Polls: Northern Christians In Jeopardy – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Friday expressed concern over the frequent rate of attacks on Christians who are living in the northern part of the country.

This is just as two unidentified arsonists, on Friday, March 20, 2015 set ablaze, a branch of the Living Faith Church popularly called Winners Chapel in Giwa, Headquarters of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

‎The burning of the church might not be unconnected with its founder, Bishop David Oyedepo’s purported endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate and incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of today’s presidential and national assembly elections.

Reacting to the attack, the CAN described it as one of many, an example of what to come, if government and security forces failed to take action.

The President of Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nijeria (Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians), General Ishaku Ahmed Dikko (rtd) and the Director of National Issues in Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr. Sunny Oibe in a joint statement, in Abuja, called on security agencies to act fast to avoid violence in the region, which was the epicenter of a post-election violence in 2011.

According to Messrs Dikko and Oibe, the Christians in the North, particularly the Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri speaking Christians, who are indigenous in these States and live within and among their kith and kin, “are in serious jeopardy”.

The duo in a statement titled: “Presidential Elections 2015: Signs of what to expect”, pointed out that “the Church was razed to the ground and nothing was saved from the Church including the building.

“This action surprised the Christian Community, especially the Church members, as there was no tension or any sign of it between Christians and Muslims in the town”.

They maintained that the level of hostility against Christians in the area was so obvious, in spite of the fact that they all speak same language.

“It is however, a known fact that the people of the Local Government have not been friendly with the Christian Community even though over 90 percent of them are of the same Huasa – Fulani indigenes.

“The incidence actually became more worrisome when no effort was made by a passerby to assist in putting out the fire. In fact, it was a Fulani herdsman that saw the fire and reported to the Police Station. Only one Policeman and a Christian volunteer that ran to the scene and attempted to put out the fire but of course could not achieve anything.

“This situation and the circumstances surrounding the incidence are a cause of serious concern. If this can happen more than a week to the Presidential Elections, what shall we expect during or after the elections? Is this a sign of what to expect or a dress rehearsal of a repeat of 2011 Post – Election Violence? This is a wakeup call to the Federal, State and Local Government Authorities, especially the Security Agencies.

“The Christians in the North, particularly the Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri speaking Christians, who are indigenous in these States and live within and among their kith and kin, are in serious jeopardy”.

Source : informationng.com

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Welcome Waju! Brymo Shares the Good News that He is a Dad

Congratulations!!

Singer Brymo and his girlfriend announced that they were expecting their first child a while ago (click here if you missed it), and now Brymo has shared the good news of a safe delivery via his official Twitter account.

He wrote: ‘I have received the ultimate gift, welcome WAJU, welcome son!!!’

I have received the ultimate gift, welcome WAJU, welcome son!!!

— Olawale olofo’ro (@BrymOlawale) March 27, 2015

Source: bellanaija.com‎

The Very Long & Tortuous Road To Aso Rock

Ahead of the presidential election, it has been a busy period for the two leading political parties – APC and PDP. Punch’s Eric Dumo DUMO in this piece examines the highlights leading into the contest:
Saturday is the day of reckoning for the PDP presidential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and that of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, as they test their popularity and acceptance among Nigerians.

Described as the most important election in the country’s history by events watchers, the contest is between a man who has performed well, according to his supporters, and another whose record of honesty as a military Head of State between December 1983 and August 1985 is paving way for.

While Jonathan, the incumbent, whose message of Transformation and continuity has been marred with accusation of under-performance by a host of critics – local and international, Buhari, who clamours for Change on the heels of his prudent and strong disciplinary regime, is battling to convince critics that he is good for the job and he would perform even better than he did as military leader.

For both men, it has been a very hectic marketing campaign to sell themselves to a disillusioned electorate grappling with social and economic challenges on several fronts.

After both emerging their respective parties’ candidates late last year, Jonathan and Buhari quickly turned on the heat on each other in attempts to win over more converts. It was the beginning of a long battle on the pages of newspapers, the airwaves, Internet and other publicity platforms across the country.

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Buhari, who spoke later at Chatham House in a paper entitled “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition,” said that he wanted to be president “because the work of making Nigeria great is not yet done.”

Apart from the controversy generated by Buhari’s health and trip to Chatham House, other events also heated things up on the road to today’s election for both men.

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, once a staunch ally of Jonathan but now a major backer of the 72-year-old former military Head of State, alleged that Jonathan gave pastors across the country about N6bn to vote against the APC’s candidate. Though the Presidency and PDP quickly dismissed the allegation, a Borno State-based clergy, Kallamu Musa-Dikwa, soon revealed that the money was actually N7bn and not N6bn as initially claimed by Amaechi.

Musa-Dikwa, who is the Executive Director, Voice of Northern Christian Movement, told journalists in Kaduna that the money was channelled through the Christian Association of Nigeria.

He said CAN got N7bn on January 26, 2015 and disbursed N3m to each state chairmen of the association across the country. Though the allegation has yet to be proven, it remains one of the most scandalous episodes and major highlights leading into today’s battle.

In an attempt to sell his candidacy across the country, Jonathan embarked on a nationwide consultation of prominent traditional rulers. Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi; Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, were among those visited by the President.

Jonathan described the visits as private. The move, no doubt, charged up the atmosphere with news emerging shortly after that large sums in foreign currencies were doled out to the monarchs. Events preceding today’s election were characterised with hate campaigns, mudslinging with many analysts concluding that the political campaigns were the dirtiest and most indecent in Nigeria’s history. There are diverse accusation and counter-accusations.

Issues surrounding Buhari’s certificate also added interesting side attractions in the build up to the poll. While the former Head of State insisted that his certificates were with the military, the Presidency and PDP claimed otherwise. It took weeks of accusation and counter-accusations before the APC candidate finally obtained a copy of his result from Cambridge and showed the world. Even after that, there were doubts over its originality. The matter, which has yet to fully subside, remains one of the major high points leading into today’s presidential election. It adds to a long list that has combined to provide tension and entertainment weeks ahead of the epic battle.

Not only that, the APC candidate refused to participate in a national debate claiming the PDP planned to use the debate against him.

– Also, the elections in Nigeria has always been won by any man who did not participate in debate. Buhari has been participating in debates before, but this time he has declined. Will he win like others?

Source: olufamous.com

I Asked People To Call Me Lucifer, Because I Enjoy Controversy- Terry G

Music act Terry G has said it was actually because of controversy that he asked people to be calling him Lucifer, but deep inside him he knew what he meant was Look See Far. He also spoke about the name Terry G Zuz, saying when people started calling it Jesus, he ignored it because he loves controversy. Hear him;

“That is what they think. Jesus is a name. They should make their findings, I am a child of God and I will never blaspheme. The name Jesus has been in existence even before our Lord was born. The only comma there is Christ. I cannot call myself Christ. The spelling of my name is different. It is Terry G Zuz, not Terry Jesus. But based on the fact that I love controversy, I did not mind. It is just the same way I said people should be calling me Lucifer. I knew it was going to create controversy but what I meant was ‘look see far.’ Our elders often say that what they can see sitting down, a child cannot see it even if he climbs a tree and that is what informed the name. I like thinking out of the box.”

Source: LadunLiadi‎news.com

SEE GOBE: Trailer carrying Jonathan Campaign Rice crashes

Moves by PDP to share some Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Rice across the country to woo more undecided voters ahead of the election has been exposed after the trailer crashed into a gutter. Many Nigerians in the area where the trailer crashed were said to have laughed openly over the accident…

Source: olufamous.com

Photos: Kelly Rowland, husband & their son cover Essence mag

Kelly, her husband/manager Tim Witherspoon and their son Titan cover the new issue of Essence magazine. Kelly said she’d first a wife, a mother, and then an artist. Shouldn’t she be first a mother, then a wife? Oh well.

Source: Linda ikeji