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Shiites Opt For New Openings Into Resolution, Suspends Street Protests

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Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has announced a temporary suspension of   street protests in demand for the release of its  leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Elzakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.

IMN in a statement issued on Wednesday by its  spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, informed that  the suspension of the free Elzakzaky street protests is to allow for some new openings into the resolution of the problems, especially the court case instituted by their lawyers on the proscription order made by the federal government this week.

Mr. Musa also hinted that the IMN has taken the step in good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups, whose input in the resolution of the problems appears genuine,while they sincerely hope an amicable way could be found to solve the crises surrounding the alleged illegal detention of their leader for almost four years now.

“If at all any protests occur anywhere in the country, it might be this notice hasn’t reached those in the field or this message is misunderstood or it is some security agents who are mischievously behind it as they have been doing in an attempt to smear our image and be seen as unruly people rather than as victims of savage oppression since 2015.

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“The Islamic Movement wishes to thank both national and international civil rights activists and organizations who have been busy demanding the protection of our fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.

“We are committed to exploring the new openings we have seen in resolving this protracted issue.

“We, therefore, reiterate our demand that our leader, his wife, and several others in detention be given their freedom denied to them since 2015”, the statement reads.

 

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CAN lauds US for placing Nigeria on special watch list

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commended  the idea of the United States government placing Nigeria on a special watch list for having “engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom”.

The Special Assistant, Media &Communications to the CAN President, Adebayo Oladeji, made this known  in a statement issued on Sunday.

In the statement, CAN said although, it was  displeased with the fact that Nigeria is being listed for such, but glad that the global community is not unaware of such realities.

“We are not happy that our country is being listed among the nations where religious intolerance is one of their hallmarks but it gladdens our hearts that, at least, the global community is not unaware of the fact that Nigerian Christians are becoming endangered species in their Fatherland”.

The list, according to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, contains countries like Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Mr. Pompeo explained that the protection of religious freedom is a top priority for the Trump administration foreign policy and that it will work diligently to promote religious freedom and combat abuses.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram and eight other terrorists group have been described as ‘Entities of Particular Concern’.

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CAN believes that the reasons given by the US for including Nigeria on the list are too glaring to be disputed. “is it not true that the Nigerian Federal Government Failed to implement effective strategies to prevent or stop such violence or to hold perpetrators accountable, as noted by the US government?”, CAN questioned

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Rivers: Varsity VC, DVC Sacked

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Professor Blessing Didia, the Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University, has been relieved of his appointment.

A statement posted on Governor Nyesom Wike’s twitter handle further disclosed that the decision was with ‘immediate effect’.

Also, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the institution, Professor Magnus Oruwari, was relieved of his appointment.

The university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Professor Opuenebo Owei, was appointed as the acting vice-chancellor.

Governor Wike also suspended the ongoing employment exercise at the institution.

He, thereafter, set up a committee to investigate the exercise and submit its report in two weeks.

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Kidnappers are not spirits, end bloodletting – CAN to Govt

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The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State, Reverend Joseph Hayab has stated that with adequate and prompt intelligence gathering, the insecurity currently bedeviling Nigeria could be stopped.

Hayab, who expressed dismay at the frequent occurrence of kidnapping and other social vices, noted that the government at all levels must take decisive steps to end the ugly situation in the country.

Speaking to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday at the closing of the 53rd Annual Convention of the United Church of Christ In Nations (HEKAN) he said, “The government must do more on intelligence gathering. These kidnappers are not spirits, they are humans, they can be traced and stopped.”

Hayab, who has been at the forefront of championing peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims for decades, said that the killings in any part of Northern Nigeria needed no rhetorics.

“We as a church and Christian leaders appeal to government to act beyond rhetoric, the fact is that the government needs to do more,” he submitted.

He lamented that insecurity had denied Kaduna State of many things.

“Everyday you are paying money to kidnappers, everyday people are scared of engaging in their normal activities, this is worrisome,” he added.

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