Nigerians Should Desist from Embarking on Negative Prayers Against President Buhari-Cleric

Nigerians have been called upon to desist from embarking on negative prayers against President Muhamadu  Buhari who is presently, recuperating  in a London hospital.

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This call was made by the Chairman, Christian  Association of Nigeria(CAN), Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria Chaplain(Evangelist)E.A Babalola, who also doubles as the Commandant General, Royal Chaplain Global  Mission in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.

”So, what Nigerians have to do ow, is to encourage President  Muhammadu Buhari  and to pray for him to have good health, in order for him to fulfill the destiny  God has placed on him  for Nigeria. So, what the President needs now,is not devilish prayers against his life, the prayers he needs now, are prayers to preserve his life, prayers for healing, prayers for good health  and prayers for long life. It is not a matter for religion, but a matter  of service to our fatherland”.

Chaplain(Evangelist) Babalola condemned those on negative prayers against the President, saying ”that is to show how wicked people can be, nobody owns anybody’s life, it is only God that owns life, and nobody can kill, unless God permits it. if it is not ordained for the President to die at this time, no amount of prayers that they will pray against him will come to pass, because there is a purpose why God brought  him in to be President at this particular time and everybody is vulnerable to fall sick,  he is a man and he is of age, the job of  presiding a nation is not a small job, the load of a nation is a very heavy one. So for him to  be thinking of Nigeria is enough for him as an old man”.

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

Increasing Rate of Suicide in Nigeria : The Devil is at Work-Cleric

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Suicide is becoming rampant among Nigerians and this is already becoming a source of worry for several families. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN)Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria who is also the Commandant General of the Royal Global Chaplain Mission, Evangelist(Chaplain)Emmanuel Babalola says that those involved in the ugly act do not have God in their lives. Excerpts :

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Suicide is on the increase in Nigeria, why is this so ?

The spiritual in road into this  situation, clearly shows the level of understanding of Nigerians about God, because no person that is of God, who believes in God and trusts God will commit suicide, Suicide is the taking  of one’s life, which is against the Bible. You shall not  kill, somebody that kills himself or herself, has already committed a sin, which is against the commandments of God, it shows the level of understanding, the level of Godlessness in Nigerians. People are just worshiping, going to different  places of worship, God is not in their lives, that is why you see the situation this way. Occurrences in Nigeria shows the hopelessness in people, they believe that nothing good can no longer come from anywhere. So, they are now committing suicide, to end what they are passing through. The Bible says if weeping tarry for a night, joy cometh in the morning. Tough times don’t last forever, it is just for a certain period. If we are able to withstand it and refocus our lives, we are going to get to the end of it. At the end of the tunnel, there will be light. So it shows the level of decadence in Nigeria, number one, the level of Godlessness, number two, number three, there is no value for human life in Nigeria. You did not create life, you should not take it.

The devil is at work, he does not want anybody to scale through, and he will be whispering into their ears”End it now, it is okay”. Remember he did it to Jesus Christ. People are falling into the temptation of the devil, to take their won lives. The devil is at work.

 

Muslims Called Upon To Embrace Farming

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Muslims in Nigeria have been called upon to embrace Farming as a means of livelihood, rather than begging for alms.

This call was made  on Monday, by the National chairman, Jama’tu Izalatu Bidi’a  Wa’iqamati Sunna(JIBWIS), Sheik Abdullahi, in an interactive session with Journalists in Gombe.

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Sheik Bala-Lau maintained that once they took to farming, their economic prosperity would be assured, while also leading to the reduction of the  number of beggars in the society.

He also disclosed that his organization had set up a committee to look into how it could empower its members with start up capital, to start their own farming.

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The cleric admonished Nigerians to continue to pray for peace in the country and also for the President, for all his nation building policies to come to fruition.

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.

Trump defends executive action, says ‘This is not a Muslim ban’

By Rebecca Savransky

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President Trump on Sunday released a statement stressing the importance of keeping the country safe and denying that his executive order amounts to a Muslim ban, amid protests and backlash from lawmakers.

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those feeling oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border,” the president said in the statement.

“We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.”

Trump said his policy is similar to what former President Obama did in 2011, when he “banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”

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Trump also pointed to the Obama administration for identifying the seven countries included in Trump’s executive order.

“To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” he said.

“There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.”

Trump said America will be issuing visas again to all countries once “we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”

Trump on Friday signed an executive order calling for a 90-day ban on nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States. The order also includes a 120-day halt on admitting refugees and an indefinite pause on admitting refugees from Syria.

“I have a tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria,” he said.

“My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”

A federal judge in New York on Saturday night granted an emergency stay, temporarily halting the removal of people detained following Trump’s order.
The move appears to mark the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration and affects those who have arrived in the U.S. with previously approved refugee applications or were in transit with valid visas. Similar rulings were later issued in Virginia, Massachusetts and Washington state.
Protests broke out across the country on Saturday and Sunday to protest the president’s executive order and to call for the U.S. to welcome immigrants and refugees.
Source : The Hill

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

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Press Release

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)

Nigerians Should Pray For President Buhari-Religious Cleric

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Nigerians have been called upon to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari, as they begin the new year, just as the Federal Government has been urged to address the biting hunger in the country.

This call was made by the  General Overseer of the Love of Christ Apostolic Church, Oke-Idanade, Inalende, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prophet(Pastor)Olorunkosebi, in a chat with Federationews2day.

”Nigerians should pray for the President, things will become better, as President Muhammadu Buhari  has stated Presidnet Buhari is a man of God, where he is today, God is behind him, God will continue to be behind him.  God will not allow the President to be put to shame. This Government is good, the past ones are good. What is happening is not new, we have been passing through this,for years.   Tomorrow shall be better.  I urge all the people of God to be patient. Nigeria would have been destroyed, if not for God. The end of everything is joy.

Similarly, Reverend Taiwo Thompson of the Victory Gospel Apostolic Church urged the Federal Government to address the plight of hungry Nigerians saying” People are hungry, we thought that there will be a change, but that is not so.  Government should do something about this. Nigerians should be steadfast in all they do, although churches are on the increase the genuine ones are not many”.

 

Trump Presidency : Be Optimistic-Prof. Olagoke

”To us as religious people, the opposition is there to checkmate any unnecessary  overture . Let us all, therefore remove the phobia of fear and Monti his alliance with Russia through prayers, to regulate the world  of Science and Technology, from been used as weapon of oppression and destruction. Let us be optimistic that God will be in control and guide Donald Trump”

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As the World continues to react to the victory of Donald Trump in the United state Presidential elections, the founder and spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke , in this interview with Federationews2day, opines that people should be optimistic that God will take control of the situation. Excerpts :

What is your reaction to the victory of Donald Trump in the US Presidential elections ?

The electoral victory of Donald Trump is a surprise, despite some underground work, he must have done to give him the victory. Going by the various vituperation, which all of us believe was a campaign of hate, full of hurting speeches that had threatened the whole world, that has made a lot of people to dislike him the more. The implication is that if we should stand by what he professed,  then Africa will not enjoy his Presidency.

Nigerians, generally, will be the target of governance, while the Muslim world may  need to regroup and with greater tempo, in renewed acts of defense, which the whole world may even see as increased tempo of  terrorism, because of the way and manner they would want to seek redress.

However, with the antecedents of the general influence of America, in any nation, they go, to wage war or to remove their perceived enemies, they always leave a trail of their own perceived ways of life, which had eroded, so much, the core values of cultural heritage of very many nations.

Donald Trump regards Africans as very lazy womanizers, and this is the reason why we are not developed.

However, Donald himself, said that he was out to unite every American,  and to work with everybody, irrespective  of your religion, creed and race. This implies that he may not be as tough and wicked as we have perceived, mainly because leadership and governance are always guided  by reason.

And the Congress will be there  to checkmate any unnecessary overtures. His total disregard  for abortion and gay practice may give him a better image, over the Obama/Clinton union, because Muslims and Christians will give him full support on this.

To us as religious people, the opposition is there to checkmate any unnecessary  overture . Let us all, therefore remove the phobia of fear and Monti his alliance with Russia through prayers, to regulate the world  of Science and Technology, from been used as weapon of oppression and destruction. Let us be optimistic that God will be in control and guide Donald Trump

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

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[7] Q37 vs. 1-3