Top Civic Leaders Aid Nigerian Fight to Curb Extremism

Muslim and Catholic Clerics Pursue Strategy with Retired Army Chief, Foreign Minister and Others

By: Fred Strasser

Nigeria’s Roman Catholic cardinal urges his flock to embrace diversity. The spiritual leader of the country’s Muslims leads efforts to prevent radicalization and condemns Boko Haram. A former United Nations envoy advocates for professionalism among civil servants. A retired army chief of staff presses for the government to reach out more to alienated groups. These leaders and seven other prominent figures form a new high-level advisory group helping northern Nigeria’s powerful state governors address the social, religious and political forces that fuel extremist violence.

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The crisis in Nigeria’s north—including the Boko Haram insurgency and a looming famine that is related to the conflict—have forced more than 2 million people from their homes and destabilized other countries in the Lake Chad Basin. Confronting these conflicts falls in significant measure to Nigeria’s elected state governors, according to USIP Senior Advisor Johnnie Carson, a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs.The 11-member senior working group, brought together by the U.S. Institute of Peace to support a strategic approach to dealing with the sources of violent conflict in the north, is made up of some of the leading figures in Nigerian public life.

There is a limit to how much arms and guns can do in this matter.

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan
The Sultan of Sokoto,Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, is the highest authority in mainstream Islam in Nigeria. He and Roman Catholic Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Archbishop of the capital, Abuja, are well-known for their Interfaith Initiative for Peace, which seeks to defuse conflict over issues ranging from elections to land use. Abubakar often says in public that terrorism has no place in Islam. Onaiyekan, in a Christmas television address last year, urged “peace and harmony” between religions and within each faith, in a country where divisions include the role of moral norms in legal codes.“We need to agree on the place of religion in our nation,” the Cardinal said. “If we sincerely want a nation that is united and integrated, we must work seriously towards one law for every citizen.”

Other members of the senior working group include former Chief of Defense Staff and Chief of Army Staff General Martin Luther Agwai, who led the U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur and last year headed a committee investigating violence in Kaduna state; Ibrahim Gambari, a former minister of foreign affairs and U.N. under-secretary-general who now heads the Savannah Center for Diplomacy, Democracy and Developmen in Abuja; Fatima Balla Abubakar, a well-known diplomat and politician; and Aisha Murtala Muhammed, the founder and chief executive of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, an organization that seeks to bolster business philanthropy throughout Nigeria and Africa.

Thinking Strategically

“The working group aims to expand the conversation from ‘poverty is a cause of conflict’ to thinking practically and strategically,” said Oge Onugobu, a USIP senior program officer for Africa. “For example, where do you locate a school so no one feels disadvantaged? Or does some group appear to have impunity from prosecution? These are things the group, with its deep expertise, can help governors to consider and plan for.”

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H.E. Cardinal John Onaiyekan and Dr. Usman Bugaje in discussion at the senior working group meeting. Dr. Bugaje is an advisor to the Sultan of Sokoto.
With a population of 180 million, Nigeria is the continent’s most populous state and its biggest democracy. More than half of the country’s citizens live in northern Nigeria.USIP has worked for more than a decade with Nigerian civic, religious and government leaders to prevent or halt violent local conflicts. The initiative with the northern governors is funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and USIP collaborates with a local partner, the Center for Democracy and Development, in Abuja. Onubogu leads USIP’s programs on Nigeria and attended the senior working group’s first meeting on February 28 in Abuja.

A dozen of the northern governors met at USIP in October. They broadly  concluded that ending the war and poverty plaguing their region requires initiatives for education, reconciliation and political inclusion of minorities and women. The working group is aimed at developing plans to address those needs and keeping the governors focused on implementing them.

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Amb. Fatima Balla makes a point, as Dr. Chris Kwaja looks on.
The full working group meets with the governors next month for the first time. In preparation, it will conduct a review of peacebuilding initiatives in northern Nigeria. It also will examine a new peacebuilding organization in Plateau state to see if it’s a model other northern states could use.

A Microcosm of Nigeria

The Plateau State Peacebuilding Agency, a publicly-funded body under the governor’s office, was set up last year to reduce conflict in a state considered a microcosm of Nigeria for its social, ethnic and religious stresses. Over two decades, more than 5,000 people have died in communal violence in Plateau state, stalling economic development and shredding community trust.

The current governor determined that past crisis-oriented attempts to end the conflicts—from interfaith dialogues to citizen input to the use of security forces—were inadequate. The agency seeks to create institutional mechanisms for long-term peacebuilding, including conflict-resolution training, coordination among civil society groups and ongoing interfaith dialogue.

The working group’s efforts to advance stability in Nigeria remain urgent despite what President Muhammadu Buhari calls the”technical defeat” of Boko Haram, said Onubogu. The Cardinal said the same in his Christmas message, lauding Buhari’s efforts against the insurgency but saying, “It is not yet all over.”

“There is a limit to how much arms and guns can do in this matter,” he said. “Religious communities and leaders must come out to play their role, which is often very efficient and very cost effective, in comparison with budgets for military action.”

Source :USIP

Things Will Only Change When Nigerians Understand the Ways of God-Cleric

Nigerians have been charged to understand the ways of their creator, as a step towards ensuring that the fortunes of the country change for the better.

This charge was given by Pastor Isaiah Alade(Omo woli) in a chat with Federationews2day.

The man of God also asserted that the nation’s leaders should turn to God for solution to the its problems.

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”It is only the mercy of God that can do it, no Government can take on God, no Government can change anything, it is  only God that changes things. And it has to be done spiritual wise, so we want to pray, teach people the way of the Lord, when people understand, they serve God, they understand the ways of God, then things will change”, Pastor Alade concluded.

Nigerians Should Continue to Pray for President Buhari-Cleric

Nigerians have been called upon to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and the country.

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This  call was made by the General Overseer of the Love of Christ Apostolic Church, Oke-Idande, Ibadan, Nigeria, Pastor I.O. Olorunkosebi, in a chat with Federationew2day.

”Nigerians should  continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and the  country. There is no  other way but by prayers. Nigerians should also be patient, because things will become better in the course of time. Every body should pray for good health and stable life. Those in  Government should  cooperate with the President. Once a President is elected, it is now left for the people to cooperate and assist the President to succeed”, Pastor Olorunkosebi asserted.

Who are Those that Want Destroy Our Country Nigeria ?-By Eze Dr. Alex Anozie

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Whoever muted the idea in which Umaru Musa Yar’dua University, Katsina rolled out  the demonic decree of banning every other religious association or union except Islam in the University should be arrested immediately for very serious interrogation , because I suspect that there must be an hidden agenda to kick start a destructive religious war from that university, which could spread to  other universities in the country, and that could result in  the end of the country, Nigeria, if not nipped in the bud.   The security agents should waste no time, whatsoever, in arresting the situation.

If this devilish idea is allowed to go on,  then we must have through that way, given approval for the end of this country called Nigeria.

The Umaru Musa Yar’adua University authority should be ordered, immediately, to reverse the destructive and demonic directive.

Signed

Eze Dr. Alex Anozie(Ezendigbo Oyo state)

Economic Recession is A Test of the Peoples’ Faith in God-Religious Cleric

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The present economic recession in Nigeria has been described as  a test of the peoples’ faith in God.

This assertion was made by Pastor Kehinde Opeyemi Abolude of the Fire Rock Ministry, Popoyemoja, Ibadan, Nigeria in a caht with Federationews2day.

”Nigeria is passing through test of faith. Test of faith in the sense that when you go back to the scripture, you will find out that the people of Israel passed through  the wilderness, they passed through the red sea, they passed through Jordan, before they got to their glory. So, all I want to say is that without passing  through, there is no passing over, we just have to pass through. Nigeria is passing through  what is expected of it, to get to its glory. The people of Israel passed through Egypt. Nigeria’s economic recession is not the end of Nigeria, but it is just building us and it is going to take us  to glory”.

Pastor Abolude noted that difficulties only prepare people for success, ”if you want  to become somebody, you must pass through difficulties. Without passing through difficulties  you can’t become.  So faith by description or by definition is where you are going in future. Nigeria is going to glory and it will get there. We are going to be great.

When David saw Goliath, he was not afraid, because fear is the opposite of faith, when  you are confronted with a challenging situation, my advice is  for you to have courage, that will have much reward for you. Nigerians should be fearless  in the face of economic recession, Christians should be fearless. God is always with us. And we are more than conquerors, so let us keep away fear from our lives. The word of God and prayers will help us to glory”.

Successive Govts. Responsible for the Impoverishment of of Religious Institutions-Prof. Olagoke

Successive Governments in Nigeria have been blamed for the impoverished state of religious institutions in the country.

According to the foundr of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wkajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. ASabitu Olagoke, who made this disclosure in an interview wit Federationews2day, ”the environment of religion has inherited nothing from ouyr past leaders, but poverty. That is why you see all that is going on in Churhces and Mosques”.

We cannot evaluate those who are true men of God. Instead of been role models as Clerics, we ahve people who are committing sins. You have Clerics in the name of making money, commercialization of religion. When you mix religion and education, both are supposed to give us the best character”, he stressed.

Prof. Olagoke posited that Nigerians still expected the best from the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, saying ”we expect the best from Presidnet Buhari, because he is a man of integrity and experience. And he has been longing to become President.”

”Your leaders are not religious, they are only mosque and church goers, with the process they must have undergone in Churches and Mosques, they ought to be goo leaders. What religiondemands, they are not ready to follow, they are occultists. When you use sentimental issue to choose leaders, you will not get the right leaders, merit will be ignored. We don’t have role models in Nigeria again, as in the 60s and 70s. Presently, we ahve inpunity. There is hope, after the darkness, comes the light. Our leaders have not really got it, they are only trying to get it”, he concluded.

RELIGION AND COMMUNITY PEACE

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By Engr. Prof. S.A. Olagoke, JP

Theme: Clerics and Community Security

RELIGION AND MANKIND

The vision of God (Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Chukwu, Olodumare etc.) in establishing religion is to inform and reform mankind (adherents) for enhanced improved quality of life through scriptures for reproof, correction and instruction into righteousness which educational institutions cannot offer on knowledge because wisdom sources its strength from God, to be thoroughly furnished into all good works[1].

 

Religious institutions today fail to achieve these with their products not better than the infidels they are charged to correct and improve!  This is because Clerics teach the theory without demonstration; condemn others with air of discrimination without being role model forgetting that example is better than precept[2].  The mission statement therefore crumbles for lack of back up with practical follow up:[3]

 

  • Be united as purposeful pressure group on goodness with ethical guides for a sanitized system and environment free of fraud with outstanding reward of success from God

 

Human failure to keep up to the above vision and mission have over the ages till date resulted into nations and empires crumbling, poor governance and under-development resulting into various degrees of insecurity.  Human systems are fraught with virus of corruption and indiscriminate state of indiscipline, for example, in Nigeria government and MDAs are constituted through human wisdom of education but the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God for the wise are taken in their craftiness because their thoughts are in vain[4].

 

Resuscitating religion activism and functionality in practical sense is therefore the theme of this workshop – Clerics and Community Security as relevant and veritable tool to curb future lapses on the part of government to forestall break down of laws and order and maintain very low degree of insecurity (entropy).

 

RELIGION AND GOVERNMENT CHALLENGE

The first challenge government and religious leaders must address is creation of effective data bank local government, state and federal levels.  Departments of Statistics are very relevant here:

 

  • How many Christians/Muslims/Other faith based religions exist in Nigeria with dates of establishment and other demographic data?
  • What are the guiding principles for the establishment of sects, denomination etc?
  • What are the population profiles of each of them at every level of government geographical contraption?
  • What are their vision and mission and how relevant are they to government objectives and the scriptures they claim to uphold?
  • What is the level of compliance to societal norms and the scripture of the religion they claim to represent?

 

It is remarkable to note that government and religious bodies have a lot of things in common in term of administration, management and security: the very type and class of people with their sociological and psychological challenges that go to places of work – private, public and civil are the very people that go to different places of worship.  Ironically most of them are far from meeting with their President, Governors etc. but they are very close to Clerics most especially those who minister into them in their houses of God.  The same set of people go to the same markets to shop for their living where capitalising on the above, there is a dire need for government to work naturally with Clerics without deepening religious colouration.

 

THE CASE STUDIES

The following case studies from the Pew Reseach Center for the people and the press and Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life undertake a collaboration to survey Americans on their views toward religion, politics and public policy refers:

 

  • What should have more influence on US laws?
  • What American are hearing in Church
  • What should be the more important influence on US laws?
  • Houses of workshops and politics
  • A variety of issues addressed from the pulpit (and how well)

 

Table 1: What should have more influence on US laws?

The will of the American people (%) The Bible

 

(%)

DK

 

(%)

Total 63 32 5 = 100
White Evangelical 34 60 6 = 100
White Mainline 78 16 6 = 100
Catholic 72 23 5 = 100
Secular 91 7 2 = 100
*Question:  Which should be the more important influence on the laws of the United States?  Should it be the Bible or should it be the will of the American people, even when it conflicts with the Bible

 

Table 2: What American are hearing in Church

Does your clergy ever speak out on …*  (%)
Hunger and poverty 92
Abortion 59
Situation in Iraq 53
Laws regarding homosexuals 52
Environment 48
Evolution/intelligent design 40
Death penalty 31
Stem cell research 24
Immigration 21
*Based on those who attend religious services at least monthly

 

Table 3: What should be the more important influence on US laws?

The Bible

(%)

The will of the American people (%) DK

(%)

Total 32 63 5 = 100
Men 29 67 4 = 100
Women 37 58 5 = 100
White 30 65 5 = 100
Black 50 48 2 = 100
18-29 22 74 4 = 100
30-49 33 62 5 = 100
50-64 32 63 5 = 100
65+ 44 50 6 = 100
College graduate 20 75 5 = 100
Some college 30 66 4 = 100
HS graduate 38 58 4 = 100
Less than HS 46 47 7 = 100
Conservative republican 49 45 6 = 100
Mod/Lib Republican 29 63 8 = 100
Independent 25 71 4 = 100
Conserv/Mod Democrat 36 60 4 = 100
Liberal Democrat 19 77 4 = 100
Total Protestant 44 51 5 = 100
White evangelical 60 34 6 = 100
White mainline 16 78 6 = 100
Black Protestant 53 44 3 = 100
Total Catholic 23 72 5 = 100
White, non-hispanic 21 75 4 = 100
Secular 7 91 2 = 100
Religious attendance
Weekly or more 52 43 5 = 100
Monthly or less 25 70 5 = 100
Seldom or never 12 84 4 = 100
Biblical literalism
Take Bible literally 65 31 4 = 100
Word of God, not literal 20 75 5 = 100
Not word of God 3 95 2 = 100

 

Table 4: Houses of workshops and politics

Should houses of worship express views on politics? Keep Out

(%)

Express Views (%) DK

(%)

Total 46 51 3 = 100
July 2005 44 51 5 = 100
March 2001 43 51 6 = 100
June 1996 43 54 3 = 100
February 1968* 53 40 7 = 100
March 1957* 44 48 8 = 100
White 47 50 3 = 100
Black 35 62 3 = 100
18-29 43 54 3 = 100
30-49 42 56 2 = 100
50-64 49 48 3 = 100
65+ 52 44 3 = 100
Conservative republican 34 65 1 = 100
Mod/Lib Republican 49 48 3 = 100
Independent 48 49 3 = 100
Conserv/Mod Democrat 45 52 3 = 100
Liberal Democrat 59 38 3 = 100
East 53 44 3 = 100
Midwest 46 52 2 = 100
South 41 56 3 = 100
West 46 49 5 = 100
Total Protestant 39 58 3 = 100
White evangelical 34 63 3 = 100
White mainline 52 44 4 = 100
Black Protestant 29 68 3 = 100
Total Catholic 52 45 3 = 100
White, non-hispanic 54 44 2 = 100
Secular 59 36 5 = 100
*1957 and 1968 figures from Gallup

 

Table 5: A variety of issues addressed from the pulpit (and how well)

Religious Affiliation
 Does your clergy ever speak out on … Total White Evangelical White Mainline Black Protestant Catholic
Hunger and poverty 92 90 91 91 96
Abortion 59 62 37 58 75
Situation in Iraq 53 54 50 65 51
Laws regarding homosexuals 52 54 35 62 50
Environment 48 45 42 60 45
Evolution/intelligent design 40 48 37 45 27
Death penalty 31 26 19 41 41
Stem cell research 24 21 11 18 38
Immigration 21 16 12 24 31
Based on those who attend religious services at least monthly

 

INFERENCES

  • Response is based on the level of understanding of the scripture and achievement level of vision and mission of religion.
  • Table 1: people’s will is high. May not be favourable if the will is anti-scriptural
  • Table 2: contemporary issues is low due to cleric knowledge and scripture in our case it must address issues
  • Table 3: religion must address issues as it concerns their life, clerics must equally be socially relevant in preparing the congregation or public life and working for aid with government to achieve sanity
  • Table 4: theo-democracy is applied religious lessons by intuition to enhance natural social life style without divine default. House of worships should only objectively express views on political issues to moderate government activities
  • Table 5: house of worship must not be theoretically rhetorical but should also inform and educate congregation and the public on contemporary issues

 

Generally there is a dire need to re-orientate the activities of the houses of worship to be relevant in social upkeep of the people and government.

 

THE AJAGUN ESIN CONSULTATIVE FORUM

2007 to date.  Nine (9) years of struggles to correct the wrongs due to infiltration, exfiltration, incursion, inclusion that have changed the face of governance, social economic and environment into an hybrid of heterogeneous materials and dendrite ———————- materials at the expense of unity, brotherhood, homogeneity and natural ecological design of God for mankind.  The AECF is not happy about the situation in Nigeria in particular and the world in general:

  • Iraq, Somalia, Turkey, Syria, Burundi, Kenya etc. records of upheaval
  • Indiscipline, injustice, corruption, hunger, poverty, kleptocracy in Nigeria
  • High toll of destruction of properties and humans – kidnapping, terrorism, insurgence, militancy, internally displaced people etc.
  • Mirage of good governance and development, credible leadership, trust, transparency, patriotism etc.

The AECF is therefore a united front of Muslims, Christians, Media practitioners and other professionals on the issue of non-bias face ad phase of ethical practices that are out to unite people for a well ordered society for the sustainability of workable unity in diversity.

 

THE WORKSHOP

Experience of Boko Haram as an example of wickedness against humanity considering how government officials trade with fellow human lives:

  • More than two thousand innocent souls displaced with 65% of them orphaned with dim hope of returning home of nightmare. Imagine the absence of schools utilities etc. for basic human comfort?
  • Sharing of the $2.1bn meant for the purchase of fire arms to quench the menace of Boko Haram insurgence by defence custodians!
  • To the North East, South-south, and even Shiite Muslims area of Kaduna and Kano, security is now more meaningful than ever. Integrating over this to spread security consciousness to the rest of the country, for permanent peace broker, the workshop will now look into how best to achieve peace and security culture for all Nigerians through government – house of worship (clerics) work relation:
  • Determination of right leadership skills and status for cleric (Pastor and Imams) on issue of human relation to most especially on issues of community security.[5] To this effect, a Personality Trait Test is administered.

 

  • Your type, nature, weakness and areas of strength must be determined
  • Leadership training must be followed[6]
  • Can you then after assess yourself as being fit to manage for government community peace and security?
  • Leadership building
    • Assess yourself on management issue against the backdrop of the following verses of the scripture:
  • Q4 vs. 59, Rome 13 vs. 1-3 – followership and leadership essence
  • Q4 vs. 64, Ezekiel 33 vs. 1-6 – responsibility of leaders in management
  • Q3 vs. 159 – classical management theory: prime movers, ———————–, system destroyers

 

MODELS

Model 1:                                                  Model 2:                                          Model 3:

Leader
Social responsibility
Spiritual responsibility
Congregation

of leaders

Responsibility
Forgiveness Essence
Mistake, Confession
Figure 2: Responsibility of Leaders
· Administration

· Warnings

· Information

· Instruction

Switching
Management Attitude
Prime Mover
Lackadaisical
Destructive
Management Attitude
Management Training
MBO
MVVR
TQA
Identification
Strategy
Leader
Apply as appropriate to the indentified

 

God
Prophet
(Social)

Rules of law

Authority
The people
Figure 1: Followership and Leadership sence

 

  • Government-Cleric relation on issue of security

Let us establish the relevance of houses of worship in keeping the peace and security of the community[7]

Remuneration
Data bank
Police station
House of Worship
Information
LG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Cleric as chief security stakeholder of his immediate stakeholder must keep surveillance on his members of congregation and neighbourhood
  • Government (LG) must create a databank of the existing houses of God that will lead to effective planning for future establishment of religious houses to be environment friendly
  • The Police-house of God relation allow for ease of transformation transfer
  • The remuneration for motivation by government for service continuity
  • The questionnaire below is to guide us into the working mechanism for feasibility

 

The questionnaire

 

Part A –For Cleric

  • Is it easy to combine personal work with community service on security effectively?
  • Are you being remunerated by your church or mosque and in what ways?
  • If the government is to intervene in the remuneration, how much of a token would you appreciate?
  • Do you realize your credibility is equally at stake on this kind of service to your community?
  • How would you feel working for your community through the Police?

 

Part B

  • Do you find it necessary for religious sect or denomination to register with government through the local government?
  • How much of a token do you feel the LG should give to remunerate each cleric on community security service?
  • How would you monitor the effectiveness and sincerity of cleric on this matter to justify the remuneration for motivation?
  • How important is community security service to you as government officials?
  • Would you want this sensitization programme to continue and to spread across all 774 local governments in Nigeria?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Issues of security must be a concern of every Nigeria.  There is need for government to recognize houses of worships in every community as relevant organ of keeping the peace and community security.  There is equally a need to create harmonious working relation among the three sensitive organs of the society – government, cleric, Police (security agents).

 

Remuneration is mostly ……………………….. should be a token of recognition of service and must be justified through keeping the peace and ensuring community peace.  There is a need for precise demographic data of all religious bodies and houses of worship for ease of monitoring of religious and people’s activities in the community, society, state and the nation at large for ensured security.

 

Under a good democratic setting, people must be carried along with the policy and programmes of government before implementations through sensitization, opinion poll and/or referendum tools of decision making as it affects their lives and the state.

 

REFERENCE

 

Andrew, K. Luis, L. (2006): America Views on Religion, Politics, and Public Policy. Pew Research Centre for the People and the Press, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

 

Olagoke, S.A, (2016):  Change Mantra for Inclusive Society. Shafaudeen Annual

Workshop, January 23, 2016, Ibadan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

KNOWING WHO YOU ARE

Personality Type Code

 

 

 

  1. Direction of Focus/Source of Energy

E – Extraversion (Lively)

  1. Sociable
  2. Happy around others
  3. Know many people
  4. Speak before thinking
  5. Interest in different things

 

  1. Ways of Taking Information

S – Sensing (Logic)

  1. Rely on 5 senses
  2. Very ware of the here and now
  3. Detail oriented
  4. Tend to be specific
  5. Like to use established skills

 

  1. Decision Making Style

T – Thinking

  1. Logical – reasonable
  2. Business-like – Formal
  3. Question until satisfied-probing
  4. Straight forward frank
  5. Motivated by accomplishment – achievement

 

  1. Organisation Style

J – Judging

  1. Feel stress until work is done
  2. Work first, play later
  3. Complete things
  4. Want to be right
  5. Do things as they come

 

  1. I – Introversion (Calm)
  2. Reserved – unwilling to show feelings
  3. Energized by thoughts – deep thinker
  4. Have a few close friends
  5. Think before speaking
  6. Expert about area of interest

 

  1. N – Nutrition (Instinct)
  2. Rely on their 6th sense – sensitive
  3. Future oriented
  4. See possibilities
  5. Tend to be general – optimistic
  6. Like to learn new skills

 

  1. F – Feeling
  2. Make decisions based on value – principles
  3. Naturally friendly
  4. Likely to agree
  5. Tactful – diplomatic
  6. Motivated by appreciation – approval

 

 

  1. P- Perceiving
  2. Open minded
  3. Enjoy now, finish job later
  4. Start new things
  5. Want to miss nothing
  6. Likes pilling work

[1] Q2 vs. 185, II Timothy 3 vs. 16-17

[2] Q61s. 1-4

[3] Q3 vs. 104

[4] 1st Corinthians 3 vs. 19-20

[5] Hadith, Proverb 27 vs. 23

[6]

[7] Q37 vs. 1-3

FOCUS ON SHAFAUDEEN IN ISLAM 1

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Shafaudeen Islam Fidunya Waliakhirat is an international spiritual Islamice orgainzation that spreads across Nigeria and abroad, with headquarters, situated at Mafikuyomi square, Wakajaye, Iwo road, Ibadan, Nigeria. The organization originated from Oja’ Ba, Ibadan on January, 23 , 1983.

The organization lives by examples, pace-set ideals and stands to break new grounds in Islamic Evangelism to promote untiy nad prevent crisis of opinons. We believe religious rhetoric is no more relevant except at the application level to promote moral, national cohesion, global peace, through admonition principles of tolerance, religious cooperation and free spiritual healing and for the promotion of socio-economic upliftment through good governance.

OUR VISION

To enhance socio-economic and political activities in an environment of justice and equity, fair play and good governance through scritpture complaint religious system for ensured politcal stability and socio-spiritual security of mankind.

OUR MISSION

  • Institutionalizing research concept to facilitate religious understanding and practice
  • Employing peace-move empowerment and teaching method initiative to operationalize the scriptures based on strategic principles.
  • To effect on the global best practices  in home affairs, productivity, business, education, management, human relations and good governance.
  • To promote a well ordered society using media advantage out reach

OUR OBJECTIVES

Shafaudeen In Islam stands for the followingcardinal programmes :

*Promotion of social justice, love and fair play through Islamic practice to enhance :

Spiritual awareness for integrated social reform and nationa rebirth.

Free spiritual healing and true faith Islamic envangelism

Religious  harmony, national cohesion and fostering of global peace.

*Living by examples and pace-setting ideals

*Breaking grounds in Islamic evangelism to promote unity, and prevent crisis of opinions.

BRANCH NETWORK

The organization grows in strength form Ibadna(the international headquarters)to Ogun state(Ilaro, Abeokuta, Owde, Ado-Odo, Igbogila)Oyo town, Lagos state(Ijanikin, Okokomaiko, Race-Course, Ajah, Aba Oru, Adeleye)Osun state(Oshogbo, Ejigbo, Iwo)Kwara state(Ilorin)Niger state(Katcha, Minna) Kaduna state, Abuja,(the FCT), Sokoto, and Borno state(Maiduguri)It further spreads to  overseas countries like: USA Great Britain,(London), Soutth Africa, Cotwe D’Ivoire, Republic of Benin(Seme, Cotonou), Cameroun.

As part of the organization’s philosophy, arsing from the founding visio, it is mandatory for all  the organizattion’s branches to embark on project of Mosque and Morkaz to enhance workshop and knowledge continuity. The organization operates with the use of the Holy Books-qoran and Bible, Hadiths, the Shafaudeed constitution by which we registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) in 1992, and, sets of Byelaws to regulate our routine activities.

The organization dedicated its ultra modern multi million Naira Mosque to the glory of Almighty Allah in 2003, commissioned by the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik (Alhaji)Busari Haroon, and the Emirof Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zuluqarnnnnnnnaen Gambari

Branch Administration

Branches are administered by members with prerequisite qualification of Terkiyas and Terbiyas. Neighbourhood Da’awah is carried out by branches in their mosque within the neighbourhood

Between The Court Rooms And The Nigerian People

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The percentage of Judges and Magisterates in Nigeria,who have the tendency to sacrifice their integrity and career on the altar of filthy lucre are increasing by the day.

Most Nigerians, have a tale or the other to tell of their experiences in the courtrooms, good or bad, with the latter case occupying the majority position.

Interim injunctions, rulings and delivered judgements from the court rooms in the country have always attracted comments,questions and debates among the people, who still view the Judiciary,as the last resort and only hope of the common man.

However,the common man still finds it difficult to come to terms with the fact that the financial position of an individual determines what he comes out with from the court room.

In 2004, Justice Stanley Nnaji of the Enugu state Judiciary was suspended from office by the National Judicial Council(NJC), for ordering the then  Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun, to remove the then Anambra state Governor, Chris Ngige from office.

Also in the same year in Enugu state, Justice Anthony Onovo,ofthe Nsukka  Judicial Division,was asked by the then Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman NJC to give reasons for delivering a controversial judgement.

Justice  Onovo’s judgement had led to the demolition of a six bedroom bungalow,Nursery and Primary school and a poultry farm at No. 29 John Nwod close, Government Reservation Area,Enugu. The property belonged to a couple-Obed Chukwunedum and Linda Menakaya.

Following a petition written by to the Chief Justice by Menakaya,which alleged perversion of justice between Menakaya and one Dr.Harry Ezim-a United States of America based legal practitioner, the Chief Justice in a letter dated May 24, 2004,with reference No. NJC/873/1/185, requested Justice Onovo to respond ”urgently” to the petition.

Before this time Justice Onovo was transferred in 2002 from the Enugu Judicial Division toNsukka Judicial Division,but for undisclosed reasons, he continued to adjudicate on some cases, he was in charge in Enugu, before his transfer to Nsukka.

Of worry, is the fact that similar instances abound in several court rooms in the country,today.

Interestingly,the then state Chief Judge, never authorized Justice Onovo to conclude pending cases in his court before his transfer. This exposed his hidden interests in those cases.

The case between Dr. Ezim and Menakaya is one of such cases.

On 3, July, 2001, Dr. Ezim had instituted a suit in the state high court,against the 78year old retired Chief Agricultural Officer,in the old Anambra state, in a bid to claim ownership of No. 29 John Nwodo close.

In the suit No. E/18301,2001, Dr. Ezim prayed the court to declare that, he legitimatley acquired the property from the siblings of a deceased, Gabriel Okiyi, a close friend of Menakaya.

Indeed, court rooms are increasingly becoming waiting rooms of injustice.

But Menakaya through his counsel,Chief Anthony Mogboh, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) countered Dr. Ezim’s claim. Chief Mogboh stated that his client bought the land from late Okiyi, when he was Director in the Ministry of Agriculture in the defunct East Central state and thereafter, proceeded to build a six bedroom bungalow, a poultry farm and a Nursery and Primary school. He maintained that his client,had lived there since 1981.

Surprisingly, on 19 March,2004, Justice Onovo delivered judgement against Menakaya. In his judgement,Justice Onovo declared Menakaya a tresspasser on the land,while also ruling that Dr. Ezim was the rightful owner of the disputed property.

 

Less than an hour after  the judgement was  delivered, Dr. Ezim mobilised 15 thugs,three anti riot policemen and 14 policemen from the Police Area Command, Enugu and one Ugwu, the then Chief Bailiff of the Enugu state High court to eject Menakaya and his family.

On Monday,March 22, armed with a ”warrant of possession”,which Dr. Ezim claimed originated from Justice Onovo, and a caterpillar,the entire buildings were demolished.

Menakaya’s case is just one out of several thousands that have gone unnoticed. Indeed,it is very odd for some questionable legal practitioners to relocate their chambers to beer parlours,in residential  areas.

Their motives are  reflected in a beer parlour operator’s  words: “We always have our LLB, BL, beer parlour here for us,this is his chambers”.

Of interest,is the desperate attempts by individuals,who have  acquired illegitimate wealth to invest same in landed properties in major cities in the country, of course,this can only be possible with the seal of the court rooms,and the footsteps of  the law enforcement agents.

Are these attempts having the consent of the authorities that be ? Hopefully not !