Banditry: Christians Mostly Affected- CAN
…….Pilgrimage To Holy Land Not Performed Due To Ransoms Paid
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) has said that the Christian body is more concerned about peace and security in the state rather than the challenge of going to pilgrimage in Jerusalem.
The CAN Chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, who disclosed this in a statement made available to Journalists in Kaduna , also said the insecurity in the state also affected the possibility of many Christians performing pilgrimage to the Holy land, as a majority already paid their life savings to bandits and cannot afford the trip.
CAN also alleged that Christians were mostly at the receiving end of banditry and churches have coughed out huge sums for ransom.
Hayab who hosted the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Pilgrim Welfare Agency, Mallam Yusuf Yakub Arrigarayyu during his courtesy visit to the CAN headquarters said, “The issue of going to pilgrimage, to us at CAN is not the priority,
“Our priority is how people can be secured and live peacefully. Christians in Kaduna state paid huge sums of money to bandits and I can’t see a group of Christians that have paid bandits millions of naira to again sponsor themselves to Jerusalem for pilgrimage. It is not about going to Jerusalem but it is about the restoration of peace in the state.”
“Today, people think it is well in Kaduna but we can’t just stop talking about the kidnapping. You know very well that every day, things are happening. What we want now is how we can work together to restore peace in Kaduna and stop the pretence and face the reality of what is happening around us.”
CAN lamented that Church wants every agency in the state to effectively work but lamented that the people are sick because of insecurity all over the state.
“Offerings that come from churches end up paying bandits as ransoms for the release of their loved ones, with all that is happening, Christians find it very difficult to go to Jerusalem for pilgrimage.
“It is the conventional practice Worldwide and according to law and practice that if you want to do anything that you want to establish an agency by law, you don’t do it by being coercive, you will ask the State House of Assembly by sending a bill. The House will have a first or second reading and then have a public hearing. We are stakeholders, a letter will be written to us and we will come as stakeholders and give our contributions on the issue supporting or against the establishment of the agency, then the House will vote, but in Kaduna, we are not being governed by law but by coercion and whatever is given to us, we take it and nobody will talk.”
“So many things have happened in the state, sometimes, we talk, sometimes, we don’t talk as if we don’t know and the establishment of the pilgrim welfare agency is one of such.”
Speaking further, Hayab lamented that pilgrimage is an agency for both Christians and Muslims but noted that almost all the Directors are of the same faith, saying, “and you wonder if the state government thinks that the Christians are fools by not knowing what is happening. We should stop deceiving each other and fear God because in all we do, there is God’s judgment.”
He added that the reason Christians no longer go on pilgrimage is because, they are at the receiving end of the banditry, stressing,
“In 2019 when this evil of banditry and kidnapping started, within a short time over 500 Christians were kidnapped and over N300 million was paid as ransom, this CAN found out by issuing questionnaires and served about 1,500 Pastors for them to fill and tell us the number of members kidnapped, how much paid as ransom and those killed.”
FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets
THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.
“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.
“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.
“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”
The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.
Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service
The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,
The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).
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The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real
DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.
A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.
“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
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