from outside the box of organized and controlled-by-few political establishment now far outweighs every other need in the present political transition. The singular aim of this organization is to bring home to Africa the very phenomenon which Donald J. Trump’s emergence will entail for Africans: to be able to persuade the citizens of each African country to vote for electoral candidates who are not part of the corrupt systems which have kept Africa grounded despite the abundance resource deposits and, in doing so, bring true and lasting political change which will interpretatively enthrone true democracy all over Africa. AFOT is a body for all pro good-governance Africans, no matter their location, color or tongue. Our full descriptive objectives is seen on our Facebook page, https://web.facebook.com/groups/AfricaFriendsOfTrump
 
Q. What role did AFOT play in the victory of Donald Trump?
 
A. Just as our Facebook group page clears, Africa Friends of Trump (AFOT) did not set out purposely and solely to support the election of Donald Trump. We, having studied the American electoral processes and having also considered the time in which we are, firmly believed that Americans were fed up with the status quo and were, therefore, in dire need of change. Now, who would have been in the better position to be taken seriously where the need and push for a new America is concerned if not Trump? He is an already-made man, was never in the system, and calls a spade a spade. So, you see, we didn’t set out primarily to support his emergence; we knew he would win. The Trump we are for is a phenomenon emanating from Donald Trump because we believed he was going to win for what he stood for. However, we played a role in his victory through our members some of who actively participated in hundreds of pro-Trump pages and forums; Akindele Olayomi Peter was amongst them. Some resident in the USA took it upon themselves to candidly persuade many Americans and non-Americans from both color and political divide on the urgent need for the type of change promised in the person of Trump. We also have members, people like Henrietta and Charles O. Okereke who were members of Trump’s campaign organization (TrumpTeam). An American solidarity anthem was also released by one of our member, Chief Charles Okereke long before the primaries were carried out.
 
Q. How will Africans benefit from the Trump Presidency especially with the insinuation that Trump hates blacks, immigrants and Muslims?
 
A. AFOT firmly believes that if America does well the world will do well because he is setting an example that will be emulated throughout Africa. He was not part of the system but he was chosen by Americans to bring the long-sought-for change. So, in Africa, looking at Trump’s victory, if we want a change, we will have to vote for and elect people who are entirely out of the system, out of the mess. We will have to vote those who are not part of the system that have messed everything up. The reason for this is because, the case of voting for people who are not part of the system is that they will either do well and bring the change they promised or they do not do well, whereas in the case of the old stock, the result cannot be different from what it has always been: they will take us one step forward, two steps back because they are part of the mess. That is the starting point: getting people who are not part of the establishment into elected offices. Take for instance America’s economy: America is now the most indebted country in the world whereas the financial records of those who have led her down this drain remain sparkling clean. What does that tell you? The people have suffered long under the establishment and needed change. They also believed that Trump will bring that change, not only to them, but to democracies the world over. This is the vision we are selling to all Africans: let us change the way we do things and Africa will be great. On the argument that president-elect, Donald Trump, hates blacks, immigrants and Muslims, well, that simply and clearly holds no sand; it is unfounded. Just as the USA is trumped, every African country needs to be trumped far beyond and above the old blocks and establishments. That will be our benefit.
 
Q. Some supporters of Hillary Clinton have been protesting Trump’s victory in all USA cities calling for her to be declared winner. What do you think about that?
 
A. (Laughs). My friend, you know, that is the beauty of democracy. Freedom of expression is the rights of every citizen of a democratic country and, in fact, the right of every citizen of this earth. However, where that freedom becomes misinterpreted is when those expressing themselves begins to get violent. By the way, what are they demonstrating about? Did Hillary win? No! Trump won the election! Those who think that majority (popular) vote gives a candidate the win in America is uninformed about America’s electoral process. The United States’ electoral win is based on winning a majority of the states and not winning a majority of the votes (which could come from one or two states). So, you see, there is absolutely ignorance in their protests: Trump won, Hillary conceded defeat and even the incumbent president, Barack Obama congratulated President-elect Donald Trump on his victory and invited him to White House without delay. Trump’s supporters are all over the place and they are not doing anything to unseat the calm in the country. They have quietly carried out their patriotic duties and voted for a better America. The way I see it, if you don’t want Trump to be your president, simply leave the country until his time finishes. You are part of the establishment, part of the problem.
 
To be continued
 
Interview by Africa Media Network
 
*Photo Caption - Hon. Chuks Ibegbu

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - Jamil Mabai's work cataloging the lives of Nigeria's abandoned children, Almajiri, as part of the AlmajiriProject, is beautifully heart-wrenching. As I spend time looking through the images, each tells a unique story. Every picture tells a bit more about the life of about 10 million abandoned children of Nigeria's north.
 
Today I was absorbed in the image of a little boy sleeping on hard concrete. Looking at his shirt, I couldn't help but think about his begging bowl tucked in under his bend-down boutique t-shirt. A begging bowl protected. Do I cry about the fact that this young child has been abandoned by his parents and forced to beg?, or do I cry about the fact that he has to protect his beat-up begging bowl and so he tucks it under his shirt?
 
I think about all the children who sleep on cushion beds in private rooms and who place their precious cell-phones on tables. As expensive as their cell-phones are, they do not have to tuck them in under their shirts and sleep in that state of inconvenience. These children do not have to work and perhaps do not know what work is. Then I look again at this boy whose name I do not know. This boy who is no more than a number in this life, one of 10 million. He works though I wonder if he knows what work is. He has to beg, not for himself but to pay his mualim. He spends most of his day begging and only learns Quran, the excuse for his being discarded, for an hour a day. The rest he spends begging. 
 
Society does not care about him. The mualim does not care much either. His home is a shank roof of an abandoned building. He takes his nap on hard concrete under the hot sun in the middle of the afternoon. Break-time between begging. Protect your beat-up bowl or other comrades might steal it and then what will you use to beg? And if you do not beg and bring home a naira or two, you know mualim will beat your behind and the new sores will add on the old ones yet to heal. Abu just died of his sores, or perhaps something else, who knows, who cares. Did I say home? Dare I use such name to describe a place with no windows and no doors, with no mother or father? With 99 brothers and a mualim with a cane? A place where bellies grumble loudly, challenging the loud slaps of drops of rain on leaking zinc roofs. Home?
 
But then there is respite yet in the picture. Sleep. At least he sleeps. Society could not steal that from him. How beautiful is sleep. Dear little soul. Protect your begging bowl as you dream of a next life where you will be king and the society who abandoned you hug the bowl on the hard concrete.
 
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Almajiris protect their begging bowls while sleeping.

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Mr. Chidi Obisike, Chairman of Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu`s Enugu Birthday Celebration and Secretary-General, Igbo Information Network (IIN) highlights the purpose of the event in this interview with Nigeria Media Network (NMN).
 
Q Sir may we know why the Commemoration of the birthday of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu is holding at Enugu on the 4th of November, 2016. What is the significance?

A The significance is to let Nigerians and Igbos continue having the memory of the great Ikemba in their consciousness.The man and the date of his birth is very memorable.

Q Why Enugu and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretariate. Was he born in Enugu.

A No, he was born in Zungeru, NIger state but hails from Nnewi in Anambra state. He lived most part of his life in Enugu. In any case where we observe it is immaterial . What is material is that we celebrated it.

Q What have you lined up for the programme.

A We have lined up a lot for the event such as a colloquium, film show , honour for some departed great Igbo men and women such as the ZIK OF AFRICA, M I OKPARA, AKANU IBIAM  and others. WE shall also flag off the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Leadership Foundation which the Publisher of Nigerian and African Master web, Chief Charles Okereke is the BOT CHAIRMAN AND The well known writer and author ,HOn Chuks Ibegbu is the Executive Director.

Q How do you see the state of Ndigbo since the death of the icon.

A Well you know Ndigbo have collective leadership . However some leaders are so contributory that their absence create a lot of vacuum. I think Ojukwu's death created a deep vacuum but Igbos are adapting to it. He was a great Igbo man and Nigerian patriot. He was more patriotic than many Nigerians leaders that paid lip service to our unity.

THANK YOU MR OBISIKE.

A YOU ARE WELCOME.

INTERVIEW BY THE NIGERIA MEDIA NETWORK (NMN)
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Igbo Information Network (IIN) hereby congratulates the first lady Hijia Aisha Buhari for her uncommon patriotism  and siding with the Nigerian masses. Her comment is a source of inspiration to Nigerians and we commend her for that.

We also condemns Mr President for his comments on his wife. Its an unpresidential remark and he should tender apology to Nigerians and Nigeria women.

We are therefore recommending Hajia Buhari for Award as an Epitome of Womanhood and Mother of Democracy in Nigeria.

We warn those people Hajia talked about to remove themselves from the scene or be prepared to be disgraced out of government.



Signed.

Chidi Obisike
Publicity Secretary
Igbo Information Network (IIN) 
08035410176
 
*Photo Caption - Mrs. Hijia Aisha Buhari

 

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Hon. Chuks Ibegbu is the Secretary General of Nigeria Unity Forum (NUF) and Executive Director of War Against Poverty In Nigeria (WAPIN). In this inverview with Nigeria Media Network, he speaks on the oncoming Peace In Nigeria Project by NUF and the War Against Poverty Workshop in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria and other national issues.
 

Q Sir, how do you see the state of the nation vis-a-vis the economy, politics and agitations everywhere.

A Well, in  a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation  you cannot rule out some of these centrifugal tendencies and crisis . It all depends on how the leadership is able to manage it. There is nothing happening now that have not happened before. I believe if the leadership and the followership in the country patriotically work hard, show discipline and fear God, all these challenges will be a passing phase. We need patriots in leadership positions.

Q The Nigeria Unity Forum is planning a PEACE IN NGERIA PROJECT and the War Against Poverty in Nigeria, WAPIN is planning a Workshop in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. What is the purpose of these programmes.

A The greatest challenge facing Nigeria today is insecurity , disunity and poverty. If these problems are tackled, other challenges will be taken care of. So the NUF decided to embark on a PEACE IN NIGERIAN PROJECT which will take it to all nooks and crannies of Nigeria to preach peace and unity to all Nigerians. Also the War Against Poverty , an NGO is organising anti-poverty workshop in all the geo-political zones of Nigeria with a view to eradicating the cankerworm in the country. Look, the resources in Nigeria is enough to take care of all Nigerians if well managed. We need to tolerate each other. Despite our diversity and challenges, Nigeria remains a better option to Biafra, Oduduwa, Arewa and Niger Delta republics. A working Nigeria is better than a working Biafra or Arewa, Niger Delta or Oduduwa. As for the poverty workshop, the gulf between the haves and the have nots is much. There is a lot of unemployment and underemployment in the country. Many Graduates are unemployable. The purpose of this workshop is to expose our youths and people to different opportunities that will enable them be self employed and live a better life.
 

Q Who are going to be the participants

A The participants will be youths, women, students and the general public.
 

Q How do you think the government can tackle the challenges of BOKO HARAM, BIAFRA AGITATION, NIGER DELTA MILITANCY, FULANI HERDSMEN AND THE SHIIITE PROTESTS  .

A I think Dialogue remains the best way to tackle the challenges you have mentioned . Force can never solve the challenges. All human crisis on earth have ended up in the roundtable and the ones you have mentioned are not exception. I want to call on all agitators for one thing or another in Nigeria to embrace Dialogue. The federal government should not be obtuse and fixated in its stand on these agitations. The agitators are Nigerians and they have to be listened to no matter what they are talking.

Q The federal government is thinking of selling our national assets. What is your take on that.

A My take on that is that the National Asset of the country belongs to all Nigerians and should not be sold without a national consensus. Be that as it may there is also no doubt that most of these assets are not well managed. We have to strike a balance between privatisation and commercialisation within the ambit of the collective decision of Nigerians.

Q Some people are calling for restructuring of Nigeria and the implementation of the 2014 National Conference resolutions. What is your take on that.

A  Personally to me I think we need to restructure our mindset first . Many Nigerians reason awkwardly so we have first to restructure our mindset and before physical restructuring. Yet , I believe that some resolutions of the 2014 CONFAB will leapfrog the nation if implemented. For instance the issue of Social Security for Nigerians, the cost of governance, local government creation and funding . rotation of power etc are germane to the nation among others. I believe at the nick of time the present regime will look into the report of the CONFAB  and consider those worthy to be implemented.

THANK YOU MR. IBEGBU

A You are welcome
 
*Photo Caption - Hon. Chuks Ibegbu

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has endorsed the Niger Delta Peace Initiative recently launched by South-South leaders under the leadership of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. The party in a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Ibiamu Ikanya, praised Amaechi for assembling South-South stakeholders under the umbrella of the Initiative for Peace, Governance and Development of the South-South to proffer solutions to the current destruction of the oil pipelines and ecosystem of the region.
 
“This historical peace parley held at the Lagos Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, on 24th September, 2016 was a welcome development and should be supported by all true sons and daughters of the Niger Delta,” the party said. It added: “We are ashamed that some disgruntled elements can take pleasure in destroying the facilities that convey oil, the mainstay of our national economy. Apart from this, our environment is polluted, thereby making fishing and farming – the major sources of livelihood of our people – impossible.
 
“We urge those behind these unwarranted attacks against our region to have a rethink and save us from being looked upon as a people who are violent. Apart from destroying government facilities, their activities serve to scare away investors that are desperately needed in developing our region.”
 
Rivers APC said it is not surprised by the Amaechi initiative to restore peace to the Niger Delta considering the great initiatives he used in ensuring peace and security of lives during his eight years reign as Governor of Rivers State. “This peace parlay simply demonstrates Amaechi’s concern for the peace, development and emancipation of the Niger Delta region and we pray that our leaders will buy into this and allow peace to reign in our region,” the party said.
 
It commended all those working with Amaechi on this latest peace move, urging them to be guided by the biblical admonition found in the Gospel of Saint Mathew in Chapter 5 verse 9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
 
“We urge therefore all Niger Deltans to stop blaming others for our woes and get our priorities right in this government that has demonstrated commitment to develop our region,” the statement said. “In this vein, we admonish all the interventionist agencies such as the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to expedite action in the discharge of their mandate. We are convinced that if these agencies work accordingly and with the various State Governments in the region utilise the 13% derivation fund judiciously; our region will be developed, militancy will be eradicated as the reasons adduced for the blowing up of the oil facilities would no longer be exist.”

The communiqué issued at the end of the stakeholders engagement meeting under the auspices of the Initiative for Peace, Governance and Development of the Niger Delta Region on this 24th day of September 2016 was duly signed by these great Niger Delta Leaders.
 
1. PROF. BEN AYADE
2. SEN. VICTOR NDOMA-EGBA
3. MR. DONALD DUKE
4. SEN. BASSEY OTU
5. SEN. FLORENCE ITA-GIWA
6. HIS EMINENCE KING (DR) EDMUND DAKORU
7. HRM KING EBITIMI BANIGO
8. HRM FRANK OKORAKPO
9. HRM KING W.S. JOSHUA IGBUGBURU
10. HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF (NAVY CAPT) WALTER FEEHABO-AMAIN
11. REAR ADMIRAL FESTUS PORBENI (RTD)
12. PROF. T. TURNER ISOUN
13. SEN INATIMI R. SPIFF
14. CHIEF TIMI ALAIBE
15. SEN. E. W. T. DIFFA
16. OLOROGUN FRANK KOKORI
17. BARR. JUSTIN REWANE
18. NDUKA OBAEGBNA
19. DR. OGAGA IFOWODO
20. HON E. T. AGBONAYIMA
21. HIS EXCELLENCY, OBONG VICTOR ATTAH
22. RT. HON. EMAH BASSEY
23. RT. HON. BERNARD UDO
24. RT. HON. IGNATIUS EDET
25. OBONG BASSEY INUAEYEN
26. PROF. OKON EMINUE
27. CHIEF DON ETIEBET
28. OBONG UMANA O. UMANA
29. DR. AKPAN MICAH UMOH
30. H.E. NSIMA EKERE
31. MRS IBIM SEMENITARI
32. PROF. NIMI BRIGGS
33. PROF. B.B FAKAE
34. BARR. BOMA OBUOFORIBO
35. DR. I. N. IRAGUNIMA
36. PRINCE TONYE PRINCEWILL
37. CHIEF ANDREW UCHENDU
38. SEN. MAGNUS ABE
39. CHIEF TONY URANTA
40. HON. MENE L. DEREK
41. RT. HON. CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI
42. HRM KING MALLA SASIME (EBENIBE OF EPIE)
43. HRM KING OKPOITARI DIONGOLI (IBEDAOWEI OF OPOKUMA)
44. OLOROGUN OTEGA EMERHOR (OON)
45. ENGR SAMUEL ADJOGBE
With over 150 other persons in attendance.
 
Long Live APC!
Long Live Rivers State!!
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long Live President Muhammadu Buhari
 
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State.
Email: ezemediaconcept2020@gmail.com
26-09-16
 
*Photo Caption - APC logo

[ Masterweb Reports: Jojo Kwebena reports ] - Professor of Islamic Eschatology and Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Ishaq Akintola, has spoken out about the controversies surrounding the recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Nigeria.
 
In an interview with The Sunday Punch, Akintola responded to the criticism of Kerry´s meeting with Northern Governors and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar by the Christian Association of Nigeria.
 
According to Akintola, Kerry “did not come with a religious agenda but a humanitarian one”, adding that his primary discussions were based on aid for Boko Haram victims.
 
“John Kerry came to assess the extent of damage in Boko Haram-ravaged North-East. To achieve his objective, it is only normal that he visited Northern governors and the Sultan as the rallying point of northern traditional rulers.”
 
He added that the influx of Western leaders visiting The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos has never been criticized by Muslim leaders, who actually embrace the development such visits bring for the country and its image internationally.
 
“Why would the Muslim community raise any eyebrow if (John) Kerry or any other Western figure attends a Christian conference or night vigil”, he questioned.
 
“What have the Muslims ever said about Westerners and their leaders attending TB Joshua’s Synagogue? We see it as a good development, a foreign exchange earner and a return match.”
 
Akintola referred to statistics released by the Nigerian Immigration Service which revealed that six out of every ten foreigners visiting Nigeria are bound for TB Joshua´s popular Lagos based church, perhaps the most prominent Nigerian ministry that is not a member of CAN.
 
He further added that the issue was too ‘peripheral’ for Nigerians to waste time on. “I bet White House must be laughing its heads off over this,” he surmised.
 
The fiery Professor quoted the Bible in expressing his frustration with Nigeria´s foremost Christian body.  “CAN is not upholding the tenets of Christianity… But most Nigerians know the truth and the truth has set them free.”
 

Jojo Kwebena ( Email: jojoabeka@gmail.com ) is a writer with interest in religious matters.
 
Editor's Note: John Kerry's visit to Nigeria was a state, official or working visit and no such visit has been made to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) by any political leader or figure in the world. Religious pilgrimage or tourism to SCOAN is not political and should not be compared  to Kerry's visit which is political.
 
*Photo Caption - Professor Ishaq Akintola