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Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, House of Representatives

Abdulmumin Jibrin, the ousted chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriation, on Monday, August 8, 2016, met with the Police Special Investigation Panel on the budget padding crisis in the House.

It was gathered that during the meeting, which began at 12pm at the Force headquarters, Abuja, Jibrin submitted a large number of documents and other evidence to prove his allegations against the speaker and the others he accused of padding the budget.

Sources said the lawmaker also promised to bring more documents that were germane to the investigation into the alleged insertions under constituency projects in the 2016 budget.

A source explained that the SIP, led by an assistant inspector-general of Police, Amodu Ali (retd.), received the documents with a promise to diligently study them.

The source said, “Jibrin came with documents which he handed over to the SIP on Monday. It was obvious that he was well prepared to establish his allegations against the leadership of the House. He promised to bring more documents during the week.”

It was learnt that the SIP had said it would take time to study the documents and other evidence before summoning the accused to defend themselves.

“This is a high-profile case, so, the SIP is not in a hurry to conclude it; members will take their time, carry out a forensic analysis of the evidence provided, conduct a thorough and diligent probe and by the time they are through, no one would be able to fault the report of the investigation,” another source stated.

It was gathered that Dogara’s posturing after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa on Friday, August 5, 2016 had initially confused police authorities who felt that he might have reached a political settlement with Buhari.

It was learnt that the Speaker’s statement that “budget padding is not an offence under the nation’s law” gave the public the impression that he and the president had agreed on the point.

Findings indicate that the investigation panel was later told not to get carried away by the speaker’s publicised visit to the president, but must get to the root of the scandal.

Jibrin had alleged that Dogara and three other principal officers requested the inclusion of N40 billion projects in the 2016 budget, besides sundry projects in sums ranging from N20 billion to N30 billion.

The other three are the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Lasun Yussuff; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.

He claimed that his refusal to oblige the four principal officers and his opposition to several financial infractions were responsible for his sacking by Dogara on July 20.

The House had said the allegations would be investigated internally by the committee on ethics and privileges after members would have reconvened on September 13 from their annual recess.

There had been claims and counterclaims of signature collection to pass a vote of confidence on Dogara or ask him to step down.

Jibrin had claimed that 250 members were backing the calls for Dogara to resign.

However, on Sunday, some members dismissed Jibrin’s figure and claimed that “80 per cent (288) of the lawmakers” were with Dogara.

None of the sides has made the acclaimed registers public

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

The National Parents and Teachers Association of the Federal Government Colleges has protested against the 275% increase in the school fees of unity schools by the federal government, describing it as “commercialisation of education.”

The organisation warned that the new fees, which came into effect in on June 1, 2016, would force parents to withdraw their children from the unity colleges.

The association in a communiqué read to journalists by its national president, Dr. Gabriel Nnaji, at the end of its national executive council meeting, said the increment from N20,000 to N75,000 was untimely and insensitive by the government. 

“The increase of school fees from about N20,000 to about N75,000 in unity colleges is most untimely and insensitive. An average Nigerian worker whose minimum wage is N18,000 and who has one or two children in the unity colleges will be unable to keep his or her child or children in the unity colleges,” the communique said.

“The recent increase is a negation of the policy or principle that established unity colleges which is to make basic and secondary education affordable and accessible to an average Nigerian student.”

The association appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the members of the National Assembly to compel the federal ministry of education to revert to the old fee regime “as the education of Nigerian children is a right and not a privilege.”

“The association will continue to partner the federal ministry of education by complementing the efforts of the ministry in the provision of basic facilities in the unity colleges,” Nnaji said.

According to him, while NAPTAFEGC appreciated the federal ministry of education in making the payment of insurance levy in the unity colleges optional, the association frowns on any attempt to commercialise or make the cost of training Nigerian children in the unity colleges beyond the rich of an average Nigerian parent.

“Enough budgetary provision should be adequately made and very timely released to the unity colleges to enable students to continue to compete very favourably with students of other academically sound private colleges,” the statement said.

“The issue of security in unity colleges must be given the deserved attention and commitment all the time. students who have paid for books should always be made to receive them in good time and not when they are no longer needed.”

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FILE: Ateke Tom boys are arriving to their camp 9 hidden in the mangrove in the Niger Delta in July 2009. | Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images

You may read the first part of this article, Femi Fani-Kayode: The Niger Delta Crusaders, Muslim Pilgrims, And The United States Of Nigeria, HERE

Sadly many in the conservative core north remain unconvinced. For example the Arewa Consultative Forum issued a statement on the 7th August in which they stated their total opposition to restructuring and instead of offering an olive branch of peace and understanding to its advocates who are predominantly in the south they issued the usual warnings of dire consequences if the matter is pushed too far.

Worst still a few days ago the Emir of Katsina publicly admonished all northerners to support the government of President Buhari insisting that they had a duty to do so. His words.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is trying his best to rectify the situation and we must support and encourage him. During this trying period, we as northerners are expected to support President Buhari and his team instead of joining others to criticize them.” (The Sun Newspaper, 7th AUGUST 2016).

There are no prizes for guessing who the “others” that he is referring to are because it is self-evident.

What the Emir appears to have forgotten is that had it not been for a sizeable number of votes from the South West the President would not have had a hope in hell of being elected.

Simply put, what he is saying is that Buhari is effecting a clear and simple northern agenda which must be supported by all true sons and daughters of the North.

He is also suggesting that the feelings and sensibilities of those that oppose him from the South do not matter.

Meanwhile, the tension that is being generated by the sectional nature of President Buhari’s policies and government continues to escalate and a face-off is imminent.

Nothing reflects this fact better than the words and obvious concerns of the Ohanaeze Youth Wing who condemned the fact that whilst the Buhari administration continues to keep Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB in prison, they are releasing hundreds of murderous Boko Haram terrorists from detention. Their words:

“Buhari’s Federal Government continues to jail Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafrans while Boko Haram terrorists are being released from prisons. It beats the imagination that terrorists who have been responsible for the death of innocent Nigerians are being released while unarmed freedom fighters are kept behind bars against court orders” (Vanguard Newspaper, August 8th, 2016).

They also went as far as to suggest that Mr. Kanu’s continued detention may “trigger a crisis in the South East”.

Not to be left out, the Northern youths, under the auspices of the Northern Youths Leaders Assembly issued a statement on the 8th of August threatening to deal with anyone or any group of people who continue to criticise or try to “tarnish the image” of President Buhari.

Their words:

“We will no longer tolerate any insults to the family and members of the President’s cabinet and we will mobilize all our resources to take on anyone who thinks they can use their image as a chess pawn in the game playing out in the media. We hereby warn that the north will no longer tolerate any further attack on the image, family and character of President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to make Nigeria a better place for all” (Vanguard Newspaper, 8th AUGUST 2016).

Yet the most chilling warning of all came from yet another militant group in the Niger Delta Area known as the Adaka Boro Avengers. They went a step further than their brothers in arms, the Niger Delta Crusaders, by saying

“On the threat by Boko Haram to kill Christians we are also sending this message to those Northerners who want to burn and kill Christians in North in the name of the Islamic religion to commence immediately but they must know that one Niger Delta soul will be exchanged for 100 Northern souls” (Vanguard Newspaper, 8th AUGUST, 2016).

These are dangerous words from dangerous people. We ignore them at our own peril. It is clear to the discerning that now, possibly more than at any other time in the beleaguered history of our country, we need prayers to ensure a peaceful resolution to what is essentially an extremely complicated problem that presents us with an existential threat.

Only a fool would disregard the fact that the ethnic and religious polarisation that we are faced with today is real and that the drums of war are beating in our country.

When one considers all of the above is it any wonder that yours truly wrote the following words in my column a couple of weeks ago. I said:

“The prayer is no longer ‘God bless Nigeria’ but rather ‘God break Nigeria’.

It is no longer ‘God defend Nigeria’ but rather ‘God restructure Nigeria’.

It is no longer ‘God deliver Nigeria’ but rather ‘God deliver US FROM Nigeria’.

It is no longer ‘God preserve Nigeria’ but rather ‘God redefine Nigeria’.

It is no longer ‘God remember Nigeria’ but rather ‘God dismember Nigeria’ “-

Nigeria’s 3rd Mahdi And The Last Of the Amalekite Kings, my article published on The Trent on July 25, 2016

Clearly things are falling apart. Yet if the Buhari administration continues to ignore our concerns and admonitions and if they continue to insist on arresting and locking us up and attempting to intimidate us simply for our timely counsel and interventions perhaps they will listen to one of their own.

If they do not wish to hear the truth about the way forward from us perhaps they would be ready to hear it from someone who openly supported them and helped them to come to power last year.

That person is none other than the distinguished and highly respected General Alani Akinrinade, a war-hero, an elder-statesman, a revered and respected Yoruba elder and a leading supporter of President Buhari and the APC during the 2015 presidential elections. In July he said the following to the Sun Newspaper:

“First, the APC must be told, in no uncertain terms that it is fraudulent. They led us down the garden path, lying to us about what is in the end of the tunnel.

What was in the end of the tunnel was restructuring and each one of them, the party chairman, the president, his vice, and in that order, are all talking from the other side of their mouths now. In other words, they lied to us in 2015 before the election.

My message to them is, they should embark on a very major exercise now to restructure the country, otherwise, how do they propose to settle the crisis in the South-South because it is becoming embarrassing.

A man whose land you went to tap resources and then he couldn’t farm or fish, because you bastardised his farmland and you then send back to him stipends from what you took away from his land, such a man can never be happy”.

“Is the APC thinking that the matter of religion, ethnicity and other crises across the country are just going to go away? Even the late Sardauna of Sokoto said so, that we are a disparate people and we must recognise that fact and use it to our advantage.

Nobody is going to build Nigeria the way APC is going about it. I’m not too sure how many people sing our National Anthem again because they don’t even believe in it.

There is nothing like unity in this country. Unity can only exist when we all understand one another and there are some mutual relationships.

If I know you are always cheating me by giving 44 local councils to Kano and giving Lagos 20, which is not in the same parameter with Kano in terms of population, production and name it, how can I be happy”?

“However rickety Nigeria has become, if there is a wholesome reconstruction and re-engineering of the system, it can work.

That was the major reason the Southwest went along with the APC and Buhari, as the presidential candidate in 2015….to tell us that he didn’t read the recommendations (of the 2014 National Conference) and that it is best for the archives and that, in fact, restructuring is unnecessary and according to his Vice, what we needed is diversification and whatsoever, I remain baffled.

They were just saying we would diversify into agriculture and solid minerals, as if the items will come from heaven.. If the APC fails to do something in that direction, I’m not talking about the 2014 conference report alone, but all others preceding it that have similar recommendations to restructure this country, then President Buhari may forget it and I’m saying he is likely to be the last president of this country. It is as bad as that”- ( ‘A REALITY CHECK FROM GENERAL ALANI AKINRINADE’ THISDAY NEWSPAPER, 5 AUGUST, 2016).

It took courage for Akinrinade to speak up in this way and I commend him for it. His words and counsel are timely and I hope that those that are in power today are humble enough to accept them and retrace their steps.

Of all the heroes in both history and mythology the greatest were King David of Israel, William Wallace of Scotland, King Leonides of Sparta, Hector of Troy, Alexander the Great of Macedonia, King Jehu the son of Nimshi and Achilles of the Mermidans.

They all stood for the truth. They all loved their God. They all had faith and the courage of their convictions. They all refused to bow before the enemy. They all fought till the end.

O that we had just a handful of such gallant men in Nigeria: we would have restructured long ago and made waves in the comity of nations.

O that we had more men who have the courage of their convictions and who are prepared to risk all and speak truth to power.

Permit me to end this contribution with the words of Minister Louis Farrakhan the leader of the Nation of Islam in the United States of America. On August 7th he said:

“Anarchy may await America due to the daily injustices suffered by the people. There really can be no peace without justice. There can be no justice without truth. And there can be no truth unless someone rises up to tell you the truth”.

I concur. And this applies in the Nigerian context and to the Nigerian situation more than any other. There can and will be no peace in this country without justice.

That justice begins with “restructuring” and it ends with “separation” and the birth of two or more new nations out of one.

Why? Because the Bible says “there is no fellowship between light and darkness”. It says “there can be no love or friendship between the children of God and the servants of Belial”. It says “we must not be unequally yoked”.

Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets from @realFFK.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Two persons were seriously injured when a passenger train collided with a Hilux van in Woji axis of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The train marked, 2306, had rammed into the stationary Hilux van said to be owned by a Port Harcourt-based company as a result of the traffic jam along Woji road.

It was learnt that the train had taken off from Aba in Abia State around 5.30am while the accident occurred by 7am.

An eyewitness, who identified himself as John, said the bang made people to rush to the scene of the incident, adding that two persons, who were occupants of the Hilux van, were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.

“Many feared that the train would trample on the Hilux van. Initially, we thought the Hilux belonged to the police; we were later told that it does not belong to the police. We thank God that no life was lost in the accident,” John said.

It was also gathered that the driver of the Hilux van had ignored an instruction of a traffic officer to stop for the train to pass.

It was in his attempt to cross to the other side of the road that the train came close and rammed into the van, pushing it about 80 metres away from the point of the first impact before it came to a halt.

An angry mob had moved in to beat up the driver of the Hilux van for refusing to obey the red flag raised by the traffic officer, but was saved by a group of policemen already on the ground.

Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said the traffic jam on Woji Road was to blame for the accident.

 “The accident, which occurred this morning was caused by traffic jam. Two persons, who were injured, are currently receiving treatment in the hospital.

“Contrary to speculations, the bashed Hilux van does not belong to the Nigeria Police Force. It belongs to a company in Rivers State,” the state police spokesman stressed.

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Niger Delta militants pictured during the insurgency that rocked the region between 2005 and 2009. (Photo Credit: Tife Owolabi)

Former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, on Monday, August 8, 2016, denied sponsoring the Niger Delta Avengers, the leading militant group operating in the oil-rich region in southern Nigeria.

A statement issued by Tompolo’s spokesman, Paul Bebenimibo, who is also allegedly named as one of the sponsors of the group, described the report as “voodoo.”

A splitter group of the Niger Delta Avengers, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, had named former President Goodluck Jonathan, Tompolo, Bebenimibo and other prominent individuals as sponsoring the Avengers.

The Niger Delta Avengers has been mounting attacks on major oil production installations in the Niger Delta. The group has succeeded in reducing Nigeria’s daily crude production from 2.2 million barrels a day to less than 600,000 barrels a day.

Bebenimibo, who is also the secretary, Tompolo Foundation, raised the alarm that his life was in danger, saying that he has nothing to do with the militant group.

The statement explained that Tompolo has consistently denied his involvement with the militant group.

It read, “In the same report, my boss, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo was also mentioned as one of the sponsors of the NDA.

“My initial decision was to ignore the said report as a result of the source and the bogus nature of the story; however, in order to set the records straight, I decided to write to dissociate my boss and myself from that wicked and malicious report.”

The statement added, “I wish to advise the Nigerian government to look for better ways to resolve the Niger Delta problem, and not to continue to compound the issue by relying on voodoo means to resolve the issue, like this particular report which could be likened to a voodoo report.

“If a people, that is the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers have claimed to part ways with the Avengers, after destroying almost all the oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, and turn around to claim that they have repented and mentioned some people as sponsors and operatives of the Avengers, then the government and people of this country need to know such people, RNDA, and treat them accordingly, and not the responsible Nigerians they mentioned as sponsors and operatives.”

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Pro-Biafra activists, IPOB, wave flags in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, February 28. Pope Francis greeted the activists as indigenous peoples of Biafra during his Angelus address. | Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, on Monday, August 8, 2016, insisted that struggle for the actualization of the Biafra Republic was still very much on course.

The group denied the allegation by two officials of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that MASSOB had betrayed the struggle.

Reacting to a statement credited to two spokesmen of IPOB, Emma Nmezu and Clifford Iroanya to the effect that MASSOB had derailed and betrayed the Biafra struggle, the organisation under the leadership of Comrade Uchenna Madu said the organization would not chicken out of the struggle like its former leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike.

“MASSOB, under the leadership of our leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, expresses dissatisfaction and sadness over this allegation from our sister organization, IPOB, and we advise that the statements should be thoroughly investigated because our image and name had been adversely affected,” the statement  signed by director of information of IPOB, Comrade Samuel Edeson.

“Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra understands that IPOB, while making the statements, was referring to Ralph Uwazuruike’s betrayal and sabotage ,If Uwazurike, as a person, is accused of being corrupt and sabotaging the Biafra struggle, it does not mean that Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra as an organization, had betrayed Biafra struggle.

“Uwazuruike’s deviation from Biafra struggle was the primary reason MASSOB expelled and chased him out of MASSOB headquarters at Okwe, Imo State since 2014.

“Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra now under the leadership of Uchenna Madu has continued with the Biafra struggle untainted, unblemished and unstained and is highly energized with the Biafra spirit of consistency and self determination.

“The statement recalled that after Uwazuruike expulsion from MASSOB, he formed another group called Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), and advised IPOB leadership not to associate BIM with MASSOB. It also recalled that MASSOB was the first group that reacted against what it called “the unapproved dialogue by MEND on Nnamdi Kanu’s release”

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Chairman of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi answering questions from reporters during his 60th birthday thanksgiving service in Abuja on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | NAN Photo

Raymond Dokpesi, national chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, August 8, 2016, likened the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as a “barren woman,” who got “impregnated” by his party, the PDP.

He said the APC either as Alliance for Democracy, AD, Action Congress, AC, or Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, was unable to win national election in the country before some members of the PDP joined them prior to the 2015 elections.

It can be recalled that some governors, chieftains and leaders of the PDP defected to APC in the build up to the 2015 elections.

Dokpesi, who spoke to party faithfuls in Kaduna, said “the APC is like a barren woman impregnated by the PDP; either as AD,AC or ACN that couldn’t win election until members of PDP joined them.”

He said the APC has chosen to dehumanise and persecute PDP members in a bid to weaken the party and turn Nigerians against it.

He urged party faithfuls to be united and fearless in the face of persecution, stating that PDP remains the only national party that is rooted in every hamlet of the country.

He vowed to return PDP to winning ways by making it the darling of Nigerians when elected as the chairman of the party.

The chairman of PDP Kaduna state, Hassan Hyat, who decorated Dokpesi with a PDP-customized regalia, said from what party leaders and delegates in the state said, it is obvious that the media mogul will get their support.

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Former Minister of sports and youth development, Mr. Solomon Dalung (l), with the chairman, Forum of Sports Directors, Mr. Tunde Kassim, at the meeting of state directors of sports of the federation, in Abuja on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | NAN

“If Boko Haram kills Christians and burns down churches, we will slay Muslims and raze down mosques. We want to warn them that we, the Niger Delta youths, in this 21st century will not accept the killing of innocent Christians or the burning of churches. That if they try it in the north or any part of Nigeria, we the Niger Delta youths will not see any Muslim or mosque in the Niger Delta” – Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, August 5, 2016

It is no longer news that the new leader of Boko Haram, Mr. Abu Musa Al Barnawi, who apparently has the backing of ISIS, has said that he will target only Christians and burn down all the Churches in the country.

He has also said that Muslims and mosques will no longer be targeted and that Mr. Abubakar Shekau, the erstwhile leader and principal voice of the terror group, is no longer the leader.

Mr. Shekau has responded by saying that he will continue to slaughter whoever he pleases and that he remains the authentic leader. There appears to be a very serious rift in the ranks of Boko Haram which is good news.

As far as I am concerned the two factions can do us all a favour by destroying one another and burning in hell.

Anyone that targets Christians and Churches, or indeed any innocent civilians for slaughter, is not worthy of life. They are nothing but vermin and, like the cockroaches that they are,  they must be crushed.

Mr. Shekau is evil but Mr. Al Barnawi is even worse: he is the devil incarnate. He represents ISIS and we all know what that means.

Whichever way we look at it and whatever is going on within the ranks of Boko Haram we must not lose sight of the bigger picture. And that bigger picture points to one thing: Nigeria is in a mess.

Quite apart from the poverty and hardship that has afflicted the land coupled with the total destruction of the economy and quite apart from the shattering of peoples dreams and the drastic reduction in their standard of living by the ineffectual and barren fiscal and economic policies of an inept and incompetent government, our President did not stop there.

He also went as far as to appoint as his minister of sports a man who is clearly (to use Donald Trump’s words about Hillary Clinton) “unbalanced and unhinged”.

This is a man that can barely speak english and who, during the week of the Olympics, publicly referred to our country as “the United States Of Nigeria” whilst reprimanding our Olympic football team for getting stuck in America and  arriving late in Brazil.

Someone should tell Honorable Minister Solomon Dalung that it was his job to get our boys to Rio De Janeiro on time and that it was something of a scandal and a national embarrassment that it took the last minute intervention and assistance of Delta Air, a private American airline, to get them there in time for their match with Japan.

Whilst our boys did us proud by going on to defeat Japan and later Sweden, the video of the Minister disparaging them and spouting nonsense about some fictitious and imaginary country called ‘the United States of Nigeria’ whilst wearing his ridiculous red beret went viral on the internet. A fool goes by no other name.

In normal climes the Minister would have been forced to resign the following day and he would have been compelled to apologise to the nation that he is purportedly serving for forgetting its name. Sadly though there is nothing that is “normal” about Nigeria or the Buhari administration.

Equally abysmal was the recent outing of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, President Buhari’s “super Minister” of Power, Works and Housing, on BBC TV’s Hardtalk.

Before millions of viewers from all over the world, the Minister told his host Mr. Stephen Sackhur a shameless and pernicious lie by claiming that he never promised Nigerians an increase in power generation and supply.

It is his inability to be forthright, to appreciate the virtues of telling the truth and to keep his election promises that has earned my aburo Tunde Fashola the nickname of Minister of Darkness.

Since he was appointed ‘super Minister’ the power generation in our country has dropped from 5000 megawatts at the time when President Jonathan left office just over a year ago to under 2000 megawatts today. Worst still he has not managed to construct or complete the refurbishment of a single road.

Yet it is not the crippled economy, the erring and dim-witted minister of sports, the intellectually dishonest and lying minister of power, works, and housing or any of the other numerous foibles of the Buhari administration that gives us the most concern today.

It is rather the gradual and systematic  generation and invocation of a frightful and cataclysmic atmosphere of war and the looming threat and increasing likelihood of a great and violent ethnic and religious conflict, the likes of which Africa has never seen before.

If it is not Boko Haram that is slaughtering our people it is the Fulani herdsmen. Worse still they are doing these despicable things with the active connivance and support of a few people that are in the corridors of power today whose objective is to islamise our nation, plunge us into a fiery abyss and create chaos.

The bible says ‘there is no fellowship between light and darkness’. We have said it before and we will say it again: we must restructure Nigeria before it is too late. If we fail to do so we will have no choice but to reconsider our so-called unity.

If things don’t change quickly we must consider the possibility of dividing our country and renegotiating our union.

We cannot afford to wait any longer because we are playing with fire and we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder. We must attempt to do whatever needs to be done peacefully and we  must not allow the butchers and those that kill in the name of their god to provoke us into another civil war.

Nothing represents the danger of the war that is looming more than the response of the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (an affiliate of the Niger Delta Avengers) to Al Barnawi’s threat.

They responded by saying that if Christians and Churches are targeted by Boko Haram they will kill all the Muslims in the Niger Delta area and they will burn down all the mosques. It is a simple case of “action” and “reaction” and I sincerely hope that those that are used to killing others and not being killed themselves take them seriously.

Clearly we are living in dangerous times and I sincerely hope that those that brought religion into our politics in 2015 and that used Islam and the Boko Haram offensive as a political tool against a southern Christian President are seeing the fruits of their labour.

When you invoke the proverbial genie and let it out of the kettle you must be prepared to live with the consequences and whatever follows.

Yet the folly does not stop there. As if our sensibilities were not already sufficiently provoked President Buhari took the religious dance to yet another level last week by directing the Central Bank of Nigeria to sell foreign exchange to Muslim pilgrims that were on their way to Saudi Arabia for hajj at 197 naira to 1 USD.

This whilst everyone else, including students, manufacturers, businessmen, Christian pilgrims, the ailing and holiday-makers, must continue to buy at 400 naira to 1 USD. When the math is done this amounts to a whooping N7.9 billion naira concession for Muslim pilgrims.

And all this in a country that is not only impoverished and whose people are suffering from the worst economic hardship and poverty crunch since independence but also one that is meant to be a secular state.

Such is the national outrage that President Buhari’s forex concession to his Muslim brothers and sisters has provoked that a well-known political commentator and activist Mr. Paul Achalla wrote the following on his Facebook wall on August 5th:

“N410 to $1  for business, education, entrepreneurship, food processing, manufacturing, etc. and N197 to $1 for pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia? Bluntly put, Boko Haram ideology won Nigeria’s 2015 general election!!!”

Paul Achalla is right. How can this sort of nonsense be justified in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious secular state? Is Buhari’s Nigeria crafted only for the Muslim north?  Is Saudi Arabia now the spiritual headquarters of our nation?

If it is not the Sultan of Sokoto declaring public holidays, it is the President giving subsidised rates of foreign exchange and preferential treatment to members of his own religious faith.

If it is not that he is leading our country into a sinister and dangerous military coalition of Sunni Muslim nations it is that he is holding conferences in Abuja with foreign Muslim clerics whose stated objective is to “spread sharia throughout Nigeria” and islamise our country.

Worst still virtually all his Service Chiefs and principal commanders in his Armed Forces together with his National Security Advisor, his Minister of Defence, his Minister of Internal Affairs, his Inspector General of Police, his Chief of Defence Intelligence, his Director General of State Security, his Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, his Commander of the National Civil Defence Corps, his Comptroller General of Customs, his Comptroller General of Immigration, his Comptroller General of Prisons and ALL his other security, para-security and intelligence agencies, bar one, are northern Muslims.

Can there be any greater form of corruption, abuse of power, injustice and betrayal of trust than this? Does this not prove the fact that our country is in dire need of restructuring?

The 2nd part of this article will be published on Wednesday, August 9, 2016

Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets from @realFFK.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Abdulmumin Jibrin, House of Representative, Suspension
Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, House of Representatives

Timi Frank, the acting national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress APC, has berated the ousted chairman of the house of representatives committee on appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, for flouting the party’s order to desist from further public utterances regarding the budget padding scandal in the House.

Jibrin had in his latest tweets accused the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, of conniving with two serving governors and four ex-lawmakers to block his access to President Muhammadu Buhari in order to explain his side of the story.

Frank, in a statement issued Monday, August 8, 2016, in Abuja accused Jibrin of lack of respect for the Senator Shuaibu Lawal-led committee empowered by the party to look into the issue.

“It is now obvious how disrespectful, mannerless and desperate Hon. Jibrin could be even to the leaders of our party which include the deputy national chairman (north), national secretary, national treasurer and others who have been sleeplessly working to ensure that peace returns to the House.

“But if Hon. Jibrin does not have respect for Speaker Dogara as a person, it is expected of him to respect the office of the speaker, the number four citizen of our party and the country. Jibrin should also be told that he has clearly shown disrespect for President Muhammadu Buhari who is the leader of our party by this singular act.

“It is high time Hon. Jibrin kept quiet and stopped this public show of shame before his excesses will be made known to Nigerians and the whole world.”

Frank reminded the renegade lawmaker that “his continued show of shame does not only stop at him but has great negative impact on the party, its members and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

“He should also be aware that disobeying the party in this manner may attract sanctions if the party deems it fit.”

Joseph Prince, Joseph Prince Devotional, Joseph Prince Daily Grace Inspiration

Daily Grace Inspiration is a devotional that brings you the message of grace from Joseph Prince, the world celebrated TV preacher and pastor.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Do you feel misunderstood and forsaken by the people you love? Have you been falsely accused and stripped of everything, without a dime to your name? Maybe today, you feel that you have hit rock bottom and you wonder if you can ever rise again.

Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery (Genesis 37:28), went through all these experiences and emotions. Still, he was conscious that God was in it with him every step of the way. Though his life was a “mess”, he believed that it was not an accident. Though the things that were happening to him were not good, he believed that God was making all things work together for his good. And it was indeed so—Joseph eventually rose to occupy the most powerful position in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. (Genesis 41:40)

Probably, this consciousness that God was in it with him was the reason he forgave his brothers when he met them again later in his life. Joseph told them, “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.” (Genesis 45:5)

So like Joseph, whatever you are facing now, be conscious that God is in it with you. Be Jesus-conscious. Though you may have nothing or not much now in the natural, the truth is that you have everything when you have Jesus!

The same Jesus who went around blessing others with 12 baskets full of leftovers, a net-breaking, boat-sinking load of fishes, and who never impoverished anybody, will empower you to succeed in life. The same Jesus who went about doing good will cause good to explode in your life. The same Jesus who went about healing the sick and never giving anyone sickness will keep you in divine health and protect you from harm.

Beloved, because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), as He was with Joseph, He is with you right now. And He will empower you to live the high life—the abundant life in which you will see God’s promises manifest!

Joseph Prince is senior pastor of New Creation Church. He is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. He is known for teaching God’s Word in a fresh, practical and revelatory way that always unveils Jesus. His daily television program, Destined To Reign currently reaches millions of homes across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Israel on both secular and Christian networks. Subscribe to Pastor Prince’s Daily Grace Inspiration HERE

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