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Once again the Southern Kaduna Peoples' Union (SOKAPU) has had to painfully send out condolences to the murdered people of Goska village in Jema'a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Ironically, on a day that our people ought to be joyously celebrating the Christmas festivities, was the day they were reduced to burying their loved ones, treating the wounded in hospitals and coping with a fresh batch of internally displaced people of Goska village whose houses were burnt down. 

Baroness Cox: there's 'a disconnect at every level' between southern and northern Nigerian churches

Christians in the south of Nigeria are failing to help their persecuted compatriots in the north, according to a veteran humanitarian campaigner.

British peer, Baroness Caroline Cox, who has made numerous aid missions to the country, including a recent trip, told World Watch Monitor: “My personal view is that many of those churches are immensely wealthy and I would hope they could do more to help those who are suffering in the north, particularly the internally displaced people who are left.”

PREAMBLE

We, the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, welcome you to the Cathedral of St Peter Clavers. We are here to present to the world, the pains, agony and sorrows that have befallen us in this part of the State, the Southern Senatorial Zone of Kaduna State. Unfortunately, this crisis of tremendous proportion is happening at the time when, our Chief Shepherd, Most Rev Joseph Bagobiri is far away, outside the shores of this country attending to his health.

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State chapter, has opened up on the Court case between Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN) Church, on the controversial executive bill before Kaduna State House of Assembly, saying, its position is neither hidden nor changed.

Speaking to our correspondent in an interview, the State Secretary of CAN, Sunday Ibrahim, said the position of the Association is very clear and unhidden about the executive bill seeking to regulate religious activities in the state.

Beloved in Christ, a few weeks back as I prayed about the trouble facing Nigerian Christians I received this message:

1) The battle against Islamic onslaught must be fought holistically and CAN, representing a United Church in Nigeria, must carry the central burden while other Churches and Christians should follow the pattern.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday said it was deeply saddened by the news of the release of the five people suspected of killing a 74-year old Christian woman in Kano, Mrs Bridget Agbaheme, who was murdered sometimes in June, 2016.

“This is a highly provocative and an insulting act on our collective sensitivities as a democratic nation if the newspapers’ reports are correct,” Evang. Barr. Kwamkur Samuel, CAN Director Legal and Public Affairs, noted in a statement issued Monday.

SHARIA BILL

12 states in the Northern part of Nigeria have been practising one form or the other of Sharia law since 2012. These states are Zamfara, Kano, Sokoto, Katsina, Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, Niger and Gombe.

However, the Nigeria 1999 constitution restricted the role of Sharia to only civil matters involving consenting Muslims.
In a very suspicious and clandestine manner, the whole country woke up one day to learn that a bill enforcing and expanding the role of Sharia had been introduced in the House of Representatives.

 RE-SUIT NO. FHC/ASB/11/CS/2016 –

DR NWANKWO TONY NWAEZEIGWE

VS.

PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND FOUR OTHERS:

Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN and Solomon Asemota SAN Lead the Plaintiff as Case is Transferred to Abuja

We were informed in Court today 19th of October, 2016 by the presiding learned Judge of the Federal High Court 1, Asaba in Suit No. FHC/ASB/11/CS/2016––Dr Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe vs. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Four Others, that he could no longer be in charge of the matter. His decision as we were informed was that all the defendants in the case are resident outside Asaba. Consequently, the matter was transferred to Abuja for Hearing at a date to be announced later by the yet to be assigned learned Judge.

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The title of my presentation is derived from the speech at a Colonial Service Dinner in 1913 by Lord Harcourt the then Secretary of State of the Colonies, (after whom Port Harcourt was named).  He summarized in a humorous metaphor, the dependence of Northern Nigeria on the British Treasury for sustenance, when he said:

“we have released Northern Nigeria from the leading strings of the Treasury. The promising and well-conducted youth is now on an allowance “on his own” and is about to effect an alliance with a Southern Lady of means. I have issued the special license and Sir Frederick Lugard will perform the ceremony.  May the union be fruitful and the couple constant!  The Nigerias are not designed to be a great “Trust” but a great “Federation”.[1]

I shall attempt, within the short time and space available, to examine whether after 102 years of this “marriage”, Nigeria has been “fruitful”, “constant” and, above all, a great “Trust” or a great “federation” I will leave you to decide whether the marriage has failed in any or all the aspirations enunciated by Lord Harcourt.