The National Peace Project (NPP) has commended the nation’s service chiefs and security agencies over another peaceful Christmas celebrations.
In a statement signed by its President, Rev Joshua Agbaje, on Friday, the group said this year’s festivity was relatively safe and devoid of attacks.
According to Rev Agbaje, the military worked tirelessly and gallantly towards protecting the lives and properties of citizens under the leadership of the current service chiefs.
He further noted that the present tranquillity enjoyed across the country is evidence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s synergy with the Service Chiefs to deliver Nigeria.
The NPP, however, urged all Nigerians to join hands with the president to fight insecurity and discard all forms of primordial sentiments.
Read the full statement below:
The National Peace Project (NPP) President, Rev Joshua Agbaje, has commended the security chiefs, and security Agencies on the experience of tranquillity on another Yuletide.
NPP commends the Security chiefs and security agencies on their great inputs in the management of security issues, matters and problems that could impinge on the survival of democracy. NPP is very happy to have experienced such a peaceful yuletide. We are not afraid to be disheartened by breaking news of one terrorist attack or the other. We are overjoyed that the goal of the National Peace Project is gradually being accomplished thanks to the efforts of the Nigerian Military.
Travelling back in time, precisely over six years ago; we can recall how much the issue of insecurity had eroded most parts of Northern Nigeria under the watch of past administrations. If you somehow found yourself in those regions during that period, you would have experienced the carnage and anarchy propagated by insurgents and Bandits. There were bombings here and there, maiming of innocent individuals, and kidnappings were on the rise.
Back then, terrorists and bandits ran amok like no man’s business. They knew very well the weaknesses of the Nigerian military and other security agencies at that time, and they took full advantage of it. But these same evil men know quite well that, that time has long gone. They have recently faced tough opposition from the Nigerian security agencies who have been working tirelessly and gallantly towards protecting the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens under the leadership of the current service chiefs.
National Peace Project is not oblivious of the fact that this is a matter of national importance that has been of concern to all stakeholders in the Nigerian states and one that requires comprehensive and committed contribution of all groups and interests that make up Nigeria.
In addressing the challenge to the survival of democracy in Nigeria, it is pertinent to consider security issues and problems that have affected or capable of affecting the attitude, confidence and cooperation of all groups and segments that make up the Nigerian federation. It is also necessary to explore the gaps and grey areas in the national constitution that are responsible for various problems and crises and how these gaps can be addressed.
The result of consistent deliberations and meetings by President Muhammadu Buhari and Service Chiefs on the security situation of Nigeria is now evident for all to see.
We congratulate the President, Nigerians, and the service Chiefs for the successful mission in rescuing the Kankara boys. This has revealed that Nigeria is secure for all to live.
Certain critics of the current President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration have pointed out pockets of insecurity issues the country is currently facing. We know fully well that no country on this planet presently is without its security challenges. We’ve heard the same adage over and over again that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and thus, we still commend the current service chiefs in their steady efforts in ensuring that insecurity is completely defeated. It is believed we are gradually approaching that milestone as we can see how peaceful the Christmas celebration this year was.
Despite the very conspicuous bias, premeditated motives and partisan undertones expressed by many criminal elements in frustrating the citizens from enjoying the season, and to discredit the security agencies amidst the glaring recent successful records, We are a delight at the resolute of the security agencies in their determination to have resisted different insurgents attacks and premeditated ones in different regions of the country.
This Christmas celebration recorded no form of any successful attack, unlike the ones experienced in the previous administration, where it was seamlessly impossible to do so without the presence of security agents in their limited and restricted gatherings.
In the past administration, Boko Haram murdered Christian clergy and attacked churches. It primarily targeted representatives of state and federal governments, such as police officers, soldiers, politicians, and even traditional Muslim leaders during the Yuletide season.
The incident of December 25, 2011, still lingers in our heart, where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram once claimed responsibility for the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Abuja, which killed 37 people and wounded 57, in the deadliest of a series of attacks at Christmas.
The coordinated nature of these attacks suggested links between the home-grown Islamist movement and global jihadist groups operating across the Sahara.
It has become a trend for these terrorists to inflict their vile acts upon innocent people during festive celebrations as these. Both Christians and Muslims aren’t spared by these wicked men. But today, I can proudly tell you that peace has finally begun to reign in our dear country Nigeria for both Christians and Muslims alike, for both men and women alike, and both the poor and rich alike.
Unlike in the past, we did not hear of any detonation of bombs in places of worship or markets or places filled with people, or that a church or a mosque was raided by terrorists. Even the Local Governments are totally free from the control of terrorists. This has made us all aware that Nigeria is truly headed in the right direction in terms of the Peace and safety of her citizens.
NPP is convinced that the current service chiefs have achieved a lot since their assumption into office. They have done a lot in combating these insurgents and also restructuring the architecture of the military. This has ensured that the Nigerian Military regains its position as one of the best Military outfits in the world.
The military might not have been able to exceed the expectations of Nigerians and this is because most individuals have chosen to rain criticisms on them at any given opportunity rather than look for ways to join the fight. We also note that the actions of certain disgruntled elements that are sponsoring and aiding these insurgents have been rendered harmless and useless because they have failed innumerable times.
If the military is faced with all these including the task of correcting the mistakes of past administrations regarding insecurity and they have performed as much as this, then they must be commended for a job well done. NPP knows that Nigeria as a nation has suffered a lot in the past, and we cannot be deliberating now on who has overstayed his tenure or not, but we should all join hands, discard all forms of primordial sentiments and work with the President in fighting insecurity.
NPP, therefore, applauds the service Chiefs and others for their collective efforts and strategies put in place to help neutralize banditry and insurgents and to also ensure that things don’t get out of hands.
On behalf of the National Peace Project, I want to commend the efforts of The President, the service chiefs, and the Nigerian military. I call on the Nigerian Military to intensify its efforts in the fight against insecurity.
The peace we have so much enjoyed during this year’s Christmas celebration is a testament to the fact that the Nigerian Military is currently administered by one of the best leadership in the history of Nigeria. NPP once again calls on fellow Nigerians to support both President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the service chiefs in ensuring a peaceful Nigeria that is safe for all.
God Bless Nigeria.
We Won’t Allow Hijab In Kwara Mission Schools, CAN Insists
The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kwara State has insisted that it will not allow its pupils to wear hijab, despite the Kwara State Government’s directive that Muslim female pupils in Christian mission schools should wear hijab.
The state government, last week, said it had approved wearing of hijab by Muslim female pupils in Christian mission grant-aided schools in the state.
It also said the 10 Christian mission schools closed down in the wake of the hijab crisis would be reopened on Monday, March 8.
However, the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria said it would not agree to the use of hijab in schools established by Christian missions, alleging that they were surprised that the government was trying to make a decision on a matter that was still before the Supreme Court.
CAN said, “The body condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions grant-aided schools as this will cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards.”
Two missions, Evangelical Church Winning All and the Kwara Baptist Conference, said they would not allow the wearing of hijab in their respective schools when the schools reopen on Monday.
The leadership of ECWA said it would not welcome the directive in all its schools in the state.
The Chairman, ECWA Ilorin District Church Council, Rev John Owoeye, who spoke at a press conference in Ilorin on Friday, said ECWA schools were established by Christian missionaries for purposes of reaching communities with the love of Christ and to meet educational needs of the indigenes irrespective of religious affiliations, among other reasons.
The ECWA church leaders, who demanded return of ECWA schools to them, said since 1974 when there was agreement on collaboration between the state government and the proprietor for the school to be grant-aided schools, “the policy has never been total takeover of our schools by the government.”
Owoeye, who said Christians are bona fide citizens of the state, added, “We have equal rights under the provisional constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He argued that the government was aware that Christian Religious Knowledge teachers were not posted to Muslim grant-aided schools and that the gathering of Fellowship of Christian Students was not allowed in Muslim grant-aided schools.
“Similarly, we want the government to be informed that her decision and plan to provide hijab and enforce its use in our Christian mission grant-aided schools will not be tolerated as it is an infringement on our freedom of religion as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria,” he said.
Also, the President of Kwara Baptist Conference, Rev Victor Dada, in a separate press conference, said the mission would not allow the use of hijab in its 38 schools across the state, adding that the government was wrongly advised in taking the decision.
Dada argued that the state government took a wrong decision by its blanket approval of wearing of hijab for female pupils in mission schools.
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“The state government was wrongly advised to take that decision. The state even acted in contempt of court as the case is still pending before the Supreme Court.
“We want to warn the government that the step it wants to take by approving the use of hijab for all public schools and grant-aided schools in the state will lead to an avalanche of reactions, the end of which no one can predict.
“With this move, the state government is saying the Muslims’ purported rights are superior to those of the Christians.
“What we are saying is that no one, whether the Kwara State Government or even the Federal Government, can force hijab on our children or in our schools. We shall not hesitate to use all legitimate means to protect our heritage. We will defend our faith and protect our property.”
Meanwhile, Muslim stakeholders in the state have urged the state government to stand by the rule of law in taking a final decision on the hijab issue.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Is-haq AbdulKarim; and Secretary, Professor Ibrahim Abikan, the Muslim Stakeholders said the state branch of CAN, which engaged the state government in a legal battle over the issue of ownership of the grant-aided schools since 2013 lost its two cases in Ilorin High Court in 2016 and the Court of Appeal in 2019.
In a related development, Chairman, Kwara State branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Olu Adewara, said the union was not part of the hijab crisis currently going on in the state.
The NUT Chairman, Adewara, told reporters, “The hijab matter is basically an issue between the government, the Muslim parents and the owners of these schools, regardless that such schools are grant-aided by the government. The NUT is not involved because this is not a matter bordering on teachers’ rights.”
My Ex-Wife Lied Against Me, She Is An Adulterer —Fani-Kayode
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said his ex-wife, Precious Chikwendu, lied against him, adding that he didn’t beat her at any point in time during their relationship.
Fani-Kayode also alleged that Chikwendu was an adulterer who tried to seduce his friends while he was in detention.
The former beauty pageant had accused her ex-husband of beating her up at several times including when she was pregnant.
The ex-wife further accused Fani-Kayode of confining her to a hospital when she attempted to escape.
Chikwendu subsequently demanded for full custody of their four sons.
The former beauty queen made the allegations in an affidavit she deposed to in support of an originating motion brought pursuant to Section 69 of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003.
But in a statement by his Media Consultant, Oladimeji Olaiya, the ex-minister described all the allegations as “lies and falsehood”.
The statement was titled, ‘Press statement on the vile and baseless allegations of Precious Chikwendu against Chief Femi Fani-Kayode’.
It partly read, “The statement of claim and affidavit that was filed in court by one Precious Chikwendu against Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is filled with lies and falsehood.
“Not one thing that she has alleged there is true. She is a pathological liar and a slanderer and we intend to prove this in court.
“We believe that the children’s lives would be in danger if they are with her and we shall prove this in court.
“Neither is it true that she was ever beaten by Chief Fani-Kayode or anyone else in his staff and security team, either when she was pregnant or not pregnant and it is not true that she was subjected to any form of physical or mental abuse from them.”
The statement also noted that Chikwendu walked out of the marriage despite pleas and entreaties.
“She walked out on her own saying she was hearing voices even when the entire household was begging her to stay and she abandoned her husband and four young children to meet other men outside.
“After she finished having her fun Chief Fani-Kayode refused to let her back into his and resolved to keep her out of his life. This is the best decision he has made in the last 7 years.”
Fani-Kayode also accused his ex-wife of adultery, saying, “Chikwendu’s only pastime was to post pictures and words on Instagram and sleep with men outside.
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“She also tried to seduce a number of Chief Fani-Kayode’s friends when he was in detention and extort money from them.”
Though Chikwendu demanded the full custody of her four sons, Fani-Kayode said the children’s lives would be endangered if left in her care.
“On one occasion she beat her first son so badly that his face swelled up like a football and he had to be rushed to the hospital where she admitted to her offence to the doctor. We have pictures of his damaged and badly swollen face.
“His crime was that he had called one of his 3 nannies “mummy” and this angered Chikwendu who then flew into an uncontrollable rage and punched him in the face in front of 7 nannies.
“On a separate occassion in front of three Pastors she also beat one of the triplets mercilessly simply because he had dared to cry during prayers. Again we have evidence of this and the Pastors and nannies will testify,” the statement added.
“We urge members of the public to wait until the truth is revealed about Chikwendu, her mental and physical abuse of her own children, her mental illness, her numerous attempts to murder Chief Fani-Kayode and his four children, her adulterous ways, her unfathomable cruelty, her gold-digging ways, her violence and so much more before they make up their minds,” it concluded.
Firm Donates COVID-19 Safety Kits To Ekiti Govt
A private firm, Wemmy Industries Limited on Friday, donated facemasks and other COVID-19 safety item to Ekiti State Government to curb the spread of the virus.
The items included 108 cartons of disposable surgical facemasks and 72 cartons of antiseptic hand wipes.
Mr John Egbedofo, Southwest Regional Manager of the firm said that the donation was in fulfillment of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Egbedofo added that the focus was to contribute to efforts at curtailing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
He said the gesture would also be extended to severe medical facilities in the state including the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital in Ado Ekiti, Specialist hospitals in Ikole Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti.
Also to benefit are Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti and Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti.
Receiving the items on behalf of the government in Ado-Ekiti, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said the medical consumables and personal protective equipment would assist in tackling communicable diseases.
Filani appreciated the company for the gesture and assured that the items would be used judiciously towards achieving the desired results.
He solicited the continued support of more corporate bodies, NGOs and individual philanthropists towards improving the lot of the people.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Akinjide Akinleye, described the donation as laudable and worthy of emulation by similar business outfits.
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