The Primate of the Anglican Church, Nicholas Okoh has warned Nigerian politicians to think of the survival of the country first while engaging in politicking.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, View From The Top, Mr Okoh indicted the political class for the spate of insecurity in Northern Nigeria.
He said, “When you come to a point and begin to experience what you have not experienced before, then the time has come for everybody to look after what is more important. And in this case what is more important is the survival of this country.
“So whether you belong to party A, party B party C or whatever, the survival instinct suggests that we should ensure that the nation survives first so that we can have the arena for politics.”
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh has condemned the emergence of the ‘get rich quick’ sermon that is the rave of most Pentecostal Churches in the country.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, View From The Top, Mr Okoh said this was not the foundation that was laid by the missionaries who introduce Christianity in Nigeria.
He described as half-truth these sermons by pastors whose aim is for their personal advancement and enrichment.
The Primate said, “It’s not part of the way we started, it was not part of what the missionaries delivered to us, but all of a sudden the teachings on ‘if you follow me you will become wealthy’, ‘If you follow me within six months, you don’t have a Mercedes, then that is not my God’ ‘You either change the church or the church will change you’ something like that.
“At best this is half-truth, in the sense that it is true that God is the owner of everything, God is the owner of the universe, the oil we are harvesting in Nigeria and selling internationally market everywhere and making billions out of it is God’s property so God is rich, stupendously rich so his children are rich also, we are princes, we are princesses, but that does not mean there are no moral underpinnings, everything is ok and people can even steal and do thanksgiving you know is not right”
He said, “so I think that to counter this kind of thing, religious preachers and teachers must preach what is noble, what is helpful, what can build a being, what is realistic, what is biblically acceptable.”
The Executive Director of Grassroots Watch, Adeola Soetan has said that the irresponsibility of the Federal Government was what caused the series of industrial actions in Nigeria.
Mr Soetan, who was a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said that strikes by workers or union is recognised legitimately all over the world and that no labour leader will take the action as an option of first choice.
Though the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) just called off a three-day warning strike several other employee of the government including teachers in the Universities and Polytechnics have down tools owing to unresolved disagreements.
Mr Soetan said for any union to embark on a strike, it simply shows the irresponsibility on the part of its employer because the action is not something easy to plan.
He said other options would have been considered to reach a compromise with the government, hence his reason for hinting that no labour leader would resort to strike action as an option of first choice.
He said, “It shows total irresponsibility on the part of government, because strike is not easy to plan, it’s not a child’s play.
“For any labour leader, they want an option of least cost because to plan a strike action, you hold meetings, organise campaigns, meet up with management and government, you also have to get support and legitimacy from all you councils at different levels.”
The Three Lebanese held by the Federal Government for illegal arms dealing has sued the Federal Government of Nigeria for unlawful detention.
The suspects have been under the custody of the Nigerian government since last month after a huge arms cache was discovered in their residences.
Each of three suspects namely Abdallah Thaini,Mustapha Fawaz and Talal Roda are claiming for damages for their arrest and detention since May 11, 2013 without trial a sum of one billion naira each.
At a resumed sitting of the court, counsel to the accused person Ahmed Raji told a Federal High Court to discountenance the claims by the State Security Service that the suspects were terrorists who belong to Hezbollah military wing because they have no evidence to back up the claims.
Department of State Security Service through its lawyer Mr. Clifford Osagie told the court of the discovery of prohibited weapons in their residences in the northern city of Kano.
In furtherance, Osagie told the court that their arrest and subsequent detention was on the order of court and also the accused persons are suspected members of an international terrorist organisation, the Hezbollah military wing.
He however informed the court that the country’s Attorney General has already filed a six-count charge bordering on terrorism against the suspects as such the court should reject the bail application.
it would be recalled that on May 28, a combine team of the Joint Task Force (JTF) involving operatives of the Nigeria Army, and the DSS in Kano conducted a search of a house located at No3 Gaya road off Bompai road allegedly belonging to one Abdul Hassan Taher Fadlalla-a Lebanese national.
After searching the building, the security agents uncovered an underground bunker in the master’s bed room where these large quantities of assorted weapons of different type and calibre were found.
A raid on the residence of one of the Lebanese had uncovered eleven 60 mm anti-tank weapons, four anti-tank landmines, two rounds of ammunition for a 122 mm artillery gun, 21 rocket-propelled grenades, seventeen AK-47s with more than 11,000 bullets and dynamite.
The discoveries according to the officers confirm the existence of Hezbollah cell in Nigeria.
A statement by the military spokesperson in Kano, Captain Ikedichi Iweha on Wednesday announced that three suspects were arrested between May 16 and May 28 and they all admitted to being members of Hezbollah under questioning.
Mike Ejiofor, a former director of the State Security Service and Lawyer has described the result from the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in some northern states as ‘very satisfactory’.
The former SSS Director who was on Sunrise Daily went further to highlight the positive impact that the declaration of the state of emergency has had on the state and its citizens as they have formed an alliance with the special forces deployed to those states tracking and handing over suspected sect members to the troops.
He commended Nigerians for their patience and understanding even though some notable Nigerians felt that the state of emergency would not achieve the much desired result and the security forces deployed for observing the rules of engagement knowing that the international community is watching and so far no issue has been raised and the troops.
He also asked that the Federal Government be given a pat on the back as it is a government that has witnessed the greatest security challenge since the end of the civil war and despite that the nation is still witnessing development and transformation.
A former director of the State Security Service, Mr Mike Ejiofor, has said that Nigerians should give the Federal Government the support it needs to combat terrorism in the country.
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he said that as long the Federal Government continues to get this support, since stepping up its fight to phase out the insurgents that almost rendered the government toothless in terms of security; the insurgents will be phased out not at once but gradually.
“It has taken over a long period of time before we got to where we are so I don’t expect that within one month all the problems will be resolved
So gradually, we are getting there, there’s no gainsaying there must be some skirmishes, there must be isolated cases of attacks, because it’s an asymmetrical war, it is not a war you have an opponent you are facing and taking on, one on on,”. he said.
Commenting on the relaxed curfew in Yobe state, he said the success recorded by the special troops in the region gave rise to the adjustment in curfew.
He added that life is gradually returning to normal in Yobe State as normal activities have resumed.
Former Minister of Works and a leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Adeseye Ogunlewe said no one person can be bigger than the political party he/she belongs to.
The Former Minister, who speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, said that every individual that belongs to a political party must listen to the instructions of that political party, therefore it amounts to indiscipline where the rules and leadership of that party is being violated.
The issue of suspension of governors from the PDP came to prominence when the River State Governor; Chibuike Amaechi was suspended by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP for violating some sections of the party constitution.
The Vice President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Otis Anyaeji on Wednesday said that if the Federal Government continues with the pace it applied in the power sector since the 2009 then Nigerian may soon enjoy steady power supply.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Mr Anyaeji said achieving steady power generation is not the main issue but maintaining the power generated and the supporting infrastructure.
He said, “Certainly, if we continue moving at the pace the country has moved in power since 2009, there is no doubt that we are going to achieve steady, reliable power supply status in the shortest possible time and then maintain it at that because power development is not a senile phenomenon as it is an activity that has to go on at all times.”
He said to achieve the desirable power supply, Nigeria has to keep investing in power to add capacity and maintain what’s already on ground and continue to expand on these investments.
Mr Anyaeji said power generation goes with distribution and transmission and that Nigeria has and can achieve equal capacity in all the three areas.
He however noted that the major problem is capacity. He cited a a grid study done after the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) did some emergency installations of infrastructures to boost power generation saying the study found that the grid would not be able to take on those plants built by the NIPP, hence more projects for strengthening the grid.
The Deputy Governor of Osun State; Mrs Tomori has hinted that motivating the teachers can actually work magic as this was one of the game plans that the Osun State government applied.
Principals that have haven’t gotten promotion for more than five years were promoted by the governor; several other teachers who had not gotten promotion for a long time were also promoted.
Salaries were reviewed, housing loans reviewed and vehicle loans given to these teachers and they were also sent on trainings.
“All these motivations were what the governor of Osun State put in place for the teachers, and the state which became the first State that motivated their teachers, boosted the morale of the teachers and it has been yielding positive results and other states have since emulated Osun State” she said.
Looking at North Korea’s threat as regards the launching of their nuclear programme which has been opposed by world powers,our foreign correspondent Amarachi Ubani had Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse; a lecturer from the University of Lagos on the programme Diplomatic Channel to give his analysis.