The Bishop of Zaria Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rt Rev Abiodun Ogunyemi, has said that the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, will never be president of Nigeria.
According to him, he believes that the governor is being prepared to contest in 2023.
The bishop, in what seems to be an angry post on the website of the diocese, spoke in reaction to the now-rested planned demolition of 110-year-old St George Cathedral, Sabon-Gari Zaria; and another alleged plan to demolish the Sabongari property of the Church.
Ogunyemi, in the blog, condemned the Bishop for Wusasa Diocese, Anglican Province of Kaduna, Rev. Ali Buba Lamido, who had, on Monday, commended el-Rufai for his decision to halt the aged church building’s demolition.
Ogunyemi warned that any attempt to frustrate the Church in Kaduna State is an affront to God and to the Christians all over the country.
While stating that the “Diocese of Zaria is not at war with the governor and we are not religious bigots. We are only fighting for our right. Nobody can stop us from fighting for our right;” he noted that Bible prophets did not apologise to kings, but rather, kings apologised to prophets.
In what appears to be the reason for his anger, Ogunyemi said the Church will not keep quiet while proposals are ongoing to demolish “our Cathedral.”
He said, “A letter was written by KASUPDA on the orders of the governor to us to quit the Cathedral premises within seven days, and we responded in the best possible ways together with CAN and other Christian organisations all over the world.
“Rather than apologising to the governor, the governor should apologise to the Church and the general public for embarrassing himself with the quit notice.”
Continuing, Ogunyemi said, “The governor should stop embarrassing himself with demolition of churches in any part of Kaduna State.
“Any attempt to demolish our shops or our properties in Sabongari market is evil, callous and wicked and will be associated with the wrath of God.
“The whole of the Sabongari market is our land acquired in the early 1900s with genuine C of O, which we have submitted to the state government for re-certification.
“Any attempt by el-Rufai to demolish any of our properties in that market will be a direct assault on the Church in the whole of Nigeria.
“The governor is being prepared for 2023 elections. The governor should know that he will never be president of Nigeria. I speak prophetically as a servant of the living God.
“Let fake Christians and religious spies placed in our Church by a particular religion be aware of the consequences of their actions because heaven is watching.
“May the Lord expose these spies in our midst in Jesus Name.
“In fact, their actions now show very clearly that they are working for an interest against the Church.
“The Lord in His mercies will raise help to deliver His Church from fake Christians, fake converts and novices.”
IPPIS: ASUU Threatens Nationwide Strike Over Withheld January Salaries
The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened the association will embark on a Nationwide strike if the Federal government does not rescind its decision to withhold the January salaries of lecturers yet to enroll in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, in a letter dated Tuesday, January 21st and signed by the Director of IPPIS, Olufehinti Olusegun, directed the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning not to release funds for the payment of January salaries of academic staff of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education yet to enroll on the IPPIS platform.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who faulted the government for taking such decision while still in talks with the union, said if such decision is not reviewed, lecturers in the university system would be left with no other choice than to down tools. According to him, the union and the Federal government are still in talks over the IPPIS policy and withholding salaries when dialogue is still being held is inappropriate.
“We didn’t take part in that decision. What we were expecting them to do was to allow the ongoing discussion to run its full course. Now that we are reading about this in the media, it’s as if some elements in government are trying to sabotage the process. We came out of the meeting with Mr. President believing that they will give us room to explain how the UTAS will better address our peculiarities and autonomy than IPPIS. However, they have not allowed that to happen. We suspect it’s due to the activities of some individuals or groups that are trying to sabotage the process.
“If they push us to the point of taking our final decision about it, we too will tell them ‘no pay, no work’ because we have a resolution that is on ground already. The resolution we took long time ago, which we reactivated at our meeting in Minna last month. So, whichever way they want to go, ASUU will rise to the challenge.” he said in a chat with The New Telegraph
On whether the union would issue an ultimatum to government to reverse its decision, Ogunyemi said: “I have worked for one month somebody is saying you are not paying me for that month, do I need to give you ultimatum to tell you that I can no longer work until you pay me?”
BREAKING: EFCC Arraigns Shehu Sani
A former senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani was on Monday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Sani was arraigned by the EFCC on Monday at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The former lawmaker was arraigned on two counts of bribery and advance fee fraud.
More to follow…
Wife Of Boko Haram/ISWAP Leader, Zainab Usman Arrested
The Nigerian army has confirmed the arrest of Zainab Usman, said to be the wife of a Boko Haram/ISWAP leader and a female recruiter for the insurgents.
In a statement released by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Col. Aminu Iliyasu on Sunday January 26, it was gathered that Zainab was arrested at Modu Sulemri area of Abujan Talakawa Ward of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.
Zainab who is the wife Alai Usman, a high profile ISWAP Province logistics supplier is believed to be in contact with other high profile Boko Haram/ISWAP commanders and also recruiting young fighters for the insurgents.
One Mallam Ahmed Yakuba, a high profile Islamic State West Africa Province informant at Auno Village was also arrested by troops of 212 Battalion deployed in Auno, Kaga LGA of Borno State in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force.
Yakuba who was born in Niger Republic, grew up in Sudan and has been living in Nigeria for 15 years before his arrest. He has already confessed to being a Boko Haram spy.
The statement added: “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was born in Niger Republic, grew up in Sudan and has been in Nigeria for the past 15 years.
“However, during interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a spy for ISWAP criminals on a mission to spy on troops’ location in Auno and other locations along the Maiduguri – Damaturu road”.