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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Boko Haram whose name in Hausa language means "western education is sinful" is modeled after Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The group wants to impose Sharia law across Nigeria through terror attacks in drawing attention to its demands. The 2012 New Year gift from Boko Haram to Christians and southerners in the north was a 3-day ultimatum for them to leave Northern Nigeria. They also called on Muslims living in Southern Nigeria to come back to the north because they had evidence they would be attacked. Boko Haram attacks have claimed over 2000 innocent lives since mid-2009. The group recently declared a ceasefire, but killings in the north continue unabated. Recently three North Korean doctors in north-eastern Nigeria were killed with one of them beheaded; this came only a week after nine nurses were murdered in Kano.

Chuks Ibegbu says:

1. There is nowhere in the world that negotiation with terrorists have occurred.

2. The Boko Haram is a terrorist organisation that has inflicted horrible pain on Nigerians. Imagine the number of innocent Nigerians and foreigners living in Nigeria that this faceless group have killed, maimed or wounded.

3. The group is not yet ready for peace as their terror continues.

4. The federal government should therefore continue to wage the war on any form of terror in Nigeria.

Chuks Ibegbu (08035410176), a social analyst reports from Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.

*Photo Caption - An assault rifle, one of the weapons used by Boko Haram.

[ Masterweb Reports ] – Although Frederick Lugard’s curse-prediction/definition of the characteristics of the several ethnic groups which Britain eventually compelled into the near-century shame called Nigeria has been the discourse of several analysts for years; it however became resounding as Nigeria culminates towards its inevitable doom. I personally believe that every word needed to address the foundation of Nigeria has been released, but seeing that those leaders who have personally passed judgment upon themselves have not really come to terms (maybe because they have truly come to accept Lugard’s prophecy of doom as their destiny) with the irrevocable gravity of their many offences, I have decided to relate to them once more as they bask in the illusory euphoria of mere games – football games. To make myself clear, I’d start with the first paragraph of the said Lord Frederick Lugard’s judgment of/on those he, in the pleasure of immorality with his mistress, named Nigeria: "In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person, LACKING IN SELF-CONTROL, DISCIPLINE, AND FORESIGHT. Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewelry. HIS THOUGHTS ARE CONCENTRATED ON THE EVENTS AND FEELINGS OF THE MOMENT, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals’ placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached. Through the ages THE AFRICAN APPEARS TO HAVE EVOLVED NO ORGANIZED RELIGIOUS CREED, and though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural." Deducing from Lugard’s description of our forefathers and their offspring above, what he, and by extension Briton, actually believe Nigerians to be are: Animals in human form, who waste whatever future there may be for the pleasure of today; who lack the ability to discern or plan for the future; who believe that the law is for self-endowment on those who can afford it just as the rich can afford diamonds, and a curse on those who cannot; who are the least of humans in all societies of the world; who never had any understanding of a true God (that, according to Lugard, should not be dreaded) except that they constantly live in fear. Well, at this point, I’ll have to give credit to this man who mastered what destiny the country he was about creating would have. Although his predictions were made public in 1926 in a book called Dual Mandate, his assessments happened before the amalgamation of 1914. Many have got it wrong in that they actually believed that this Lord of a Brit, through his descriptions, was referring to the peoples he met before the immoral amalgamation. No! He was, instead, predicting the outcome of Britain’s determination to bring peoples with quintessentially divergent destinies together as one country. He took his time to pen what he foresaw as the outcome of Her Majesty’s decision. Possibly too, he could have advised the British authority against the amalgamation before it was carried out, although many Nigeria would still have it that he gathered generations of warriors and ancestral think-thank together single-handedly into an impossible compulsion and gave it a name: Nigeria. There are no ethnic or racial groups in the entire world without their history of ‘the ignorant days;’ those bound under Nigeria had theirs too before the British invaded them. However, without Britain’s bloodied-interference in the lives of the people which today are called Nigerians, it’s possibility today would have seen Europeans struggling (and dying en route as well) to enter Africa as Africans have been doing and still do to date in flight to Europe – to their detriment. In other words, the prediction of Lugard could well have been realized in Europe in general and Britain in particular. Nevertheless, I am dealing with the present leadership in Nigeria and how it clearly manifests the true nature of Lugard’s vision. Good enough for those who love soccer games, Nigeria, on Sunday, February 10, 2013, won its first Africa Cup of Nations title since 1994. The country celebrated it in grand styles to the point that many even died in the euphoria of “winning.” The presidency celebrated this victory too. But the attitude of Nigeria’s senators and Reps as they eagerly awaited soccer victory, and especially, the president’s impulsive and barbaric reaction to this soccer victory, leaves much to be desired. If anything, it clearly reveals the soul of the Nigeria which Frederick Lugard amalgamated: A bunch of animal-like and child-like leaders who dance for toys but reject toy-making factories. According to the February 13, 2013 headline of Daily Post Nigeria (and indeed several other Nigerian newspapers), the incumbent president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, BSC, PHD, GCFR, BNER, GCON, perhaps in celebrating his utmost national achievement of having won a mere Africa recreational trophy, awarded/rewarded the players and officials of Super Eagles’ team with national honors, cash and plots of land in Abuja. To all who carry the soul of Lugard’s curse/prediction, this soccer-victory pleasure is all there is for these far-nearer-to-the-animal-world Nigerians to be happy for the day. As far as the presidency is concerned, it has given Nigerians all they wanted – all they ever needed. Here we see the culture of a thriftless, excitable, animal-like leadership in display. While they have destroyed and continue to destroy the houses of struggling and peaceful Nigerians all over Abuja/Nigeria without providing alternatives for them, they are throwing away plots of these very land, along with money, to those whose work bring nothing to Nigerians’ table, save the very soul of Lugard and his curse: thriftless and carefree wastages. What more could explain this show of bestial love? To Nigeria’s soul and leadership, a game victory equals spraying of unaccountable/unaccounted-for cash and plots of lands! To all who have bowed to the destructive spirit of Nigeria’s amalgamation, what the presidency did was simply customary and in line with our heredity. But to all who have sworn neither to walk in the destructive path which Britain and their son, Lugard, has set for Africans nor to let their children wallow in such destructive ignorance, the action of the presidency invites goose bumps and a shudder of rejection from/by all. Finally, it’s no longer a question of if Nigeria is ripe for dissolution or a question of willingness; it’s a question of choosing life, future and destiny between the curse with which the maker of Nigeria, Lugard, has purposed to curse all who bear this name and the destiny which we shall determine for our individual selves, our ethnic groups and our posterity in line with God’s will for creation. Even now, that prediction has born much unpleasant fruits. But for me and my house, neither the curse of Lugard nor its fruits thereof in Nigeria will ever be acceptable, no matter how it is constantly compelled. Ref: Jide Ajani (2013), “C E N T E N A R Y: The way Nigerians are, by Lugard,” Vanguard Nigeria, (Accessed on 14/02/2013) Phillip Eta (2013), “Presidential reception: Super Eagles receive cash, national honours, plots of land,” Daily Post Nigeria, (Accessed on 14/02/2013) *Photo Caption – Seal of The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the official symbol of the Nigerian President, first used in 1979 by President Shehu Shagari.

[ Masterweb Reports ] - I have had some undefined disapproval of Prof. Souludo in the past, both during his tenure as the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and in all the tumbles that followed after he left that position, hurriedly, to want to become a politician. I even mentioned him in one piece I wrote way back in 2006 which I titled “Who is our President?”. A reasonable portion of my perception of him was built on the precept that he agreed and remained to serve in President Obasanjo’s administration which at the time, from what you would realize from the linked article that I was devastated and frustrated that the administration at that time had squandered the unimaginable support that attended its emergence, which you could describe as wrongfully or a child of substance. But with the little expose in a blog (This Day) titled "What Obasanjo And Yar’Adua Told Me", I am at this point summarily.......Read More
*Photo Caption - Prof. Charles Souludo

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State and a founding member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has expressed shock at the purported merger of the party with other opposition parties in the country. Obi who spoke to Thisday on phone yesterday shortly before he departed to South-Africa on the federal Government delegation to cheer up the Super Eagles said he was not aware of the APGA they were talking about, assuring the reporter that it certainly was not the APGA he belonged to but could be the one that existed in some other people’s imagination. ‘As far as APGA faithful are concerned, there is no merger because, ab initio, APGA has not even discussed such a matter not to talk of consummating the process,’ Obi stated. The governor was speaking for the first time since the announcement of a merger said that he had refrained from making a spontaneous comment as a father and a leader intent on reaching out to the APGA family to know if any consensus was even reached without his knowledge. ‘I consulted widely on the matter. I called the party leadership and they said they heard it on the media. I called notable foundation members one after the other. When I got the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Bianca Ojukwu who is the wife of our late leader and hero, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and who from the onset was part of the entire process; she expressed outrage at the development. I called the only Board of Trustees member of APGA (BOT), Dr. Tim Menakaya, who said he was not aware. I called the Nigerian Ambassador to Burundi, Odi Nwosu, who was the closest person to Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu who also expressed shock. I called other notable foundation members of APGA and they expressed the same sentiments. I also decided to call our recent notable members, namely, Sen. Chris Anyanwu; Former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili; former Ambassador and Minister of Culture and Tourism, Frank Ogbuewu; some other National Assembly members, namely, Hons. Uche Ekwunife, Eddie Mbadiwe, Chris Azubogu, Emeke Nwogbo, Victor Ogene, Cyril Egwuatu. I also called Chief Reagan Ufumba, a former governorship candidate in Abia State; Chief Chuma Nzeribe, a former House of Representatives member as well as Senatorial candidate, among other members and they all said they were not aware of the development that led to the so called merger,’ Obi said. On what probably led to this, Obi said there was no way he could know as he was not a prophet. However he decried the situation where those that had not stayed up to three years in APGA and in some case, non-members are the ones bringing the Party into disrepute. Speaking further, Obi said it was unfortunate that those who were the foundation members and contributed in nurturing the Party through great personal sacrifices and have not in any way undermined its integrity and stability were the ones being hounded in the party. He recalled how he sustained the party for many years and was in court for three years fighting for his mandate and how he fought his impeachment and removal, pointing out that if not because of those victories there would not be a party called APGA today. Concluding, Obi expressed faith in APGA and said that the party would, like the phoenix, grow from its present problems. He called on all those in love with the ideals of freedom, equity and justice to join APGA, while urging those already in the party to cultivate the spirit of working with one another for the growth of the party. *Photo Caption – Governor Peter Obi

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, Peter Turkson of Ghana and Marc Ouellet of Canada were among cardinals tipped by bookmakers to replace Pope Benedict XVI (previously Joseph Ratzinger ) who is due to resign February 28. 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI said today that due to advanced age,  he lacked the strength to fulfill his duties and on February 28 would resign as pope.  This would make him the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement of his resignation sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new pope for the world's 1 billion Catholics.
Bookmakers gave the edge to Francis Arinze, followed by Marc Ouellet and Peter Turkson closely in the third place. A quarter of the cardinals that elect a new pope are Italian. The last non-Italian pope before Benedict XVI, who is German, and his Polish predecessor John Paul II was Adrian VI, who died in 1523. Arinze and Turkson are among 18 Africans in the Vatican’s College of Cardinals.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, was born November 1, 1932 in Eziowelle, Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria.

*Photo Caption - Cardinal Francis Arinze

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Shoprite, the leading retailer globally is set to open shop in many cities in Anambra State, starting from Onitsha, where the Governor of the State, Peter Obi on Friday, February 1st, laid the foundation for a big, ultra modern shopping mall which the State is constructing in partnership with African Capital Alliance under Private Public Partnership (PPP).

Laying the foundation, Governor Obi said that it was in line with his commitment to the transformation of Anambra State, which, according to him, included returning Onitsha to its past glory as the number one commercial city in Nigeria and hosting the biggest market in West Africa.

The Mall, located at the side of the Onitsha Hotel and Convention Centre, is situated on vast ground that boasts enough space for the level of commercial activities the mall will expectedly host. The Governor promised to provide facilities to boost activities in the area, including dualisation of Park Road, the entrance into the complex.

Obi said that the foundation for two of such malls would also be laid in Awka and Nnewi. He assured the people of the State that there was no need to panic or entertain fear, as his Government has already saved enough money for various projects his Government being executing or billed to be flagged-off. "It is my belief that a Governor should work for his people unceasingly. Many people wonder why I keep working and flagging off projects even when I am supposed to be winding up, but I believe a Governor should work for his people in season and out of season. I shall continue to work till I handover, especially to make things easier for my successor," Obi said.

Speaking at the event, the Attorney General of the State, Barr. Peter Afuba said that Governor Obi put in a lot towards the project, to be financed jointly by African Capital Alliance and Anambra State Government through Private Public Partnership (PPP). He explained that after construction that Shoprite would serve as anchor tenants.

In his remarks, a Senior Manager with African Capital Alliance, Mr Osita Okonkwo said the project would cost over 30 million dollars, with 15,000 sq. meter of shopping and retail spaces. He said the money was coming from international financial institution as foreign direct investment and that it was not possible to attract such money to Anambra State before Governor Obi and that its possibility now was because of stability and good governance Anambra is enjoying under Obi now. Okonkwor recalled how Obi visited Shelter Afrique in Kenya, when he was there and how he showed much passion for the growth and development of Anambra State.

*Photo Caption -  Gov. Peter Obi, with other stakeholders, while laying the foundation for Shoprite Shopping Mall at Onitsha Friday, February 1st.

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Boko Haram Republic of Kano, BH Republic of Borno, BH Republic of Yobe, BH Republic of Minna, BH Republic of Arewa and Sharia Republic of Nigeria are all possible names for the new extremist Islamic Republic.

Nigerians want peace and if a people are bent on forcefully visiting Sharia on the rest of Nigeria, they should be given a separate nation and let those of us that want to be governed by the secular laws of Nigeria be left alone.

The recent attacks on the Emir of Kano by those suspected to be Boko Haram extremists and the consensual nonchalance of the Kano citizenry to the incidence portrays a dangerous shift of mindset of the people. It is obvious that Boko Haram had not thrived in Katsina because the inhabitants refused the advances of the sect, but from the main Jibiya border post in Katsina to Kano,a distance of about two hours , lies a minority element among them providing a safe haven to the terrorists and dragging the name of the silent majority of Kano citizenry to the mud. It is obvious that if a Boko Haram republic will be carved out of the north, it will include territories from parts of Kano, Borno , Yobe, Bauchi, Kaduna and Niger States.

President Jonathan and his strategy team should look into carving territories out of these states to form a Boko Haram Republic provided that the inhabitants of the ceded territories show by reason of referendum that they prefer citizenship of a Boko Haram or Islamic Republic.

This referendum cannot cost the nation more than N50 Billion naira and another N500 billion could be given to the new republic as take-off grant for infrastructural development. A strict boundary, visa and travel policy should be adopted so that the Boko Haram nationals do not infiltrate into the rest of Nigeria. Curiously I’ve discovered by close interactions that majority of Muslim professionals would not mind belonging to an Islamic Republic but the type of Islamic Republic they would want is not the type administered by Mallam Shekau, the Supreme Commander of Boko Haram.

Instead of wasting billions and trillions of naira in chasing around Boko Haram extremists, putting undue pressure on the resources of the nation (estimated 7 trillion having been spent by all tiers) since the renewed onslaught, and more trillions will still be spent while abandoning other critical sectors of the economy- let a fraction of that sum be used to flag off campaign for a Boko Haram Republic and save us wasted funds.

If sincere northern elders are against the sect, they should use the occasion of the referendum to mobilize their people against the sect while those in support of the new republic can come out in the open to canvass their ideals instead of using the sect as political tools against the incumbent president.

This strategy will also deny emergency security contractors and their political accomplice further excuse to pillage the nation’s resources in the name of fight against terror. A report from Mallam El- Rufai has it that estimated N350 billion naira has been spent as security votes in one year and it is obvious to observers that of the said sum about N320 billion must have entered private pockets. Every Governor, Minister and Heads of Government Agencies are spending and embezzling trillions annually in the name of checkmating Boko Haram activities. Therefore, this Boko Haram republic is necessary to block this gross security waste pipe.

I still insist that a Boko Haram Republic or Islamic Republic headed by progressive northern intellectuals will likely institute a society that might surpass many African countries in development. If the Boko Haram regime decides to import hand cutting machines from China as antidote to corruption- they will not need any EFCC to chase any thief around with all the accompanying legal standoff- as all the looting of national treasury will stop in one month. They can elevate Fura, Zobo and Kunu drinks and their medicinal values will enhance national health while Guinness, Harp, Star and other alcoholic brewers will relocate their trade to Cameroun. The Boko Haram Republic will have no need to spend N5billion naira as Abuja Minister proposed in the 2013 budget for prostitutes because with some 50 lashes of Koboko (Horsewhip) prostitutes will relocate to their respective villages.

If this Boko Haram Republic model enthrones a simple, law abiding and just society, soon other African countries will emulate the model, but if the model fails, they everyone to his tents.

Late Libyan Strongman Ghaddafi once advocated the division of the nation along a Christian South and a Muslim North. This genuine attempt to solve Nigeria’s lingering religious crisis may be reframed in such a manner that Local Governments, Senatorial Zones and States that want to join the Boko Haram Republic may have their way while the rest of Nigeria continues together. This idea of Boko Haram republic is worth trying so that extremist Muslims can have their own nation while moderate Muslims and their Christian brothers can live their lives in peace.

Obinna Akukwe ( reports.

*Photo Caption -  Map of Nigeria

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Our attention has been drawn to a press conference by a group of ten (10) Governors, including Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State after meeting in Lagos endorsing a “merger of some opposition Parties in Nigeria”. While we are not against the establishment of a mega opposition party, we believe that the issue of merger of political parties is a very serious matter that needs adequate consultations before a Governor participates and makes public statement. We wish to state after due consultations with most party members, including the following:-

His Excellency, Governor Peter Obi, CON- Governor, Anambra State
Senator Chris Anyanwu- Senator representing Imo Central
Her Excellency, Bianca Ojukwu, Nigerian Ambassador to Spain
Hon. Eddie Mbadiwe- APGA Leader, House of Reps (Imo State)
Hon. Chris Azubogu - House of Reps member, Anambra State
Hon. Emeke Nwogbo - House of Reps Member, Anambra State
Hon. Victor Ogene- House of Reps Member, Anambra State
Chief Chris Uche - APGA Deputy National Chairman, South- East
His Execellency, Odi Nwosu, Nigerian Ambassador to Burundi
Ambassador Frank Nchita Ogbuewu- 2011 APGA Governorship Candidate, Ebonyi State and Former Minister of Culture and Tourism
Chief Reagam Ufomba - 2011 APGA Governorship Candidate, Abia State
Barr. Obiora Obiegue- 2011 APGA Governorship Candidate, Enugu State
Prof. Dora Akunyili - 2011 APGA Senatorial Candidate, Anambra Central, Former Minister of Information and Communications,
Hon. Chuma Nzeribe - Former House of Reps member, APGA Senatorial Candidate, Anambra South,

that we were never invited, consulted or informed about any political parties merger.

We wish to make it clear that WE HAVE NOTHING AGAINST THE FORMATION OF ANY MEGA OPPOSITION PARTY, but we categorically state that All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has never participated in any merger talk with any political party and is therefore not in the merger. We were never consulted by anybody before such statement of our involvement was issued.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Party was held in July, 2012 and various stakeholders’ meetings have equally been held in the last one year. In all these meetings, the issue of merger with other political parties was never discussed. For one of our Governors to participate in a meeting where the merger of opposition parties was endorsed is ridiculous and unfortunate.

The merger of political parties, where the parties are expected to lose their identities, cannot be an ad hoc arrangement or a decision of one person. According to our constitution, the decision to initiate such discussion is vested in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party and shall be ratified by the National Convention. It is not an executive action, but purely a party matter. Even Section 84(3) of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), expects that such action must come through a special resolution passed by the National Convention of each of the political parties proposing the merger and the written resolutions of each of these parties communicated to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through a letter jointly signed by the National Chairman, National Secretary and the National Treasurer of each of the merging parties.

For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to reiterate that the issue of merger with other political parties is not on the agenda of All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA for now. Our concern at the moment is to restructure, nurture and build a strong APGA capable of winning elections across the states of Nigeria. Our doors are wide open, and currently there is a mass influx of people into our Party.

We call on all party members and the general public to disregard the misleading inclusion of our party in the on-going merger talk of opposition parties. It is not on the agenda of the party for now.

APGA!!! Be Your Brother’s Keeper!!!


Dr Tim Menakaya, APGA BOT Member

*Photo Caption -  APGA logo

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – I love a mystery. I enjoy a baffling exceptionally well-written mystery. Authentic Christianity is an inexplicable mystery to many people. That is because Christ is a mystery. Because of our intimate personal relationship with Him we are a mystery to the world. Those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ will not and cannot be expected to understand the true Christian until they, too, have a saving knowledge of Him. A. W. Tozer got to the heart of this mystery when he wrote that Christians are crazy in Roots of Righteousness:  "A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strong when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge."

Christians are meant to be different, and we are in good company. Can you imagine Christ in all His glorious riches actually dwelling through His Spirit in our lives right now? God’s goal is to make us in all respects just like Christ. God is at work. He is sovereign. He is busy changing lives and the way He does it is a mystery. Tell me a mystery. The apostle Paul even said that Christ is God’s mystery (Col. 2:2). The good news we share with the world is “the mystery of Christ” (Col. 4:3). Paul uses the word “mystery” not as we do in our day, but in the context of his day and age. The word “mystery” in the Scriptures is a secret, a truth undiscoverable, except by divine revelation. It is a fact that cannot be understood in detail without divine help. It cannot be known by natural abilities and mental powers. It was a truth that was hidden in the counsels of God down through the ages and generations until God in His grace chose to make it known to mankind by divine revelation. The apostle Paul says, “the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints” (Col. 1:26). It was concealed from angels and men until God revealed it. The only way of knowing this “mystery” is through a self-revelation of God to man. God revealed a great mystery to the apostle Paul. God made it visible or known to man.

If Paul has in mind the heathen use of “mystery” whose secrets were kept confined in a strict narrow circle of initiated members of their society, then he tells us that the Christian mystery in Christ is just the opposite because it is fully declared and proclaimed in the open to everyone in the world. God has revealed His deep secret to all mankind by means of His special revelation. There are no secrets with God. He has fully revealed Himself in Christ. The deep mystery is that God has granted free admission of all Gentiles on equal terms with the Jewish believers to all the privileges of the covenant. God has now told His secret to all His saints. God’s riches are no longer limited by national ties. God has done this according to the riches of His grace.  The context of this great passage on God’s mystery in Christ is the church as the body of Christ (Col. 1:24). For some it is strange to say that the apostle can “rejoice in my sufferings for your sake.” The apostle had learned the joy in Christ in times of suffering (Phil. 4:4). In fact, verse 24 is a great outburst of thanksgiving to God for the privilege of suffering “on behalf of His body.” There is a sense of purpose in his experience. “I am filling up in my turn the left-overs of the tribulations of Christ in my flesh.” Genuine Christians are strange, indeed. Does Paul’s suffering have any atoning value for his sins? No. Do our sorrows have any atoning value for our sins? No, of course not. We do not come adding any virtue or merit to the completed work of Christ. Christ’s work of atonement for sin is complete. It was completed when Christ declared from the cross, “It is finished!” We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

The Christian’s suffering is on a different level from that endured by Christ on the cross. Punishment for sin is not in view here. The sufferings of Christ alone have atoning value for the sinner. Ours do not. It is part of our stewardship. We suffer troubles, afflictions, tribulations and persecutions because of our identification with Christ (Matt. 5:10-12). The afflictions of the church are also the afflictions of Christ (Acts 9:4-5). The person who persecutes the church persecutes Christ. When believers suffer, Christ suffers. It is this stewardship as a member of the family of God that he was “made a minister” on behalf of the church. God assigned him the task of fully proclaiming God’s message to the known world. The call of God was to preach without reserve the whole gospel of God to the ends of the earth. Paul now proceeds to tell us about that great responsibility that was thrust upon him and every Christian minister (Col. 1:25). The Mystery Of Christ In You: In Jesus Christ are summed up everything we can know about God and His eternal purposes. In Christ we see the riches of God’s glory, wisdom and grace (Rom. 9:23; 11:33; Eph. 1:7, 18; 2:7; 3:16; Phil. 4:19). Christ is a mystery: The gospel is a mystery of mysteries. Christ is Himself the grand mystery of redemption. It is the majestic secret of God with us. It is the glorious manifestation of God’s dealings with mankind. The Holy Spirit takes the revealed Word of God and illumines us individually. We are made gloriously wealthy by this mystery.

C. H. Spurgeon said: "Each separate individual must have Christ revealed to him and in him by the work of the Holy Spirit, or else he will remain in darkness even in the midst of the gospel day. Blessed and happy are they to whom the Lord has laid open the divine secret which prophets and kings could not discover, which angels desired to look into. “Without controversy,” said the apostle Paul, “great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.” The Lord Jesus is crowned with “glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” He is “the brightness of the Father’s glory.” We have “unsearchable riches in Christ” because “in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” As Spurgeon noted: “Oh, the riches of the grace of God which it has pleased the Father to impart unto us in Christ Jesus! Christ is the ‘mystery,’ the ‘riches,’ and the ‘glory.’ He is all this . . . He is all this among us poor Gentiles . . . and we are made heirs of God. . . . All things are ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The essence of the mystery is Christ Himself in His person. It is Christ in all His glorious riches actually dwelling through His Spirit in the inner lives of His believers. The incarnation of Christ is a mystery: The incarnation of Christ is a deep mystery. It was born in the unsearchable wise mind of God. The idea of “Immanuel, God with us” was conceived in the omnipotent omniscient mind of God. Every regenerated mind delights in this vital union between God and man. The apostle Paul tells us another mystery. Let the quotable Spurgeon say it for us. “Our Lord’s person is at this day constituted in the same manner. He is still God and man; still He can sympathize with our manhood to the full, for He is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh; and yet He can help us without limit, seeing He is equal with the Father. Though manifestly divine, yet Jesus is none the less human; though truly man, He is none the less divine, and this is the door of hope to us, a fountain of consolation which never ceases to flow.”

Very God—very man. God incarnate became a vicarious substitute for sin and died and rose again. The death of Christ is a mystery. Since the incarnation is a great mystery we are ever mindful of the great mystery of His death. That the Son of God should die as a substitute for our sins is quite beyond us. He humbled Himself and became a servant, and died as our substitute on a cross. He bore our terrible load of sin on the cross that we might never bear the Father’s righteous wrath. He took the cup of wrath that we ought to have drunk forever and drained it dry. He bore our punishment in His death. He redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. Moreover, He has made everything right and safe for us with God the Father by making an end of sin and an everlasting righteousness on our behalf with the Father. The finished work of Jesus Christ is a grand mystery. Jesus Christ is all my righteousness. He is all my salvation and all my desire. The resurrection and ascension of Christ is a grand mystery. On the other hand since He is the second person of the Godhead, the Son of God, the eternal Word of God, should we be in the least surprised that He should rise from the dead? Jesus Christ “is the firstborn from the dead” (Col. 1:18). He overcame death and passed to His sovereign throne at the right hand of the Father in heaven where He reigns as the living Lord. He has overcome death. He is alive! Since you are a believer you have been raised up with Christ, therefore keep on constantly seeking the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God the Father. Because of the new birth Christ now lives in me. This is the greatest miracle of all. Christ in me is the most certain thing in my personal experience (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 3:16-17).

A total change took place in our outlook when we came into personal contact with Jesus Christ. There was a time when we were “alienated from God” and we were “dead in trespasses and sin.” We began and ended each day without any serious thought about God and His will for our lives. He was not important to us. We were hostile toward God. But something happened in our lives. Now we are reconciled to God. Now He is our most valued person. Something happened within us. Something changed our attitude toward Jesus Christ. In the moment we believed on Jesus Christ our whole life changed. God is in the business of changing lives and He does it when we repent of our sins and believe on Christ as our Savior. What happened? We were born again. A spiritual birth took place and Christ came within you and the Holy Spirit made you His temple. If you need your life changed that is where you must begin. It begins when you open your heart to Christ and receive Him as Lord. Every believer has stamped in him, “Made in Christ.” That means there are no cheap imitations of Christians. The crowning work of redemption is conforming the believer into the image of Christ (Gal. 4:1). The greatest miracle is Christ in you: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  The grandest mystery of all Paul tells us is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Christ in me creates the “hope of glory.”

A. T. Robertson stresses the idea of the preposition en here is “in” not “among.” The context requires that we understand the phrase as referring to an inner subjective experience. The mystery long hidden is not a diffusion of Christ among the Gentiles. It is the indwelling of Christ in His people, both Jewish and Gentile. The declared “hope of glory” of both is “Christ in you.” Paul has in mind the indwelling Christ in the heart of every believer. Though “among you” makes good sense, it is more probable “in you” or “within” (cf. Rom. 8:10; 2 Cor. 13:5; Gal. 4:19; Eph. 3:17). It is the personal experience of the living presence of Christ in the individual life of the believer that is the mystery of mysteries. Ephesians 3:17 tells us Christ “dwells in your hearts.” The central fact of an intimate personal relationship with Christ is this great truth of “Christ in you.” This indwelling constitutes “the hope of glory” for every believer. Jesus is the Shekinah glory of God, and He shines in our hearts so that we see the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18; 4:6, 16; 1 Jn. 3:2-3). The Christian has experienced the superior light and knowledge of Jesus Christ and all other religious experiences and claims of the Gnostics and secret mystery religions fade into nothing when compared to the inward knowledge of an intimate love relationship with Him. The first Adam headed up the human race and stood for us, and fell for us, and we fell in him. How marvelous that the second Adam took up within Himself all His people and stood for us and kept the covenant with God the Father so that now every blessing of that new covenant is infallibly secure to all who are risen in Him.

“Whatever Christ is His people are in Him. They are crucified in Him, they were dead in Him, they were buried in Him, they were risen in Him; in Him they live eternally, in Him they sit gloriously at the right hand of God, ‘who has raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.’ In Him ‘we are accepted in the beloved,’ both now and forever; and this, I say, is the essence of the gospel; he who does not preach Christ, preaches no gospel. . . . Christ Himself is the life, soul, substance, and essence of the mystery of the gospel of God” (Spurgeon). Anything short of Jesus Christ will leave you short of salvation. You have to reach Christ, and touch Christ and nothing short of this will save you. Jesus gives us Himself. To have Christ is to have eternal life. He does not merely give us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption etc., but He is made of God all these things to us. He is our life. Therefore, we cannot do without Him. The Christian experience heightens every individual power we have. Keep in mind the person in whom Christ begins to possess does not cease to be himself. He does not become a robot. This is not some pantheistic philosophy Paul is teaching. “Christ in me” means that He is bearing me along from within. His motive-power carries me on giving my whole life a wonderful sense of God’s presence. It gives me life with an endless song in my heart. This blessed union with Christ is a vital union with God. The more a person is “in Christ” the more he is “in God.” To be united with Christ is to be united with the God who raised Him (Rom. 8:11; Col. 2:12). The heart of Paul’s fellowship with Christ is found in his certainty that “God was in Christ.” The believer is risen with Christ through faith of the operation of God who raised Him from the dead. The apostle John says, “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

It is Christ in you or within you that gives us the riches of His glory. The mystery is the indwelling Christ in Gentiles. It was not a mystery to the Jewish people that the Messiah should come and dwell among His people. That was their great hope. However, that the Messiah of Israel should dwell among the non-Jews was an entirely new revelation of the purposes of God. Christ freely given to the Gentiles is the mystery. Christ now indwells in His people, regardless of whether they are Jewish or non-Jewish. Christ in you: Christ in you accepted by faith alone means Christ possessed. When Christ is in you the law has nothing more to say to you. It can no longer condemn you because God has declared you acquitted. You have been justified by faith in Christ. Christ in you means Christ experienced in all His power. Christ in you fills your life with His holy presence and power. That which the law can never do, Christ does by indwelling in you. Christ in you is His sovereign rule in your life. Christ in you is Christ’s scepter from the center of your being over every facet of your personality. Christ in you is His power bringing every thought into captivity to Himself. Christ in you means the imperial sovereignty of Jesus Christ over your life. We find our freedom by being in submission to His sovereign hand over our lives. Christ in you means His filling you with His wonderful presence. Christ in you transforms your person until you become like Christ. When Christ enters into our lives and we yield to His presence He transforms, elevates us to His likeness. The apostle Paul declared, “I live, yet not I, Christ lives in me.” When Christ enters in He sanctifies us, and sets us apart for His glory. Christ in you means He enters into us and becomes our life. Christ in you means His power in you. We were without spiritual strength until Christ came into our lives. We were dead in trespasses and sins. Now our spiritual victory is guaranteed. Christ in you means we are spiritually rich. We were in spiritual poverty until Christ came in and now we have all the riches of Christ Jesus. We are now rich because He is rich. Christ in you means honor and glory. He glorifies the place where He dwells even for a moment. If Christ comes into your heart His whole court comes with Him! Rejoice for you have Him as a holy guest. People who value and love Him cannot be happy without Him.

Our Hope of Glory: The indwelling Christ is the ground for the expectation of glory both now and the future. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” The word “glory” points to the great consummation in God’s eternal purpose, and is a comprehensive word for God’s glorious presence with His people. The wealth of glory for the believer is this mystery among the Gentiles which is Christ. Our ground of hope is “Christ in you.” M. R. Vincent says, “The full glory of the inheritance was a hope, to be realized when Christ should appear. Glory refers to the glory of the mystery; hence the glory consummated at Christ’s coming—the glory which shall be revealed.” The glorified saints around the throne of God have no higher source of joy than the saints on earth. They have no higher theme or song of praise to the Father. They are only happier because their discovery of these things is more complete and are now freed from all earthly hindrances and limitations that interrupt our enjoyment in our present state. Christ alone is our foundation for the blessed hope in the future, or eschatological glory. The fact that we now have Christ in us is the pledge of final glory when Christ returns. This glory is yet future. We will share in the yet future full manifestation of God’s glory in Christ. Jesus Christ focuses our minds and desires on that which is above in heaven and the eternal future. Christ in you gets eternity into the picture. He gets our minds off our past through the forgiveness of our sins and into the present as He lives within us and into the future as we concentrate on our blessed hope in Him alone. “Christ in you” energizes the present and gives us a song to sing. Lord Jesus, will I see You today? Even so, come!

Paul wrote in Colossians 3:4, “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory.” The apostle Paul prayed that this great truth would become a reality for the believers in the church at Ephesus. He prayed, “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19). That will take your breath away! When Christ in you offers all of those glorious benefits why in the world do people go turning to new age movements, secret mystery religions, occults and cults seeking the most recent religious fad?  If you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior He wants to settled down and make Himself permanently at home in your heart. He wants to settle down in your “inner man” that is, the personal, rational self, the moral I that has experienced spiritual renewal by the Spirit of God. He is talking about the very core of your inner spiritual being, the place where the Holy Spirit works to fashion and form His temple since the moment you were born again. That is the place where He is at work forming you in the image of Christ. It is there Paul tells us Christ “dwells” “in your hearts through faith.” Christ wants to settle down in a dwelling, to dwell fixedly in a place, to live in a home. He wants to settle down and feel completely at home as a permanent dwelling place in your heart.

Do you make Christ feel at home? Do you invite Him in as a permanent resident? Does He feel comfortable in your heart? Are there two masters trying to be sovereign in your life? Do you give Christ the free reign of your life? Do you have any junk closets where He is forbidden to enter? Are there any secret hideouts in your heart? Can you honestly drag everything in your heart out in the glaring holy light of the Son? But Paul is not through. He says in a great doxology, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21). Literally Paul writes, “But to Him [God] who is able above all things to do exceedingly above . . .” It is exceeding some number or measure, over and above, more than necessary and is intensified by adding the idea of exhaustlessness and “above.” The apostle Paul has in mind something that is beyond all things. It is superabundantly and over and above anything he can imagine. Now to our God who is able to do exceedingly beyond all things, superabundantly and over and above all things, exceeding all things beyond all things, we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. What a great God and Savior we worship! Our weakness is connected to God’s omnipotence and omniscience. God is able! The amazing thing is the best is yet to come! These are words of hope and confident assurance of the believer’s future. The apostle John wrote of that final glory in 1 John 3:1-3. What glory is ours, glory unspeakable! We shall have glorified bodies just like the resurrected body of Christ when He appears in glory. “He who has come to live in our hearts, and reigns as our bosom’s Lord, makes us glorious by His coming,” declared Spurgeon. When Christ comes to reign He brings countless blessings with Him. Just think of it. “He who went to the cross for me will never be ashamed of me: He who gave me Himself will give me all heaven and more: He that opened ‘His very heart to find blood and water to wash me in, how shall He keep back even His kingdom from me? O sweet Lord Jesus, thou art indeed to us the hope, pledge, the guarantee of glory.”  The Lord Jesus Christ entered into a covenant with God the Father to bring His people home to glory. He who pledged to bring every sheep of His flock safe to His Father’s right hand will not fail. He has never failed one of His covenant promises. He never will. Christ in you is glory. In having Christ, you have glory. Christ’s glory and your glory are wrapped up together. If Christ were to lose you it would be a great loss to Him. If I can perish with Christ in me He will lose His honor. His glory is gone if one soul who has put their trust in Him for eternal life is ever cast away. As sure as the Lord God lives, Christ in you means you in glory with Him for all eternity. This is the most astounding truth taught in the Bible. “Christ in you.”

Some abiding principles and practical applications: Christ in me is a prophet teaching me His way, giving me His direction so I can proclaim His message with clarity and boldness. “To whom God willed to make known” is the result of God’s grace, through no merit of the saints, making it known. God says, Now that you know all my deep secrets in Christ, go into the entire world and tell them. Instead of piously keeping them to yourself, or your select group, go out and tell the secret to everyone who will listen. Only Christians can understand the mystery because it is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Christ in me is my High Priest interceding and giving me immediate access to God so I can go directly into His presence with my petitions on your behalf. Christ is me is a king demanding my loyalty as I bow in worship only to Him as my Lord and Master and as His servant I go out to serve. Don’t be ashamed for one moment of the fact that Christ in you is your hope of glory. This is the greatest mystery of the universe that God of the Jewish people would take up residence in Gentile men and women. The idea of salvation of the Gentiles was nothing new. The prophets spoke of it and the poets wrote of it in the Psalms. But the idea that He would tabernacle Himself in a Gentile was something wholly new. That is the mystery of “Christ in you the hope of glory.” Christ in Wil Pounds! Christ in the Quechuas. Christ in the Jivaro. Christ in the Chinese. Christ in the Japanese, the Russians, the African. Christ in me! That is my hope of glory and I pray that it is yours, too. It is the only hope for the world in which we live. Do you have that hope? Do you share that same expectation of glory with God in Christ? Do you have Christ dwelling within your heart? Do you have Christ in you? You can begin right now.

Dr. Lewis Akpogena (08033399821,, A Christian devotional writer/Minister, Consultant and Educationist reports from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.    
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 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Having critically read the recent Dr. Reuben Abati’s article which titled as the hypocrisy of yesterday’s men that was widely published and circulated in all the National newspapers and online publications, I discovered that Dr. Abati has professionally deviated from the fourth estate profession and now dine and wine with government antics. The Abati I used to know was so wild on government dormant policies which he used the platforms of ‘Patitosgang ‘a popular TV talk show owned by Prof. Pat Utomi and the Guardian newspaper where he served as Chairman Editorial Board. His recent article was so offensive and odious to the extent that he overtly described Nigerian social critics as jobless beings and nothing else. Undoubtedly, Dr. Abati is not the first media officer at the presidential villa that runs social critics down but his suddenly changed from constructive to destructive criticism is one of the factors that make social critics see Abati as a cow man trying to play to the gallery of his pay master.

Though some of the Nigerian social critics are mere noise makers trying to gain public domain without considering the rot which they caused while in government. Some of the social critics were part and parcel of the previous governments that introduced high profile corruption into the political system while trying to exclude themselves as saints. Dr. Reuben Abati to some large extent, as a veteran journalist who is economical to the truth because some failed political leaders have decided to see nothing good in Jonathan’s administration. The three core agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, electricity, electoral reforms and infrastructural development are yet to be resuscitated and reformed. The recent comment made by Dr. Oby Ezekwesile over $45 foreign reserve who served as a minister under the then President Olusegun Obasanjo which the present President is yet to explain to Nigerians how that money was spent that prompted Abati to see Nigerian social critics as liars. Some schools of thought assume that Dr. Oby still working with the present government even though he is not in Nigeria. In one of his article he titled as the Jonathan they don’t know where he said those that criticized government policies are badly informed of government activities in Aso Rock. Nobody ever envisaged that the almighty Abati would suddenly change over the crisp of naira notes and Aso Rock flamboyance. Many of his professional colleagues would continue to misconstrue him for not properly enlightened the public on government policies than replying offensive articles on avid social critics across Nigeria.

In the late 70s that I was born when I discovered that Nigeria were only having vast and unprejudiced and impartial social critics that never dance to the discordant tunes of government policies. Journalists were poorly paid but were reporting their conscience and willing to expose all forms of shenanigans of political leaders either in Military regimes or democratic process which wickedly led the parcel bomb blast of one the refined Journalists late Dele Giwa that saw his profession as the only way to nail corrupt leaders in the country.The likes of Tai Solarin, Zakka Bala, Sunny Ofehe, Igwilo Nachukwu, Engr Isaac Emiyede, Presidor Ghomorai, Comrade Joseph Evah, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof . Tam David West, Mark Igini,chief Gani Fawehinmi, Engr. Solomon Okpithe, Annikio Briggs, Beko Ransom Kuti, Raphael Okelezo, Emordi Emeka and others. These Nigerian social critics have able to earn names for themselves for their doggedness in fighting against government wicked policies. If not Pastor Tunde Bakare that led the delegation to Abuja over the sudden disappearance of late President Musa Yar’ Adua that made President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn-in as an acting President by the then 6th National Assembly. A country where there are no both destructive and constructive criticisms, automatically such a country is heading towards political anarchy and instability. As far Nigeria runs a democratic process, everybody is entitled to freedom of speech and Dr. Abati failed to identify some of the political norms that make the president of a country.

Again, since Goodluck Jonathan was sworn-in as a president, Nigerians are yet to experience any dividends of democracy except some few areas where the he publicly discharged his duty mainly on the decrepit of the police college and others. The same Dr. Abati told us vividly in his paid article that President Jonathan reads all National newspapers and watch television stations to see where his government fails to provide formidable structures in the country. Even in the Western countries, criticisms are homely welcomed in all ramifications but in Nigeria, the reverse is now the case, Dr. Reuben Abati used to cite Western countries on their system of leadership but abysmally failed to correct some of the policies of the government that are not correspond to the masses rather than defending his job.75 percent of social critics that government gave political appointments suddenly changed to the macabre dance of government falsified policies and projects that never existed. The fearless Abati failed to tell Jonathan the bitter truth and that over$160 naira is being spent by Nigerian students studying in Ghana Universities annually as result of rot in the Nigeria education sector which money is more than education budget for 2013. Eventually all the sectors of the economy are not working and 2015 is fast approaching while the same Jonathan wants to be re-elected without providing infrastructural developments to the people. Though Jonathan meant well for Nigerians due to some of the capital projects he embarked upon which only second term can make him complete his projects for the country. The likes of Femi Fani- Kayode, Dr, Joe Odumakin, Yinka Odumakin, Dr. Douglas Anele and Festus Keyamo are some of the young notable Nigerian social critics but some were given political portfolios and practically left all their pursuits for the truth justice of Nigerians.’ The Bible says money answereth all things and also the root of evil.

Finally, the three arms of government, legislature, executive and judiciary are being involved in high silhouette corruption in all levels, yet Abati is telling Nigerians to keep mute and watched the system being bastardized and defrauded by powers that be. Even some of the out gone political office holders that have thick file cases with Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC), that does not mean social critics would not voice out problems confronting Nigerian economy. Criticism helps to sharpen government policies but Dr. Abati got it wrong by also describing social critics as hungry rabbits looking for cheap publicity without misgivings. 2015 is not far while President Goodluck Jonathan campaign team has started strategizing on how to confine the seat of power and the security situation is in dilemma. The problem is that truth is not being told for fear of brusque sack from office by the President.Dr. Abati needs to apologize to Nigerian social critics for going too far in throwing invectives on them with no just cause. Everybody is free to criticize government policies that are not measurable to the yearnings of the people. Abati must not stain himself with power because nothing is permanent in the political system. Those that live in glass houses must not throw stones on the poor people.

Godday Odidi (08058124798), a Public Analyst reports from Lagos, Nigeria.

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