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Catholic Bishops Speak On the State of the Nation

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria, at the end of their Second Plenary Meeting under the name ‘Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)’ held at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, from 7-15 September 2017, issued a communiqué on their views regarding the state of the nation and offered suggestions towards unity, peace and progress. According to the communiqué titled “OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION” and signed by both their President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau KAIGAMA, and the Secretary and Bishop of Gboko, Most Rev. William AVENYA, the communiqué reads thus:

1. PREAMBLE
We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, from 7 to 15 September 2017. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now issue this Communiqué.
2. URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS GRIEVANCES
Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general sense of hopelessness and dissatisfaction. This we believe is as a result of years of injustice, inequity, corruption, and impunity. There are agitations in many sectors of the country against the one-sidedness in appointments to key institutions and sensitive national offices, against marginalisation, and unfair distribution of resources and amenities. There are also allegations of cases of selective application of the rule of law.
In his inaugural speech as civilian President of Nigeria on 29 May 2015, the President sent out a message of hope and of his commitment to national integration and cohesion. He said:“Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians. I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody. A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores.”
More than two years later, the reality on ground and the verdict of most of our people across the nation – irrespective of religious affiliation, ethnic group or social status – point to the contrary. The inability of the
Government to address the inequitable situation in the country has provided breeding ground for violent reactions, protests and agitations, which exploit the grievances of different segments of the country. We call on Government at all levels to urgently address these anomalies, remove everything that smacks of injustice, and give everybody and every part of our country a sense of belonging. We insist that merit and ability should be the primary criteria in making appointments and genuine needs the criteria for the distribution of amenities. We also urge the Government to be always sensitive to the multi-religious and multi-ethnic configuration of the nation.
As Catholic Bishops, we affirm that the legitimacy of every Government derives from its ability to listen to the legitimate yearnings and genuine cries of the people and honestly seek to address them. We therefore urge the Government at all levels to engage the aggrieved sections of the citizenry in a conversation worthy of a democracy. We are concerned that the deployment of soldiers in the midst of already restive youths could increase the nervousness among the populace with the potential of igniting a fire that could turn into an uncontrollable conflagration. On the other hand, we enjoin all aggrieved persons and groups to employ peaceful means within the framework of the existing laws of the land to express their grievances or even exercise legitimate pressure on the Government. Care must be taken by all to avoid actions and utterances capable of causing yet another armed conflict in the nation or any of its parts.
We demand fair treatment from those State Governments in the North that deny some of our Dioceses their rights to own landed properties for mission work by their refusal to issue them with Certificates of Occupancy. People of different religions need to co-exist, communicate, and be allowed to freely practice their respective religions everywhere in this country.
Furthermore, the other members of the political class in all the arms of government have, as a matter of urgency, to reduce drastically the immodest cost of running government in this country. If for no other reason, they have to do this as a sign of solidarity with most of their compatriots for whom the basic necessities of life – feeding, clothing, shelter, healthcare, energy, quality education – have almost become unrealizable dreams.
3. ARMED HERDSMEN AND THEIR THREAT TO SECURITY
The continued havoc caused by armed herdsmen in various parts of our country, can no longer be treated as mere clash between pastoralists and farmers. For apart from wanton destruction of farmlands and crops, some of these armed herdsmen are known to have laid siege on entire villages, killing, maiming, kidnapping, and raping. Besides, there are also reports that some of them are foreigners who have entered the country without proper checks by the competent authorities. Such persons are therefore to be considered a great threat to our national and individual security and their activities treated as acts of terrorism. We demand that adequate and prompt action be taken and be clearly seen to have been taken to stop their onslaught.
4. SOME LIGHT IN THE MIDST OF DARKNESS
Along with other groups in Nigeria, we acknowledge the modest success recorded in the ongoing fight against corruption, the substantial curtailing of the activities of Boko Haram and the release of some of the Chibok Girls. We note the positive report about the economy gradually coming out of recession.
Nevertheless, we expect the Government to put in place economic policies and strategies that will make positive impact on the lives of our people, thereby reducing hardship and advancing the socio-economic welfare of citizens.
We commend the vast majority of Nigerians for standing together and remaining law-abiding citizens in the face of many difficulties, challenges and even provocation. We condole with the victims of terrorism, natural disasters, conflicts and violent crimes, while we continue to pray for the deceased. The solidarity shown by many Nigerians to those affected by the recent floods that affected some parts of the country is a sign of hope for our common peaceful co-existence. We equally commend the assistance rendered by individual Dioceses and other humanitarian agencies to the displaced and distressed persons. We appeal to the Government to carry the Church along in the work of the rehabilitation of such persons.
5. NATION-BUILDING: A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY
Since the founding of our country Nigeria, too much attention seems to have been focused on “sharing the national cake” rather than on “baking that cake” by first building a strong and stable nation. The task of nation-building is a responsibility that rests on all the citizens of the country. We therefore call on all Nigerians to put more effort into working for the common good according to the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity. Individuals as well as smaller groups ought to have enough space for development while all contribute to the commonwealth.
Irrespective of nomenclature, we sincerely believe that most Nigerians earnestly desire a truly federal system of government that enhances the welfare of all citizens. This would not only address the allegations of marginalization, but also make the fight against corruption more successful. Nevertheless, no matter what system of government we adopt, without a true conversion of heart by all and the readiness to make sacrifices for the common good, especially by persons in public office, we shall only be reshuffling our problems without solving them and shifting the epicentres of our national tragedies.
6. HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL
As a Church, we reaffirm our commitment to the integral development of the citizens of Nigeria, especially through the provision of quality education. In this regard, we once more call on all State Governments to return to the old tradition by which Church and State collaborated in the provision of high quality education for all our citizens.
We also enjoin the Federal and State ministries and departments of education to ensure adequate and comprehensive curriculum for Christian Religious Studies (CRS), in such a way that individual right to religious freedom and the right of the Church to teach and disseminate the Christian faith is not infringed upon. We totally condemn the so-called Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and dubious Maternal
Health techniques that are not only contrary to divine law but also would encourage immorality. All health related programmes ought to show respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life, every human life, from conception to natural death.
We note with great concern the ongoing strikes among various members of professional groups in our country. We appeal to the federal government to honour all legal agreements with these organisations so as to limit the grave damage that is already being done to our society.
7. CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT TO NATION-BUILDING
In our journey towards national restoration, the role of Christians, the Clergy as well as the Laity, is fundamental. As priests, our commitment to Christ in our total and obedient self-giving to him through prayers and service of our brothers and sisters not only makes us grow in holiness but also contributes immensely to the restoration of our nation. While not permitted to participate in partisan politics, clerics are urged to foster among people peace and harmony based on justice (cf. Canon 287). The lay faithful, on the other hand, are expected and encouraged to bear witness to the Gospel in their private, public and political lives. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI: “The Mission of the lay faithful is... to configure social life correctly, respecting its legitimate autonomy and cooperating with other citizens according to their respective competence and fulfilling their own responsibility” (Deus Caritas Est,22).We therefore earnestly call on the Lay Faithful to intensify their efforts in bringing the light of the Good News to those places only they can reach. They are by their life of witness to bring Christ into the temporal order such as politics, business, and in their places of daily engagements (Christifideles Laici 42). By their vocation they are to challenge government policies that negate fundamental human rights and their individual and collective right as Christians.
8. THE MODERN MEDIA AS ALLY
We observe that modern media, especially social media, can be effective means of information, education and evangelization. We, however, note that rather than tap their great potential benefits for expanding knowledge, many, especially our youth, have become exposed to such negative dimensions of the social media as organs for crime, the dissemination of hate speeches, slander, for peddling outright falsehood and misinformation. In these difficult times, we appeal to our people to be more circumspect and positive in the use of information obtained from and disseminated through the modern media.
9. THE MARIAN YEAR – PRAYING FOR PEACE IN NIGERIA
The Catholic Church in Nigeria declared the year 2017 a Marian Year, in honour of the Centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal. We invite all Christ's Faithful to participate actively in this national celebration and to its solemn conclusion scheduled to take place in Benin City from
12 to 14, October, 2017. During this celebration we shall re-consecrate Nigeria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In doing so, we entrust Nigeria to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Nigeria, asking her to intercede on our behalf to stabilize the Nigerian ship of state. May she also obtain for us all the blessings and graces that we need as a nation. May she pray for us to attain peace in our hearts, unity, and tranquility.
10. GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR EVENTS IN THE CHURCH
We are grateful to God for the appointments, ordinations and installations of new Catholic Bishops in
Nigeria: Most Rev Donatus AKPAN, ordained and installed Bishop of Ogoja Diocese on 7 July 2017; and
Most Rev Hilary DACHELEM, ordained and installed Bishop of Bauchi Diocese on 17 August 2017. We heartily congratulate them and warmly welcome them into the CBCN. We are grateful to His Holiness Pope Francis for the appointment of a new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido FILIPAZZI.
We welcome him to Nigeria and pray that his tenure be blessed with a resounding pastoral and spiritual growth for our Church and the nation.
We thank the Holy Father Pope Francis for intervening directly to definitively resolve the crisis in Ahiara Diocese, which has lingered for nearly five years. We urge all the priests and the lay faithful of Ahiara Diocese to unconditionally embrace the paternal gesture of the Holy Father.
11. CONCLUSION: OUR HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US
We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, do hereby make a passionate appeal to all our Christians and the rest of Nigerians not to lose hope. We may be traumatized but we shall not be broken (cf. 2Cor.4:8).We advise that Nigerians look at themselves and the country in a better light. Much cheering news abounds in the land amidst the suffering and hardship, the pain and the feeling of helplessness. We are hopeful that Nigeria will survive the present hardship and will become the better for it. “And our hope does not disappoint us” (Rom
5:5). We all are stakeholders in the Nigerian project. We must therefore work hand in hand with a better understanding of ourselves to build the Nigeria of our dreams.
We welcome back our President, Muhammadu Buhari, from his medical leave. We thank God who brought him back safely to the country to continue to work assiduously for the betterment of our land.
May our Lady Queen of Nigeria continue to intercede for us now and forever. Amen.

Catholic Bishops Speak On the State of the Nation

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria, at the end of their Second Plenary Meeting under the name ‘Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)’ held at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, from 7-15 September 2017, issued a communiqué on their views regarding the state of the nation and offered suggestions towards unity, peace and progress. According to the communiqué titled “OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION” and signed by both their President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau KAIGAMA, and the Secretary and Bishop of Gboko, Most Rev. William AVENYA, the communiqué reads thus:

1. PREAMBLE
We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, from 7 to 15 September 2017. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now issue this Communiqué.
2. URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS GRIEVANCES
Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general sense of hopelessness and dissatisfaction. This we believe is as a result of years of injustice, inequity, corruption, and impunity. There are agitations in many sectors of the country against the one-sidedness in appointments to key institutions and sensitive national offices, against marginalisation, and unfair distribution of resources and amenities. There are also allegations of cases of selective application of the rule of law.
In his inaugural speech as civilian President of Nigeria on 29 May 2015, the President sent out a message of hope and of his commitment to national integration and cohesion. He said:“Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians. I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody. A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores.”
More than two years later, the reality on ground and the verdict of most of our people across the nation – irrespective of religious affiliation, ethnic group or social status – point to the contrary. The inability of the
Government to address the inequitable situation in the country has provided breeding ground for violent reactions, protests and agitations, which exploit the grievances of different segments of the country. We call on Government at all levels to urgently address these anomalies, remove everything that smacks of injustice, and give everybody and every part of our country a sense of belonging. We insist that merit and ability should be the primary criteria in making appointments and genuine needs the criteria for the distribution of amenities. We also urge the Government to be always sensitive to the multi-religious and multi-ethnic configuration of the nation.
As Catholic Bishops, we affirm that the legitimacy of every Government derives from its ability to listen to the legitimate yearnings and genuine cries of the people and honestly seek to address them. We therefore urge the Government at all levels to engage the aggrieved sections of the citizenry in a conversation worthy of a democracy. We are concerned that the deployment of soldiers in the midst of already restive youths could increase the nervousness among the populace with the potential of igniting a fire that could turn into an uncontrollable conflagration. On the other hand, we enjoin all aggrieved persons and groups to employ peaceful means within the framework of the existing laws of the land to express their grievances or even exercise legitimate pressure on the Government. Care must be taken by all to avoid actions and utterances capable of causing yet another armed conflict in the nation or any of its parts.
We demand fair treatment from those State Governments in the North that deny some of our Dioceses their rights to own landed properties for mission work by their refusal to issue them with Certificates of Occupancy. People of different religions need to co-exist, communicate, and be allowed to freely practice their respective religions everywhere in this country.
Furthermore, the other members of the political class in all the arms of government have, as a matter of urgency, to reduce drastically the immodest cost of running government in this country. If for no other reason, they have to do this as a sign of solidarity with most of their compatriots for whom the basic necessities of life – feeding, clothing, shelter, healthcare, energy, quality education – have almost become unrealizable dreams.
3. ARMED HERDSMEN AND THEIR THREAT TO SECURITY
The continued havoc caused by armed herdsmen in various parts of our country, can no longer be treated as mere clash between pastoralists and farmers. For apart from wanton destruction of farmlands and crops, some of these armed herdsmen are known to have laid siege on entire villages, killing, maiming, kidnapping, and raping. Besides, there are also reports that some of them are foreigners who have entered the country without proper checks by the competent authorities. Such persons are therefore to be considered a great threat to our national and individual security and their activities treated as acts of terrorism. We demand that adequate and prompt action be taken and be clearly seen to have been taken to stop their onslaught.
4. SOME LIGHT IN THE MIDST OF DARKNESS
Along with other groups in Nigeria, we acknowledge the modest success recorded in the ongoing fight against corruption, the substantial curtailing of the activities of Boko Haram and the release of some of the Chibok Girls. We note the positive report about the economy gradually coming out of recession.
Nevertheless, we expect the Government to put in place economic policies and strategies that will make positive impact on the lives of our people, thereby reducing hardship and advancing the socio-economic welfare of citizens.
We commend the vast majority of Nigerians for standing together and remaining law-abiding citizens in the face of many difficulties, challenges and even provocation. We condole with the victims of terrorism, natural disasters, conflicts and violent crimes, while we continue to pray for the deceased. The solidarity shown by many Nigerians to those affected by the recent floods that affected some parts of the country is a sign of hope for our common peaceful co-existence. We equally commend the assistance rendered by individual Dioceses and other humanitarian agencies to the displaced and distressed persons. We appeal to the Government to carry the Church along in the work of the rehabilitation of such persons.
5. NATION-BUILDING: A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY
Since the founding of our country Nigeria, too much attention seems to have been focused on “sharing the national cake” rather than on “baking that cake” by first building a strong and stable nation. The task of nation-building is a responsibility that rests on all the citizens of the country. We therefore call on all Nigerians to put more effort into working for the common good according to the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity. Individuals as well as smaller groups ought to have enough space for development while all contribute to the commonwealth.
Irrespective of nomenclature, we sincerely believe that most Nigerians earnestly desire a truly federal system of government that enhances the welfare of all citizens. This would not only address the allegations of marginalization, but also make the fight against corruption more successful. Nevertheless, no matter what system of government we adopt, without a true conversion of heart by all and the readiness to make sacrifices for the common good, especially by persons in public office, we shall only be reshuffling our problems without solving them and shifting the epicentres of our national tragedies.
6. HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL
As a Church, we reaffirm our commitment to the integral development of the citizens of Nigeria, especially through the provision of quality education. In this regard, we once more call on all State Governments to return to the old tradition by which Church and State collaborated in the provision of high quality education for all our citizens.
We also enjoin the Federal and State ministries and departments of education to ensure adequate and comprehensive curriculum for Christian Religious Studies (CRS), in such a way that individual right to religious freedom and the right of the Church to teach and disseminate the Christian faith is not infringed upon. We totally condemn the so-called Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and dubious Maternal
Health techniques that are not only contrary to divine law but also would encourage immorality. All health related programmes ought to show respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life, every human life, from conception to natural death.
We note with great concern the ongoing strikes among various members of professional groups in our country. We appeal to the federal government to honour all legal agreements with these organisations so as to limit the grave damage that is already being done to our society.
7. CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT TO NATION-BUILDING
In our journey towards national restoration, the role of Christians, the Clergy as well as the Laity, is fundamental. As priests, our commitment to Christ in our total and obedient self-giving to him through prayers and service of our brothers and sisters not only makes us grow in holiness but also contributes immensely to the restoration of our nation. While not permitted to participate in partisan politics, clerics are urged to foster among people peace and harmony based on justice (cf. Canon 287). The lay faithful, on the other hand, are expected and encouraged to bear witness to the Gospel in their private, public and political lives. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI: “The Mission of the lay faithful is... to configure social life correctly, respecting its legitimate autonomy and cooperating with other citizens according to their respective competence and fulfilling their own responsibility” (Deus Caritas Est,22).We therefore earnestly call on the Lay Faithful to intensify their efforts in bringing the light of the Good News to those places only they can reach. They are by their life of witness to bring Christ into the temporal order such as politics, business, and in their places of daily engagements (Christifideles Laici 42). By their vocation they are to challenge government policies that negate fundamental human rights and their individual and collective right as Christians.
8. THE MODERN MEDIA AS ALLY
We observe that modern media, especially social media, can be effective means of information, education and evangelization. We, however, note that rather than tap their great potential benefits for expanding knowledge, many, especially our youth, have become exposed to such negative dimensions of the social media as organs for crime, the dissemination of hate speeches, slander, for peddling outright falsehood and misinformation. In these difficult times, we appeal to our people to be more circumspect and positive in the use of information obtained from and disseminated through the modern media.
9. THE MARIAN YEAR – PRAYING FOR PEACE IN NIGERIA
The Catholic Church in Nigeria declared the year 2017 a Marian Year, in honour of the Centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal. We invite all Christ's Faithful to participate actively in this national celebration and to its solemn conclusion scheduled to take place in Benin City from
12 to 14, October, 2017. During this celebration we shall re-consecrate Nigeria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In doing so, we entrust Nigeria to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Nigeria, asking her to intercede on our behalf to stabilize the Nigerian ship of state. May she also obtain for us all the blessings and graces that we need as a nation. May she pray for us to attain peace in our hearts, unity, and tranquility.
10. GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR EVENTS IN THE CHURCH
We are grateful to God for the appointments, ordinations and installations of new Catholic Bishops in
Nigeria: Most Rev Donatus AKPAN, ordained and installed Bishop of Ogoja Diocese on 7 July 2017; and
Most Rev Hilary DACHELEM, ordained and installed Bishop of Bauchi Diocese on 17 August 2017. We heartily congratulate them and warmly welcome them into the CBCN. We are grateful to His Holiness Pope Francis for the appointment of a new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido FILIPAZZI.
We welcome him to Nigeria and pray that his tenure be blessed with a resounding pastoral and spiritual growth for our Church and the nation.
We thank the Holy Father Pope Francis for intervening directly to definitively resolve the crisis in Ahiara Diocese, which has lingered for nearly five years. We urge all the priests and the lay faithful of Ahiara Diocese to unconditionally embrace the paternal gesture of the Holy Father.
11. CONCLUSION: OUR HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US
We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, do hereby make a passionate appeal to all our Christians and the rest of Nigerians not to lose hope. We may be traumatized but we shall not be broken (cf. 2Cor.4:8).We advise that Nigerians look at themselves and the country in a better light. Much cheering news abounds in the land amidst the suffering and hardship, the pain and the feeling of helplessness. We are hopeful that Nigeria will survive the present hardship and will become the better for it. “And our hope does not disappoint us” (Rom
5:5). We all are stakeholders in the Nigerian project. We must therefore work hand in hand with a better understanding of ourselves to build the Nigeria of our dreams.
We welcome back our President, Muhammadu Buhari, from his medical leave. We thank God who brought him back safely to the country to continue to work assiduously for the betterment of our land.
May our Lady Queen of Nigeria continue to intercede for us now and forever. Amen.

 
[ Masterweb Reports: President Buhari Boadcast to Nigerians October 1, 2017 ] - My dear Nigerians; October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires - freedom..
 
Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1st is always a day for celebrations.
 
It is a day for thanks giving, reflection and re-dedication.
 
It is also a day for remembrance. We should remind ourselves of the recent journey from 1999 - 2015, when our country happily returned to democratic rule.
 
However, in spite of oil prices being an average of $100 per barrel and about 2.1m barrels a day, that great piece of luck was squandered and the country’s social and physical infrastructure neglected.
 
We were left with no savings and huge infrastructure deficit.
 
The APC Government’s Campaign rallying cry to restore security, re-balance the economy and fight corruption was not all rhetoric.
 
The country must first be secured. The economy must be re-balanced so that we do not depend on oil alone. We must fight corruption which is Nigeria’s Number One Enemy. Our Administration is tackling these tasks in earnest.
 
In the past two years, Nigeria has recorded appreciable gains in political freedom. A political Party at the Centre losing elections of State Governor, National Assembly seat and even State Assemblies to the opposition parties is new to Nigeria. Added to these are complete freedom to associate, to hold and disseminate opinions. Such developments clearly attest to the country’s growing political development. But like all freedoms, this is open to abuse.
 
Recent calls on re-structuring, quite proper in a legitimate debate, has let in highly irresponsible groups to call for dismemberment of the country. We can not and we will not allow such advocacy.
 
As a young Army Officer, I took part from the beginning to the end in our tragic civil war costing about 2m lives, resulting in fearful destruction and untold suffering. Those who are agitating for a re-run were not born by 1967 and have no idea of the horrendous consequences of the civil conflict which we went through.
 
I am very disappointed that responsible leaders of these communities do not warn their hot-headed youths what the country went through. Those who were there should tell those who were not there, the consequences of such folly.
 
At all events, proper dialogue and any desired constitutional changes should take place in a rational manner, at the National and State Assemblies. These are the proper and legal fora for National debate, not some lop-sided, un-democratic body with pre-determined set of objectives.
 
Government is keeping up the momentum of dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta to keep the peace. We intend to address genuine grievances of the communities.
 
Government is grateful to the responsible leadership of those communities and will pursue lasting peace in the Niger Delta.
 
SECURITY
 
On security, Nigerians must be grateful to our gallant Armed Forces for rolling back the frontiers of Boko Haram’s terrorism, defeating them and reducing them to cowardly attacks on soft and vulnerable targets.
 
Nigeria is grateful to its neighbours and the international community for the collective efforts to defeat this world-wide menace of terrorism.
 
Not even the most organized and most equipped police and security forces in the world can escape the menace of modern day terrorism, as we have seen in recent years in Europe and other parts of the world.
 
But we are not letting up. Our Armed Forces in an effort to enhance the operational capability of troops of OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE have established Mobile Strike Teams in the North East. These will ensure the final push to wipe out the remnants of Boko Haram.
 
In addition, through targeted air strikes most of the leadership and identified logistics bases and routes of the insurgents have be strikes most of the leadership and identified logistics bases and routes of the insurgents have been neutralized. The Armed Forces have established a Naval presence in the Lake Chad Basin as part of the coordinated military efforts to curtail the movements or re-emergence of the sect in the area.
 
Government is working round the clock to ensure release of the remaining Chibok girls, as well as other persons in Boko Haram captivity. Government will continue to support the Armed Forces and other security agencies to fight not only terrorism, but kidnapping, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers violence and to ensure peace, stability and security in our country.
 
ECONOMY
 
With respect to the economy, the Government has remained pro-active in its diversification policy. The Federal Government’s agricultural Anchor Borrowers Programme, which I launched in November 2015, has been an outstanding success with:
 
· N43.92 billion released through the CBN and 13 participating institutions,
 
· 200,000 small holder farmers from 29 states of the federation benefitting,
 
· 233,000 hectares of farmland cultivating eight commodities, namely Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton, soya-beans, Poultry, Cassava and Groundnuts, in addition to fish farming.
 
These initiatives have been undertaken in close collaboration with the states. I wish to commend the efforts of the Governors of Kebbi, Lagos, Ebonyi and Jigawa States for their support to the rice and fertilizer revolutions.
 
Equally commendable are contributions of the Governors of Ondo, Edo, Delta, Imo, Cross River, Benue, Ogun, Kaduna and Plateau States for their support for the Presidential initiative for palm oil, rubber, cashew, cassava, potatoes and others crops.
 
With the abundance of rainfall last year and this year, agriculture has enjoyed Divine intervention.
 
Since December last year, this Administration has produced over 7 million 50Kg bags of fertilizer. Eleven blending plants with a capacity of 2.1 million metric tons have been reactivated. We have saved $150 million in foreign exchange and N60 billion in subsidy. Fertilizer prices have dropped from N13,000 per 50Kg bag to N5,500.
 
Furthermore, a new presidential initiative is starting with each state of the Federation creating a minimum of 10,000 jobs for unemployed youths, again with the aid of CBN’s development finance initiatives.
 
Power remains a huge problem. As of September 12th, production of power reached an all - time high of 7,001 Megawatts. Government is increasing its investment, clearing up the operational and financial log jam bedeviling the industry. We hope to reach 10,000 Megawatts by 2020.
 
Key priorities include better energy mix through solar and Hydro technologies. I am glad to say that after many years of limbo, Mambilla Power Project has taken off.
 
Elsewhere in the economy the special window created for manufacturers, investors and exporters, foreign exchange requirements has proved very effective. Since April, about $7 billion has come through this window alone. The main effect of these policies is improved confidence in the economy and better investment sentiments.
 
The country has recorded 7 consecutive months of lower inflation, Naira rate is beginning to stabilize, appreciating from N525 per $1 in  February this year to N360 today. Broad-based economic growth is leading us out of recession.
 
Furthermore, in order to stabilize the polity, the Federal Government gave additional support to states in the form of:
 
· State Excess Crude Account loans,
 
· Budget Support Facility,
 
· Stabilization Fund Release to state and local government as follows:
 
· N200 billion in 2015
 
· N441 billion in 2016
 
· N1 trillion in 2017
 
Altogether totaling N1.642 trillion.
 
This was done to enable states to pay outstanding salaries, pensions and small business suppliers who had been all but crippled over the years.
 
In addition, the Government’s current N500 billion Special Intervention Programme is targeting groups through;
 
· Home Grown School Feeding Programme,
 
· N-Power Job creation to provide loans to small-scale traders and artisans,
 
· Conditional Cash Transfer,
 
· Family Homes Fund and
 
· Social Housing Scheme.
 
CORRUPTION

Fellow Nigerians,
 
We are fully aware that fighting corruption was never going to be a straightforward task. We expected corrupt elements to use any weapon to fight back, mainly judicial obstruction and political diversion. But we are determined to eradicate corruption from our body politic.
 
In this fight, the Government has:
 
· Empowered teams of prosecutors,
 
· Assembled detailed databases,
 
· Accelerated the recovery of stolen funds.
 
The Administration’s new institutional reforms include:
 
· Enforcing Treasury Single Account,
 
· Whistle-Blowers Policy,
 
· Integrated Payroll Personnel and Information System.
 
We have signed multi-lateral cooperation agreements on criminal matters with friendly countries. There are signs of increasing cooperation from the Judiciary. Recently the Chief Justice of the Federation directed Heads of all our Courts of first instance and Appeal to accelerate hearings of corruption cases and dismiss any judicial officers found to have been compromised.
 
Justice Salami has just been appointed to chair the Judiciary’s anti-graft committee. Government expects a lot from this Committee.
 
I commend the National Assembly for refocusing on its oversight committees. They should, in addition, ensure swift passage of enabling corruption laws. But fighting corruption is a bottom to top operation. I call on all Nigerians to combat corruption at every turn. By not asking for and refusing to accept a bribe, by reporting unethical practices or by blowing a whistle, together we can beat corruption. The government for its part will work for accountability at all levels - Federal, State and Local Governments. CHANGE will then be real.
 
As we enter the second half of our term of office, we intend to accelerate progress and intensify our resolve to fix the country’s challenges and problems.
 
Thank you and a happy holiday to all of you.
 
God bless our country.

 

 
*Photo Caption - President Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Ronald Mutum reports ] - The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is not in the custody of the military.
 
Defence spokesman, Major General John Enenche, at a press conference in Abuja that it was not the responsibility of the DHQ to declare Nnamdi Kanu wanted.
 
"Nnamdi Kanu is not in the custody of the military," he said.
 
He also dispelled fears over the October 1 quit notice given to Igbo’s to leave the North and denied reports that the military raided the home of Nnamdi Kanu.
 
He said: "Nobody raided Kanu’s home and I stand to be justified, not from the information I got. I was watching it live, I was monitoring it live and also speaking with them on the ground."
 
"The people that came out there that I saw were the Biafra security service and Biafra National Guard.
 
"I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify them legally to mount roadblocks. I saw the militancy, nobody told me and I saw the action there. We are still investigating.
 
"For the past couple of days since the operation started, the feedback I have been getting from that place is that yes, they are happy.
 
"Some of them were actually afraid even before the operation started not of our troops but of the people that were actually getting them to fight, people that were actually intimidating them. But now, they have a lot of relief.
 
"We have our sources of information as information outfits of the armed forces. We also get information from the general public using our own sources as a form of checks and balances," he added.
 
He said the armed forces of Nigeria were not alarmed by worries of an increasing militarization of the country.
 
"Other countries passed through this, if you go into history, before getting to where they are as developed countries today. Like in China, you see one policeman inside a car, you hardly see a military man outside and it depends on the developmental process and what you passed through.
 
"That’s why in simple terms, I will tell you that we are not alarmed at all. For example, in the last terrorist attack in the UK, 24 hours after the attack, the government asked the military to take over the area.
 

"If the UK government can tell the military to take over, to back up the police, I think we are just about 100 years old of amalgamation and we about 57 years old, it’s not out of place," he said.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Anthony Ogbo reports ] - Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, representing Abia-South District, says he is not liable if the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, does not show up in court on October 17 for continuation of his trial for alleged treasonable offences.
 
Mr. Abaribe was one of three sureties in the bail for Mr. Kanu in the case. The other sureties are a Jewish priest, Immanuel Shalom, and an accountant and Abuja resident, Tochukwu Uchendu.
 
The IPOB leader who is currently facing trial for alleged treason, was last seen on September 14 when a clash occurred between members of his group and Nigerian soldiers on an army exercise in Abia State.
 
Mr. Kanu was granted bail in April on health grounds with 12 main conditions, most of which the Nigerian government has accused him of flouting. The trial is scheduled to continue on October 17.
 
Mr. Abaribe, during an interview on ARISE News on Thursday, alleged that the IPOB leader’s disappearance followed the invasion of his home in Abia State by troops of the Nigerian Army.
 
The senator said the army breached the deal they (sureties) had with the federal government by invading Mr. Kanu’s home before the court date, adding that no one could say whether Mr. Kanu is dead or alive after the invasion.
 
"He was supposed to appear in court on October 17. It was our job as sureties to produce him in court. We have been speaking with him.
 
"I spoke with him around August 23. I had to invite him to a meeting with the South-east Senate caucus in my home at Obingwa in Abia.
 
"We discussed and we told him what we felt and where he was going out of bound and we told him to confine himself to the laws of the land.
 
"Now, I spoke to him on September 14, and it was same day that the military moved into his place," Mr. Abaribe said.
 
*Photo Caption - Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Ameh Comrade Godwin reports ] - Protesters drawn from various civil society organizations, Thursday, stormed the United States of America’s Embassy in Abuja over the alleged support of the country for the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
 
Speaking at the protest ground, Comrade Richard Augustine, National Coordinator of the protesting group, Stand Up For Peace Movement, said it was annoying that a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Abuja publicly came out to counter the Nigerian government for labeling IPOB as a terrorist group.
 
Augustine said, "People of the world, let it be known that we respect the United States, US, a lot. We will therefore not want to believe stories that certain persons in the US Mission in Nigeria have been funding the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for the twisted intent to destabilize our country.
 
"For the records, IPOB was declared a terrorist organization by the order of a competent Federal High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This order was properly captured as the "Terrorism (Prevention) (Proscription Order) Notice, 2017" as contained in Volume 104 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette.
 
"We, therefore, wonder when Nigeria became a colony of the United States of America for its diplomat to be insinuating that the laws of Nigeria amount to nothing if they are not domesticated as US laws.
 
"It even more ridiculous that the US Embassy was here in Nigeria all the time IPOB and it’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, saturated and suffocated the public space with hate speech and did not seem it fit to urge restraint. We know the US Outpost was monitoring the situation and would add the sin of habitual lies to it’s long list of transgressions if it claims otherwise.
 
"The Embassy was there when Kanu and IPOB bragged about possessing nuclear weapons that could decimate a third of Nigeria and it looked the other way even though we all know the same country would froth in the mouth each time North Korea and nuclear weapon occur in the same sentence.
 
"We suspect that the $500 Million Syrian Train and Equip Program of the US is connected with the container load of firearms that the Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted in recent months. In a little under eight months, Customs has intercepted over 4,000 shotguns and rifles shipped from Turkey – around the same area where the US programmes was being implemented. The similarity is haunting because the same way the US refused to see the killers in the Middle-East as terrorists as it called them "moderate rebels" it is also recognizing IPOB terrorists by another name.
 
"These are terrorists that have openly boasted in online fora about how the US will supply them arms so it is no surprise that arms shipments are arriving Nigeria from Turkey, a US ally and that this same country is saying the intended recipients of these arms are not terrorists. It must also be recalled that Nnamdi Kanu solicited for arms from IPOB US-based members.
 
"We would therefore wish that the United States would learn from its serial misadventure in meddlesomeness. Vietnam Bay of Pigs, Cuba Contras in Latin America, Taliban in Afghanistan, Iranian debacle, Iraqi disaster, a contrived Arab Spring, Libyan descent into chaos, Yemeni meltdown, Syrian logjam, Ukranian farce and now the IPOB in Nigeria after defeating Boko Haram. The ongoing North-Korean miasma. And an endless stream of failed interventions should have all taught the US to stay out of meddling with sovereign entities.
 
"The US should, on the strength of its experience from these host of failures, should learn to do the right thing and be told in clear terms that Nigeria will continue to prove to be difficult for such as we respect our laws and must be protected at all times .
 
"Our charge is to Nigerians to for once shake off any sense of mental and psychological shackles. If the US were as all powerful they would have been able to deal with the tens of daily deaths from gun violence in their country.
 
"We therefore state clearly, dear United States of America, it is Nigerian laws for Nigerian interest and in this matter, it is Nigeria first, Nigeria always." 
 
*Photo Caption - Nnamdi Kanu

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - The Kaduna State University chapters of Senior Staff Association, Non Academic Staff union and National Association of Technologists have joined the nationwide indefinite strike declared by unions on Monday.
 
Mr Kantoma Bala, Chairman of the universities senior staff association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Tuesday, that the three unions had formed a Joint Action Committee to monitor the strike.
 
"It is a national strike and the non academic staff unions are part of the respective national bodies.
 
"We began the indefinite strike as directed by our respective national leadership over the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement with the union," he said.
 
NAN reports that the agreement was supposed to address the problem of inadequate funding of public universities, poor governance and administrative lapses.
 

Other issues that prompted the strike include poor infrastructure, abandoned projects, fragmentation of salary payments to staff, and lack of adequate teaching and learning facilities among others.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.
 

 

 
[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - The Federal Government says the sophistication being used in hiding stolen funds is amazing. Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama stated this while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting.
 
Asked how much was stolen from Nigeria, Onyeama responded: "It's an ongoing thing. we've been discovering all the time because you see, the sophistication that there is today in hiding money around the world is amazing. Even western countries themselves have a lot of problems and it takes them a lot of time and they discovered about the Panama papers. Nobody knew about all those funds illegally stashed until you suddenly have the revelations under the Panama papers.
 
"So, it's really an ongoing thing and then new ones coming up all the time, as you saw recently we never knew about the US eve-droping on some telephone conversations of members of the previous governments and private sectors talking about investments that were made in the United States, it just suddenly came out like that, so its an ongoing thing."
 
The minister recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had cooperated with former British Prime Minister David Cameron to organise a global conference on anti-corruption.
 
He said Buhari had also made industrialized nations buy into looted funds' recovery, noting that "For a very long period of time, it was not a priority for industrialized countries to worry about money flowing from developing countries into their banks because as far as they're concerned, they've their own image of rulers of third world countries."
 
Onyeama explained that Buhari addressed contemporary global issues at the just concluded 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York because "he was speaking to the international audience on a global stage and the UN is there for global issues.
 
"So, I think it's absolutely in order because Nigeria is part of a global community addressing global issues. But he addressed all those issues covering also all the things that affect Nigeria as a country. Mr President came in, he outlined three priorities: security, governance anti-corruption and the economy."
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.
 
 
 

 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Linus Effiong reports ] - The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the 82 Division, Col lsagir Musa has called on Abians to collaborate with the military in dealing with emerging security challenges peculiar to the South-Eastern Region.
 
He said the essence of the exercise Python Dance ll, in the zone is to enhance troops’ preparedness and proficiency in dealing with emerging security challenges peculiar to the region, such as kidnapping, armed robbery, communal crisis, farmers-herdsmen clashes, cultism, violent agitations and insurgency, among others.
 
A press statement signed by Musa said despite the initial opposition to Operation Python Dance II by the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) members and their sympathizers the general area of the South East especially Aba is now fully stabilized.
 
"The 82 Division Nigerian Army wishes to reassure the public that it is poised to maintaining the peace and security in the entire South-Eastern Region," Musa stated.
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Abia State 
 
 
 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Seun Opejobi reports ] - The founder of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele has released more prophecies on the Biafra agitation spearheaded by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and the 2019 presidential election.
 
Speaking with Sunday Tribune, the Primate said Kanu had taken the wrong step in his fight for the actualization of Biafra.
 
Ayodele also stated that a Northerner will still rule Nigeria in 2019.
 
The clergy man insisted that Nigeria will disintegrate by 2035.
 
According to Ayodele, "Nnamdi Kanu has taken the wrong step in his fight for Biafra. He cannot actualise it.
 
"But the government must dialogue with him because his agitation will cause pandemonium. There will be a lot of factions within the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). Some people would penetrate the group in order to cause issues.
 
"Besides, I see a major referendum in the nearest future; it is not now. No government can stop the disintegration of Nigeria. Only God can stop it.
 
"Note my words: only God can stop Nigeria’s disintegration, but it is not yet time. By 2035, Nigeria will be no more. Five nations will come out of the country. Two will be greater than three."
 
Speaking on Nigeria’s 2019 general election, Ayodele said: "Neither the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can take Nigeria to the next level.
 
"I have five names of people who can take Nigeria to the next level, but it is not yet time to announce them. You know the way we are in this country. Should I announce those names, they would tell me that I have been bribed.
 
"Unfortunately, President Muhammadu Buhari cannot take Nigeria anywhere. Atiku Abubakar cannot take Nigeria anywhere. He should consult God before stepping in.
 
"When Dr Goodluck Jonathan wanted to re-contest in 2015, I told him to consult God. Atiku should consult God so that his ambition will not ruin his image or personality. He must watch out. Buhari’s second term is not the best for Nigeria. He knows that.
 
"He should leave in 2019 and pick someone else from his party. A northerner will still rule in 2019. No South-West governor will rule in 2019."
 
Ayodele, had few weeks ago released prophecies regarding the unity of Nigeria and the agitation for Biafra. Ayodele predicted that Biafra will be actualized but not through Kanu.
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Nnamdi Kanu