Buhari in deep sorrow over death of political ally Captain Din

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sorrow over the death of the Chairman of the Plateau State All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders Council, Captain Joseph Din.

He said Din will not only be missed by him, but missed also by his family and the government and people of Plateau State whom he loved so much and served with all his energy.

The President, who sent a strong delegation to the burial, which took place on Saturday in Jos, said Captain Din, with whom he had served in the same unit in the army as a young officer will be missed as a friend and political ally.

In a letter to the widow, Mrs. Christiana Din which was signed by him and read in Church by the leader of the delegation, Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, President Buhari said the late Captain Din “was a trusted and very reliable friend.”

He said Din was a broad-minded patriot whose approach to national issues was most practical and worthy of emulation. He was equally a peace-loving man.

“I also commiserate with the Plateau State Government and the All Progressives Congress family in the State on the demise of the Chairman of the party’s Elders Advisory Council”.

Buhari said he believed that Din’s wise counsel would be sorely missed, especially at this time.

“Since his retirement, my late friend has conducted himself very well in business and politics as a man of peace, contributing tremendously to the relative tranquility enjoyed in the Plateau.

“As I condole with you and members of the family, I urge you to take solace in the good works that the late Captain left behind and remain strong and pray that Almighty God will repose his soul.”

The President’s delegation included the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and Barrister Udeme Ekott, representing Sen. James Akpanudoedehe, Secretary, All Progressives Congress Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
Source – PM News



Religious violations: CAN faults US for delisting Nigeria, says agenda to wipe away Christians has not stopped

The Christian Association of Nigeria has knocked the United States for removing Nigeria from its 2021 list of religious violators, saying that Christians are still being persecuted by terrorist groups and other Islamic associations in the country.

The apex Christian organisation said that it is at a loss on the data or statistics used by the US government in arriving at delisting Nigeria from the list of ‘Countries of Particular Concern’ on the issue of freedom of religion.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a statement on Wednesday, blacklisted Russia, China and eight other countries as religious violators, leaving out Nigeria which was placed on the same list in 2020.

Blinken later visited Abuja, Nigeria on a two-day official visit that ended on Friday, saying the delisting of Nigeria was based on facts.

However, CAN in a statement on Saturday frowned upon the move, saying Christians are still being ferociously attacked and nothing has changed between 2020 and 2021 to warrant the removal of Nigeria from the list of religious violators.

The statement signed by CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle was titled, ‘CPC List: We Are At a Loss On the Data the US Government Used for the Delisting of Nigeria – CAN’.

The statement read in part, “The US government did not contact us when they were listing Nigeria among the countries of ‘Particular Concern’ on religious freedom, neither did they seek our opinion before removing Nigeria from the list. If they had done, we would have been able to compare the statistics then and now on the issue of freedom of religion in Nigeria.

“Whatever may be the data they used, our prayer is that Nigeria would be a country where no religious group is discriminated against or persecuted and that our government would see to it that all religiously biased policies are discontinued with.

“Christians had faced and are still facing persecution from ISWAP and the Boko Haram Islamic Group till today as before. These are the people who said their agenda was to wipe away Christianity from Nigeria and to plant Islam as the only religion from the North down to the Atlantic Ocean in the South. That agenda with the killing of Christians has not stopped till today and Nigerians are living witnesses

“The bandits have joined other militant Islamic groups to be ferociously attacking churches, killing worshippers and kidnapping for ransom. The herdsmen are equally doing their havoc. We have lost many people and places of worship to their assault, especially in the Northcentral part of the country and the Northeast.

“Though the madness has grown now and those who are not Christians are being attacked, killed and kidnapped, this is because these criminal acts have become a lucrative business and it is whoever you can kidnap for money! If the government had responded appropriately when this criminal madness began and subdued these evil groups immediately, we wouldn’t be where we are now!”

The Christian association also said discrimination against Christians, especially in Northern Nigeria has not stopped.

“Up till today, our government is still funding the membership of Nigeria in all the International Islamic organisations like OIC and its allies without being part of any international Christian organization.

“Once again, we urge the US government to help us by allowing us to know what has changed between the time our country was put in the list of ‘countries of particular concern’ and now,” it added.
Source – Punch



Tension In Minna As Gunmen Abduct Igbo Businessman

Gunmen suspected to be armed bandits invaded Maikunkele community, a suburb of Minna metropolis in Bosso Local Government Area of the state and abducted an Igbo businessman.

The armed men in their numbers were said to have invaded the area from the nearby forests and rocky terrains around the Minna International airport facility, shooting sporadically into the air to scare away possible resistance after which the hoodlums headed for their target.

The abduction of the Igbo man comes barely one year after another Nigerian of Igbo extraction lost his life in a similar circumstance.

While the shootings lasted unchallenged, residents scampered for safety. Many ran into nearby bushes while others took cover inside the nearby weekly local market.

While the former later died in the hands of his abductors, the assailants, it was gathered had allegedly written a threat letter to the latest victim intimating him that they would be coming for him after.

The threat the Tribune Online gathered was not heeded to or acted upon by the embattled Igbo man.

Already, there is tension in Minna, the state capital and environs as the news about the abduction of the Igbo man who is said to be from Enugu State spread with residents expressing concern that the armed bandits have infiltrated into the capital city despite assurances of protection of lives and properties by security operatives in conjunction with the state government.

The latest abduction occured barely two days after armed bandits attacked a community in Munya Local Government Area of the state, killing one person and abducted no fewer than 65 people in the early hours of the morning on Thursday.

Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Niger State Command, DSP Wasiu A. Abiodun could not be reached to confirm the attacks of Munya Local Government Area and that of Maikunkele as he did not pick calls.

However, the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Niger State branch, Chief Emmanuel Ezeugo, confirmed the abduction of the Igbo man whose names could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

“I can confirm to you that an Igbo man, operating a provisions store at Maikunkele was abducted by armed men. This is similar to what happened last year when another Igbo man was killed in similar circumstances,” he stated.

The Ohanaeze leader further disclosed that, “We were told that the armed men after last year’s attack on the other Igbo man had written to their latest victim, telling him that they were coming after him.”

Tribune Online further learnt that efforts are, however, being made to rescue the victim. According to Ezeugo, the relevant state government agency has been contacted over the latest abduction.
Source – Tribune