Apostle Frank Uwakwe, a Nigerian-American pastor has responded to the notorious sermon of one Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka whose campaign against President Goodluck Jonathan set the online media ablaze a few weeks ago.
Posting on his facebook timeline, the outspoken pastor who fights against tithe-paying in the new testament church wrote as reproduced below:
“The obvious reasons I did not want to talk about Native Dr Fr. Mbaka is that he is a magician of some sort, he is confused and unaware of the move of God, how can you give a reason by using four birds and one representing Jonathan, others flew and Jonathan could not fly, it is the eastern mysticism, it’s a concoction and concept of the dark world in conjunction with medieval mythology, it does not hold grounds in this generation and globalization and its baseless both spiritually, physically and logically, so his antiquated outdated Egyptian witchcraft is in fact injurious to the people, such a charlatan should be put out of business, he does not represent any religion not even paganism, Like I said Jonathan has failed us but God is giving him a chance to complete the second term and present us a David and Our Joshua as we enter into the glorious purpose and time of our great nation Nigeria, Buhari is not in the plan of God, Its the making and matching of men and the counsel and council of the ungodly shall not stand.”~Frank Uwakwe~ (sic)
Frank Uwakwe’s post in response to Rev.Fr. Mbaka’s antiGEJ sermon caused a division between his mostly christian friends/followers. Here are some of the comments:
Evangelist Eagle Kings Adirije: “The voice of spiritual fathers over the destiny of Nigeria would chart the course and navigate the our national progression to God’s destined and designed purpose. Speak sir..”(sic)
The 1985 speech by former Military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida after overthrowing Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Africa Thisday has obtained a soft copy of the 1985 national speech delivered by Nigeria’s former Military head of State, Ibrahim Babangida stating the reasons why he overthrew General Muhammadu Buhari. Below is the speech.
When in December 1983, the former military leadership, headed by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, assumed the reins of government, its accession was heralded in the history of this country. With the nation at the mercy of political misdirection and on the brink of economic collapse, a new sense of hope was created in the minds of every Nigerian.
Since January 1984, however, we have witnessed a systematic denigration of that hope. It was stated then that mismanagement of political leadership and a general deterioration in the standard of living, which had subjected the common man to intolerable suffering, were the reasons for the intervention.
Nigerians have since then been under a regime that continued with those trends. Events today indicate that most of the reasons which justified the military takeover of government from the civilians still persist.
The initial objectives were betrayed and fundamental changes do not appear on the horizon. Because the present state of uncertainty, suppression and stagnation resulted from the perpetration of a small group, the Nigerian Armed Forces could not as a part of that government be unfairly committed to take responsibility for failure. Our dedication to the cause of ensuring that our nation remains a united entity worthy of respect and capable of functioning as a viable and credible part of the international community dictated the need to arrest the situation.
Let me at this point attempt to make you understand the premise upon which it became necessary to change the leadership. The principles of discussions, consultation and co-operation which should have guided decision-making process of the Supreme Military Council and the Federal Executive Council were disregarded soon after the government settled down in 1984. Where some of us thought it appropriate to give a little more time, anticipating a conducive atmosphere that would develop, in which affairs of state could be attended to with greater sense of responsibility, it became increasingly clear that such expectations could not be fulfilled.
Regrettably, it turned out that Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was too rigid and uncompromising in his attitudes to issues of national significance. Efforts to make him understand that a diverse polity like Nigeria required recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perceptions, only served to aggravate these attitudes.
Major-General Tunde Idiagbon was similarly inclined in that respect. As Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, he failed to exhibit the appropriate disposition demanded by his position. He arrogated to himself absolute knowledge of problems and solutions, and acted in accordance with what was convenient to him, using the machinery of government as his tool.
A combination of these characteristics in the two most important persons holding the nation’s vital offices became impossible to content with. The situation was made worse by a number of other government functionaries and organisations, chief among which is the Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO). In fact, this body will be overhauled and re-organized.
And so it came to be that the same government which received the tumultuous welcome now became alienated from the people. To prevent a complete erosion of our given mandate therefore, we had to act so that hope may be rebuilt.
Let me now address your attention to the major issues that confront us, so that we may, as one people, chart a future direction for our dear country. We do not pretend to have all the answers to the questions which our present problems have put before our nation. We have come with the strongest determination to create an atmosphere in which positive efforts shall be given the necessary support for lasting solutions.
For matters of the moment which require immediate resolutions, we intend to pursue a determined programme of action. Major issues falling into this category have been identified and decisions taken on what should be done.
Firstly, the issue of political detainees or convicts of special military tribunals. The history of our nation had never recorded the degree of indiscipline and corruption as in the period between October 1979 and December 1983.
While this government recognises the bitterness created by the irresponsible excesses of the politicians, we consider it unfortunate that methods of such nature as to cause more bitterness were applied to deal with past misdeeds. We must never allow ourselves to lose our sense of natural justice. The innocent cannot suffer the crimes of the guilty. The guilty should be punished only as a lesson for the future. In line with this government’s intention to uphold fundamental human rights, the issue of detainees will be looked into with despatch.
As we do not intend to lead a country where individuals are under the fear of expressing themselves, the Public Officers Protection Against False Accusation Decree 4 of 1984 is hereby repealed. And finally, those who have been in detention under this decree are hereby unconditionally released. The responsibility of the media to disseminate information shall be exercised without undue hindrance. In that process, those responsible are expected to be forthright and to have the nation’s interest as their primary consideration.
The issue of decrees has generated a lot of controversies. It is the intention of this government to review all other decrees.
The last twenty months have not witnessed any significant changes in the national economy. Contrary to expectations, we have so far been subjected to a steady deterioration in the general standard of living; and intolerable suffering by the ordinary Nigerians have risen higher, scarcity of commodities has increased, hospitals still remain mere consulting clinics, while educational institutions are on the brink of decay. Unemployment has stretched to critical dimensions.
Due to the stalemate, which arose in negotiation with the International Monetary Fund, the former government embarked on a series of counter-trade agreements. Under the counter-trade agreements, Nigerians were forced to buy goods and commodities at higher prices than obtained in the international market. The government intends to review the whole issue of counter-trade.
A lot has been said and heard about our position with the International Monetary Fund. Although we formally applied to the fund in April 1983, no progress has as yet been made in the negotiation and a stalemate has existed for the last two years.
We shall break the deadlock that frustrated the negotiations with a view to evaluating more objectively both the negative and positive implications of reaching a mutual agreement with the Fund. At all times in the course of discussions, our representatives will be guided by the feelings and aspirations of the Nigerian people.
It is the view of this government that austerity without structural adjustment is not the solution to our economic predicament. The present situation whereby 44 per cent of our revenue earning is utilised to service debts is not realistic. To protect the danger this poses to the poor and the needy in our society, steps will be taken to ensure comprehensive strategy of economic reforms.
The crux of our economic problems has been identified to centre around four fundamental issues:
1. A decrease of our domestic production, while our population continues to increase.
2. Dependence on import for both consumer goods and raw materials for our industries.
3. A grossly unequal gap between the rich and the poor.
4. The large role played by the public sector in economic activity with hardly any concrete results to justify such a role.
These are the problems we must confront.
ON FOREIGN POLICY:
Nigeria’s foreign policy in the last 20 months has been characterised by inconsistency and incoherence. It has lacked the clarity to make us know where we stood on matters of international concern to enable other countries relate to us with seriousness. Our role as Africa’s spokesman has diminished because we have been unable to maintain the respect of African countries.
The ousted military government conducted our external relations by a policy of retaliatory reactions. Nigeria became a country that has reacted to given situations, rather than taking the initiative as it should and always been done. More so, vengeful considerations must not be the basis of our diplomacy. African problems and their solutions should constitute the premise of our foreign policy.
The realisation of the Organisation of African Unity of the Lagos Plan of Action for self-sufficiency and constructive co-operation in Africa shall be our primary pursuit.
The Economic Community of West African States must be reborn with the view to achieving the objective of regional integration. The problems of drought-stricken areas of Africa will be given more attention and sympathy, and our best efforts will be made to assist in their rehabilitation within the limits of our resources. Our membership of the United Nations Organisation will be made more practical and meaningful. The call for a new International Economic Order which lost its momentum in the face of the debt crisis will be made once again.
Nigeria hereby makes a renewed request to the Non-Aligned Movement to regroup and reinvigorate its determination to restructure the global economic system, while we appeal to the industrialized nations to positively consider the debt plight of the developing countries and assist in dealing with the dangers that face us. We shall remain members of the various multilateral institutions and inter-governmental organisations which we belong to and do what must be done to enhance the membership and participation within them.
Fellow Nigerians, this country has had since independence a history mixed with turbulence and fortune. We have witnessed our rise to greatness, followed with a decline to the state of a bewildered nation. Our human potentials have been neglected, our natural resources put to waste. A phenomenon of constant insecurity and overbearing uncertainty has become characteristic of our national existence.
My colleagues and I are determined to change the course of history. This government is determined to unite this country. We shall not allow anything to obstruct us. We recognise that a government, be it civilian or military, needs the consent of the people to govern if it is to reach its objective. We do not intend to rule by force. At the same time, we should not be expected to submit to unreasonable demands. Fundamental rights and civil liberties will be respected, but their exercise must not degenerate into irrational expression nor border on subversion.
The War Against Indiscipline will continue, but this time, in the minds and conduct of Nigerians, and not by way of symbolism or money-spending campaigns.
This government, on its part, will ensure that the leadership exhibits proper example. Criticisms of actions and decisions taken by us will be given necessary attention and where necessary changes made in accordance with what is expected of us.
Let me reiterate what we said in 1984: This generation of Nigerians and indeed future generations have no other country but Nigeria. We must all stay and salvage it together. This time it shall be pursued with deeper commitment and genuine sincerity.
There is a lot of work to be done by every single Nigerian. Let us all dedicate ourselves to the cause of building a strong, united and viable nation for the sake of our own lives and the benefits of posterity.
Finally, I wish to commend the members of the Armed Forces and the Nigeria Police for their mature conduct during the change.
I thank you all for your co-operation and understanding.
God bless Nigeria.
Controversial Nigerian Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka in his new year message to his congregation asked his people to vote out President Goodluck Jonathan and vote in General Buhari in the February general elections. Africa Thisday in this video presents to you a compilation of Rev. Mbaka’s words against and for the president. Watch and judge for yourself.
Nigeria’s finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala recent told Nigerians that the Federal Government has withdrawn the N100 billion charges against Mohammed Abacha, to ease the return of the N36.32 billion.
Here is the 5-Point Querry issued by the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) on the matter.
1. If Mohammed Abacha is still in the opposition will President Jonathan wave N100 billion or to be exact N413.68 billion?
2. Does it add arithmetically to flush away N100 billion to ease the return of N36.32 billion?
3. Is it not the same government that pronounced publicly that they are recovering N446 billion from Mohammed Abacha?
4. Is it only the Abachas that looted and siphoned our commonwealth abroad?
5. Is the Jonathan administration not aware of the favourable international laws for the recovery of looted funds?
NIGERIANS AND THEIR FIRST LADY IN COURT…QUESTIONS NIGERIANS MUST ANSWER!…featuring things you never knew about the FIRST FAMILY.
She is Dr. Dame Chief (Mrs). Patience Fakabelema Jonathan (nee Oba), the first lady of Nigeria and he is President Goodluck Jonathan. Dame Patience Jonathan was born in Port Harcourt on the 25th October 1957 while President Goodluck Jonathan was born on 20th November, 1957, a month younger than his wife.
They met at the Rivers State College of Education (now Rivers State University of Education, Rumuolumeni). President Goodluck Jonathan was her lecturer and one thing led to another, they both fell in love. Today, the rest is history as that Mr. Lecturer of yesterday now leads the most populous black nation on earth. Hear her:
“We first met at the Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt where I was a student. He was my Biology lecturer.Later, he left for university of Port Harcourt to pursue his PhD but he was already attracted to me and later we both fell in love and got married.”
She is widely criticized for her poor grammar. She is currently been crucified in the social media for her recent outburst on national television where she lost control of her emotions crying: “Chai, there is God oh” with a heavy Nigerian ascent.
Africa Thisday asks Nigerians: What is her crime? Is been original and real a crime in Nigeria? Why have Nigerians chosen ‘fashion’ instead of ‘passion’? Has the west so enslaved you that you have lost that African factor-Respect? Isn’t pidgin English the Nigerian thing? When did good English become a yardstick to measure good leadership? Is English your mother tongue? Does the English man speak your language let alone been fluent in any African language? Africa Thisday asks!Answers wanted!
BREAKING NEWS: Britain, China, France, Canada join U.S to offer assistance in communications, logistics, intelligence planning to #BringBackOurGirls:
DAYS of terror in Nigeria may be over soon as countries of the world have joined forces to end the terror of Boko Haram and also help rescue the abducted school girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Steve Waren, according to Associated Press, said: “There are already about 70 military personnel in Nigeria, including 50 regularly assigned to the embassy, and 20 Marines have been there for training,” Warren said. “And US is sending no fewer than 10 military troops to Nigeria, as part of the US effort to help find over 230 girls kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram”, Warren stated.
The British and French governments, also on Wednesday, said they would send teams of experts to complement the US team heading to Nigeria to help with the search for the girls.
France Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said France was ready to send a “specialized team … to help with the search and rescue.”
President Goodluck Jonathan, reacting to these developments, also said China had offered assistance.
In a similar development, Africa Thisday has confirmed that Canada has indicated interest in helping Nigeria fight against Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria, is now generating worldwide attention and condemnation.
NEWS AND VIEWS: USING BOKO HARAM’S 2011-STATEMENT IN FIGHTING TERRORISM IN 2014; WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.
On Saturday, 9th July 2011, Boko Haram published a statement on their blog: (yusufislamicbrothers.blogspot.com). The statement which was titled OUR STRENGTH AND SUPPORT IS FROM THE PEOPLE read as follows:
“THE NIGERIAN STATE AND THE STATE SECURITY SERVICES CAN ONLY BARK BUT CANNOT BITE
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT;
a. WE DO NOT LIVE IN CAMPS
b. WE ARE WELL KNOWN BY THE LOCAL PEOPLE
c. WE ARE SUPPORTED BY THE LOCAL PEOPLE
d. THE LOCALS LOVE US
e. THE LOCALS SUPPORTS US
f. THE LOCALS WILL NEVER BETRAY US BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN OUR CAUSE
g. SSS, WE ARE NOT FAR AWAY FROM YOU, IF YOU CAN GET US, COME FOR US
h. WE WILL NOT RELENT UNTIL WE ACHIEVE OUR AIM
i. THE BANNING OF MOTORCYLCES IN MAIDUGURI AND ENVIRONS WILL NOT HINDER OR DETER US
j. DESPITE OBSTRUCTIONS TO OUR SEVERAL OPERATIONS IN KADUNA BY THE SSS,WE ARE STILL DETERMINED TO BE GUEST OF THE BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS IN KADUNA
k. WE HAVE PROVEN OUR RESOLVE BY OUR TWO RECENT ATTACKS OF POLICE STATIONS IN BAUCHI STATE EARLIER IN THE WEEK
l. WE MAY BE FORCED TO LIBERATE INNOCENT CITIZENS WHO ARE BEING DETAINED AND ALLEGED TO BE OUR MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY THE MEMBER OF THE KADUNA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY WHO IS UNDER CUSTODY UNDER FALSE ALLEGATION THAT HE IS OUR MEMBER/FINANCIER. A MAN WHO WE DO NOT EVEN SHARE THE SAME RELIGION, BELIEFS AND CULTURE WITH US
MORE ATTACKS ON THE WAY!
MORE ATTACKS ON THE WAY!!
MORE ATTACKS ON THE WAY!!!” (Published by Boko Haram on yusufislamicbrothers.blogspot.com)
Now these are the views of Africa Thisday:
1) Boko Haram made it clear that they do not live in camps. The military action by the Nigerian Government against Boko Haram will never yield positive results as far as the military action is focused on locating and bombarding the camps of the terrorists. These terrorists do not live in camps. They are smarter than that. They mix up with the people. They walk the streets like the common man on the street. This proves why President Goodluck Jonathan’s emergency rule is yielding no result. Here is a strategy: Let the military reduce their presence in the North of Nigeria. Let them engage more intelligence officers than foot soldiers. Reducing their presence from the region will give the terrorists space to operate but under High-Tech Surveillance. The whole of the North should be under 24-hours satellite surveillance and not under 24-hours curfew. By this, it will take a shorter period of time and lower degree of human and material resources to win the war against terrorism in Nigeria. The Nigerian Government should have known this before now, but to save more lives, they should do this before it is too late.
2) Boko Haram’s support is not from some top Nigerian politicians. Their support is from the common man on the street of Borno State. Now you are about to disagree with this point but wait a minute. What help do you think a Nigerian politician will offer to a terrorist group like Boko Haram? Money? NO! If Boko Haram needs money, the weapons are there to rob the banks and even rob rich individuals including the politicians. A man with a gun does not beg. Government Connections? No. The government is their number One enemy and they are smart enough not to play close to the government. Information? Yes! Boko Haram do need information to operate and this can come from anybody ranging from presidential aids to the hawker on the street. Jihadists? Yes. Boko Haram needs people who will sacrifice their lives for their cause and this will come from the masses and not the politicians. Do you not think Nigeria should shift their attention from the politicians and focus on the people who are really supporting the project of Boko Haram? Do you not think that the government’s focus on politicians as sponsors/supporters of Boko Haram is more political than remedial.
3) Did you read Boko Haram say in their statement “we will not relent”? Does that sound like they were joking? Nigerians and the world must realize that Boko Haram is a cause that military force is not enough to quench. This is not just like armed robbery or drug trafficking, this is a jihad. It has to do with what an individual believes. The Jihadists life is connected to his belief. The more you attack them, the more they attack you. Africa Thisday recently conducted a research and came to a conclusion that the military action against Boko Haram has resulted in the death of more innocent civilians than the death or arrest of the insurgents. In every 10 deaths, at least 7 are innocent Nigerians. Till when shall we see the failure of ‘untargetted’ military force in the fight against Boko Haram? How many more innocent Nigerians should be killed before we put our brains to work more than we use our guns? Terrorism is the most organised crime in the world. It operates with the highest level of criminal intelligence and must be met with the highest level of sophisticated military intelligence and not just sophisticated weapons.