‘Meningitis Vaccines Are Free, Don’t Pay For It,’ FG Says

The federal government says vaccination for meningitis is free throughout the country and asked Nigerians not to pay for it. Faisal Shuaib, executive director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, said this in a statement made available to reporters on Friday, April 7, 2017. Shuaib, therefore, advised Nigerians to report any health center or health worker who extorts money for the on-going meningitis immunisation. He said the attention of the agency had been drawn to a report of sharp practices by some health workers and civil society organizations (CSOs). Shuaib added that some health workers were alleged to have extorted money and other forms of incentives from members of the public before being vaccinated against Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM). “The federal government had spent billions of naira to procure, store, maintain and distribute such vaccines to all parts of the country,” he said. “Under no circumstances should any health worker demand for money from members of the public for such services.” According to him, the vaccines’ preventable diseases are covered free-of-charge under the National Immunisation schedule, which includes Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG), Poliomyelitis and Hepatitis B. Others are Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus toxoid (Pentavalent vaccines), Haemophilus influenza type B, Pneumococcal vaccines, Inactivated Polio virus vaccines, Measles, Yellow Fever and of course, Meningitis vaccines. Residents of Kubwa in Abuja had alleged that they were being charged N500 per person before receiving the CSM vaccine. FG Warns of New Strain Of Meningitis The federal government says it has deployed epidemiologists and vaccines to arrest the outbreak of a new a strain of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, in parts of the country. The minister of health, Isaac Adewole said this on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Abuja that the new strain, which is not common in Nigeria, was imported from Niger Republic. Adewole said that the new strain requires a different type of vaccine and a team of epidemiologists have been deployed to address the challenge. He described the outbreak of meningitis in Sokoto and Zamfara states as an unfortunate incidence, stressing that the ministry is working hard to contain the situation. “It has become an annual ritual under this administration; we would want to put an end to annual outbreak of meningitis in some of the northern states. “I have just spoken with the commissioner for health in Zamfara who is appreciative of what the Federal Ministry of Health has been doing through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. “We have sent field epidemiologists; they are actually called disease detectives, to support them at the state level,’’ Adewole said. The minister said that government have provided vaccines and would continue to do more in terms of whatever was needed with respect to material and technical support to overcome the outbreak. “What we know in public health is that there is always an outbreak, but what is uncertain is where and the type. “We want to be ready at any time,’’ he said. Additional reports by NAN

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Meningitis Outbreak: Saraki Pledges Speedy Approvals For Emergency Fund

Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki has pledged the commitment of the Senate to ending the menace of CerebroSpinal meningitis (CSM) which has claimed the lives of over 300 Nigerians since January 2017. The federal ministry of health, mid-March, 2017, announced the appearance of a new strain of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, which it said was imported to the country from Niger Republic. In a series of tweets on his handle @BukolaSaraki, the Senate’s president pledged that the upper legislative chamber would treat as an emergency, any request for intervention to end the menace. With a 15% mortality rate, the @NGRSenate stands ready to respond quickly to any requests for emergency assistance for #meningitis. — Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) April 3, 2017 He said that he had spoken with the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole and assured him that the Senate would speedily approve any request sent by the executive to end meningitis. I spoke to Minister of Health, Prof. @IsaacFAdewole, on the #meningitis outbreak to assure him of @NGRSenate’s support. — Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) April 3, 2017 Saraki commended the ministry and all other stakeholders for their support in ensuring that the disease does not cause more preventable deaths. I applaud FGs, Ministry of Health, stakeholders and @WHO’s efforts to fight meningitis in Nigeria. We need all hands on deck! https://t.co/ZVQB9yYrHA — Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) April 3, 2017 In a related development, the health minister, Isaac Adewale, also took to his twitter handle to announce that the ministry would be meeting with stakeholders to approve additional vaccines that would help curb CSM. Tomorrow, we meet @WHO International Review Group for approval of additional meningitis C vaccines (available in limited qty globally) https://t.co/zsBnT98ZJV — Prof. Isaac Adewole (@IsaacFAdewole) April 3, 2017 Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Primary Health is currently meeting with the Health Ministry and other stakeholders to examine the cause of the outbreak and also fashion out a way to stop the current problem and prevent a recurrence. The committee is chaired by Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa. FG Warns of New Strain Of Meningitis The federal government says it has deployed epidemiologists and vaccines to arrest the outbreak of a new a strain of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, in parts of the country. The minister of health, Isaac Adewole said this on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Abuja that the new strain, which is not common in Nigeria, was imported from Niger Republic. Adewole said that the new strain requires a different type of vaccine and a team of epidemiologists have been deployed to address the challenge. He described the outbreak of meningitis in Sokoto and Zamfara states as an unfortunate incidence, stressing that the ministry is working hard to contain the situation. “It has become an annual ritual under this administration; we would want to put an end to annual outbreak of meningitis in some of the northern states. “I have just spoken with the commissioner for health in Zamfara who is appreciative of what the Federal Ministry of Health has been doing through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. “We have sent field epidemiologists; they are actually called disease detectives, to support them at the state level,’’ Adewole said. The minister said that government have provided vaccines and would continue to do more in terms of whatever was needed with respect to material and technical support to overcome the outbreak. “What we know in public health is that there is always an outbreak, but what is uncertain is where and the type. “We want to be ready at any time,’’ he said. Additional reports by NAN

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One Dead As New Strain Of ‘Imported’ Meningitis Spreads To Jigawa

The Jigawa government says meningitis has killed one person and infected four others in four local government areas of the state. Muhammad Kainuwa, the permanent secretary of the state’s health ministry, confirmed this to journalists in Dutse on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Kainuwa said that five suspected cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) were reported to the ministry. He explained that two of the cases were recorded in Gwaram Local Government Area, while one each was reported from Kirikasamma, Kiyawa and Maigatari Local Government Areas. The permanent secretary added that a 13-year-old boy lost his life to the disease in one of the cases recorded in Gwaram. According to him, the four infected persons had already been treated. “As of today, five suspected cases were reported in Kiyawa, Kirikasamma, Gwaram and Maigatari local government areas. “In Gwaram, there were two cases where a 13-year-old boy lost his life. “And all cases reported were investigated using standard operation procedures and specimens were taken also where one was found to be positive,” he said. Kainuwa also said that the ministry had contacted the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) for vaccines. “The major challenge is the non-availability of the vaccines. “But as soon as the federal government made available the vaccines, we will immunise the affected communities,” said Kainuwa. He added that the ministry had mobilised its Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in all the local government areas in order to combat the menace. Besides, the permanent secretary said that as part of measures to prevent further spread of CSM, the ministry is also collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for proper documentation of the disease. “We have also increased our surveillance in collaboration with WHO particularly in Maigatari which is along the Nigeria/Niger border. “The WHO is also providing more investigative kits, the state government has also reactivated the Port Health facility in Maigatari. “Also, we’ve already commenced creating awareness across the state so that people will be able to prevent themselves from getting infected and also quickly bring to hospital anyone that has the symptoms. “We also use jingles in radio stations in the state so as to reach to the populace,” the permanent secretary said. Kainuwa, therefore, advised residents to take precautions against the disease and make ensure that they sleep in ventilated rooms. FG Warns of New Strain Of Meningitis The federal government says it has deployed epidemiologists and vaccines to arrest the outbreak of a new a strain of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, in parts of the country. The minister of health, Isaac Adewole said this on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Abuja that the new strain, which is not common in Nigeria, was imported from Niger Republic. Adewole said that the new strain requires a different type of vaccine and a team of epidemiologists have been deployed to address the challenge. He described the outbreak of meningitis in Sokoto and Zamfara states as an unfortunate incidence, stressing that the ministry is working hard to contain the situation. “It has become an annual ritual under this administration; we would want to put an end to annual outbreak of meningitis in some of the northern states. “I have just spoken with the commissioner for health in Zamfara who is appreciative of what the Federal Ministry of Health has been doing through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. “We have sent field epidemiologists; they are actually called disease detectives, to support them at the state level,’’ Adewole said. The minister said that government have provided vaccines and would continue to do more in terms of whatever was needed with respect to material and technical support to overcome the outbreak. “What we know in public health is that there is always an outbreak, but what is uncertain is where and the type. “We want to be ready at any time,’’ he said. Additional Reports by NAN.

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Coalition Of Civil Society Groups Stage Solidarity Rally For Amnesty International (PHOTOS)

A large coalition of civil society groups, led by Jude Ndukwe and Ariyo Dare-Atoye, conveners of the group, staged a solidarity rally in support of Amnesty International, a global human rights body, which has come under attack from groups sponsored by the Nigerian Army and the dictatorial Muhammadu Buhari regime. The solidarity march took off from Unity Fountain in Abuja and ended at the office of the Amnesty International in Nigeria. The group was received by officials of the human rights body led by Onyinye Onyemobi who heard speakers from among the civil society coalition extol Amnesty International for its work investigation, documenting, and exposing the , appalling human rights abuses of Nigerian state agents. Jude Ndukwe, national leader of the Movement for the Advancement of National Transformation, MANTRA, presented the official statement of the coalition to Amnesty International and members of the press. He recalled that last week there was“the ignominious display of ludicrousness by that group of rented crowd masquerading as members of a civil society organization under the name ‘Global Peace and Rescue Initiative’ against Amnesty International Office, Abuja”.  He described the paid rallies as “shameful” and “condemnable”. He lampooned GOPRI for its brazen and impudent threat for Amnesty International to leave Nigeria within 24 hours, describing the carrying of a coffin to the offices of the international human rights organisation as an act that has brought opprobrium upon the nation. Reiterating its support for Amnesty International, the coalition of CSOs declared that “Amnesty International has come to stay. Amnesty International is going nowhere. You have our full support. Keep the focus and do not be intimidated or deterred, for those who are for you are greater than those who are against you.” One of the leaders of the rally, Comrade Abdul Mahmud, a former national president of NANS and leader of Public Interest Lawyers League, told the rally that in 1991, during one of Nigeria’s darkest military eras, he was arrested along with his colleagues in NAN and was illegally detained for six months and brutalized by the military junta. He revealed that it was Amnesty International that first exposed the violation of his fundamental human rights to the  world and worked assiduously for their release by continuously piling pressure on the government of the time to release him. A spokesperson for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Abdulmumin Giwa, recounted how the military killed about a thousand of their members in Zaria in December of 2015 and attempted to cover up their heinous crime by burying a majority of them in shallow graves. He said that but for the prompt reactions and reports of organizations like the Amnesty International, the murder of IMN members would have been swept under the carpet. The highlight of the rally was a symbolic presentation of palm frond and torchlight to Amnesty International which was done by Comrade Ariyo Dare-Atoye, leader of the Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, CDNDC, and a co-convener of the rally. While presenting the gifts, Mr. Dare-Atoye stated that “with the powers vested upon us by the oppressed citizens of this great nation, some of whom have died just for exercising their fundamental human rights of association and assembly, mowed down by those paid to protect them, we hereby CANCEL the ultimatum by GOPRI for Amnesty International to leave Nigeria. “In place of the coffin and its evil significance brought here by GOPRI, we present to Amnesty International this palm frond which is a symbol of peace, victory and triumph. “For the darkness they brought here, we bring light which this torchlight symbolises, and for the death they placed here we bring life. We nullify their evil plans and void their threats. We render all their enchantments puerile and nullify all their incantations.” Receiving the gifts and responding on behalf of Amnesty International Nigeria, Onyinyechi said they are not in any way deterred by the activities of those trying to intimidate them and thanked the organisers of the rally for standing by them. She said that the solidarity visit has further encouraged them to keep on with their work and presented copies of a book “Amnesty International Report 2016/2017: The State of the World’s Human Rights” to leaders of the rally. Also present at the rally were members of Global Rights and Human Rights Watch.

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21 Killed By New Diseases Strain Of Meningitis ‘Imported’ From Niger Republic

Over twenty people are said to have died following the suspected outbreak of a diseases believed to be Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in Sokoto State, northwest of Nigeria. According to Channels TV, a reliable source in the state government confirmed this development to the news platform on Sunday, March 26, 2017. The deaths were said to have occurred in seven local governments of Kebbe, Bodinga, Rabah, Wamakko, Gada, Dange/Shuni and Tureta. The state government said that so far, it has deployed about 15 medical teams, comprising of over 150 medical personnel to the 23 local governments of the state to prevent further spread. The government also added that Emergency Response Teams have so far treated no fewer than 330 mixed cases of severe malaria and meningitis across the seven top-hit local governments. The last time there was an outbreak of such nature, was in 2015, when the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria reported an increase in suspected cases in states including Sokoto and Kebbi. FG Warns of New Strain Of Meningitis The federal government says it has deployed epidemiologists and vaccines to arrest the outbreak of a new a strain of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, in parts of the country. The minister of health, Isaac Adewole said this on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Abuja that the new strain, which is not common in Nigeria, was imported from Niger Republic. Adewole said that the new strain requires a different type of vaccine and a team of epidemiologists have been deployed to address the challenge. He described the outbreak of meningitis in Sokoto and Zamfara states as an unfortunate incidence, stressing that the ministry is working hard to contain the situation. “It has become an annual ritual under this administration; we would want to put an end to annual outbreak of meningitis in some of the northern states. “I have just spoken with the commissioner for health in Zamfara who is appreciative of what the Federal Ministry of Health has been doing through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. “We have sent field epidemiologists; they are actually called disease detectives, to support them at the state level,’’ Adewole said. The minister said that government have provided vaccines and would continue to do more in terms of whatever was needed with respect to material and technical support to overcome the outbreak. “What we know in public health is that there is always an outbreak, but what is uncertain is where and the type. “We want to be ready at any time,’’ he said.

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Apostle Suleman Accuser, Stephanie Otobo, Arraigned For Blackmail, Threat To Life

Stephanie Otobo, the Canada-based singer and stripper, who alleged that she had an affair with Apostle Johnson Suleman, the general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries has been re-arraigned by the Nigeria Police Force on charges of blackmail, threat to life, conspiracy, and intent to steal. According to news reports, she was arraigned along with one Wisdom Godstime, before Magistrate Kikelomo Bukola-Ayeye of the Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The police had, while seeking a remand order on March 6, accused the duo of “terrorism”. Magistrate Bukola-Ayeye ruled that the police lacked substantial evidence to support the accusation. The prosecutor, M. A Animashaun, informed the court that the defendants and others at large allegedly committed the offence at about 10.30AM on February 14, 2017, at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos. Animashaun said that the suspects conspired to steal by demanding for property with menace and attempted to extort money from Apostle Johnson Suleman, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) Worldwide. The prosecutor, accusing the suspects of blackmail, added that they “unlawfully demanded the immediate payment of $1million to Otobo by Apostle Johnson Suleiman, the president and founder of Omega Fire Ministry Worldwide, else she would call a press conference and accuse him of committing adultery with her and thereafter kill him.” Animashaun claimed Stephanie threatened to call a press conference, where she planned to accuse Suleman of adultery and threatening to kill her. He added that the offences are punishable under sections 411, 301 and 303 of the criminal law of Lagos state 2015. Stephanie Otobo and her co-defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were then granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each. The case was then adjourned to April 27 for commencement of trial.

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After Failing Integrity Test, Ibrahim Magu Is Going Abroad To Give Speeches

Days after the Nigerian Senate rejected his nomination, Ibrahim Magu, the erstwhile acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, has been invited by two leading anti-corruption organizations, the Transparency International and Global Witness to speak at an international conference on money laundering and assets recovery on March 21, 2017 in London, a statement by the EFCC says. “Magu is expected to deliver a paper on the topic, “Give Us Our Money Back – Nigeria’s Fight Against Corruption: A Critical Conversation”,” Wilson Uwujaren said in an e-mailed statement to The Trent on Friday, March 17, 2017. “The invitation from the Global Witness and Transparency International is in recognition of the invaluable role the Magu-led EFCC has played in his more than one year in office in recovery of stolen funds. “It also coincidentally comes a few days after members of the Nigerian Senate chose to overlook the strides achieved by Magu, and instead refused his re-nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as the substantive chairman of the EFCC. “The international conference, which is coming on the heels of the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit, will focus on the progress of Nigeria’s asset recovery and anti-corruption efforts. It will also feature a panel discussions for “critical exchange of views” between officials and non-government experts from Nigeria and the United Kingdom. “A few international personalities have been invited along with Magu to participate in the conference. Among those from Nigeria are Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information; Prof. Itse Sagay, Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC; its secretary, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye and Olanrewaju Suraju of the Human and Environmental Development Agenda,” the statement ended. Magu Has Been Effectively Sacked – Senate Says The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday  said that its rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, means that he has lost his acting capacity. This means that Mr. Magu must immediately vacate the office and President Muhammadu Buhari needs to appoint a new person to lead the anti-graft agency. Abdulahi Sabi, the spokesperson for the Senate made this disclosure after the plenary session on Wednesday which say the rejection of the controversial EFCC acting chairman on grounds of abuse of human rights and corruption report by the country’s secret police. Sabi said some senators who were backing Magu’s confirmation backed out because of his poor performance during plenary. He was asked 9 questions and he failed to answer them satisfactorily. He insisted that the report of the State Security Services, the SSS, also called DSS, nailed the anti-graft boss because he failed the integrity test. “The rejection of Magu by the Senate signifies that he cannot continue in acting capacity,” Senator Sabi said. This is the second time the Senate is rejecting Magu as the boss of the power anti-graft agency. In December 2016, his appointment was rejected by the upper legislative chamber based on a report by the State Security Services, SSS, also  known as DSS. The same report was reaffirmed by the DSS in a letter to the Senate on March 14, 2017. The confirmation of Ibrahim Magu was sent to a vote and majority of the senators, a bi-partisan crowd, rejected his appointment on account of human rights abuses and corruption allegations against Magu.

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‘Buhari Didn’t Know He Had An Ailment Before He Left For London’ – Presidency

Nigerians have learnt that there is no set date for President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to London for further medical treatment as disclosed by the president on his return on Friday, March 10, 2017. In an interview on Arise News Network on Sunday, Garba Shehu, one of the president’s spokespersons, revealed that that Buhari had not given formal notice that he will need to go back to London for further medical treatment. According to the presidential spokesperson, the actual date “remains uncertain” and the decision would be determined solely by the president and his doctors. Garba noted that the president had given notice that he will need to go back, which he described as is normal. The presidential aide said since Buhari’s return, everyone at the said presidential villa felt a sense of relief. He said the return of the president is a vindication of the position by the presidency that Buhari had not died like some people had said. “Our colleagues who were with him there – the pressure on them – everybody wanted to see the president, rulers, traditional rulers, chiefs, ministers, governors, everyone wanted to go to London and see the president and the denial of that access, which was on the advice of doctors, placed them under considerable pressure.” Speaking on conflicting reports surrounding the president’s illness, Garba said: “You don’t say what you don’t know, that is one. “Two, matters of medical disclosure are extremely private. In the course of the process, Femi Adesina got a long note from the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, describing what disclosure would mean in medical science.” He added that it was up to the patient to disclose what his ailment is, as even the doctor cannot disclose it to anyone. “Let me confirm to you that the president had no knowledge of the ailment even before he left. He just went for a medical check up,” Shehu stated. The presidency also downplayed expectations from Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will resume work in a “dramatic way” after spending 50 days in London, treating an undisclosed ailment. Garba said the president needs is a careful and slow resumption of duty following his return to the country.

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BREAKING: Donald Trump To Speak On Phone With Ailing President Buhari

US President Donald Trump may be having a telephone conversation with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, February 13, 2017, a Channels TV report said. Buhari is presently on an indefinite medical vacation in London. “The telephone conversation billed for 3:45 p.m. has been confirmed by the Femi Adesina, a spokesperson to President Buhari,” the report said. It added that this is the first time President Trump would be speaking to any African leader since assumption of office. “It is not clear what the conversation will center on, but the two leaders may be taking a look at the travel ban contained in Trump’s executive order and how it may affect Nigeria and the United States who have enjoyed good relations over the years,” Channels reports. “The American President has since been putting calls to other world leaders to enunciate his action plans towards the eradication of terrorism in America.” There is no official communication on this phone conversation from either Aso Rock or the White House. A South African journalist, Geoffrey York, who works with The Globe and Mail, reports that Trump will also be speaking with President Jacob Zuma. Today is “Africa day” for Donald Trump. He speaks by phone to Nigerian president Buhari at 3:45 pm (Lagos time); then speaks to Jacob Zuma. — Geoffrey York (@geoffreyyork) February 13, 2017

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CAN Condemns DSS Attack On Apostle Suleman, Calls On Osinbajo To Speak Out

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has vowed to defend Apostle Johnson Suleman, the founder and president of Omega Fire Ministry Worldwide following a foiled arrest by the country’s secret police on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. CAN also criticised Vice President Yemi Osinbajo saying that his continued silence in the face of attacks on Christians by the Muhammadu Buhari regime was no longer “golden”. In a statement on Friday, January 27, 2017, the Christian umbrella body in Nigeria described the planned arrest as “an attempt to turn Christians to refugees in their own country”. “Apostle Suleman has become a refugee in Ekiti state as security operatives are said to be searching every nook and cranny of the state with a view to arresting him,” CAN said. “If there is an urgent need to interrogate Apostle Suleman on any issue, it would only have been proper to extend a formal or informal invitation to him from the SSS rather than Gestapo approach used in the attempt to arrest him. “It should be noted that under Nigerian Laws, he is presumed innocent until a court of law proves otherwise. Or have they extended the proposed obnoxious law that forbids religious preaching without the permission of the state governor down south too? “Treating Ministers of God and our members as common criminals is unacceptable to the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN. Enough is enough,” the association said in its statement signed by the special assistant on media and communication to the CAN President, Bayo Oladeji. The association lamented the government’s failure to address the cases of blasphemy killings in northern parts of the country, citing repeated cases of released suspects, without further arrests by the security operatives. “The police have been releasing those who were arrested for the killing of our members in Kano and Kubwa (Abuja) while our leaders are being subjected to untold hardship for no just cause. “It is high time the overzealous security agencies knew that Nigeria remains a secular state and any attempt to turn the country into a refugee camp for Christians will not be acceptable and will be resisted with every lawful means,” the statement said. CAN described the actions of the controversial pastor as a “mere expression of his fundamental right, which every Nigerian is entitled to”. “The last time we checked, Sections 38-41 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states clearly that every Nigerian is “entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance. “The Constitution states unambiguously that ‘Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference’. “Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for the protection of his interests: “Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit there …,” the statement said. The association condemned the killings in southern Kaduna, describing it as genocide. Osinbajo Silence Not Golden CAN accused Vice President Osinbajo not speaking up against attacks on Christians, saying his “studied silence is no longer golden.” “It is high time the overzealous security agencies knew that Nigeria remains a secular state and any attempt to turn the country into a refugee camp for Christians will not be acceptable and will be resisted with every lawful means. “We call on the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to intervene in all the clampdown on the Church in Nigeria after all, he is in the office primarily to represent the interest of the Christians and his studied silence is no longer golden,” it said. Fayose Foils DSS Arrest of Suleman Fiery cleric, Apostle Suleman became the target of the State Security Services, SSS, also called DSS, after he announced in a church service on January 15, 2017 that he had receive intelligence that Fulani herdsmen terrorists had marked him for elimination and that they would strike under the cover of the their cattle rearing kinsmen. He announced that he had ordered his security team to kill any Fulani herdsmen they see coming near his Auchi-based church. “President Buhari’s silence on the genocide in Southern Kaduna has continued to fuel mutual recriminations and distrust‎ among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in the country,” Suleman said in an earlier service on January 2 in the church’s headquarters in Auchi. DSS operatives attempted to abduct him from his hotel room in the dead of the night in Ado-Ekiti, where he had gone to minister at a crusade which was attended by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose. Governor Fayose and a crowd of worshippers intervened and successfully foiled the operation. Suleman’s ministry issued a statement saying that the cleric was only calling for self-defence in light of the threats that he had been informed of. He said that killing terrorist Fulani herdsmen who came to his church with the intention of killing him would only be self-defence. Additional reports by Premium Times

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PDP Exposes APC Chieftains Behind Buhari Death Rumours

The caretaker committee chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi has tasked the All Progressive Congress, APC to look within itself for culprits. This comes on the heels of death rumors of the president after he left the country on a 10-day long medical vacation to the United Kingdom. Makarfi reacting to the allegation that the Buhari death rumors emanated from his party and political camp said the rumors are the handiwork of APC members who are working towards the forthcoming 2019 elections. Makarfi while speaking in Kaduna to press men said: “The All Progressive Congress (APC) should point its search light inward and investigate itself as to the source of the rumour. “PDP, I said have nothing to gain from anything.” He added: “Those who are peddling the rumour know themselves and they are in APC. Some of them are already positioning themselves for power in 2019. APC should investigate itself.” Rumours about the health status of the president continue to swirl on cyber-space after a fake news website reported that Buhari had passed on. The Nigerian presidency has debunked the rumour and said that the retired military general, 74, is “alive and well”. “He is alive and well! President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time,” Garba Shehu, one of Buhari’s spokespersons, said in a short post on his Facebook page. The president left the country last week on a 10-day leave and is expected back home on February 2, 2017. While making the official announcement, presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina had assured that there is nothing to worry about the president’s routine medical checkup while on his vacation. The president himself also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with going on vacation, just before stepping into the presidential jet. The rumours won’t go away. Wednesday morning, news began to circulate online that the present was on life-support at King’s College Hospital. According to the blogger who reported the story, his source is an inside source familiar with the situation. Additional reports by Herald.

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‘People Are Suffering And We Can’t Reach Buhari For Advice’ – Father Mbaka

Controversial Roman Catholic priest, Reverend Ejike Mbaka, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to reach out to clerics in order to know the truth about the economy. The spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu (AMEN), made this declaration at the ministry’s auditorium during the cross over service to 2017 on December 31, 2016. “We cannot reach him for advice because of the kind of people around him,” he said. Mbaka also asked the president to tackle the challenges facing the country, saying “many Nigerians are suffering”. “Though the president is trying on corruption and security, Nigerians are hungry; they want to see more changes,” he said. “There is the need to assist businessmen and women in their businesses.” He urged Nigerians to be patient and prayerful assuring them that the hardship will be over in 2017. “Nigeria is set to be great again,” he said. Father Mbaka has been in the news for years his political statements. The outspoken priest came under intense fire from human rights activists and politicians after he declared that “Jonathan’s men” would attempt to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016. The ‘prophecy’ which is not known to have come true led to condemnation from the Catholic Council of Bishops and is believed to be the reason for Mbaka’s transfer from Enugu to a rural parish in the same state.

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