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COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE MEETING OF CHRISTIAN SOCIAL MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA (CSMN) HELD ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018, AT DAUGHTERS OF DIVINE LOVE RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA

The Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) organized a Conference tagged “THINK DEMOCRACY” on Tuesday, 28th August, 2018, at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Lugbe, Abuja, to evaluate developments in the country and the challenges confronting governance in Nigeria.  In collaboration with CSMN were the following Democratic groups:

July 13, 2018 by Lindy Lowry in AfricaStories of Persecution

OPEN DOORS  USA 

Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the regions of West Africa, East Africa and Central Africa have become a stage for religious, ethnic, and political conflict, including ongoing violence and attacks from Islamic extremist groups, such as Boko Haraman extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria, al-Shabaab in East Africa and Muslim FulaniThe Fulani are a large ethnic group in West Africa.

The federal government has said that the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) has completed the separation of Christian Religious Studies Curriculum and Islamic Studies Curriculum. The decision was taken at the 63rd meeting of the National Council on Education (NCE), held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, from Wednesday 1st to Thursday 2nd August, 2018 which was presided over by the minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu and supported by the minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah.

Coordinated military style attacks ravaged 15 communities in some local government areas of Plateau state from 23rd - 24th June, 2018, which resulted to the death of 233 persons with many others injured and several properties destroyed while thousands of villagers were displaced. 
Below is the list of districts, communities and people killed in the attack

(Intersociety, Nigeria: 7th July 2018)-The central Government of Nigeria headed by Mr. Muhammadu Buhari-a retired major general; has continued to make inflammatory, diversionary, deceitful, threatening and other injurious statements over the orgy of ethno-religious and state killings in Nigeria. These are followed by complicit government policies and conducts, which see the killings escalating and worsening in the country day in day out.

Despite several expert recommendations and pieces of advice given or offered to the central Government of Nigeria arising from research findings of various local and international research and investigative groups on how to end the ongoing killings by Government and non state actor Jihadist armed groups in Middle Belt and old Eastern Nigeria and fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice; the Buhari Administration has not only failed woefully to heed or act on such independent expert recommendations, but also clannishly chosen to remain inescapable complicit in same.

The Chairman of the US Congressional House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Chris Smith, has requested that President Buhari should publicly speak out in condemnation of mass killings of Middle Belt Christian farmers in their ancestral homelands by the MACBAN-sponsored Fulani herdsmen militia. The powerful US congressman made his wish known while welcoming the release of the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report by Secretary Pompeo’s announcement of a Ministerial Committee to Advance Religious Freedom scheduled for July 25-26, 2018. The committee on religious freedom, which shall be constituted in late July 2018, shall focus on collating reports of mass extrajudicial killings throughout Nigeria since the outset of the Muhammadu Buhari's presidency.

Since the proclamation of the 8th Assembly, I have noticed a consistent effort to emasculate the National Assembly, particularly the Senate. This matter has assumed an alarming intensity in the recent weeks and I am getting really worried for our democracy. 

 First effort, was the challenge to the power of the Senate to confirm certain executive appointments. Both the constitution and other extant laws gave powers to the Senate to approve, confirm or ratify specific appointments from ministerial through Commissions, Security service leadership, Boards and Agency leadership. But we have seen some effort to deny this power of the Senate. The classical and subsisting case is the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of EFCC after the Senate rejected his nomination twice due to adverse reports from a sister Security agency-DSS. Three years down the line, the President has ignored the Senate and has kept Magu on the job, effectively rendering the Senate irrelevant and impotent.

Since I arrived here the day before yesterday, the attacks have continued daily.

Three people returning from the same funeral I attended for the murdered priests were brutally butchered by the Killer Herdsman on Tuesday.

In the governor’s speech I included in my last update, 492 people had been killed by the Herdsmen. By evening of the same day, the death toll had risen to 495 from the latest attack.