Allies Under Attack: The Terrorist Threat to Europe

Georgia Holmer testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.

By: Georgia Holmer

I testify before you today as the Director of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the United States Institute of Peace, although the views expressed here are my own. USIP was established by Congress over 30 years ago as an independent, national institute to prevent and resolve violent conflicts abroad, in accordance with U.S. national interests and values. Violent extremism and terrorism pose significant challenges to peace and security in our world today, and understanding its causes and finding ways to address it are priorities for USIP.  Read more……..

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23 YEARS AFTER, STILL IN OUR MINDS

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CHIEF DAVID ADEBAYO ADEWUMI

       (Retired Principal)

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      The Akogun of Ibeshe, Lagos state

      (Former Electoral Commissioner, Lagos state(Alhaji Lateef Jakande Civilian         Administration )

 

      Daddy, the legacy you left behind 23 years ago still stands like the THE ROCK OF GILBRATA.

                                  BISI, TUNIJI, NIKE, FUNKE, TAYO

Economic Recession : Nigerians Should Pray and Endure-Okada Riders’ Chairman

Nigerians have been urged to  remain prayerful and  steadfast despite the hardships they are currently experiencing.

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These are the words of the Chairman, ANACOWA Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association, Oyo state chapter, Venerable Joseph Falade.

”We should keep on enduring, because the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is just two years old, so nobody can blame him yet. Although things are going from bad to worse everyday, but there is nothing we can say and do than to keep on enduring and praying for a change for the better for the people of Nigeria, so that by this time next year, we shall all have cause to smile”, Venerable Falade stated.

Lack of Faith in God is the Cause of Nigeria’s Problems-CAC Pastor

The  lack of faith in God is the cause of the myriad of problems, confronting Nigerians.

This assertion was made  by Pastor Joseph Akin Akinade of the Christ Apostolic Church, Dizengoff, Wafun,Olodo road, Ibadan Nigeria , in a chat with Federationews2day.

”Unless Nigerians believe that Jesus Christ is coming back, then there is a problem. The problem that we are having in Nigeria,  that we don’t know God, we believe in  juju,  we believe in idols and small gods. Until we give God  His honour, that is when Nigeria will have peace and rest”, Pastor Akin Akinade concluded.

Nigerian Leaders Seek Medical Attention Abroad To Avoid Been Consumed By Power Play-Cleric

The popular discussion among Nigerians at present, revolve round how the personal interests of those whom they voted into power have surprisingly, taken over the landscape.  Those  voted into power are engaged in a fierce covert battle to take control of power at the centre, while millions of citizens  are contending with hunger and poverty.

In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual head of  Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Olagoke speaks on this and the recent release of the Chiobok girls. Excerpts:

Unfolding events at the seat of power are a source of concern for Nigerians; do you think anything is wrong?

There is a lot of power play in Government Ethnicity is playing  a major role, tribal sentiments are also playing major roles, including religion, which is another factor. And it is unfortunate that the people of Nigeria are not helping matters.  We do not need any sentiments at this particular critical period, what we need is to forget about religion and ethnic background.

Nigeria is an experiment in their hands; they need to take it as a project and they need the peoples’ support, the two of them. So, that is number one, there is a lot of power play in Government, because in Nigeria today, when you have somebody in a position of power, the major problem is that of sycophants, always around them. These sycophants will continue to advise them negatively and wrongly, because the President and Vice President are investments in their hands. So, that is why we are having all these problems.

The man is sick and in Nigeria there is always a myth and mystery around people getting sick, that is why they are not really seeking medical treatment in Nigeria, because they know that there might be another power play, that they may send them to their graves that are why they run abroad.

So0, they are not really doing Nigeria a favour, because they are not been patriotic and sincere: the people who surround them and the people who are at work; this is the result of the situation in Nigeria presently.

Govt. Should Allow Parents to See Their Freed Children

82 Chibok girls have been released by the terrorists, what is your reaction?

Naturally I don’t expect that since they are just coming from the den of the terrorists, they should be released to their parents, because they are already ‘’monsters’’. They must have been traumatized, they must have been cloned into monstrous beings, their psyche needs to be changed, because of the too much delay in rescuing them, and they have already imbibed the culture of the terrorists.

So, their allegiance would be to those people. So, it is a psychological problem, but  if government  is not allowing their parents to see them, that is when Nigerians may raise eyebrows, because the thinking everywhere is that , all these girls may not necessarily be the Chibok girls, however later on they may be having  some  ‘’cosmetic and magical fathers and mothers’’ who will come up.

I will only plead that this issue must not be dragged too far, what they should do, is for Government to allow such parents to visit their children and now come out to accept or deny that those they visited are their children or not their children.

Until such evidence comes from the parents, we cannot insinuate that it is a gimmick or propaganda. Since they are I the custody of the Federal Government, this is far great and better, they will receive the best care and treatment.

Do Nigerian Workers Have A reason To Celebrate ?

The scene was that of workers with gloomy faces, clad in various vests, with their trade union names embedded on the vests, moving in and out of the Lekan Salami stadium venue of the 2017 workers day celebrations in Oyo state.

Even though the atmosphere indicated that all was not well, the organizers still went on with the programme of events.

Workers in attendance discussed their various experiences in the last few years,  with worries written all over their faces, while taking solace in the saying ”When there is life there is hope”.

For quite a while, some labour leaders had been silent on the plight of workers in the state, to the  chagrin of most workers, who insist that such attitude is an abberation, this is as most state Governments are at a lose on the legacies to be left behind on completion of their tenure.

The complain  by the Chairman of an industrial union ,that he was  yet to be given the special vests designed for  Labour leaders, is a reflection of the communication lag in most unions. The Chairman was eventually given a tight  fitting vest, which was obviously too small for him.

The large number of law enforcement agents and security operatives at the venue was a source of discomfort for the workers.

Do workers in Oyo state and Nigeria as a whole have a reason to celebrate ?

Professor Sabitu Olagoke is the Founder and spiritual head of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wakajaye, Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Professor Olagoke provides an answer. ”Workers do not have any cause to celebrate today, but to gather together, on pryer in a sober reflection mood. Workers are the engine of development of any nation, workers activities all along over the years have been moderate and  regulated through  laws and policies. Unfortunately Government is always at the violation end of the promises and policies. The way we treat workers in Nigeria, is like incapacitating the geese that lays the golden egg. Presently, workers in Nigeria are been traumatized and bullied, through the non payment of salaries by their political head employers. And along the line, they have been divided into fragments, so that they will not be able to speak with one voice”.

Of worry is the ”hot and cold’ attitude” of those, workers in the country rely on to achieve satisfactory remuneration and working conditions. This has made workers to be at the mercy of their pay masters in the public and private sectors.

”When you compare the dynamism of the present labour forces in Nigeria, you will agree with me that they have been incapacitated. They are not as viral as before, this is because of the divide and rule tactics of Government, destabilizing them and disorganizing their structure.  Workers those days, were known to fight for the cause of the poor., but today, some of their executives, in fact, romance with their employer oppressors in the name of Government.  Even, some union executives, milk dry the stipends of their unions. And in Nigeria today, most of them cannot really correct the aberrations, of Government because they prefer to compete with Government in self enrichment, while they collaborate in snubbing public schools  or having their children study abroad, while deceiving the masses, who really need their help and upon whose mandate they are carrying the banners of the unions. If all these anomalies are not corrected, the hope of the common man will be permanently dashed, essence of governance is to work to be able to serve the people, who gave them the mandate to serve. Nigeria needs constructive opposition, not necessarily from the inner fold or politically disgruntled parties, but from unions, who are expected to be objective and neutral in pursuing the cause of sanity for the common man, Professor Olagoke noted.

For Comrade Waheed Olojede, who is the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC)Oyo state council, some people  in far way Chicago, United States of America(USA) in 1887, lost their lives for the cause  of workers of the world. ”Today is a day to remember them and of course, to pray for them and of course to pray for their families.  This is why ,we say that even in the face of all odds, as workers of Nigeria we must celebrate to remember them and pray for the repose of their souls. Secondly,  I want to say that in reality, workers are not happy, not only in Oyo state, but the entire country. Today, Government at all levels are indebted in one way or the other, promotions are not effected as and when due, salaries and pensions are not paid, nobody is even talking about gratuity any longer. Workers are groaning, they are not happy, they are hungry, notwithstanding that, we have to celebrate ourselves.  No matter the situation, we we must gather  to celebrate ourselves and to also believe that life must continue, in whatever way, in whatever situation we find ourselves”, Comrade Olojede asserted.

Some union leaders in Oyo state have their own opinions. Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran is the Chairman Trade Union Congress(TUC), Oyo state council. Comrade Ogundiran is of the opinion that workers have a cause to celebrate .

”Workers have the cause to celebrate because we are alive,  the nation we  call Nigeria is our common project, it is still surviving, so workers have the cause to celebrate. But who should celebrate workers and who are the workers celebrating themselves ? What you are seeing  here, it is the workers whop are celebrating themselves, to give thanks to God that they are alive, they are surviving.Also to give thanks to God that this project called Nigeria is surviving”.

”But normally we have a word for employers, be it state, be it private, they are the ones to have looked back and celebrate their workers  because without us they cannot be, without us they cannot survive, nobody would have seen them as employers. But because we are working , we are the geese that are laying the golden eggs that they are eating, it behooves on them to celebrate their workers, but what do we have ? It is the workers coming together to celebrate themselves, even for that alone it is worth celebrating.

However, Comrade Ogundiran insists that when other indices and indicators are used, the workers day is not worth celebrating. ”What is the value of the Naira ? How many factories are closing down ? Look at the public service itself, is it looking like the way it used to look like, No !, it is not worth celebrating”.

For Comrade Olusola Fatoki-Cole, Chairman Non Academic Staff Union(NASU)Oyo state council workers have every cause to celebrate. ”By the grace of God we have every reason  to celebrate, to celebrate for been alive for been alive I think is the major reason  for us to be celebrating, we are hopeful that today may be bleak, but after the dark cloud, there will be sunshine,. by the special grace of God, we have every reason to thank God. I t is only the dead, who have no cause to celebrate, but we are still alive and God has been preserving us, for the fact that our salaries are not paid up to date, for the fact that they are still owing us some months of salary arrears, but we thank God that we don’t have any cause to be on the sick bed, even though that is the wish of some people, who are against the workers in this state, but God has proved them wrong.  God has disappointed them,  that in spite of hunger, in spite of starvation, God is  keeping us alive. So, we have every reason to celebrate.

Indeed, Comrade Ademola Babalola, Chairman, Medical and Health  Workers Union of Nigeria(MHWUN)Oyo state council believes that workers have every reason to celebrate, even as he counsels workers to remain steadfast, as the present difficulties they are passing through is for a short while.

”Workers have a cause to celebrate. Come what may, whatever they may be facing or they may  be encountering, we believe it will be just for a while, it would come and go. So, we believe by God’s grace everything would soon be alright.

What about the workers  who have passed on to glory, as a result of the uncomfortable situation ? They do not have nay reason to celebrate. So sad.

Govt. Should Create Enabling Environment to Curb Suicide- SSANU Leader

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has been urged to create an enabling environment for unemployed Nigerians and employers of labour, to thrive, as a step towards  curbing the increasing rate of suicide in the country.

In addition, religious organizations have been advised to place less emphasis on wealth in their messages to their followers.

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According to the National Vice President of the Renoir Staff Association of Nigerian Universities(SSANU)western zone, Comrade Alfred Jimoh, who made this assertion, the present economic situation in the country, was a major cause of the high rate of  suicide.

”Government has its own role to play and also our religious bodies. Ironically, Nigeria happens to be a highly religious country, I wonder if there is any country in the world that has as many churches and mosques as we have in Nigeria. But we find out that in these religious centres, probably what I can call competition, show off of wealth, in the form of giving tithes, fashion, all sorts of things, whereby other worshipers, who are not well to do begin to think and begin to get themselves worked up. So, to that extent, I will say, yes, that Government has its role to play by creating an enabling environment for everybody to be gainfully employed”.

”Not necessarily that Government should employ every  unemployed person, Government can create an enabling environment for private entrepreneurs, to be able to establish, not necessarily the big time entrepreneurs, the medium and small scale entrepreneurs, the people who grind pepper, if there is electricity for them to be able to do their work, the vulcanizers, the iron benders and the farmers, if there is an enabling environment, all of these aspects will engage a lot of people. And the moment Nigerians are able to feed themselves, I think the remaining challenges are half solved. So to Government, I will say let Government create an enabling environment for employment. And for the  religious centres, I will say that they should de-emphasize sermons on riches, particularly in some christian churches, the sermons all the time are based on prosperity, how people can break through and all those things. So, let’s address the situation  in the country, and make people think more of heaven, than material wealth, that we can accumulate here”.

”Suicide is becoming very rampant in Nigeria, for me, it  calls for concern and I link it with probably, the socioeconomic situation  in the country. There is no doubt that the socioeconomic situation in the country is not pleasant, it is not favorable to an average Nigerian. Nigeria as a country and Nigerians as human beings, we are known for our resilience, suicide, was not rampant . If you talk of suicide in maybe Japan, Korea, those oriental countries, after a little challenge or problem, people do commit suicide, but in Nigeria, it was not part of us, it used to be very rare. But these days, you now find suicide in the news, almost everyday, it calls for concern”, Comrade Jimoh concluded.

We Need to Make Our Religious System Functional To Curtail The Increasing Suicide Rate-Cleric

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Last week, a senior naval officer, shot and killed himself with his service pistol in Lagos, Nigeria. Days after, amiddle aged man jumped into a canal at the FESTAC area of Lagos. He did not survive. The number of Nigerians committing suicide is  on the increase. In this interview, the Founder and Spiritual head of Shafudeen Worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Olagoke, outlines some factors that are responsible for the ugly trend. Excerpts :

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Nigerians are daily committing suicide, what do you think is responsible for this ?

Suicide is not only sinful, but criminal, because we are not supposed to take our own lives, even there is always a need to pray against predators, that is, to avoid calamities, to avoid sudden death. Not to talk of now killing oneself.

However, we need to look into various factors that are responsible for people to decide to take their own lives. Let us look at the era of prosperity, we recorded less suicide cases, because everyone was meaningfully engaged. But in a situation, whereby one finds himself in recession, one finds himself under a critical situation of insecurity, although cowards die many times, before their death, many of us are cowards in the face of poverty. Maybe some people may have resorted to some secret deal, which eventually is becoming open, some people may prefer to take their lives.

Maybe there is a particular ailment an individual has been nursing and after a fruitless search for cure, he discovers that it would not work out, he may resort into taking his own life. But in the case of suicide bombing, the underlying factor is poverty, because those  who have taken their lives alongside others, are among the poverty stricken people in the society. Those who sent them would never think of taking their own lives. Also a certain category of people who take their ow lives, must have borrowed money from the banks, huge debt, and they might have been defrauded or they have their investment collapsing, such people may resort to taking their own lives.

However, even in the face of poverty, people are not supposed to take their own lives, if and only if our religious houses are functional. But presently, it is now an open secret that most religious leaders are empty, they are not role models, they hide under religion to perpetrate a lot of evil.

And so, those who want to use religion as a form of warranty, a form of security, discover that because of the way religious leaders are handling  religious issues, the safety factor is already removed.

So, if one knows that he is in debt, and some people can bail him out, he won’t take his life.  If one realizes that he has a very serious case and he knows the Judge, one can press the button, instead of the person to hang himself, because of the connection, he won’t take his,life. It is when people look around critically and discover that there is no help coming form anywhere, that is when recession is becoming depression, when people are depressed, psychologically, they become imbalanced. And there is no way they can really hold themselves together, it is then they believe that all hope is  lost. All these are wrong steps., because the holy books says that we must not take our own lives and that whoever that is not dead yet, still has the hope of improving his or her life later.

So our Institutions of higher learning, the Sociology Department, Psychology and Guidance and Counseling Department are supposed to do their work. A lot of people are taking their own lives, what are these Departments doing ?  We have to challenge them.  we also need to challenge the clerics, how will you seem before your God, when people in your custody are getting lost by killing themselves ? Suffice now to say that there is a need to generally overhaul this particular land, Nigeria. We need to make the religious system to become functional, we need to make our educational institutions to become functional, so that they will have direct bearing on the lives of the people.We have social workers, they are supposed to save the situation. Look at cultism in our higher institutions, most of our children and wards joined secret cults to address psychological problems and frustrations. They want to have hope, they want to have security and they go around looking for where they will get  it and this is how cultists let them into it. So this means that the  services of Guidance and Counseling units in all higher institutions must be practical, to arrest this kind of situation. Also all religious houses must have Guidance and Counseling units that will be able to address the trauma their adherents are passing through. So, it is only when we practically face these  problems of frustration and depression that we can really prevent people from taking their own lives. In the Holy Koran 39 : 53 God says that ”O ye people who have committed so much crime and sins, don’t lose hope, I can still rescue you, I can still restore your life for you, decide to refrain from sins, then I will forgive you and you will now realize yourself in the true sens of it.

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.

 

Things Will Become Alright When Nigerians Return To The Basic Morals and Value

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Nigerians have been advised to return to the basic tenets  of morals and values, as a condition for having a sane and less problematic society.

This advice was given by the Commandant General of Zion Chaplain and Charity Services, Ibadan, Nigeria, Chaplain Julius Taiwo , in a chat.

”Majority of us are Ministers of the gospel, and  we believe in the core values of every personality and we believe that until we go back to the basic standard or the norms and values which were at the beginning, nothing will work. Until every individual re-examines himself or herself, we can’t get it right. When morals are removed from society, then expect anything, without morals, we can’t do anything.

Chaplain Taiwo lamented that parents had continuously ignored their domestic obligations saying ”we did not get to this stage suddenly”.

He called for concerted efforts to reverse the trend, adding, ”we should give  total support to the present administration by been law abiding, and praying for those in Government. If some are getting it wrong, some will  get it right, we should not lose hope”,Chaplain Taiwo asserted.

He maintained that Zion Chaplain and Charity Services focused its training on integrity, self-esteem and moral values, as a step towards equipping people with all they need to become ‘Men of Purpose”.