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CAN Condemns Attack, Kidnap Of Christian Worshippers In Kaduna

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has observed with concern that despite the victory songs by security agencies in recent times, attacks by terrorists in communities have continued, condemning the recent kidnap of 43 worshippers at the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in a Kaduna community.

Speaking with newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday, the state chairman of CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, lamented that the victory songs should be lowered until the fight and the battle are completely won, stressing that Nigerians do not need to sing songs of victory because the criminals are on the move and are still having their way.

Hayab, who is also the Vice President of CAN in 19 Northern states and Abuja, advised security agents to go after the criminals until the worshippers are rescued and safely returned to their homes.

He appealed to people in the church that it’s not enough for them to think that all is well now and go into their church without taking measures to ensure the security of their lives during services.

He lamented, “The kidnap of worshippers who went to participate at the All Night Worship of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Kurmin Juwa of Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State; Kurmin Juwa is a community just behind the market at Kasuwan Magani, came to us as, I won’t say shock but disappointing. At a time we are thinking that progress is being made, we are back to this sad story.”

Rev. Hayab noted that on that fateful night, it was a Wednesday, the bandits took away 57 people; some escaped on the road, saying that presently, 43 are still with the bandits, and they are demanding a huge sum of 200 million.

According to Rev. Hayab, it is too early for both Nigerians and the security to jump and make statements but have to be careful, suggesting that Nigerians should continue doing the best they can do in carrying out the war until victory is assured because the enemies of the people and the enemies of the state are still strategizing to cause pains.

As a church, he said that they pledged to continue to give the support they know how to give in telling what they know so that it would help the security agencies in addressing the matter, advising that Nigerians should use more discretion in handling the matter, especially with the way things are at the moment.

He reiterated that the victory songs should be lowered until the fight and the battle are completely won, pointing out that Nigerians do not need to sing songs of victory because these criminals are on the move and are still having their way, as 57 people or 43 people are not just three people but a whole community.

He explained that the church feels sad about it and condemned it totally while appealing and calling on the government to urgently do something and ensure that things like these do not continue to happen, saying that the more things like this happen, it creates fear in the mind, confusion and makes people continue to doubt any other story they are going to work.

He urged Christians to be watchful, saying if 100 members in the church, 30 others may stand guard on the premises.

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2023: We’ll Reproduce Burnt PVCs, Attacks Can’t Stop Elections, INEC Assures

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A former Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mike Igini says attacks on the offices of the electoral umpire are attacks on democracy but non-state actors can’t stop the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

He also said the electoral commission will reproduce all Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) burnt by hoodlums during attacks on its offices.

“I am very concerned about the attacks on INEC offices across the country particularly in the areas that have been identified,” Igini said on Channnels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Attacks on INEC offices have surged in recent times with at least three incidents recorded only in November. 65,699 uncollected PVCs were destroyed by hoodlums who attacked two of its offices in Ogun and Osun states while several PVCs and other electoral items were also burnt during an attack in Ebonyi State.

However, Igini said INEC has the information of all PVCs at state and national offices and it won’t take it days to reproduce them.

“INEC has the capacity to respond to these challenges, particular in respect to the PVCs that have been burnt. INEC has the number of all the PVCs…It is a matter of days, INEC will produce those PVCs,” he said.

He urged Nigerians not to be discouraged but to ensure they get their PVCs and exercise their franchise in the next general election.

The former REC also decried the inability of security agencies to bring perpetrators of violent attacks on INEC offices to book.

“Why should extra-constitutional actors, why should non-legitimise actors continue to attack INEC. It is an attack on democracy. My pain is that we have not been able to track anybody.

“It is a big challenge to all security agencies in this country that for these years, we have been unable to track those who attack our democracy.

“Look at what happened in the US, all those who attacked the Capitol Hill have been brought to book everyday but here we are in a state of anomie,” Igini stated.

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‘APC Made Nigeria, The Poverty Capital Of The World’, Charly Boy Fumes

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Nigerian entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy or Area Fada, has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of paying people to attend the party’s campaign rallies.

The popular activist shared a video which captured a man in a vehicle giving out N1,000 each to those on board who were wearing APC caps and T-shirts on his Twitter handle.

He also accused the ruling party of crippling the nation’s economy, saying APC made Nigeria the “Poverty Capital of the World”.

He wrote, “APC paying money to rent crowd for their rallies. What a shame. They first made the country the Poverty Capital of the World, and now they’re shamelessly renting crowds for their rallies openly.

“Anyways, collect your money but wake up
You should use your power to serve the people, not Oppress them!! Free Aminu!!!”

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Femi Kuti Frowns At Tinubu, APC Over Unauthorised Use Of Fela Song For Campaign

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The family of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti frowned at the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for the use of the late artiste’s song for the 2023 election campaign.

Femi Kuti in a “disclaimer and notice of use without consent” for the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family said the use of Fela’s popular song “Eko Ile” during one of its campaign activities for their 2023 presidential campaign was unauthorised.

The Kuti family said it wished to continue to be politically neutral.

“We the administrators of the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti issue this disclaimer. We wish to state here for clarity, that the permission of the estate was not sought for the use of Fela’s music, Eko Ile, in the All Progressives Congress social media campaign currently making the rounds,” Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family said.

“We do not involve Fela’s music in any political campaign at home or abroad and choose to remain neutral.

“While we wish all candidates the best, we demand that the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are abided by and intellectual property rights are duly respected. Signed the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.”

Tinubu and the members of the APC presidential campaign council held a rally last Saturday at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State.

Fela’s popular song “Eko Ile” was used in a video recap of the rally by Tinubu on Twitter.

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