[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - On April 26th, in the first days after the abduction of 234 girls from Chibok, we sent a formal letter to the president of Nigeria, requesting executive authorization for us civilians to bear arms and engage the Boko Haram terrorists [Letter: http://ends.ng/?p=864]. It is now three months and the Jonathan government has avoided responding to our request while failing to control the Boko Haram menace.
We are ready to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency. Hundreds of hunters have in suit, been waiting for the approval of the government to go into Sambisa forest on a rescue and exterminate mission. We are in constant communication with these hunters and with the Civilian-JTF, a force of over 30,000 brave Nigerians who are ready and on stand-by, awaiting the approval from the presidency to take the fight back to Boko Haram and avenge their abducted brothers and sisters and killed and maimed parents, children, friends and relatives. Thousands of Nigerians from across the nation, including ex-military men have also since indicated their readiness to join this mission to sack the forests of Borno of all remnants of the terrorist aberration, while rescuing the thousands of girls and boys abducted over the past 5 years.
As the Nigerian military copes with compromise, sabotage and inevitable, related, desertions of its soldiers, Nigeria desperately needs the civilian patriotic response to terror. We are willing and able to go ahead and at no cost to tax payers – with our contributions and promises from international groups and gun lobbies, we will finance our mission and arm ourselves to capacity to decimate Boko Haram within just three months by God’s mighty grace.
We have carefully drawn out an operating plan to cordon, and strangulate the terrorists, taking advantage of affordable modern devices and tools of warfare. We will combine heart with intelligence and the justified desire for revenge of the victims – we the people of the entire nation. Towards this end, we will implore on the military to temporarily evacuate areas of conflict because we cannot any longer afford to have more military weapons, tanks and APC’s be delivered through military carelessness to the terrorists. We will wipe them out while ensuring they lack the ability to regroup and re-arm as provided by the current failed military strategy.
Civilian patriots are proving their value in Iraq’s similar crisis right now. We ask all well meaning Nigerians and global observers to press the Jonathan administration to immediately approve of our request for the right to obtain and bear arms and engage Boko Haram to finally bring a complete end to the insurgency destroying life and farming in the north of Nigeria.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah, ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ); Chairman, Every Nigerian Do Something (ENDS)-Website http://ENDS.ng reports.
*Photo Caption - Members of Northern hunters and Civilian-JTF
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - Are Ndigbo chosen? When I wrote the essay entitled Igbos Are Nigeria’s Chosen People in 2012, it created not a small consternation. Some Igbos smiled, while Yorubas, alarmed, rushed to downgrade the argument, as Yorubas always do and always will. The purpose of that essay was to make Nigerians in general and Yorubas in particular even more appreciative and willing to accept the prospect that perhaps there could never be a Nigeria without Ndigbo. Ndigbo chose to do the jobs Nigeria had left undone owing to inadequate wits and lethargy. Who could deny the contributions of Ndigbo and who can dispute the fact that Nigeria would have been as undeveloped and barren as Borno State had Igbos not answered the divine call? There was a time in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and up till the 90’s in villages scattered around Nigeria when and where Igbo men, including my late Dad, jumped into pits to mix mud, sand, and water using bare feet as pestles. They molded sun-baked bricks with which they built churches and schools. Where would Nigeria be today without these illustrious Ndigbo pioneers? To fail to appreciate the sacrifices of these pioneers is to show ingratitude of the most daring proportion. Though Nigeria and Nigerians would prefer we keep quiet and tell Igbos to “stop complaining,” we shall continue to cry from housetops and on decrepit platforms: “Ndigbo were, are, and shall be the backbone of Nigeria.”
Are Ndigbo dispensable? Would Nigeria be anything other than a nonentity if Ndiigbo decide to leave enmasse? Nonentity is an empty set consisting of nary a member. It is defined as something that does not exist or exists only in the imagination, such as a person or thing of no consequence, little importance, or minimal significance. The Igbos of Nigeria are a beleaguered people living within a beleaguered nation. A nation is beleaguered if its citizens feel stressed, under pressure, harassed, fraught, care worn , struggling, besieged, or under attack. These are experiences Ndigbo are too well familiar with during the muslim-orchestrated pogroms and Awolowo-sponsored war of genocide. The Igbos are an enviable commodity, an indispensable product that Nigeria cannot do without. Indispensability is the quality of something that you can’t possibly do without. For example, air is indispensable in that you’ll be dead if you happen to be without it for a moment. Like the air, Ndiigbo is critical, vital, essential, necessary, requisite, obligatory, central, or very crucial to the health of Nigeria.
Are Ndigbo desirable? It is reasonable to expect Nigerians to weigh the importance of Ndigbo impartially sans jealousy to determine the significant contributions Ndiigbo have made to the development of their country. It also is reasonable to expect Nigeria to be careful of its actions toward Ndigbo to ensure the nation desists from treating its Igbo citizenry with disdain and in ways that are surreptitious, secretive, stealthy, or sly. We believe that Nigeria can survive without oil. Will the country continue being Nigeria when Igbos become extinct or simply decide to leave? Nigeria was one fine country when there was no oil and coal was the mainstay of development. Nigerians cannot equate Igbos with crude oil as Governor Fashola probably thinks. Fashola of Lagos State brags that Lagos is the only state that can survive if crude oil supply- the mainstay of Nigeria economy-is shut down. The governor said:
“A life without tax is a lie. If they shut down on oil, this is the only state that can survive. Everything that we have done in the past six years was funded by our taxes, Since I became governor, I have not made any tax law, only implementing the existinglaws ontaxation.” Read more: http://www.punchng.com/news/only-lagos-can-survive-without-oil-fashola/
Can Ndigho break Nigeria? This is not to burst Governor Fashola’s bubble or to belittle his achievements, nor is it an attempt to riddle Lagos State with proverbial bullets. But who pays the taxes with which Fashola governs Lagos? It is very reasonable to assume that the bulk of Governor Fashola’s tax burden falls heavily on the shoulders of Ndiigbo millionaires, merchants, and importers who are responsible for a significant portion of Lagos State’s do-this-and-that. Igbos pay heavy fees and penalties for use of Tin Can seaports. Forbid the flow of Ndigbo talents to Lagos State and see Governor Fashola’s tax base dwindle and perhaps grind to a screeching halt when his NdIgbo tax payers decide to wash their hands off like spurned lovers. Take Igbos out of Lagos and watch Fashola’s structure fall like a pack of cards and eventually disintegrate as sandy mansions at the approach of a wave dashing on the shore. Let’s say arguendo (for the sake of argument) that Fashola can successfully take the Igbos out of Lagos as boko harans are attempting to run Ndigbo out of Northern Nigeria. Can Fashola, boko harans or any jealous group take Lagos and Northern Nigeria out of Ndigbo? I ask this question with a tongue in cheek.
Can Lagos be Lagos without Ndigbo? Why are Fashola and the Yorubas incensed when someone described Lagos as “no-man’s land”? What was Lagos before the advent of adventuresome Ndigbo? If Governor Fashola’s Lagos could do without Ndigbo and crude oil from Igbo-occupied Nigeria’s oil wells, what will be the size of Nigeria’s GNP disbursed to Lagos State if no oil is sold to Lagosians? Can Fashola raise enough taxes to feed the children of Lagos for a single day? You can see how silly Governor Fashola’s boast sounds when you treat a piece of Nigeria as your father’s bona-fide property. “I have not made any tax law,” Big Man Fashola brags, indicating he is the executive and legislative bodies all rolled up in one. Such are the antics of megalomaniacs who enjoy wielding naked power over other people and always want more of it.
Are Ndigbo a landmark? Ndiigbo is a Nigerian landmark. A thing is a landmark if it is a marker, familiar sight, point of attraction, signpost, pointer, or milestone. Igbos have been all these and more. Ask Governor Fashola and he’ll tell you his experiences moving the landmark surreptitiously, clandestinely, stealthily, underhandedly in the middle of the night. Who would be the conscience of a nation long steeped in all that spells doomsday? A doomsday is time in the future when some people believe that the world will end. Who would give their bodies as easy targets for Muslim snipers? The Igbos of Nigeria have been targets for Governor Fashola’s mid-night deportation schemes and boko haram incendiary. In ancient Israel, an animal characterized as sacrificial lamb was let go off (nay,chased out of) the camp as an object that bore the sins of the nation and on whom the blame for the people’s real and imagined transgression/corruption was laid. Who have served Nigeria as its “sin offering?” The Igbos, of course. The British and Americans have already predicted that Nigerian would cease to exist by 2015. The disintegration of Nigeria, we say, will be a reality if the Igbos are chased out by envious neighbors. Nigeria would continue to thrive so long as Ndigbo are given unfettered opportunities to do what they are good at, and, that is, keep the engine of development running.
In his essay Nigeria Doom For Without Ndi Igbo, Elder Statesman and First Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi posits that Nigeria without Ndiigbo would be doomed. He narrates:
“In any town in Nigeria, take away the indigenous natives, the next highest population are the Igbos. There is no town in Nigeria you don’t find the Igbos. In every hamlet in Nigeria, they are there. It is said that if you go to any place in Nigeria and you don’t find an Igbo man, go away because that place is not habitable.
They are always there, as wine tappers, vulcanisers, traders and all that but the political leaders of this era have not learnt to galvanize and mobilize them. Ndi Igbo, if they decide to bring this country to a halt for 24 hours, they can do that. If we say, let every Igbo man close his shop, let every Igbo transporter take his vehicles off the road, let every Igbo teacher withdraw from the classroom, this country will come to a halt”. Read more: http://www.nigerianelitesforum.com/ng/my-nigeria/34836-nigeria-doom-for-without-ndi-igbo-amaechi.html#ixzz2hBmup6B7
The logical conclusion is that Nigeria without Ndigbo would as uninhabitable as Mars is at the present time.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria )
[ Masterweb Reports: Ana Bright reports ] - 1. Insurgency: The level of insurgency perpetrated by BOKO HARAM has risen without abate since he took over the mantle of leadership, Hundreds of Policemen have died which could have been avoided due to lack of logistics and other necessaries.
2. Failure of intelligence: Despite the amounts sank into the intelligence unit nothing positive has so far come out of it instead, Policemen are killed on daily basis.
3. Promotion of retired officers: officers who are retired are promoted over and above serving officer who have been on the rank for upward and years. This is against the Cicil Service rules. Example... CP Chris Olakpe was promoted to AIG two weeks after retirement.
4. Promotion based on primordial reasons: Very junior officers are promoted over and above thrie teniors who have been on a rank for upward and years.
example... ACP Frank Mba has enjoyed two promotions between 2012 and 2014.
officers and man who have died in the line of duty have never being promoted post humously.
... ACP Dan Okoro who is a converted civilian staff was promoted for being a chief security officer to the IGP over and above his tenures.
... DCP Muritala Mani and DCP Fatai Owosemi where promoted over and above their teniors who were on course in 2010 to enable them attain seniority in the staff list. the two also enjoyed choice postings.
5. Promotion of favored: Officers in acting capacity to enable them attain and occupy juicy postings viz.
Example... Acting DCP Bala chiroma DC ops abuja.
... Acting DCP Bello Ahmed second in command Bayelsa.
... Acting compol Hosea Karma compol Mopol.
... CP Mohammed Katsina then compol Kogi.
... CSp Lawal Isa Mani commander Mopol 48 Ahoada.
6. Promotion of officers: Without proceeding on promotion courses enshrined in the Police reform recommendations.
Example... DSP Ibrahim Lamorde EFCC.
... DCP Muritala Mani.
... CP Titus Aderanti.
7. Fraudulent Extension of officers: to promote corruption practices.
Example... DIG Philemon Leha.
... CP Dejo Oyeiowo of the works Department.
8. Brazen and open corruption practices: The successes achieved in the ekiti elections were done by foot soldiers and not by the wisdom of a single individual (IGP) as wrongly claimed.
Monies released for the exercise meant for allowances to the tune of #300milion were diverted.
Officers who suppressive the zone and ekiti state were edged out of the scheme of things to cover up.
Examples... AIG Bala Nasarawa came in to replace AIG Chris Dega
... CP Ikechukwu Aduta.
9. Impunity: the day to day running of the force is a one man show affair and the management teams are only figure heads as they cannot take any decisions.
Common transfers and posting of officers and the rank and file cannot be affected by any of the management team.
Whenever the IGP is out of town, Police business stop until his returned.
THE IGP IS A BOSS AND NOT A LEADER.
10. Conspicuous Consumption: The IGP owns palatial property and farms all over the country in Kano, Lagos Abuja and Ilorin. We have details He is planning to float an airline to be managed by his pilot trained son.
11. The Police service Commission is a bought: the police service commission is a rubber stamp since they do whatever bidding of the IGP, because they have been settled.
12. Name Dropping: the name is openly using names to achieve his selfish ends, he was the names of the first lady name Patience Jonathan, the PDP National chairman alh. Adamu Mazu and the business mogul Aliko Dangote to in intimidate and cow potential offices’ who may be tipped for the corrected position.
13. Police force in Politics: the roles played by the force in the political debacles in Rivers, Edo and the sunnsi saga are still fresh in the minds of Nigerians. The Police played to the gallery by being pertain there by evading the little confidence remaining. 2015 will be disastrous if the man is allowed to continue.
14. Utilization of officers to achieve political gains: CP Mbu Mbu and his likes are deliberately posted to achieve purposes other than policing.
15. Implications: The implication of above are not far from fettled as they
a, Breeds corruption.
b, Breeds discontent
c, Breeds indiscipline
d, Engenders low-morale
e, Breeds complacency and lack of interest of offices and man in the force.
we implore on the President, the senate President, Speaker of the House of Representative, all Governors and all men of goodwill to resist the lobby for extension by the IGP MD Abubakar whose educational qualifications are suspicious.
There are competent, professional and God fearing officers of leadership and remove the Nigerian Police force out of the doldrums.
Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Long live the Nigeria Police Force.
Ana Bright ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Policemen
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - A new type of Jihad which uses penis as instrument of conversion and coercion has been introduced into the Islamic world by Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, especially in the manner they are serially raping the over 250 christian girls earlier abducted in April and another set of over 250 abducted from towns and villages near Chibok. Jihad is a war fought by Muslims to defend or spread their beliefs . It is a war fought to bring more converts to Islam. Extremist Muslims attack western interests as a form of Jihad. However, a new Jihad which uses penis, sex, rape and abduction of teenage girls as weapons of warfare has been introduced into human history by Nigerian extremist group, Boko Haram.
The first hint of what these christian school girls are passing through was when a little boy of 15 years discovered two of the abducted girls tied to a tree, raped and abandoned to die in the forest about a week after their abduction. The crime of those girls was that they refused to convert to Islam and terrorists raped them either unto conversion or unto death. According to Baba Goni "I heard the girls crying and telling the others that they had been raped, then just left there. They had been with the other girls in Chibok, all: taken from the school in the middle of the night by armed men in military uniform" Baba Goni also said that the villagers told him that" four were dead, shot by their captors for being stubborn and uncooperative."
Few days later a few girls escaped from the camp of the religious rapists and narrated that they are being raped up to 15 times in a day. According to Oladimeji Thomas, a christian Councillor working with other groups to help the traumatized victims, " one of the girls I inter viewed told me that she was raped 15 times by 15 men in a day.'' Going further Oladimeji said that "..it is obvious the girl needs to be managed she looked confused. She found it hard to talk to me but after much prodding, she confessed to me that she was raped 15 times a day by 15 men throughout the time she was with the Islamic insurgents before she could escape from their den."
Weeks later, another escapee christian girl who was earlier abducted some months before the Chibok abduction narrated her experience in the hands of the terrorist. According to this lady by name Rosemary( surname withheld to avoid victimization) who was captured months earlier around Maiduguri , but fortunately was able to escape Boko Haram, somewhere near Bama. She spoke to newsmen lying on a hospital bed. Rosemary narrated that over seven men slept with her every day for over two months.
The victim also confirmed that she was held captive with more than 30 other women and young girls. Rosemary that all the females were forcefully used by the insurgents as sex toys. The virgins ones and the very young girls were usually given to the leaders. The older women, or the married ones, were left for ordinary fighters.
Many of the abducted women and girls would never return. Rosemary confirmed that Boko Haram kills women for non-compliance to the sexual demands, punishes them regularly. Female hostages at terrorists’ camps die from torture as well.
Senator Ahmed Khalifa Zanna, representing Born Central in Nigeria's legislative chamber revealed that some of the girls are being gang-raped and shot and the video is being circulated in Borno. According to Senator Zanna's testimony, "actually the information I’m getting, some of them are very disturbing. Although I don’t want to mention but they are just raping the girls on camera and even showing them on video, releasing it to the public.”
Zanna explained further that “Somebody told me that they were shown being raped, and in turn, it is the girl who was raped that came out kneeling down and begging the man to be patient. Do you know the reason why? They said when they rape them they shoot them. Therefore the girl after being raped, she curled down to the man, kneeling down and begging him to please be patient. So disturbing”.
A Boko Haram commander who came to Borno to buy lorry loads of foodstuff for the insurgents by name Mallam Hassan Ali was apprehended in May and the sexual Jihadist. confessed to the Civilian JTF ( a volunteer group of locals against Boko Haram activities) that two of the abducted school girls were already married off to him, despite his advanced age. Later reports that the girls are being married off reached the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN). Senators Zanna and Ali Ndume from Borno State later confirmed that they are being married off .
Mallam Abubakar Shekau had said in his televised video that he will sell off the girls as slaves because in his own words Allah told him to do so. According to Shekau'' "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,". Going further the murderer said that "God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions,". This came weeks after those girls, most of them virgins, have been sexually molested to heights beyond hellish comprehension ostensibly on the orders of Allah.
Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo had alluded in a controversial interview that the many of the abducted girls will never return alive (probably those being shot or raped to dead for failing to convert to Islam, and those who converted earlier and after heights of inhuman sexual molestations, decided to recant their conversion). He also talked of those already pregnant with children. All these atrocities against little christian school girls is being done in the name of Allah.
Nigeria has produced Muslims who in my estimate are noble personalities, including former head of state Muhammadu Buhari who descended on corrupt politicians in his of brief stint as military head of State. Another Muslim by name Nuhu Ribadu gave Nigeria a good reputation as head of Nigeria's anti-graft body. The monumental development of Lagos State came under the leadership of a Muslim by name Fashola. I also have many Muslim friends who are good examples of humanity and humility. However, lots of people claiming to be Muslims have always dragged the name of the religion to the mud by quick resort to violence and murder at the least provocation.
When one European cartooned prophet Muhammed, some Muslims descended on Christians in Kano State and parts of the north at the end of the violence , about 2000 Christian worshipers were slaughtered in protest over an event occurred in Europe. When United States invade Iraq in response to the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein, Christians in the same Kano State were slaughtered to the tune of over 3000 in one day of violent protest against an action in faraway Iraq. This quick resort to violence was left unattended to until it graduated to Boko Haram and its attendant threat to the nation's unity.
Nigerians should rise up and wage this war against this new Jihad that uses penis, manhood, rape and sexual orgies as instrument of conversion, before it turns into another monster. The international community should render assistance necessary to the Nigerian government because this Jihad of the penis, if left unfettered, will be exported all over the world, with attendant consequences and our young girls and women will be seriously endangered. Jonathan’s government should arm the Borno residents and local hunters who have recorder successes in the fight against the insurgents so that they can take this fight to the insurgents. They should also cooperate with millions of conservative Muslims of Nigeria who are against the activities of this group,and ensure that this Jihad of rape, sex, penis and wickedness is stamped out before iis exported all over the world.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Abducted Chibok School Girls in a video released by Boko Haram.
[ Masterweb Reports: Hon. Chuks Ibegbu reports ] - The Abia Youth Empowerment Programme is a model that should be emulated by other states in Nigeria. In this news analysis, Hon. Chuks Ibegbu, a commentator on national and international issues considers the impact of this scheme.
The greatest challenge facing Nigeria today is Youth Unemployment and Underemployment. It is the factor responsible for the high rate of crime in the country. Any step taken therefore to reduce this hydra-headed situation should be applauded. The Youth empowerment programme of the Abia Youth Empowerment Foundation has run for some years now and has tremendously added a lot of value to the lives of thousands of Abia and Igbo Youths.
The initiator of this programme , Engr Chinedu Orji has proved that with a pragmatic mindset anchored on empathy for his fellow citizens a workable empowerment model can be put in place. Hitherto Igbo and Abia Youths were left in the dark with little or no plans for them. But the Ochendo administration , the Ikuku empowerment strategy and Her Excellency lady Odochi Orji women and Youth empowerment schemes have all aggregated to add value to the lives of Abians.
The good thing about these schemes is that there is a cyclic effect in them. Those who are empowered empower others in turn and by the time you know it thousands of Abians and Igbos in Abia state benefit directly or indirectly.
For the beneficiaries of these empowerment programmes there is no need emphasizing that they must utilize the opportunity to turn the fortunes of their lives for the better . They must inculcate the habit of saving and investment no matter how small. In no distant time they will build up the necessary capital to launch into medium and even big businesses.
As more Abia and Igbo Youths benefit from these programmes, we wish the initiator of the Abia Youth Empowerment programme, Engr Chinedu Orji better days ahead and more of such elevating schemes in the nearest future.
Hon. Chuks Ibegbu ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 08035410176 ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Hon. Chuks Ibegbu
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - Why did I tell my friends that I hoped and prayed Nigeria soon got knocked out of the World cup? Why did I jump when France scored its first goal against Nigeria and dance when they scored the second? The answer is not that I am not patriotic; on the contrary, I love Nigerian life as much or more than any. It’s simple – Nigeria did not and does not deserve to be at the World cup and does not deserve any sort of ‘victory’ from it.
Where are our girls? Our daughters have been in the jungle, raped and killed by ‘Shekau’ for three long months and our adults are running around a pitch, tapping a leather ball and hoping to dance victory dances? Do we think of all the girls with ‘Shekau’ who are fans of the national team and would have loved to be watching the matches at home as we are? Do we imagine how life is for them… now they have practically acclimatized and accepted their destiny as the ‘prostitutes’ of randy terrorists? Do we imagine what their families – also soccer fans – are going through as we relax and enjoy the world cup games? If we did, where is the evidence?
If it was any other nation, our players would have requested a minute extra for prayers for all the victims of Boko Haram – the Nigerian terrorist group that operates with arms and ammunition from the nations armory and abducted our girls and has continued to kill and bomb freely for four years with under the full impunity of our state security services. But no, our players simply went to play without any respect or compassion publicly showed for the victims of state tolerated and sponsored terror. No, our players did not wear perhaps, red-colored wrist bands in solidarity with the victims of Boko Haram. No, our players did not carry #BringBackOurGirls placards in Brazil, and of course, no, they did not do the ultimate – refuse to play, damning and staking all to stand for justice.
What use would a victory have been for us? Who is ‘us?’ What nation do we have that deserves a victory? Are we a people? What global opportunities do we expect to gain from a football victory? What globe? Is it the same global players who came to Nigeria to allegedly help us rescue our girls, but rather switched to installing their agenda in Nigeria immediately they arrived, forgetting the mission for which they were given a limited invitation? Is it for accolades and credits from the same world that has sponsored the destruction of Libya, Syria, Iraq, Bosnia and what have you… that we want to please by proving we can play football?
If these innocent girls were kidnapped in any other nation on earth, an armed search party of thousands of civilian volunteers would have set out three months ago to comb the jungles of and around Sambisa for these girls and the hundreds of other girls and boys abducted before and after April 14, 2014; but not Nigeria: we all sat down, at best, carried placards or sent out tweets with a certain hashtag, and then we bought popcorn and coca cola and sat back to watch Nigeria ‘win.’
I rejoiced in our loss. We deserved it for more reasons than one. We are a nation at loss. We are a lost nation.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Super Eagles logo.
[ Masterweb Reports: Mazi Okwu Okwu reports ] - Injustice to the saints is an affront to humanity and Great Chi that must be repudiated by all living souls irrespective of the lines of social divides and culture. Consequently, I hereby expresses great discomfort and discontentment with the Federal Government of Nigeria and her security outfits that fear and beg the Islamist Boko Haram terrorists and likes’ for dialogue and at the same time fighting and killing the non-violent agitators of Self determination like the Biafran Zionist Movement (BZM), Indigenous People of Biafra (under Radio Biafra), Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and others asking for the re-establishment of the Republic of Biafra.
The continuous killings, harassments and arrests of the Biafran Self-determination activists as seen with the recent arrests of the non-terrorist BZM leader Barr Ben Onwuka and his followers while leading peaceful protest, currently been detained and tried for treason against Nigeria in Enugu State have again raised mountainous questions on the bases of the Nigerian state and remain condemnable as well as ignoble.
One wondered when Man’s inalienable rights, the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights, UN Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right and world-wide acclaimed “right to self-determination” which Nigeria is all signatory to, has suddenly become TREASON. One sees this Nigeria’s latest anti-Ben Onwuka/BZM and other Biafra agitators disgusting war as fostering of her ongoing post-Biafra war economic trenches and determined efforts to undermine Igbo nation and her interests and a continuation of the evil acts making Igbo citizenry the scapegoats of the Nigerian politics that may eventually spring Igbo Clan Spirit fruition.
Here be it noted, we have been having many a terrible cases of ethnic militias’ uprisings, Islamists Boko Harams terrorists’ attacks, destruction of lives and properties; and arrests of the top terrorist-suspects and sponsors in Nigeria; yet ignobly regrettable that none has been seriously prosecuted for treasonable felony. Yet Nigeria and her Gestapo Police has suddenly waked up calling for the head of the BZM leader Ben Onwuka and his harmless disciples?
Whereas the leaders of the armed/ violent ethnic militias are having fields’ day and along with the Boko Haram terrorists have not merited such a dehumanizing clamp-down, it is holistically a gross case of continuation of the irrational bias and the perennial injustices against Ndi Igbo in Nigeria for Nigeria and her security agents to arrest and order Ben Onwuka and Cos for treason trial. A good spirited person must condemn this, the same way he ought to condemn in strong terms the serial killings of Ndi Igbo and destruction of their properties across the country especially in the Northern Nigeria. No wonder, the rise of Boko Haram terrorists and other Islamists bloodletting groups that have endangered the humanity of all is result of the blood of the saints crying to high heaven and been demanded by Mother Earth breaking the silence and inactions of the gullible mass and culpable leaders and governments.
The blood letting hunters are now hunting selves down saying that they are killing ‘animals’ not sparing even the British that unduly gave them imperium that Bretons and their look-alike White men are like the Igbo now endangered species. I mean British and her fellow Whiteanity entente cordiale colonial masters that stole our land and sold our spirituality to the straightjacket Christianity branding us their “God given Children” but while lowering their imperial flags give power to the holders of swords they also told us are God forsaken people and enemy of God of Israel that they brought to save us? I think it now makes sense theoretically that “WESTERN EDUCATION IS A SIN (BOKO HARAM)!
How I wish the Boko Haram will drop arsenals of mass destructions and come up with intellectual militancy espousing the cause of theoretical Boko Haram that we may see how the colonial masters failed us with conquest histories and scholarship seeing us having educated corrupt elites milking the commonwealth dry?
But here be it asked: where were Nigeria government and her “self-contented nationalists” ripping off the commonwealth when the harbingers of Islamism got 12 states of the North opted out of Nigeria’s Constitutionalism and democratic alternatives and declared Sharia rule that has messed up the (military imposed) Nigerian Constitution and equality in Nigerian nationality, which gives the Islamist Boko Haram and co. the starting point to push for the forceful Islamization of Nigeria? What then still drives Nigerian State that does not want Biafra be when she derailed on Great Zik’s path to Nigerian nationalism, reneged on all agreed bases of NO VICTOR, NO VANGUISHED leading to non implementation of the Biafra – Nigeria War Treaty especially the 3-Rs Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction? Must agreement breached by one party be binding on another? Who or which law says so? I want to know.
Inequality in Nigerian Nationality has seen Ndi Igbo and Christians up North and Middle Belt killed like sheep without shepherds and no serious personality has been ordered for treason by the Federal Government of Nigeria and her Security outfits despite the open source intelligence and security discoveries pointing to “political big fishes”? Why and why always pummeling on Ben Onwukas, Ralph Uwazuruikes, Nnamdi Kanus and Biafra agitators, alone? Is this how to guarantee equality in Nigerian nationality, I mean by enslaving Biafrans and others to the self-beseemed born to rule North killing people like fowls? Is it wise to go after the Islamist terrorists that have rejected equality in Nigerian nationality destroying humanity of all and at the same time going after those still professing constitutionalism and democratic alternatives (I MEAN BIAFRANS) like terrorist, at a go?
It must be said that terrorists’ acts and crimes in Nigeria as led by Islamist Boko Haram and likes have reached an embarrassing peak that the Federal Government and Security networks have to leave the nonviolent Ben Onwuka, his disciples and other Biafra/self-determination agitators alone and battle the Islamist terrorists monsters to the root and stop this erratic anti-terrorism fights. Massive arrests of the Boko Haram terrorists and disclosures about their high profile backers and arms keepers have been made. We, therefore wondered what else is needed to eradicate Boko Haram and Cos rebellions? It is not conspicuous that the same Nigerian state that killed harmless Comrade Ken Saro Wiwa and co. for simply being members of [an environmental rights] organization that allegedly went violent now seem to be shielding terrorists and their financiers already exposed? Can this be happening if Nigeria meant business with her anti-terrorism war?
Federal Government of Nigeria must be told out-rightly that by recommending nonviolent agitators of the Republic of Biafra for treason trials, as seen with Ben Onwuka, Uwazuruike and Cos that have never slapped anyone in the course of Biafra agitation, she is trying to re-open Igbo’s unhealed Biafra wounds and inversely asking for another warring disaster. This may definitely lead to many un-bargained crop-ups that would be difficult to contain this time around.
The FGN must be told that her alleged friendly anti-terrorism fight disposition to the Boko Haram led Islamist terrorists and their partners in crime, to the extent of making amnesty cum empowerment offers, while heroes of non terrorists Self-determination like Barr Ben Onwuka and Cos are to be detained and charged for treason is highly ridiculous, unimaginative, unlawful, witch-hunting and senseless. Is it not in the best interest of Nigeria to study the undying passions for Biafra despite the Biafra war holocausts, also look inward and find out why all the ethnic nationalities that fought Igbo led Biafra are today asking for self-determination with armies of ethnic militias, here and there; than chasing and hounding Umu Owuwa Anyaanwu (Children of Land of the Rising Sun)? What a cadaverous efulefu nationalism/dance!
FGN has always through her unwarranted treason dragnets on Biafran agitators as seen presently hanging on Ben Onwuka and his non terrorists BZM sending a wrong message that peaceful approaches to struggle are no longer honoured but violence, abductions and terrorism as have been the case in recent time Nigeria. One strongly condemned such a system as being anti-social and anti-human and feared that it may not only lead to the death of Nigeria (assuming she is alive) but dealt a big blow to worldly peace. This portends that there are neither path to honour nor equality in Nigerian nationality, anymore! Some enjoy culture of impunity destroying properties and killing the humanity of all while those still believing in civil and democratic alternatives are either hounded into prisons or got killed through extra-judicial killings as seen with BZM Members, IPOB (under Radio Biafra London), MASSOBIANS, BILIE Human Rights Initiatives and other pro-Biafra agitators. This cannot be the One Nigeria of the Great Zik but a Nigeria making descent into culture of impunity and disnigerianization! But who cares?
Be it said that terrorists have never been seen nor described as “freedom fighters” the way leading Northern leaders like the Gen Mohammadu Buhari, rtd, and Mallam Nasir El Rufai equating them with the Niger Delta Ex-militants are doing while they commit crimes against humanity. Definitely, while the Igbo youths understood the requisite of the amnesty granted to the Niger Deltas’ environmental rights and resource controls agitators, they are waiting in the wing to see amnesty and or empowerment for the Islamist Boko Haram terrorists and Cos. They are ready to embrace rebellion if it becomes what it takes to be heard, conciliated and empowered. One stalwartly call for massive job creations and opportunities for the army of youths roaming the streets as a proper way of building human resources than to wait doing so only for those who fire guns and throw bombs against the state and humanity!
One strongly warned that any person, group, tribes or sects that want Ndi Igbo to remain perennial sacrificial lambs in this 21st century will sooner or later live to regret because the Igbo are now wiser and enriched in both human and natural resources that can only be undermined to anyone’s or group’s colossal damage. One is warning that no one can guarantee the state of peace in Nigeria especially amongst the army of the unemployed Igbo youths if Ben Onwuka and other Biafran agitators are not released or tried/convicted for treason for just asking for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra Rights as guaranteed by United Nations 2007 declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous People, among it is right to statehood.
One also, warned that those advising the FGN to go after the Pro-Biafra agitators that are mostly sympathetic to the embattled Presidency of Jonathan Azikiwe Ebele Goodluck do not wish Mr. President well. The first Azikiwe is the beauty of all that is good enough for Africa; this second Azikiwe shall not fail. We all owed him good wills to triumph in the midst of unspeakable sabotages. Helping steering the troubled and distressed Ship of Nigerian state to safe coast: If we are parting ways; it is better done in peace.
One suspects, some people are up for sinister moves while tactically drawing unnecessary frictions and battle-line between President Goodluck and his Igbo kinsmen! Assuming without conceding that Mr. President had his impress on the current clamp-down on young leopards, be it warned that no one has won a battle against his kinsmen. One dare asks: Where are the wise men and women of the political Niger Delta? Be it reminded to whom it may concerned troubling the young leopards that the Igbo live to posit: “Onye akpakwana agu aka n’odu; ma o di ndu, ma o nwuru anwu [Let no one dare touch a leopard’s tail; whether it lives or not alive”. This Ilu is enough for the wise!
Come what may, feelers from Igbo nation (especially her young leopards) confirm unanimous ideological belief in people’s right to self-determination and firmness of principle. That they stood in solidarity with the neo-Biafra agitators as seen led by this great freedom fighter and social justice crusader Ben Onwuka; and therefore demands that the order to try him and his disciples for treason be dropped by the Federal Government with immediate effect. Try or convict Ben Onwuka and Cos and dare Igbo nation and her young leopards! Federal government of Nigeria leave Ben Onwuka and his Biafra Zionist Movement and other Biafra agitators alone since they meant no harm to human lives and property; hunting, suffering and killing them for no just reason may force the YOUNG LEOPARDS OUT – living, thinking and doing otherwise.
Finally, one in the face of the anti-social clogs on Igbo’s wheel of progress and noticeable inequality in Nigerian nationality; hereby reiterates Ohanaeze Youth Council’s call for a referendum to determine the Igbo’s political future within or outside Nigeria as enunciated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007, through a plebiscite organized by the Igbo/United Nations. And as well, warn that no one or group has monopoly of violence! It pays to live peaceful! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! No death is cheap, whether that of a terrorist or counter-terrorist. Death is death. ! Our soldiers, police and security men shall not be made helpless victims by the Nigerian state and citizenry they elated to defend and or die for! They deserve better live and improved resources to train their own children and contribute their own quota to the economy than ever serving sacrificial lambs.
Northern Nigeria is already restive and cumbersome, opening another war front in the jungle of the Young Leopards with undying passions for Biafra may not be a good option to the humanity of all. The best option than doing the later is to peacefully declare this Nigerian marriage of the strange bedfellows over than to have us eventually fighting irretrievably and be at the mercy of the arms runners, seekers of raw materials and resources creeping- working to keep industries of the East and West up and doing; while Africa go down with theaters of war and absurd’s, biological weapons, diseases and poverty, debts burdens and imperial fissures.
Wait a minute! I can hear my ancestors ululating, saying “Let the real madmen that claps for the demented go on with their follies”. And I asked why, and Afa (Ifa) submits: “Let those transferring terrorism and counter-terrorism wars to Africa continue digging their mass grave while discrediting governments, military, police and other security men for the mess they dubiously created and sustain to make cheap monies and opportunities. It will surely favour Africans at the long run: Only that she will suffer heavy necessary loss”. How do you mean, oh Afa that sees and tell where the palm-fruits ripe in the bosoms of the spirits? “Agwu child, don’t you know that if Nigerians that are being denied VISA for using brainpower that rattles and unsettles the cabals and cabal-agents eventual assumes the status of war ravaged people, it would be open doors (political asylums unlimited) that will eventually see Africa(ns) rising?” Yes, of course!
Oh, Afa you still have something to say! “Yes, my Agwu child. Cry no more. Know you for sure that the super-racists’ economies/world will if they provoke clash of Whiteanity and Arabianity civilisation wars in Nigeria live paying dearly for all their political and economic terrorism onto Africa/humanity: Since, Nigerians are WONDERFUL GEMS in brainpower, economic maneuvering games, counter-smarting-intelligence, human diplomacy, etc. Mostly, Africans (especially youths) will likely claim to be Nigerians taking to political asylums and everywhereness of the Nigerians that presently unsettles the super racially inclined economies and globalists with ill motives.
“Once the plausible Whiteanity and Arabianity final clash of civilization war begins, let all young Africans (including soldiers, police and other security outfits) jet out to any choice greener part of the world as Nigerian Asylums Seekers, and when the Internationalists (Peace?) Keeping Forces that will come guiding the Black Gold of the Bight of Biafra /Gulf of Guinea are done wasting their resources, expending their outdated weapons and testing their newest arms discoveries, Umu Afrika shall then, like the Jews, come home to rebuild the Africa’s Motherland with improved human resources, gathered intelligences and ingenuities of espionages carried out in the diasporas’ – and dismantle Berlinism and her social and time spaced prisons for Fresh Gardening African Universe”.
Afa I have heard you again asking what I make of your aku oyibe nsugbe. Well, I will, like a little child that tells his peers: “I will not tell you that my Mama bought akara (beans ball) eeeeh”; not tell the killers of Africa and humanity what you (Afa) just revealed that the Ilulogy contention that “thatched roofs’ thorns will always pierce-blind those that live in their own house and come to live in our own house” will come true. Afa, you have bared it all that what they call terrorism and counter-terrorism wars are clashes of Whiteanity and Arabianity civilizations that long held humanity hostage. Now, they have brought the terrorism and counter-terrorism wars home to Africa telling humanity to file in. Be not deceive, to continue letting imperial fissured system seeing you dismembering kinship-self that have been Africa’s beauty long before the emergence of Whiteanity and Arabianity illusive and devilish wars.
How I wish the African: (i) Will open his eyes to the deceptions of religious politics and conquest histories and scholarship, (ii) Leave behind the imposing internationalized “Whiteanity personality” and “Arabianity personality” of the racial supremacists killing Africa and humanity while respectively fighting and claiming to be “Talking God’s/Allah’s Mouthpiece/chosen race”; (iii) Give the Supremacists back their Bible and Gun, Koran and Sword to have his stolen land and mind back. May Chi (Vitality force) be the strength of the awakened Africans and humanocrats beyond borders that will think this line of action – uniting humanity across all gulfs of separations for the enthronement of humanocracy!
What else, asks Afa? Yes, I have seen that we are killing ourselves for the advancement of the invading imperial cultures’ cabals and cabal-agents interests while thinking that we have political and economic advantages to make out of them. I have seen that I have no enemy anywhere – whether political, economic or colour wise if I can see and accept the humanity of my fellow human. And allow Allah/God to fight for His enemies if He is actually almighty.
Of course, almighty this and that up in the sky cannot need my mortal hands to be great and win battles if He is actually ‘almighty’ and has/have enemies. This is the core teachings of Humanocracy – that man has to be human enough to interact with self and the ecospheres making useful gains for his lifespan and age-long kinship-self and stop the needless culture of powering the assumed Immortal with mortal hands of his. Kpum!
Mazi Okwu Okwu, is Secretary, Board of Trustees/Project Expansion Emissary, Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC and former, National Coordinator, Concerned Youths of Nigeria. He writes from No. 31 Ezike Nwamiriaku Avenue, Umungwu – Umuohama, Ukpor, Anambra state. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 234-(0)803-555-9193.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo reports ] - When we say something is excellent, it means that it is good in itself and there is no evil complaint about it. It also means that it is so good that it is not to be improved upon. This is the definition of the excellent Christian. An excellent Christian is a Christian that is without blemish. There are different categories of Christians. There are those who have been saved but not sanctified. These ones easily get annoyed. They cannot be described as excellent Christians. Some Christians are saved and sanctified. These ones do not get annoyed. It is good to be saved and be totally sanctified.
However, without the power of the Holy Spirit, even if you are saved and sanctified, you may still have limitations especially in fighting spiritual battles. Evil forces may overpower you if there were to be any encounter. However, God will not allow you to die.
To become an excellent Christian, you must first and foremost be Holy Spirit filled.
As an individual, when you get to this stage, you better off than somebody who, though, saved and sanctified, has not got the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is indispensable in the Life of any Christian. Without the Holy Spirit, it is not possible to have any of the different gifts that the Holy Spirit gives. Among these gifts are:
. The gift of wisdom and understanding.
. The gift of faith.
. The gift of healing.
. The gift of working miracles.
. The gift of prophecy.
When you have these gifts, you are on your way to becoming an excellent Christian.
Secondly, for one to be an excellent Christian, three things must manifest in one’s life. First, all things have to be done according to how God Himself would do them. You must aspire to please God in all that you do. Before doing anything, no matter how trivial, first ask how you think God would do it. Knowing fully well that God can only do things perfectly, you will see to it that it is perfectly done. This will definitely please God.
The Bible tells us that everything that God created is good ( Genesis 1: 31). Nothing created by God needs further amendment. Everything is so perfect that no one can improve on them anymore.
Second, an excellent Christian will aspire to get to where God wants him to reach. He will never stop or rest until God’s purpose for his or her life is accomplished. Many
Christians backslide because they had at a time thought that their positions were the highest spiritual height they could attain and as a result, they became contented and stopped striving higher.
Third, an excellent Christian will be perfect as the Lord Almighty is perfect. Matthew 5:48 says:
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect..
We must be perfect as our God is perfect. He is perfect in all ways- in love, knowledge, wisdom, understanding and might. Whatever He says will come to pass.
This is to say that we would be partners with God such that whatever we say becomes a decree. God made the promise in His word when He said whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven (Matthew 18:18).
Furthermore, praise is an important aspect of the life of an excellent Christian. 1 Kings 3:3-4 say:
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
This passage says Solomon loved the Lord. I love the Lord too. May the Lord give me the grace to love Him more. Solomon showed his love of God by offering sacrifices unto Him. Any Christian that wants to be an excellent Christian would continually offer sacrifices unto God. What type of sacrifices? Is it money or food? The Lord does not spend money and neither does He eat food. When people contribute money to build a church, who sits in the church? Is it God? The people sit inside the church. Yet, God will still bless them for building the church.
The offering that goes directly to God is the sacrifice of praise. Hebrews 13:15 says:
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Excellent Christians are conspicuously noted for praising God always.
Jesus delights in the praises of His people. All are privileged to praise Him. As for me, I will praise my God.
Start praising God and discover how near He is to you. God normally visits those who praise Him. 1 Kings 3: 5 says:
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
After Solomon had offered sacrifices unto God, He appeared to him in his dream. God asked him to ask for whatever he desired.
How many of us have been visited by God in our dreams? God wants to visit you. Many of us have not learnt how to usher in the Almighty God with praises. You can attempt to stop asking God for anything and just keep on praising Him for at least one month and you would be amazed at the result. He will not only pay you a visit. I am sure He is going to ask you to request for anything you need .God does not only visit. He blesses as well. Solomon had been fellowshipping with God right from the day one before God got to him at night. Imagine a thousand burnt offerings.
Similarly, you would spend a considerable length of time in saying, ‘ Thank you’, a thousand times. By so doing, you are offering unto God praise offering which is acceptable to Him.
Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo - ( Author and Writer), ( Email: email@example.com Tel: +34632325146 ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo reports ] - Since the Fall, Adam and all generations after him have become susceptible to evil imaginations and actions. Through the ages, mankind has elicited the evil traits in many different ways. Modern man lives in a world that invents “ evil things”. Man himself has a sin-generating mind. He has the capacity to generate or create sin, sinful past times or entertainment. Sin, in itself, is inexhaustible. It is brewed in the depth of human heart. Man’s craving for evil and vices are insatiable. He ever craves for novelty in sin. Today, traditional sins are either weak in attraction or predictable in their nature. Thus, the contemporary man-youth, adults, boys, girls, rich, poor, educated, illiterates, invalids and deformed, restricted and free- has some newly devised set of evil and vicious values he engages in.
Since the flood, the heart of man has always been evil. God saw the whole imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart, and concluded that it was evil continually- every year, every day, every hour, every moment. He never deviated into good. Such is the authentic account of the whole race of mankind. Such were all men before God brought the flood upon the earth. And strange enough, the Scriptures do not give us a reason to think otherwise of man today. The mind of the modern man is a sin- generative machine.
Increase in technology meant increase in evil. The advent of the television, video, computer and the internet and their potential of conveying thoughts in picture, colour, language or motion is accompanied by increased engagement in entertainments and pleasure. But, and that regrettably, we go full cycle from being pleasure- hungry to pleasure- mania to pleasure-boredom. The television, for instance, impresses some vices in the mind of youth and adult and make light of violence, hooliganism, murder and assault.
Drug addiction, a practice found among teenagers and students in institutions of higher learning is a vice that ranks very high in contemporary times. Some freely say that scriptures did not say anything about use of drugs. Yes. But it did warn us against defiling or, in modern usage, destroying the temple of the Holy Ghost which we have in us. “ What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” ( 1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20).
The use of hard drugs is a contemporary vice and its toll on the life of its users is pretty heavy. Hard drugs inflame the mind, sedate the heart and makes the soul to feel high. Its end is more dangerous and deadly than the beginning. It leaves its victim a wretch on one hand and a danger to others, on the other hand .Closely allied with drug addiction is involvement in cults among students in secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. Cults, these days, pretend to be a social club but when its activities are closely examined, it is revealed as the breeding ground of all contemporary vices- wild life, thuggery, drug addiction and, at times, immorality. In recent times, dangerous weapons like live ammunition, machetes, spears and arrows are found amongst the members of cults in schools. This is a modern trend and it comes with every conceivable danger to life and property.
Common amongst students who are desperate to excel without corresponding input of labour and diligence is examination malpractice. In contemporary times, this has reached some level that frightens constituted examination bodies, school authorities, students who have fear of the Lord and, of course, Christian parents. This practice looks like a contemporary vice that has come to stay in most societies. But its permanence or rationalisation does not make it right .It remains essentially evil and vicious.
Contemporary youths and even the generality of middle-aged folks are unduly exposed to the practice of pornography. The evil sight that stirs up the base nature of man through pornography has a demonic hold on youths. Some Christian youths cannot stand or continue in the faith because of pornography. The sad thing is that youths and adults ( men and women) generally accept to sit loosely yielding to the gratifications of those appetites wherein they stand on a level with the beasts that perish. Sensual pleasure is basically sinful. It is strange to see that rich, elite and seemingly refined ones, the creams of the country are held by the fiendish power of pornography. Teachers as well as their students, employers as well as their employees, leaders as well as the led, the advanced, civilised, industrial countries as well as the developing, primordial societies are all given to pornography and all kinds of immorality. Closely allied to pornography are the unclean practices of lesbian and homosexually immoral propensity to one’s own sex. These are rampant practices amongst students in boarding schools and higher institutions. Strange enough, some highly placed folks are insured in this practice. Some of them are found in religious circles.
From the days of old, music has always been a spiritual and edifying medium. The Scripture exhorts us to admonish “ one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” ( Colossians 3:16b).
David’s songs and playing on the harp had great spiritual and soothing impact on Saul. Elisha called for a minstrel under whose ministration he received inspiration ( 2 Kings 3:15). Indeed, hymn-singing is a great inspiration to those who preach, just as good singing and music precede most of all preaching today.
But in contemporary times, music has been perverted from its original spiritual, inspirational and edifying context. Wild music which in the past was once exclusive has been brought to the churches. Most churches have lost the solemnity, inspiration, freshness, and refreshing that comes with Christian music in Bible days.
THE WAY OUT ( Romans 10:9; 1 John 1:9, 10; Jeremiah 18:8; Luke 13:3; Hosea 6:1; 2 Chronicles 7:14).
Victims of contemporary vices need a release. The vices are yokes and like every yoke, they must be broken.
I f we are to be free from the vices, essentially, we must avoid them like one would do a plague. Whoever has slipped into them should go back to the Lord in repentance and call on the Lord for restoration. Because involvement in these vices is tantamount to loss of eternal life, there is the need to fight manfully. The Bible says, “ The kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” ( Matthew 11:12).
Repentance is to be followed by a return to the Lord ( lsaiah 55:7). To return implies one has felt some brokenness and contrition, and unto such the Lord is very much keen to save and deliver. “ The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” ( Psalm 34:18).
After repentance, returning and restoration, it becomes very necessary to practise the abiding presence of the Lord. Imagine the Lord is ever by you and do only those things that He would approve of. Like David, remember that wherever you are, God is there with you.
Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo - ( Author and Writer), ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +34632325146 ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - I published an article in Global Research, Center for Research on Globalization, on September 4th, 2013, captioned - 'Prison Break - Obama’s Syria Endgame: New Al Qaeda “Recruits” Dispatched to Syria' [http://www.globalresearch.ca/obamas-syria-endgame-new-al-qaeda-recruits-dispatched-to-syria/5348059]. It was and is an essential read toward understanding the present predicament in Iraq. In the article I visited several coincidental 'prison break' incidents happening rather openly around the Arab and Muslim world. Roughly 2000 of the worst Al-Qaeda terrorists in prisons from Libya, to Afghanistan and Iraq were broken out of jails in July of 2013, destination - Syria. The world powers tolerated these releases of extremely high risk Al-Qaeda operatives in desperation for their employment in the mission to crumble the Assad regime. In February of 2014, the New York Times confirmed my assertions. Their article was captioned, 'Escaped Inmates From Iraq Fuel Syrian Insurgency.' [http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/world/middleeast/escaped-inmates-from-iraq-fuel-syria-insurgency.html]. In it, New York Times editors, Tim Arango And Eric Schmitt confirmed the prior little talked about prison breaks which was formally nicknamed, “Operation Breaking the Walls," further describing the role of these freed terrorists in the insurgency against Syria.
Frankly, the world has been complicit in the free proliferation of terror. The permission and utilization of terrorists in waging proxy wars on perceived enemies is mainstay in today's hypocritical, 'UN' world with nations pretending a non-direct intervention, but promoting radical dissension and internal and imported terrorist action. Sponsored, trained and armed by crazy Arab Monarchs and Western kaisers, radical Takfiri's who failed to topple the Syrian regime, turned their sights on Baghdad. Today the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Takfiri's are in control of more than half of the territory between Iraq and Syria. Al-Qaeda was not in Iraq in 2003 when the US invaded to expel Saddam Hussein, today, thanks to our employing their services in Syria, they are on the verge of taking over Iraq and registering the second terrorist nation in the world. Yes, the fall of Iraq or the creation of an ISIS state within, will be the second terrorist owned nation as a result of careless and reckless adventures of Global powers under the approval of the United Nations. Libya was the first. The thoughtless employment of similar terrorists to topple the Gaddafi regime, known to be a regional stabilizer, has led to Libya being radical terrorist owned and a launch-pad for arms and terrorist training and recruitment across the Maghreb and to West Africa, primarily Nigeria. Mali fell victim to the spill-over of failed global intervention in Libya, Algeria continues to suffer and Boko Haram of Nigeria received a major boost.
Civilians bear the brunt of failed, careless and reckless global policy misadventures. We the people and civil right groups have to always clean-up the mess and die from it. It took the kidnapping of 234 girls and explosive global out cry for world players to finally treat Boko Haram as terrorists. It is understood that had situations turned out a bit differently, Boko Haram could have been encouraged as some sort of 'freedom fighters' and armed by these global super powers and Arab crazy monarchs on a campaign against Nigeria. This possible utility is what delayed their classification as terrorists. This type of foreign policy is what played out in Afghanistan in the 70's, is what played out in Libya, and is what was attempted in Syria and Iran.
The Middle East rests on a precarious balance right now. No simple end to this extreme escalation in conflict can be seen in any near future. Iraq and Syria can never return to the same nations with their previous borders. Terror and terror financing from these purposely created terror monsters promises far reaching painful and deadly consequences across the entire globe. There must be a God conscious new world order with entirely new responsible leadership and accountability, and retribution for nations, no matter how powerful, that intentionally sponsor and promote deadly mischief, fuel sectarian crises and put the entire world at risk by encouraging global terror. We the people are tired of being executed.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
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