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Muslim outrage over ‘This is Nigeria’ video

A Muslim group in Nigeria is calling on musician Falz to withdraw his video for the single ‘This is Nigeria’ within seven days and apologise to Muslims.

“It is a hate video… It is an assault on the self-dignity of every Muslim,” said Ishaq Akintola, the head of the The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), in a statement.

Falz’ video is inspired by the stark and powerful imagery of US rapper Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ clip, which launches a scathing and at times humorous attack on police violence, racism and gun crime in America.

MURIC said it objected to the presence of girls wearing hijabs doing the shaku shaku dance. Falz has defended the characters, saying they represent the abducted Chibok girls.

The group also criticised the use of a character at the start of the video who is “dressed like a Fulani man” and “suddenly abandons his traditional guitar and beheads a man”.


Benue state youths on rampage, kill 27 Muslims and burn 2 mosques

At least 25 Hausa/Muslims have been killed while two mosques torched in a retaliatory attack in Benue, following the killing of 17 Christian worshipers on Tuesday.
According to a BBC report, the mob barricaded roads, identified Hausa or Muslim commuters and killed them.
The leader of Izala Movement in the state, Sheikh Shuaibu, told the BBC that he counted bodies of 27 Muslims killed by the attackers at the teaching hospital.
He said a lot of Muslims have been killed, just as two mosques were razed down.
Benue State Police Command is yet to speak on the incident.
Suspected herdsmen had in the early hours of Tuesday stormed St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpor-Mbalom Parish, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, and killed two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners.
The Church attack came barely four days after the murder of 10 persons by the suspected herdsmen in neighbouring Guma Local Government Area.

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​’Islam doesn’t belong to Germany’: Interior minister tells Muslims to ‘live with us, not parallel to or against us’

In this March 14, 2018 file photo German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, left, talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the German parliament in Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file) Markus Schreiber / AP
BERLIN — Germany’s new interior minister said on Friday he doesn’t consider Islam to be a part of Germany, a position that puts him at odds with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the central question of migration.
Horst Seehofer, the country’s top security official, told the Bild newspaper that “Islam doesn’t belong to Germany,” but added that “the Muslims who live with us are, of course, part of Germany.”

Seehofer said his message to Muslims was: “Live with us, not parallel to or against us.”

Muslims pray at a makeshift mosque in Potsdam near Berlin, northeastern Germany, on March 16, 2018. RALF HIRSCHBERGER / AFP/Getty Images
His Bavaria-only Christian Social Union, which has always taken a harder line on migration than Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, faces a state election later this year in which the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party is expected to do well.

Asked about Seehofer’s comments, Merkel said while Germany is shaped by its Judeo-Christian heritage, “now there are 4 million Muslims living in Germany” — a country of about 82 million people.

“They can live their religion here too,” she said. “These Muslims belong to Germany and in the same way their religion belongs to Germany, that is to say Islam.”

She added that the Islam practiced by Muslims in Germany would have to conform to the country’s constitution.

The head of the Turkish Community in Germany, Gokay Sofuoglu, called Seehofer’s comments unhelpful at a time when the country is again seeing a rise in attacks on mosques and other Islamic institutions.

“Religious freedom is without a doubt part of Germany,” said Sofuoglu. “It’s in the constitution.”

A protest poster with a composite photograph of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured in front of a German national flag during a demonstration of PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

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The phrase “Islam is part of Germany” was coined by former President Christian Wulff in 2010 and has since become a battleground for those who oppose mass migration from Muslim countries.

The Alternative for Germany’s campaign in last year’s election — which saw the party win seats in national parliament for the first time — included the statement that “Islam is not a part of Germany.”

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​Trump: Protests in US cities, 5 shot

Republican Donald Trump’s surprise U.S. presidential election win, sparked spontaneous protests across many cities on Wednesday, with marchers blasting his stance on immigrants, Muslims and other groups.

In New York, thousands of protesters filled streets in midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump’s gilded home on Fifth Avenue. Hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park and shouted “Not my president.”

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​Blasphemy: Muslim group condemns killings in ZamfaraZamfara State Nigeria

KADUNA—THE Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, has condemned the killing of eight people at Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata Mafara, Zamfara State, over alleged blasphemy.

The Muslim body, while commiserating with families of the victims, said the behaviour of some miscreants should not be misconstrued as Islamic teachings.

This was contained in a statement by JNI Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, in Kaduna yesterday.

It said the alleged blasphemy had become tediously monotonous and remains condemned in the strongest terms, adding “the unfortunate attacks that ensued thereafter are criminal and also stand condemned.

“We reiterate that human lives are sacred and therefore must be dignified. That has been the position of Islam.

“The Sultan of Sokoto and JNI President-General call on all and sundry to remain calm and avoid all actions that could jeopardise peaceful co-existence, especially at this trying time of nation building.”

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​The Niger Delta Crusaders, Muslim pilgrims and the United States of Nigeria (Part 1)

“If Boko Haram kills Christians and burns down churches, we will slay Muslims and raze down mosques. We want to warn them that we, the Niger Delta youths, in this 21st century will not accept the killing of innocent Christians or the burning of churches. That if they try it in the north or any part of Nigeria, we the Niger Delta youths will not see any Muslim or mosque in the Niger Delta”- NIGER DELTA REVOLUTIONARY CRUSADERS, VANGUARD NEWSPAPER, 5th AUGUST, 2016.

It is no longer news that the new leader of Boko Haram, Mr. Abu Musa Al Barnawi, who apparently has the backing of ISIS, has said that he will target only Christians and burn down all the Churches in the country.

He has also said that Muslims and mosques will no longer be targeted and that Mr. Abubakar Shekau, the erstwhile leader and principal voice of the terror group is no longer the leader.

Mr. Shekau has responded by saying that he will continue to slaughter whoever he pleases to kill and boasts that he remains the authentic leader of the deadly group. There appears to be a very serious rift in the ranks of Boko Haram which is good news.

As far as I am concerned the two factions can do us all a favour by destroying one another and burning in hell.

Anyone that targets Christians and Churches, or indeed any innocent civilians for slaughter, is not worthy of life. They are nothing but vermin and, like the cockroaches that they are, they must be crushed.

Mr. Shekau is evil but Mr. Al Barnawi is even worse: he is the devil incarnate. He represents ISIS and we all know what that means.

Whichever way we look at it and whatever is going on within the ranks of Boko Haram we must not lose sight of the bigger picture. And that bigger picture points to one thing: Nigeria is in a mess.

Apar from the poverty and hardship that has afflicted the land coupled with the total destruction of the economy and quite apart from the shattering of people’s dreams and the drastic reduction in their standard of living by the ineffectual and barren fiscal and economic policies of an inept and incompetent government, our President did not stop there.

He also went as far as appointing Solomon Dalung as his Minister of Sports.

This is a man that can barely speak English and who, during the week of the Olympics, publicly referred to our country as “the United States of Nigeria” whilst reprimanding our Olympic football team for getting stuck in America and arriving late in Brazil.

Someone should tell Honorable Minister Solomon Dalung that it was HIS job to get our boys to Rio De Janeiro on time and that it was something of a scandal and a national embarrasment that it took the last minute intervention and assistance of Delta Air, a private American airline, to get them there in time for their match with Japan.

Whilst our boys did us proud by going on to defeat Japan and later Sweden, the video of the Minister disparaging them and spouting nonsense about some fictitious and imaginary country called ‘the United States of Nigeria’ whilst wearing his ridiculous red beret went viral on the internet.

In normal climes the Minister would have been forced to resign the following day and he would have been compelled to apologise to the nation that he is purportedly serving for forgetting its name. Sadly though, there is nothing that is “normal” about Nigeria or the Buhari administration.

Equally abysmal was the recent outing of Raji Fashola, President Buhari’s “Super-Minister” of Power, Works and Housing, on BBC TV’s Hardtalk.

Before millions of viewers from all over the world, the Minister told his host Mr. Stephen Sackhur that he never promised Nigerians an increase in power generation and supply.

It is his inability to be forthright, to appreciate the virtues of telling the truth and to keep his election promises that has earned my younger brother (aburo), Tunde Fashola, to be nicknamed as the Minister of Darkness.

Since he was appointed ‘super Minister’ the power generation in our country has dropped from 5000 megawatts at the time when President Jonathan left office just over a year ago to under 2000 megawatts today. Worse still, he has not managed to construct or complete the refurbishment of a single road.

Yet it is not the crippled economy, the erring and dim-witted Minister of Sports, the lying Minister of Power, Works and Housing or any of the other numerous foibles of the Buhari administration that gives us the most concern today.

It is rather the gradual and systematic generation and invocation of a frightful and cataclysmic atmosphere of war and the looming threat and increasing likelihood of a great and violent ethnic and religious conflict, the likes of which Africa has never seen before.

If it is not Boko Haram that is slaughtering our people it is the Fulani herdsmen. Worse still, they are doing these despicable things with the active connivance and support of a few people that are in the corridors of power today whose objective is to islamise our nation, plunge us into a fiery abyss and create chaos.

The Bible says ‘there is no fellowship between light and darkness’. We have said it before and we will say it again: we must restructure Nigeria before it is too late. If we fail to do so we will have no choice but to reconsider our so-called unity.

If things don’t change quickly we must consider the possibility of dividing our country and renegotiating our union.

We cannot afford to wait any longer because we are playing with fire and we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder. We must attempt to do whatever needs to be done peacefully and we must not allow the butchers and those that kill in the name of their god to provoke us into another civil war.

Nothing represents the danger of the war that is looming more than the response of the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (an affiliate of the Niger Delta Avengers) to Al Barnawi’s threat.

They responded by saying that if Christians and Churches are targeted by Boko Haram they will kill all the Muslims in the Niger Delta area and they will burn down all the mosques. It is a simple case of “action” and “reaction” and I sincerely hope that those that are used to killing others and not being killed themselves take them seriously.

Clearly we are living in dangerous times and I sincerely hope that those that brought religion into our politics in 2015 and that used Islam and the Boko Haram offensive as a political tool against a southern Christian President are seeing the fruits of their labour.

When you invoke the proverbial genie and let it out of the kettle you must be prepared to live with the consequences and whatever follows.

Yet the folly does not stop there. As if our sensibilities were not already sufficiently provoked President Buhari took the religious dance to yet another level last week by directing the Central Bank of Nigeria to sell foreign exchange to Muslim pilgrims that were on their way to Saudi Arabia for hajj at 197 naira to 1 USD.

This whilst everyone else, including students, manufacturers, businessmen, Christian pilgrims, the ailing and holiday-makers, must continue to buy at 400 naira to 1 USD. When the math is done this amounts to a whooping N7.9 billion naira concession for Muslim pilgrims.

And all this in a country that is not only impoverished and whose people are suffering from the worst economic hardship and poverty crunch since independence but also one that is meant to be a secular state.

Such is the national outrage that President Buhari’s forex concession to his Muslim brothers and sisters has provoked that a well-known political commentator and activist Mr. Paul Achalla wrote the following on his Facebook wall on August 5th:

“N410 to $1 for business, education, entrepreneurship, food processing, manufacturing, etc. and N197 to $1 for pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia? Bluntly put, Boko Haram ideology won Nigeria’s 2015 general election!!!”

Paul Achalla is right. How can this sort of nonsense be justified in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious secular state? Is Buhari’s Nigeria crafted only for the Muslim north? Is Saudi Arabia now the spiritual headquarters of our nation?

If it is not the Sultan of Sokoto declaring public holidays, it is the President giving subsidised rates of foreign exchange and preferential treatment to members of his own religious faith.

If it is not that he is leading our country into a sinister and dangerous military coalition of Sunni Muslim nations it is that he is holding conferences in Abuja with foreign Muslim clerics whose stated objective is to “spread sharia throughout Nigeria” and islamise our country.

Worse still virtually all his Service Chiefs and principal commanders in his Armed Forces together with his National Security Advisor, his Minister of Defence, his Minister of Internal Affairs, his Inspector General of Police, his Chief of Defence Intelligence, his Director General of State Security, his Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, his Commander of the National Civil Defence Corps, his Comptroller General of Customs, his Comptroller General of Immigration, his Comptroller General of Prisons and ALL his other security, para-security and intelligence agencies, bar one, are northern Muslims.

Can there be any greater form of corruption, abuse of power, injustice and betrayal of trust than this? Does this not prove the fact that our country is in dire need of restructuring? (TO BE CONTNUED).

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​In Niger, Muslim youths attack Catholic Church

A group of Muslim youths have attacked a Catholic Church around the Zuma Rock area of Niger state on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Members of St. Philip’s Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, went to pray in the Church and the angry Muslims came to disrupt their prayers saying they were not supposed to pray on Friday.

They said Friday is their day of prayer, adding that Christians should stick to praying on Sunday alone.

The youths allegedly destroyed properties and furniture in the Church before some soldiers came to the rescue of the Church members.

Vanguard reports that the Vicar-General of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Luka Sylvester Gopep, said “Sometime around 2pm, some Muslim youths in their hundreds left their mosque after their Friday Jumat prayer and rushed to the church premises, climbed the wall and destroyed everything in the church: the windows, the altar, musical instruments, the chapel.

“The security man in the church premises was beaten to pulp.

“Some women who were holding a prayer meeting were chased away. “The seminarian who is resident in the premises was also beaten up and chased away.”

Francis Emmanuel, a 41-year-old carpenter, was stabbed by a group of Muslim youths in Kaduna state » for eating during the Ramadan fast.