[ Masterweb Reports: Eddie Onuzuruike reports ] - In the dark night of June 14, 2014, a surreptitious caravan-like movement loomed from the far North, undetected until it zoomed across Abia State.
A robust synergy in surveillance by security agencies in Abia realized that such a convoy may not mean well for the peace and tranquility that Abia has become synonymous with.
The swift intervention and interrogation that followed confirmed their fears. The findings of the interrogators were mind-blowing in that 486 men with few women numbering about eight moved in 35 unmarked buses in one direction. This led to many unanswered questions.
The 144th battalion at Asa, Ukwa East, of the Nigerian Army are in custody of the suspects and are presently grilling them to know if they actually have good reasons for their movement. Dr Khalid Abubakar, the general secretary of Ja’ Amatu Nasril Islam, spoke before he thought, ordering the immediate release of the people. He called it a crackdown on innocent Muslims.
Like a concerted effort, the Jigawa Assembly men threatened to take Governor Theodore Orji to court for detaining their brothers. If they knew the governor well, they would not have thought about the court as he has triumphed over 20 court cases in the past.
Another Salvo was fired by a Jigawa State representative at the National confab. In his words, the people detained, ‘were itinerant ‘traders’ criminalised on account of their religion and ethnic origin. Another group threatened to retaliate if nothing was done.
Such statements are highly inflammatory and suggest that these hasty defenders care less about the degree of insecurity these numbers of gangs would raise if allowed a free ride.
It is necessary to inform these reckless defenders that beside being inflammatory, that their statements make them accessory to crime by the mere fact that a most wanted Boko Haram operative was found among them. This has implicated the sojourners to a large extent if viewed from the police investigative angle.
Now the real questions: Why would 486 people undertake such a journey at night? Even if it is a Gold Rush, why such a large number in a single movement? What are their skills? Who arranged or created this labour market? Who paid for the buses when the ancient mariners scarcely had more than one thousand in their pockets? From experience of so many years, people from the North who offer services in the South-East and South-South are known to have distinctive trades as largely untrained cobblers with their boxes of scanty tools. Did these 486 have these credentials? Others are normally cattle rearers and butchers; were there evidence to identify them as such? Did these hasty defenders find out the personality and language of these massive travelers? How did they know that they were Muslims as claimed by Dr. Abubarkar and the Rep in Abuja confab? Too many questions, aren’t they?
With hindsight as a guide, most of these tradesmen come to the East in a special transport, joining trucks and trailers laden with goods where they pay little or nothing as fare, but the 486 were in cozy buses, some of them air-conditioned. Probably they were on a jihad or pilgrimage?
From reports garnered, two buses escaped. Why would they skedaddle if they were on a holy mission? More worrisome is that among these, a most wanted Boko Haram operative was found. Isn’t that enough damage to harbor a wanted man? It was claimed that they were headed to Port Harcourt and we ask, what is the population of Rivers State to require overnight the services of 486 people in one fell swoop.
This country belongs to all of us. People should be careful lest they import mayhem.
It has been a concerted effort in the whole of the country to release the Chibok girls. Abia State particularly abridged the May 29 democracy celebrations in solidarity with the moves to get our girls back. Prayers were ordered by Her Excellency, Chief Mrs. Mercy Odochi Orji for God’s intervention. A jingle: release the Chibok girls, is at present, running in our broadcast radio, the BCA, sponsored by Her Excellency. Nationally, huge efforts and collaborations have been on with other countries urging same. Our newspapers have not relented with such messages on the headlines of their newspapers.
The habit of inflicting injury and sacrificing our security by some groups with impunity should be condemned and punished.
Come to think of it, if these war mongers are truly caring for their brothers, would 486 drift in one batch to the South-South for jobs?
The statement of Chief Edwin Clark in one of the national dailies that some Northern governors are less concerned with the security situation should be taken seriously. It is typical of what the old man saw sitting down that cannot be seen by a young man atop a tree.
These same people have done little or nothing over the missing Chibok girls. The speed at which they reacted with threats in defense of the night riders portend evil and suggest that they may be part of the intent and mission of the movement.
I commend the Nigerian Army and associate agencies for their intense scrutiny.
The planned bombing of Winners Church in Owerri, is a big pointer that the insurgency is on the drift to the East.
The recent bombings in some cities are as if in war, with bowels of citizens spruced like tomatoes, bones laid bare and arms flung far off from dismembered trunks. Bloodletting scenes hitherto spared from our children’s view are now shown freely. Bomb making, reserved for military engineers are now informal lessons behind secondary schools and backyards.
Bellowing smoke, the aftermath of Boko Haram desolation has made Hiroshima and Nagasaki green with envy.
We survived a civil war. It may not be necessary stumbling twice on one stone.
Onuzuruike reports from Umuahia, Abia State.
*Photo Caption - Cross section of suspected Boko Haram Insurgents arrested between Aro-Ngwa and Imo Gate along Enugu/Port Harcourt Express way in Abia State by the Nigerian Army attached to the state, inset are the 33 buses conveying them. *CLICK FOR ENLARGED PHOTO.
[ Masterweb Reports: Victor Chinedu reports ] - It is heart breaking to see this evil group (Boko Haram) continuously mess with the church, the body of Christ, the anointed of God! It is more annoying when one remembers that Nigeria is a country blessed with major world class heavy weight spiritual champions who can just speak and this group will go into extinction! By a prophet God saved Israel and by a Prophet he preserved them. Where are the Prophets in Nigeria? We need our Prophets to arise and preserve this nation. We need our Prophets to speak the word of God over Nigeria.
If the Christian community is not divided by doctrine!!, if Christendom has love, Boko Haram cannot keep destroying lives especially the life of Christians. This heartless group of Monsters started by bombing churches while people were worshiping their God then moved on to other locations, now they are back to dealing with Christians as the released Chibok abducted girls� list shows that 900f the girls are Christians.
There is a reason why this happening mostly to the Christian community, it is time for the Lions to roar! I urge all the strong soldiers in the Lords Army to be alert and wear our weapons of war, a time has come to release carbon of spiritual monoxides against Boko Haram and Islam who has declared war against Christianity.
Mmmmmmmmm, therefore I speak from the office of a prophet!! in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I curse the satanic root of Boko Haram, I curse all their demonic members perpetrating the violence, I curse all their demonic installation of hell to manipulate Christianity! I curse all the demonic hands of Islam involved in wasting innocents bloods in Nigeria! I decree that by the BLOOD OF JESUS, YOU ARE JUDGED!!!!! ALL THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS MANIPULATING THE CHURCH OR THE MOVE GOD IN NIGERIA IS HERE BY CURSED!!
Father in the name of Jesus, I decree that these manipulations must stop! The Blood of Jesus is against every satanic installation of hell, I plead the BLOOD OF JESUS UPON EVERY CHRISTIAN FAMILY ALL OVER NIGERIA IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS,mmmmmmmmmmm this is the beginning, the war has started.
Victor Chinedu ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The attention of the Abia State Government has been drawn to the statements credited to some lawmakers in the Jigawa State House of Assembly, where the latter had vowed to drag the Abia State government to court over the arrest of its citizens among the 486 Boko Haram suspects arrested by the army while travelling in a convoy of 35 buses in the wee hours of last Sunday morning.
The state government also has noted with dismay the reckless and unguarded utterances coming from some northern individuals and groups pretending to be the voices of the people of the North. These unpatriotic elements for no just cause have deliberately employed all kinds of guerrilla tactics to tarnish the good image of the Abia State government simply because it exposed and alerted the nation including the international community on the arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members by a team of vigilant and gallant soldiers on routine patrol at Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate along Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway.
As a responsible government, we want to state categorically that Abia State government had at no time ordered the arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects travelling in a convoy of 35 buses. Instead, the suspected Boko Haram members were arrested by a team of vigilant soldiers on daily routine patrol at Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate along the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway, on the suspicion that occupants of the 35 buses were travelling at odd hours. The soldiers who effected the arrests merely carried out their constitutional and legitimate duties which are to protect lives and property of the citizens especially now that insurgency is on the increase in Nigeria.
The position of the Abia State government is that the security agencies should be allowed to thoroughly investigate this matter. Those meddling into this matter through their reckless and unguarded utterances aimed at weeping up sentiments for the detained suspects are the real problems of this country. There is no need at early stage to trivialize this matter along religious and ethnic lines. The arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects by the army should be seen as a serious corporate endeavour which all well-meaning Nigerians should allow the law to take its normal course. The Nigerian security agencies have the capacity to do a thorough job at the end of the day; they need our cooperation at this moment not distractions from self-acclaimed ethnic bigots who never mean well for the nation.
The threat by some lawmakers in the Jigawa State House of Assembly to drag Abia State government to court if some of its citizens among the 486 Boko Haram suspects are not released to say the least is laughable and diversionary. Their utterances showed that they are lawbreakers and not lawmakers. Instead of the lawmakers to praise the Abia State government for providing the security agencies the enabling environment to discharge their constitutional duties they are busy chasing shadows. We challenge the Jigawa lawmakers to come to Abia to understudy how the robust synergy and relationship existing between the executive and State House of Assembly have ensured the atmosphere of peace and tranquility being experienced in the state today. Abia State government has not breached any law so we are not afraid of any law suit coming from the Jigawa lawmakers or any other group. The Jigawa lawmakers should come to Abia to be coached on the business of lawmaking. The difference is clear to all.
We implore the Jigawa lawmakers, the Arewa Consultative Forum, some individuals and groups of northern extraction trivializing the arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects in Abia, to channel their energies on things that will promote the unity of Nigeria not on things that will destroy the corporate existence of the country. All should join hands with the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
Chief Press Secretary to Abia State Governor
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - We the Muslims Against Terror, totally condemn the attacks of the Sunni Islamic extremist Takfiri Group i.e the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), affiliates to Al-Qaeda terrorists Organizations that operate in both Iraq and Syria that have captured several Iraqi Cities and pushed the country into deadly and barbaric chaos.
This Extremists Group (ISIS) is a terrorists organization who are killing the innocent people in cities, attacking the Government of Iraq and whose goal is to establish a radical State that violates the principles of Islam and the noble prophet.
The militant groups (ISIS) vows to inflame ethnic tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims living in Iraq, a move that could push the country and its neighbors into a full -fledged civil war.
And their actions have been predicted. It is written:
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him) said; If he was here in the “End Time” when these people are doing these barbaric acts, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him) will be the first to kill them himself.
A people will come out at the “End of Time”, Immature, Foolish and Corrupt. They will hold the discourse of the best of creation and recite the Quran, but it will not past their throats. They will pass through religion, the way an arrow passes through its quarray. If you find them, kill them, for verily whoever kills them will have his reward for Allah in “The Day of Judgment”
Dear brothers, sisters and “People of the Book” (Christians and Jews) in Iraq.
We the Muslims against Terror stand as our duty of Muslims to establish the proof of Islam to the people so that truth can be made clear from falsehood. After that, whoever wishes to accept Islam may do so, and whoever wishes to continue upon unbelief may do so. No one should be threatened or harmed in any way, if he does not wish to accept Islam.
Islam gives members of other Faiths, the right to practice their Faiths. Islam does not compel people of other Faiths to convert. It has given them complete freedom to retain their own Faith and not be forced to embrace Islam. This freedom is documented in both the Quran and the Prophetic teachings known as Sunnah. God addresses the Prophet Muhammad in the Quran:
“If it had been your Lord’s will, they would all have believed – all of who are on Earth! Will you their compel humankind, against their will, to believe?” (Quran 10:99).
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) states it clear; there is freedom of worship, i.e you shall worship your religion. “Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth has been made clear from error. Whoever rejects false worship and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks and God hears and knows all things” (Quran 2:256)
God says what means:
“Anyone who kills a human being – it shall be as though he has killed all of mankind. If anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he has saved the lives of all mankind”. These provide proof that Islam forbids killing of the innocent. (Holy Quran 5:32).
It is written in Holy Quran 22:39-40:
Allah (s) declares in the Quran; permission (To Fight) has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory. 40 (They are) those who have been evicted from their homes without right – only because they say “Our Lord is Allah. And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, Churches, Synagogues and Mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is powerful and exalted in Might.
For those who call themselves SUnni and those who call themselves Shia, let them know that there is only One Ummah, and everyone else who divides himself and names his sects or groups has erred. “And hold fast to the Rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves” Quran 3:103
As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did. Quran 6:159
O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result. Quran 4:59 Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah ]. And he was not of the polytheists. Quran 3:67
And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” Quran 41:33
Say: “O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.” If then they turn back, say ye: “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s Will). Quran 3:64.
I on behalf of Muslims Against terror organization condemned the attacks and killing of innocent people in Iraq by Takfiri Islamic Extremist of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
We support the efforts of Nouri-Al Maliki, the Prime Minister of Iraqi towards restoring peace and reconciliation, and we urge Iraqi citizens, Youths, Christians, and Muslims to volunteer in their City to carry arms to wage “Jihad” (Struggle, Strive) to fight and defend themselves, their cities and country against this Islamic Extremists Militants (ISIL), The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
It is a National “Jihad” (struggle, strive) and that, it is the patriotic duty of its sons who are able to bear arms to defend their country, their people, their Holy cities by volunteering to join the Iraqi security forces to fight and defeat these Islamic Insurgents (ISIL) in Iraq. We urges and advice Iraqi politicians to put aside their difference and unite in support for the military to fight these Insurgents (ISIL), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an affiliates to Al-Qaeda terrorists organization in their country.
We also call upon the International Community, the UN, USA, etc and the help of the neighboring countries (The Multinational Joint Task Forces) for collaboration between the Government of Iraq led by Nouri Al-maliki to assist and fight this Islamic Insurgents (ISIL) affiliates to Al-Qaeda terrorists organization.
We advise the international community against reckless meddling - it was their reckless actions in Syria that trained armed these Takfiri elements who now threaten the peace of the entie Middle East and world.
We offer condolences to the families of all the innocent people killed by the terrorists, also the families of Iraqi Soldiers who died in defending their countries by the “Religious fanatics” of Al-Qaeda.
We stand with them in solidarity during these difficult times. We pray for Peace, Love, Freedom and Security to return to Iraq, Syria, Nigeria etc and the rest of all Muslim Ummah and the world, in the name of Allah (swt) our Lord we pray (Amin). May Allah (God) guide and protect them (Amen).
We invite you to join us:
From Nigeria to the World,
We Denounce Terror.
Sir Doctor Amadi (JNR), JP, MPA.
Muslims Against Terror; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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[ Masterweb Reports: Osita Ebiem reports ] - The recent reactions from certain quarters purportedly claiming to speak on behalf of Igbo/Biafran people in regard with the attempt to make a public announcement by the pro-Biafra freedom group known as Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF) at the studios of Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), to say the least is quite embarrassing. The Southeast governors’ forum that is reported to condemn the action of the Biafran activists could not have been speaking for the people.
The actions and utterances of the governors are no doubt borne out of fear and of course an insensitive and self-serving position.
There are perceived deliberate efforts by some people to mischievously distort the story of what happened on that 5th morning of June, 2014. Such dishonesty at this critical moment in the situation of things as they stand in Nigeria is uncalled for. It is for this reason that all people of good moral standing should come out to condemn the dastardly and dehumanizing manner that these Biafra freedom activists have been treated by the Nigerian police.
Ben Onwuka and the other 12 members of his group are being wrongfully imprisoned by the Nigerian police and should be released immediately because they have not committed any crime.
Under the international law the rights of Indigenous Peoples are protected under the circumstances that led to Onwuka and his fellow freedom fighters arrest by Nigerian police. And for the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to these laws, these men therefore have the right to declare their freedom any time from the encumbrances of the state of Nigeria anytime that they so wish.
When the news broke that Onwuka and some members of the Biafran Zionist Federation entered Enugu State Broadcasting Service to declare a free and independent Biafra, they were acting under the full protection of a set of civilized laws made by the international community.
It should also be made clear that Ben and his men were not acting alone or in isolation of the Igbo/Biafra people. The truth is that as things presently stand in Nigeria, every Igbo or Biafran alive today actually regards Nigeria’s government current control of the Biafran territory as an illegal occupation by a foreign power.
The people feel that they are under the weight of illegal and oppressive foreign power and are constantly hoping for the opportunity to finally free themselves from Nigeria and the threats of Nigeria’s Islamic terrorism. So to the people, Onwuka’s attempted announcement to free his people and their land from the stranglehold of Nigeria was a welcome move and did not come to them as a surprise.
The scuffle that followed when Ben and his fellow separatists entered the broadcasting studio and what led to the unnecessary murder of one of Ben’s men by Nigerian police further reinforces what the people already believe: That the Nigerian authority has always wished only death for them. Rather than shoot to kill at unarmed and defenseless civilians who were not violent at all and who were acting within their legal rights, shouldn’t the police had negotiated with them. From the shirtless pictures of (intended to humiliate) the Biafran separatists as released by the police, it is very clear that none of the men appeared to be irresponsible or very young as to assume that their action was merely that of youth or recklessness.
The truth at this time is that it is really too late for the government of Nigeria and its agents to continue to rely on using force and intimidation to suppress the various peoples in the country who are agitating for their freedom from the unworkable Nigerian union.
The right and most appropriate response at this time should be a negotiated and peaceful resolution of the issues that the separation activists are raising. The government and peoples should sit down and peacefully resolve to end a united Nigeria because it is not working and will not work for reasons well known to all the parties to the futile effort at trying to construct a country out of very disparate and irreconcilable culturally diverse peoples.
The wise thing to do is call for a referendum and let the peoples decide who they should associate with as fellow citizens of the same country. Let the Nigerian marriage partners walk away from each other alive rather than insist on a forced union and let the partners kill and destroy each other. There is never any wisdom in any such foolish obstinacy.
Osita Ebiem ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Igbo youth amongst many others demonstrating May 30, 2014 in remembrance of those that died in Biafra during the Biafran war.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety writes to acknowledge your letter to us under reference. Your letter is in response to copies of our two-part letter to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, dated 29thand 31st June 2014, which we copied to your respected office. The two-part letter is titled: “Boko Haram Terror & Other Unlawful Killings: A Demand For Presidential Invitation Of The Chief Prosecutor For International Criminal Court For Investigation & Prosecution Of Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes & Related Others-Parts 1 & 2”. The part three of the letter under reference, which may most likely be........ Read More.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release by Ms Media PR ] – Keturah Hamilton's statement: In today's world and society where bloggers, reporters will blog and report any tainted gossip to gain recognition or try to make oneself relevant. There is a difference between journalism and junk. Emma Agu is crossing the line once again, and is allegedly known for attacking others. Mr. Agu has launched an attack on Keturah Hamilton and Jim Iyke. Mr. Agu has fabricated stories on both parties, and has been terrorizing Miss Hamilton via email and text messages. This behavior is the behavior of a bully.
Hamilton has filed a report with the Mount Vernon police department for aggravated harassment and stalking. Keturah and Jim Iyke retained the legal services of Delroy Murray and Associates, where by Mr. Agu was served a warning to Cease and Desist any attack via social media and otherwise. Defamation of character is a serious offense.
This type of behavior from any individuals must cease to exist, as this can destroy another human being and ruin the individual’s reputation. There are more pressing matters that we are facing globally today to worry about destroying the lives of others. ''If health is lost, something is lost, if wealth is lost, nothing is lost, If reputation is lost, all is lost.”
About Keturah Hamilton:
Jamaica born model/actress and entrepreneur with a very big heart. She has graced the screen with her beauty in numerous TV shows in the USA like BET's Rip The Runway, films and music videos with artist such as Beenie Man, Akon, Mary J Blige,Lady Saw, Sean Paul, Frankie J and Baby Bash to name a few. Keturah has landed major advertisement campaigns including one with music heavy weight 50 Cent and Puffy Daddy. Currently her main focus is "The Keturah Hamilton Foundation" (KHF) through which she continues to give back to children in efforts to make education a part of their lives.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] – Dear Editor; Please I appreciate your good to our nation. I wish to appeal for this publication in your online magazine (Nigeriamasterweb). Am a regular reader.
I, Chaplain Nwonu Cornelius, the National President Ebonyi Eminent Youths Association, on behalf of our associationwish to condemn the abduction of Chibok School Girls by the Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. We congratulate President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his government in their peaceful approach in tackling the issue of Boko Haram insurgency and acceptance of foreign help in curbing this unfortunate tragedy in our nation.
Boko Haram terror is devilish and inhuman in a nation like ours that has done so much in settling peace in other nations of Africa and the world at large. The abduction by the terror Islamic group is child abuse and a big slap to the world. We therefore call with urgency for all security agencies, both private and public, and individuals to join hands in the war against Boko Haram as the President alone cannot handle it. All political differences should be put aside to enable us win this battle.
We urge all Nigerians, especially the youths to be careful and very observant of their surroundings. Ebonyi State youths have long engaged in the art of farming and that has empowered lots of them that are graduates today. We implore the federal government to please embark on the Youth Skill Empowerment programme by establishing Skill Acquisition Centres in all the local governments in the country and also grant loan to youths who want to be farmers. By so doing, kidnapping and killings will eventually stop in our nation.
Chap. Nwonu Cornelius
*Photo Caption – Abducted Chibok School Girls in a video released by Boko Haram.
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Fellow Pro-life American; To claim a right to 'decide' whether or not some individual, or class of individuals, should be protected equally under our laws, is to deny the unalienable, God-given nature of our rights, the basis for the American claim to liberty, the cornerstone for the rule of law, the very raison d'etre of human government, according to our founders:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."
A return to these principles, first and foremost by those who call themselves Christians, is the only hope for our country.
As the great Frederick Douglass said in 1852:
“I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.”
In 1858, in a speech delivered one week before the start of his famous debates with Steven A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln said:
"Now, my countrymen, if you have been taught doctrines conflicting with the great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence; if you have listened to suggestions which would take away from its grandeur and mutilate the fair symmetry of its proportions; if you have been inclined to believe that all men are not created equal in those inalienable rights enumerated by our chart of liberty, let me entreat you to come back. Return to the fountain whose waters spring close by the blood of the Revolution. Think nothing of me — take no thought for the political fate of any man whomsoever — but come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence. You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles. You may not only defeat me for the Senate, but you may take me and put me to death. While pretending no indifference to earthly honors, I do claim to be actuated in this contest by something higher than an anxiety for office. I charge you to drop every paltry and insignificant thought for any man's success. It is nothing; I am nothing; Judge Douglas is nothing. But do not destroy that immortal emblem of Humanity — the Declaration of American Independence." (Lewiston, Illinois, August 17, 1858)
This is my heartfelt message as well, to my fellow Iowans, and to all of America: Come back to the principles of the Declaration. Stop compromising them for any party or politician. Do it before it is too late.
For Iowa, for America, for our Posterity,
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