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WITHDRAW ISLAMIC MEMBERSHIP OF NIGERIA TO ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS – CAN

ISLAMISATION: Nigeria Should Withdraw Her Membership of OIC, other Islamic Organisations – CAN
…Islamisation agenda is real
…Decries non payment of wages to workers
…Calls on Govts to repair roads, stop medical tourism
…Asks FG to revive the Interreligious Council

Christian leaders in the country Tuesday called on the National Assembly to list all international organisations that Nigeria belongs to with a view to withdrawing her membership from those that are religious.

The call was made at a gathering of prominent Christian leaders in the country at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos where they discussed the challenges facing the Church in the country.

Among those in attendance at the meeting called by the CAN President, his eminence, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle were the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, the General Overseer, The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Archbishop Mike Okonkwo, former CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, CAN Vice President, Elder Prof Joseph Otubu, CAN General Secretary, Rev Dr Musa Asake, CAN Treasurer, Bishop Antony Anyiador, Legal Adviser, Bar Samuel Kwamku, Youth Leader, Dan Kazir among others.

The Church leaders resolved among other things as follows:

*CAN Calls on the National Assembly to compile the list of all organizations Nigeria belongs to and all the treaties signed with a view to dropping all the religious ones.
*That we declare the inability of the State Governments to pay worker’s salaries and allowances as at when due as unacceptable and call on the Federal and State Governments to work together to do this.
* CAN Calls of the National Assemblies to prevail on the States in the North of the country try to henceforth be issuing Certificate of Occupancy to the churches there to build their houses of worship.
*That CAN Calls on the Federal Government to address the issue of breakdown of infrastructure such as roads, electricity supply, provision of adequate funding of health facilities in the nation so as to stop the untimely death of our people and medical pilgrimage abroad.
*We call on the government to declare the a state of emergency on the unemployment in the nation and deliberately set up machineries towards provision of employment for many school graduates who are roaming the streets or becoming a nuisance in the society through the commission of many crimes.
*We condemn in strong terms the failure of the security agencies to stop the murderous Fulani herdsmen from their criminal activities.
* The Nigerian Inter-religious Council which was embraced by past governments and allowed the Muslim and Christian leaders in the nation to meet together and interact towards fostering inter-religious peace has not taken place for once since this administration came on board because they said they had no money to provide logistics for it. This appears to be a dangerous decision as making room for peace is cheaper than prosecuting wars.

Therefore, the body should call upon the government of the day to put the provision of logistics for that meeting to hold as priority so that peace might prevail among different religious groups in the nation.

The forum condemns in a strong term “the government’s decision to lead Nigeria into being member of Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism through executive fiat, Nigeria’s participation in the International Islamic Sports Federation, Nigeria’s membership of International Islamic Financial Institution of which our present Governor of the Central Bank is the chairman. Didn’t all these violate the constitution?”
Earlier in his address, his eminence, Rev Ayokunle frowned at those who are accusing CAN of raising false alarm over the Islamisation agenda and quoted copiously from a communique of ‘Islam in Africa Organisation’ (IAO) of 1989 called ‘Abuja Declaration’.
According to him, “Almost all the steps to be taken to Islamize Nigeria have been completed through the subtle actions of our rulers who were and are Muslims. Our government has donated billions of naira into this Islamization Agenda.
“Part of the communique are the following: To ensure only Muslims are elected to all political posts of member nations; To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslim). (the word Christianity is
underlined in the declaration); To ensure the ultimate replacement of all western forms
of legal and judicial systems with the sharia in all member nations before then next “Islam in Africa conference; To ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of member nations.

“The execution of this strategy can be recognised in countries like Nigeria , Ethiopia and Sudan . In Nigeria more and more provinces choose for the Sharia leading to heavy protests of Christians, oft resulting in violence and bloodshed to both sides. In Sudan the government chose in 1983 for the Sharia, in 1991 sharpened with death punishment for apostasy from Islam.”

Speaking further, Ayokunle noted “Those in government who are either Christians or Muslims or those outside it are either ignorant of the truth or are mischievous when they say that there is no plan to Islamize Nigeria. The fact that the United States of America, United Kingdom, France and South Africa had adopted Sukkuk or any other Islamic financial system does not change our position that our government does not have the right to be implementing the Islamization Agenda of IAO quoted above because our constitution does not permit them to do so in a society with plural religion like ours.
“Much more, the Western Societies above that had adopted Islamic Financial System in question were the same that adopted homosexuality. Does it mean that it was because homosexuality was the right thing that they adopted it?”
CAN President explained that the meeting was not called to antagonise the Muslims in the country and the government but to create awareness of the dangers around.
“Let me state in the same vein that this meeting is not called to incite anyone against our Muslim brothers and sisters neither is it intended to mean an opposition to the government of the day. It is rather to call us to awareness of the dangers around us and to call the attention of those in power in this nation as I said before to their actions that are unconstitutional and suggest preference for one religion at the expense of the others.
“For us to continue to do pilgrimage together as a nation, there must be justice, fairplay and mutual respect for all irrespective of religion, ethnic group or political affiliation, otherwise, things may fall apart.”

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo was represented by the Villa Chaplin, Pastor Seyi Malomo. All the denominational leaders, block leaders and other church leaders in the country of about 1000 were in attendance.

Signed:
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to CAN President.

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WITHDRAW ISLAMIC MEMBERSHIP OF NIGERIA TO ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS – CAN

ISLAMISATION: Nigeria Should Withdraw Her Membership of OIC, other Islamic Organisations – CAN
…Islamisation agenda is real
…Decries non payment of wages to workers
…Calls on Govts to repair roads, stop medical tourism
…Asks FG to revive the Interreligious Council

Christian leaders in the country Tuesday called on the National Assembly to list all international organisations that Nigeria belongs to with a view to withdrawing her membership from those that are religious.

The call was made at a gathering of prominent Christian leaders in the country at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos where they discussed the challenges facing the Church in the country.

Among those in attendance at the meeting called by the CAN President, his eminence, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle were the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, the General Overseer, The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Archbishop Mike Okonkwo, former CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, CAN Vice President, Elder Prof Joseph Otubu, CAN General Secretary, Rev Dr Musa Asake, CAN Treasurer, Bishop Antony Anyiador, Legal Adviser, Bar Samuel Kwamku, Youth Leader, Dan Kazir among others.

The Church leaders resolved among other things as follows:

*CAN Calls on the National Assembly to compile the list of all organizations Nigeria belongs to and all the treaties signed with a view to dropping all the religious ones.
*That we declare the inability of the State Governments to pay worker’s salaries and allowances as at when due as unacceptable and call on the Federal and State Governments to work together to do this.
* CAN Calls of the National Assemblies to prevail on the States in the North of the country try to henceforth be issuing Certificate of Occupancy to the churches there to build their houses of worship.
*That CAN Calls on the Federal Government to address the issue of breakdown of infrastructure such as roads, electricity supply, provision of adequate funding of health facilities in the nation so as to stop the untimely death of our people and medical pilgrimage abroad.
*We call on the government to declare the a state of emergency on the unemployment in the nation and deliberately set up machineries towards provision of employment for many school graduates who are roaming the streets or becoming a nuisance in the society through the commission of many crimes.
*We condemn in strong terms the failure of the security agencies to stop the murderous Fulani herdsmen from their criminal activities.
* The Nigerian Inter-religious Council which was embraced by past governments and allowed the Muslim and Christian leaders in the nation to meet together and interact towards fostering inter-religious peace has not taken place for once since this administration came on board because they said they had no money to provide logistics for it. This appears to be a dangerous decision as making room for peace is cheaper than prosecuting wars.

Therefore, the body should call upon the government of the day to put the provision of logistics for that meeting to hold as priority so that peace might prevail among different religious groups in the nation.

The forum condemns in a strong term “the government’s decision to lead Nigeria into being member of Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism through executive fiat, Nigeria’s participation in the International Islamic Sports Federation, Nigeria’s membership of International Islamic Financial Institution of which our present Governor of the Central Bank is the chairman. Didn’t all these violate the constitution?”
Earlier in his address, his eminence, Rev Ayokunle frowned at those who are accusing CAN of raising false alarm over the Islamisation agenda and quoted copiously from a communique of ‘Islam in Africa Organisation’ (IAO) of 1989 called ‘Abuja Declaration’.
According to him, “Almost all the steps to be taken to Islamize Nigeria have been completed through the subtle actions of our rulers who were and are Muslims. Our government has donated billions of naira into this Islamization Agenda.
“Part of the communique are the following: To ensure only Muslims are elected to all political posts of member nations; To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslim). (the word Christianity is
underlined in the declaration); To ensure the ultimate replacement of all western forms
of legal and judicial systems with the sharia in all member nations before then next “Islam in Africa conference; To ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of member nations.

“The execution of this strategy can be recognised in countries like Nigeria , Ethiopia and Sudan . In Nigeria more and more provinces choose for the Sharia leading to heavy protests of Christians, oft resulting in violence and bloodshed to both sides. In Sudan the government chose in 1983 for the Sharia, in 1991 sharpened with death punishment for apostasy from Islam.”

Speaking further, Ayokunle noted “Those in government who are either Christians or Muslims or those outside it are either ignorant of the truth or are mischievous when they say that there is no plan to Islamize Nigeria. The fact that the United States of America, United Kingdom, France and South Africa had adopted Sukkuk or any other Islamic financial system does not change our position that our government does not have the right to be implementing the Islamization Agenda of IAO quoted above because our constitution does not permit them to do so in a society with plural religion like ours.
“Much more, the Western Societies above that had adopted Islamic Financial System in question were the same that adopted homosexuality. Does it mean that it was because homosexuality was the right thing that they adopted it?”
CAN President explained that the meeting was not called to antagonise the Muslims in the country and the government but to create awareness of the dangers around.
“Let me state in the same vein that this meeting is not called to incite anyone against our Muslim brothers and sisters neither is it intended to mean an opposition to the government of the day. It is rather to call us to awareness of the dangers around us and to call the attention of those in power in this nation as I said before to their actions that are unconstitutional and suggest preference for one religion at the expense of the others.
“For us to continue to do pilgrimage together as a nation, there must be justice, fairplay and mutual respect for all irrespective of religion, ethnic group or political affiliation, otherwise, things may fall apart.”

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo was represented by the Villa Chaplin, Pastor Seyi Malomo. All the denominational leaders, block leaders and other church leaders in the country of about 1000 were in attendance.

Signed:
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to CAN President.

BAYELSA CHIEF OF STAFF IN A MONUMENTAL CORRUPTION SCANDAL

A civil Society Organisation has raised an alarm over what they termed as “Massive Fraud” being carried out by the Chief of staff to the Bayelsa State Governor, MR TALFORD ONGOLO.

The Group noted that Mr Talford has questions to answer over the #350 Million Naira collected for the Purchase of Automated Machines for Local Govt staff attendance but failed to buy them, as all Local Govenment Council Contacted said non of such Machine was ever Purchased as Claimed By the Chief of Staff. The Group also highlited that he has questions to answer on the Local Government Training Funds running into Hundreds of Millions. He was also Accused of Misappropriating #20 Million which was handed over to him upon his assumption of office as Chairman LGSC but could not account for the Funds. EHe was also said to have been Extorting 2.5m monthly from the principal officers and always demand or ask them to contribute huge some of money from them whenever he has occasion or personal issues to sort out.

Mr Talford was also accused of extorting Millions of Naira from Principal Officers of Local Government Councils every Month when he was Chairman, LGSC, Bayelsa State Chapter.

The Group has Called for his Immediate Resignation over these cases of Corruption Levelled against him.

Nyako and Son Stole 1.2 Billion Naira 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, through its seventh witness, presented documents in court to show the transfer of about N1,384,525,000 allegedly diverted from the Adamawa State government, during the tenure of Murtala Nyako, to the account of Crust Energy Limited.

Mr. Nyako, a former governor of the state, is facing a 37-count charge along with his son and serving senator, Abdulaziz, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

They are alleged to have committed the fraud using Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited, as conduit pipes.

The witness, Chinedu Ayogu, a compliance officer with Diamond Bank, while being led in evidence by O.A. Atolagbe, told the court that the bank received request with respect to some companies linked to the defendants.

“We received a request from the EFCC to provide the account opening packages of Sentinel Production and Exploration Limited and the statements of account which consisted of the Naira and Dollar accounts, and we complied,” Mr. Ayogu said.

Mr. Ayogu identified the various documents sent to the EFCC in response to the anti-graft agency’s request, which were subsequently tendered as exhibit against them.

There was no objection from counsels to the defendants, as to their admissibility, and they were accepted and marked as exhibit AD.

Under cross-examination, Mr. Ayogu said at various times, several amounts of money were credited into the account of Crust Energy Limited.

Mr. Ayogu said: “On May 2, 2013, Crust Energy Limited was credited with N160 million, N79 million on May 13, 2013, and another N79 million on May 14, 2013, N150 million on May 23, 2013, and another N150 million on June 7, 2013, N120 million and N100 million on July 16, 2013, N508,500,000 on November 19, 2013, and N38,025,000 on December 10, 2013.”

According to Ayogu, the documents also indicated that “on August 13, 2013, Belmark Ent. IFO Sentinel Exploration was credited with $4,500,000. On November 19, 2013, Belmark Ent. IFO Sentinel Expl was credited with $3,000,000. On December 12, 2013, Sentinel Exploration E/O Belmark Ent. Was credited with $220,000”.

While adjourning to May 2 for continuation of trial, Justice Abang fixed March 28 to hear an application brought by Mr. Abba seeking release of his international passport.

The Arrogant Hameed Ali And The Senate – Fani-Kayode 

Retired Colonel Hameed Ali, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, is a proud and stubborn man. His disdain for others and insufferable arrogance is not only vexatious to the spirit but also downright nauseating.

Someone should remind him that the Holy Bible says “the Lord resists the proud and exalts the humble”. Another should tell him that, according to Greek mythology, nemesis always follows hubris. If he doubts that he should find out what happened to a character called Icarus.

Clearly this obnoxious and canterkerous little man needs to be brought down a peg or two and pulled off his high horse.

I say this because I cannot but wonder how any reasonable, right-thinking and responsible person can refuse to wear the uniform of an agency that he heads and leads.

This is especially so when the Nigerian Senate has, for the second time, asked him to do so when appearing before them.

The first time he apologised and promised to do so and the second time he stubbornly refused and was consequently and appropiately thrown out of the Senate Chamber.

There may be no law in our statute books that constrains or compels him to wear his uniform but humility, good manners, morality, wisdom, custom and decency most certainly do.

How does he and those that support him expect those working under him in the Nigerian
Customs Service to feel when he refuses to wear their uniform?

Is he not indirectly telling them that he is superior to them and that he is too good for them? This is a sevice that they have dedicated their lives and careers to. I wonder how that affects their morale?

And in any case what signal is he sending to the Nigerian people and to the rest of the world? Such a thing has never happened before and the truth is that such open and obvious contempt being displayed by a senior government official and the head of a paramilitary organisation and government parastatal towards his underlings and the agency that he heads is rarely seen.

Ali has contempt for his Minister who he is meant to report to. He has contempt for the government agency that he purportedly leads. He has contempt for the people that work under him in that agency.

He has contempt for the Nigerian Senate. He has contempt for the government that he serves and finally he has contempt for the Nigerian people.

By his open defiance what he is really saying is the following:

“You people just don’t get it. I belong to the small circle of those who OWN Nigeria and you people and your customs, rules, regulations, practices, conventions and norms do not matter”.

He is saying,

“You are nothing before us and you can shout and scream as much as you like. At the end of the day, whether you like it or not, we are in power, we were born to rule and we OWN you all so just shut up and sit down!”

That is his mindset and it is simply appauling. And with him this has always been the case. If anyone doubts that they should find out a little more about his antecedents and what he stands for. They should find out about his history and record in and outside of the military.

They should do the research and find out what he did as Military Governor of Kaduna state during the regime of General Sani Abacha and later Sec. Gen. of the Arewa Consultative Forum.

They should read the derogatory and incendiary statements he made about the south, the Middle Belt and all those that opposed the agenda of the ACF at the time.

To say that he was arrogant, overbearing, racist and tribalist and that he is a bigot would be an understatement.

And worst still he is a total and complete creation of President Muhammadu Buhari. He was his Chief of Staff during numerous presidential campaigns and the President loves him as if he were his own son.

That, together with a streak of sadism, explains Ali’s sheer impudence and supreme confidence on this and so many other issue.

He is reported to have said that he will not wear the customs uniform because he is a retired officer of the Nigerian Army and the only uniform he will ever wear again is the military one.

Does this man have a brain?
One wonders what infantile nonsense this is? What misplaced arrogance and childish verbiage? What absurd and good old fashioned gobbledygook? I really don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

If Ali was not prepared to honor and respect the conventions and norms of the Nigerian Customs Service why did he accept the job?

Since when did things degenerate to this level in our country? Has Nigeria turned into a land of misfits, comedians and Tolkien-like orcs and goblins or are we still a nation of serious-minded and sensible human beings and precious souls?

Are we a giant army barracks where only senior military officers and commanders are respected or a sovereign and independent nation-state where the will of the people holds sway at all times and in all matters.

Are we a zoo that is populated by wild animals and ravenous beasts or a land of honorable men and respected mortals?

Does Ali not know that military rule ended in Nigeria 18 years ago in 1999 and that the Nigerian people are not interested in it EVER coming back or of being reminded about its traumatising and barbaric excesses?

Does he, like a small handful of other hard-line, ultra-conservative, core northern retired army officers, see Nigeria as nothing but a vassal state and subjugated colony that was conquered by his forefathers, elders, leaders, mentors and seniors in the military after the “northern officers revenge coup” of January 29th 1966?

If this is the case then he is still living in the distant past and he is certainly in urgent need of psychiatric attention. He also needs a series of powerful all-night prayer sessions for deliverance from the malevolent demons that control him.

His attitude and disposition certainly throws up a lot of questions? Amongst them are as follows:

Firstly does Nigeria live for the military or does the military live for Nigeria?

Secondly if he had come from the southern or Middle Belt zone of the country would he have dared to pull this stunt and, if so, would he have got away with it?

If he had not been from the core north and a member of the President’s inner circle of untouchables would Buhari have tolerated his irresponsible behaviour and his sheer indiscipline.

If he had not been Buhari’s soul-mate and kinsman would the President have endorsed his not so subtle refusal to bow before civilian institutions and to submit to civilian authority.

In any case who the hell does Ali really think he is? Does he believe that he is the reincarnation of Usman Dan Fodio of the Fulani Caliphate or the living manifestation of Salahudeen Yusuf of Egypt and Syria?

He was retired as a colonel in the military many years ago and there was nothing that was particularly distinguished about his career. He was certainly not a blue-blooded, swashbuckling, gallant, courageous, good-looking, principled and polo-playing Col. Abubakar ‘Dangiwa’ Umar.

And neither can he compare himself to the great Major-General Hananiya who retired as a Major-General in the Nigerian Army and yet who proudly wore the uniform of the Federal Road Safety Commision after being appointed as the head of that agency?

Whatever misplaced, vain and inconceivable notions that he has ought to be kept to himself and if I had been his Minister I would have insisted that he not only wore his uniform to all official functions and meetings but also during office hours.

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The man is really very strange. He has what I would describe as the “Cassius look”. Like the character Cassius in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ he is lean, mean, spartan, silent, hungry and dangerous. This is a cold man with a dark soul: a man that is as hard as nails and who finds it difficult to smile.

He is what the British refer to as a “strange fish”. He is reticent, reclusive, nocturnal, limited in knowledge, stunted in intelligence, very thuggish and, worst of all, he sees and says “AREWA” before anything else.

My friend and brother, Oloye Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman of Afenifere and a leading columnist and writer in Nigeria, wrote the following as part of his contribution to the debate. He said,

“Ali answers to the Comptroller General of Customs title. He lives in the official residence. He takes the pay. He uses the official cars and takes ALL the privileges of the office. But he rejects ONLY the uniform!”

This is a pertinent observation. Odumakin has hit the nail on the head.

In his own contribution Bashorun Akin Osuntokun, one of the most respected and courageous columnists in the country and a formidable historian and veteran politician, said:

“One problem of our people is exasperating political naivety and lack of strategic thinking. This Ali man was the most truculent secretary of Arewa Consultative Forum. His recent behavior is a typical manifestation of the northern hegemony syndrome hence a strategic enemy of our vision of an egalitarian Nigeria. And here is an opportunity to advance this objective – and what do we do with it?”

How right Osuntokun is. And for the benefit of those that are defending Ali on the specious grounds that the law does not compel him to wear the uniform he went on to ask:

“Is there any law that says we must rise when the President enters a gathering? Or is there any law that says we must play the National Anthem at official functions?”

Osuntokun’s point is well served and well taken. These are pertinent questions that he has asked. Both he and Odumakin have done justice to the matter.

Their words appropiately and adequately reflect the sheer arrogance and impunity of Hameed Ali and the ignorance and naivety of those that are encouraging, defending and supporting him.

Osuntokun’s earlier point particularly reflects the fact that there is a terrible weakness and a lack of fortitude and courage coupled with a deep and grave affliction buried deep in the souls of those that truly crave for a just and egalitarian society in Nigeria yet who, when they see a man like Ali beating his chest like an alpha male gorilla, either openly support him in his scandalous tomfoolery or they remain silent in awe and trepidation of him.

Nothing is more shocking and disappointing than the disposition and behaviour of such people, many of whom ought to know better.

Essentially the problem here is that many that have been turned into slaves in our country do not even know that they are slaves anymore because they have gotten used to it and they see it as the norm. This, surely, is the worse form of bondage and servitude.

Permit me to share an example of such a twisted and warped mindset and disposition with you here.

During the American civil war you actually had some black slaves fighting for the southern Confederate forces of Dixie despite the fact that those same forces were fighting to perpetuate the institution of slavery.

That is how I view those that constantly support and encourage the arrogant hegemonist monsters that live amongst us and those who cannot comprehend the damage that they are doing to our collective cause and pysche by doing so.

That is how I see those that are quick to endorse and applaud the shameful challenge and affront of Hameed Ali to the Senate and to the Nigerian people.

They are the tragedy of Nigeria and without their support conflicted personalities like Ali would not get away with the kind of things that they are getting away with.

May the Lord deliver us from power-mad and arrogant men who attempt to play God, whose time is short and whose clock is ticking fast. Shalom.

Hardship: Calabar Residents Patronises Old Clothes For Xmas 

The current economic recession in the country has driven some residents of Calabar in Cross River State to patronise fairly used clothes for the Yuletide, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Many households, especially women now go for used clothes for themselves and their children due to the high cost of new ones.

A resident, Mrs Eunice told NAN at Marian market where she was seeing buying  second hand clothes, that it was cheaper and affordable.

“I decided to buy these ones, when I wash it with hot water and take it to the dry cleaner, it will turn to new clothes.

“Things are just too expensive. One cannot understand the kind of change we are going through,” she said.

Similarly, Mrs Vera Ekpenyong-Ita said that she took time to select good second hand dresses for herself and the children at Beach market, as she could not afford to buy new ones.

“Imagine a cloth for my three months old baby and they were saying N6000; and I have five children, so where will I get money to buy clothes for each of them in this hard economic situation.

“So I decided to seek alternative in these ones, I don’t care what people call it. I am not the only one,” she stated.

A single lady, Alice Sunday said she was proud to patronise used clothes because “times are hard.”

“So many people, especially young girls like me cannot even afford okrika talk less of ready-made.

“I am a graduate and there is no work, so where do you want me to get money to buy already made dresses, no way,” she added.

A dry cleaner, Innocent Imoh, told NAN that the business was booming now more than ever before.

“My brother I am very busy, this is not time to talk. I have dozens of clothes here to work on, as you can see.

“May be you can come back after Christmas. We are in the era of change, as you can see,” he said.

NAN

Kaduna In Another Fresh Ethno-Religious Crisis As Muhammadu Buhari Returns 

In another case of religion-induced disturbance, a fight broke out in the new Panteka market along the Nnamdi Azikiwe bypass in Kaduna.

The fight erupted when an Igbo man allegedly named his dog Muhammad. According to Daily Trust, the market was closed down by men of the Nigerian Police who restored peace after the fight broke out.

Panteka market is a major spare parts centre which houses many mechanic garages in the state. According to an eyewitness, named Aminu Ibrahim said the trouble started when one Muhammad bought a dog and allegedly named it Ibere after an Igbo trader.

Ibrahim said: “Since the boy named the dog after the trader, the trader had warned him on several occasions to rename the dog, but the owner of the dog Muhammad refused. The Igbo trader, Ibere also bought a dog and named it Muhammad, this is when all hell was let loose.”

Subsequently, a fight erupted between Hausa and Igbo traders in the market which led to the closure of the market by the police.

As at the time of this report, the police spokesperson was not available for comments at the time of filing this report as he did not pick calls put across to his phone.

In a similar vein, about six months ago, a man named Joachim Iroko Chinakwe was arrested, detained and arraigned by the police in Ogun state for allegedly naming his dog after Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari.

Although, Iroko later said he named his dog after the president because the latter is his mentor, he and his wife had to leave the state after receiving death threats.

The police explained that Iroko was arrested and arraigned for conducts likely to cause breach of peace and not because he named his dog Buhari.

AIT news Reported