The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to a threat by Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State to arraign the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr Paul Enenche for “hate speech”.
El-Rufai had stated that Enenche’s comments escalated recent killings that rocked Kasuwan Magani on October 18, 2018 that was followed with the assassination of the Agom Adara, Dr Maiwada Raphael Galadima, on October 26, 2018.
In a statement on Wednesday, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, spokesman to the CAN president, Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle, said CAN had examined the video clip of the Pastor and are abreast of all the facts concerning the Kasuwan Magani killings among others.
He said: “The main subject of Dr Enenche’s clip which Governor el-Rufai is alleging to be a “hate speech” to us is an outright condemnation of the fate that has befallen the Adara people and Christians in Southern Kaduna through the creation of new emirates namely; Lere, Kagarko and Kujuru. By the creation of these emirates, especially that of Kajuru, the Adara people have been subjugated.
“From a careful study of the speech, Pastor Enenche is not the originator of what he spoke about. He said; “about the middle of this year we heard a Christian first class Chief, that they were told from the news report we heard…” hence the video, he was speaking about what he read or heard from the news.
“While we will continue to condemn hate speech by religious leaders and other Nigerians, we cannot stand and watch our respected leaders being set up for molestation, humiliation and prosecution for an unfounded “hate speech.” We have also followed the speeches of Governor El-Rufai and have felt strongly that he has been engaged in making inciting speeches, but several efforts deployed to draw his attention have been fruitless.
“His statement that his government had paid herdsmen to stop the killing in his State without any due compensation to the victims of attacks is still fresh in the minds of Nigerians. The questions in the minds of the church is; why is it very easy for government to identify those lamenting over the unabated killings of Christians in Kaduna and other states in the middle belt for persecution?
“Why is it easy by government to seek to apprehend and prosecute the crying victims and almost an impossible task to bring killers to justice? Why is it easier for the El-Rufai government to know and get “the agents of careless statement…” but most expensive and almost impossible for him to identify the Kaduna killing agents despite years of such continuous killings? Have the killers of Agom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima, been apprehended? How long will it take the Governor El-Rufai to apprehend them?
“Any attempt to arrest and harass any of our pastors again will be considered as an attempt to silence the voice of the Church and reasoning in our nation. Let the Government defines clearly the difference between what is considered hate speech and advocacy for dying victims of continuous killings in Nigeria. What do you expect from a church leader whose members and fellow citizens are being killed daily without any satisfactory measures to abate the killings? Are we to keep clapping for government while people are being massacred in cold blood?
“While we appreciate the fact that no government will want her citizens to be killed, we will admonish Governor El-Rufai to channel his strength towards getting the sponsors and perpetrators of the heinous crimes going on in Kaduna State arrested and prosecuted rather than chasing good Nigerians who are contributing immensely to the peace, growth.”
Amotekun: A Battle Won Against FG — Afenifere
A factional Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere on Tuesday described Amotekun Security outfit as a battle won against the ‘imperial’ Federal Government by the strong will of West and freedom-loving friends across Nigeria.
Besides,the group in a communique after its regular meeting held in Sure, the Ondo state capital expressed disgust with the Nigerian Police Force(NPF) that almost seven months after the murder of its Leader’s daughter,Late Funke Olakunrin, the police has stopped any form of investigation into the dastardly act without any briefing to the family.
It said” We are left with no option at this stage than to conclude that she was a victim of political assassination necessitating state cover-up.
Afenifere challenged the police to do its job on the matter in spite of their disappointment with them.
The group also invoked her spirit to remain restless until the killers and masterminds of her death are exposed and brought before the temple of Justice.
The meeting noted that but for the depth of despair unitary rule has sunk Nigeria, States having security guards should not have been any issue as the 1999 constitution recognizes the right of state to protect lives and property and “State” does not mean only Federal Government but states and Local Governments.
According to the communique, only carpenters posing as lawyers would ever say that security is on any exclusive list as there is no law that stops individuals from securing their premises talk less of state actors.
“The jejune argument by spokesmen of our tormentors that the Federal Government has failed to protect us against, that having a security outfit that cuts across states is unacceptable was seen as a non-sequitur as Yoruba are a homogenous group once under a region before Nigeria broke into states”.
The group pointed out that Yoruba would find it hard to oppose Amotekun in any other part of Nigeria if it owns Hisbah, Lafiya Dole and harbors Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah that are tormenting the country and making President Trump to consider placing Nigeria on travel ban.
It rejected any attempt to subsume Amotekun under the Community Policing scheme of the Federal Government which the group claimed was just being informants to the Nigerian police.
Afenifere maintained that Amotekun should be independent in carrying out the security of residents of South West with defined operational cooperation with the police but not its subordinate.
“While Amotekun has now come to stay there must be no let or hindrance in the pursuit of a federal Nigeria so we can revert to the multi-level policing status of Nigeria of the past which saw the Nigerian Railway corporation having its own police.
“In this regard, we are happy with the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan declaration of support for issues in Federalism especially multi-level policing and we enjoin the National Assembly to see it as the urgent business of now”
The group hailed the South West Governors for standing firm on Yoruba consensus on Amotekun without blinking.
It equally appreciated other groups such as Ohaneze, PANDEF and Middle Belt Forum for standing solidly with the project as well as Prof Wole Soyinka,Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, Prof Itse Sagay(SAN), Femi Falana, and others.
The communique also condemned in the strongest terms the lawlessness in Oyo State over local council dissolution.
Security In Nigeria Has Deteriorated — Senate President, Ahmed Lawan
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has raised an alarm over the insecurity witnessed across the country which has led to loss of lives and properties.
Speaking at Tuesday’s plenary at the Senate chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, Lawan reiterated the need for lives and properties to be secured in the country as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
He said: “My distinguished colleagues, the security situation in our country requires serious attention and due consideration by the Senate and indeed the National Assembly.
“Recently, the security in the country has deteriorated and the attendant loss of lives is not acceptable.
“We need to secure the lives and property of our citizens, as enshrined in our Constitution. We all are witnesses to how our economy is also affected by the inclement security situation.”
In his welcome speech after the lawmakers resumed from their six-week recess, the Senate President disclosed that they are working to engage the Federal Government on the implementation of the nation’s security strategy.
He added that they will also be working towards implementation of community policing and will also be inviting police authorities to give periodic updates.
He said: “There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift and reform of the architecture and structure of our security systems. Equally important is citizen participation, and collaboration in providing security.”
“In this regard, the Senate will engage the Executive arm of government to discuss the implementation of the recently launched National Security Strategy (NSS) 2019.”
On Power he said: “My distinguished colleagues, it is an incontrovertible fact that the power sector cannot function optimally and thrive under the current circumstances.
“The anticipated outcome of improvement in effectiveness and efficiency of the privatisation process has not been achieved and doesn’t look feasible. Therefore, we have to take all the necessary steps to salvage this indispensable sector.
“The ensuing debate on the report of the Roundtable Discussions will no doubt reveal the actions that the Federal Government will need to take.”
BREAKING: Senate To Debate Rising Insecurity Wednesday
The Senate on Tuesday exclusively dedicated Wednesday to debate the worsening security situation across the country.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan disclosed this after a closed-door session of the Senate on Tuesday.
Lawan said that the Senate also resolved to prioritise the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Power sector reforms to provide energy to Nigeria, agricultural enhancement across Nigeria, Electoral Act Amendment Bill and legislations to boost solid minerals development.