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Buhari Writes for Christian Newspaper, Says Christians, Muslims Must Unite
Sat, 01 Dec 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday wrote an article for a foreign Christian newspaper, Church Times UK, in which he described himself as a descendant of Abraham, a biblical hero regarded as the father of faith, while also urging Nigerian Christians and Muslims to unite and flourish together.

The president in the opinion article, titled: “Don’t Politicise Religion in Nigeria,” published in the Anglican newspaper, supported his position with various Bible verses and declared, “Muslims and Christians should not only peacefully coexist, but should also flourish together.”

Also in the article, President Buhari said he was being accused of trying to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state, while the Boko Haram terrorists accused him of being anti-Islam.

On the herdsmen/farmers’ situation, he said herdsmen “tend to be predominantly Muslims, although not exclusively”, while farmers “in certain areas of central Nigeria, are predominantly Christians,” noting that there was need for understanding, calling for “reconciliation rather than division.”

The President praised late Samuel Ajayi Crowther in the article. He wrote: “In 1844, the Rev. Samuel Ajayi Crowther returned home to Yorubaland (now part of modern-day Nigeria). Twenty years earlier, he had been kidnapped and sold to European slave traders who were bound for the Americas. He was freed by an abolitionist naval patrol, and received by the Church Missionary Society. There, he found his calling.

“Crowther made his voyage home to establish the first Anglican mission in Yorubaland. He came with the first Bibles translated into Yoruba and Hausa languages. He opened dialogue and discussion with those of other faiths. And his mission was a success. Crowther later became the first African Anglican Bishop in Africa.

“Today, Nigeria has the largest Christian population on the continent. The messages and teachings of Christianity are part of the fabric of each person’s life. Along with the millions of Christians in Nigeria today, I believe in peace, tolerance, and reconciliation; in the institution of the family, the sanctity of marriage, and the honour of fidelity; in hope, compassion, and divine revelation.

“Like Bishop Crowther, I am a descendant of Abraham; unlike him, I am a Muslim. I believe our two great religions cannot only peacefully coexist but also flourish together. But Muslims and Christians must first turn to one another in compassion. For, as it says in Amos 3.3: ‘Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet’

“As they are People of the Book, I believe that there is far more that unites Muslims and Christians than divides them. In fact, I believe that the messages of the Bible are universal: available for anyone to exercise, and instructive to all. We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities, because, if we do, we can only look inwards. It is only when we mix that we can reach new and greater possibilities.

“Whichever religion or religious denomination they choose to follow, Nigerians are devout. Anything that Nigerians believe will place impositions on their practice, and belief is therefore sure to cause widespread alarm. And, unfortunately, there are those who seek to divide Nigerians – and our two great religions – and to do so for their own advantage.

On his allegations that he is biased when it comes to religion, Buhari wrote: ““I stand accused – paradoxically – of trying to Islamise Nigeria while also being accused by Boko Haram terrorists of being against Islam. My Vice-President is a devout man, a Christian pastor. He, too, is accused of selling out his religion, because of his support for me.

“This is not the first time that I – nor, indeed, my Christian-Muslim evenly split cabinet – have been the subject of such nonsense. Fortunately, the facts speak differently from the words of those who seek to divide us from one another.”

Buhari added: “I have befriended church leaders and church groups both within and outside our country; my Vice-President has addressed and opened dialogue with Muslims up and down our land. In all things, we seek that which all well-meaning Christians and well-meaning Muslims must seek: to unite, respect, and never to divide. Does it not say ‘There is no compulsion in religion’ (Qur’an 2.256)? Does it not say ‘forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us’ (Luke 9.50)? This, surely, is the path that followers of both our two great religions must walk.

“Unfortunately, those who wish us all to walk apart have recently found another focus for their efforts: The tragic clashes between nomadic herdsmen and settled farmers in the central regions of Nigeria. For generations, herders have driven their cattle from the north to the centre of our country; they tend to be predominantly Muslim, although not exclusively. The farmers, in certain areas of central Nigeria, are predominantly Christian.

“The causes of this conflict are not religious or theological, but temporal. At the heart of this discord is access to rural land, exacerbated both by climate change and population growth. Sadly, there are some who seek to play fast and lose and so make others believe that these are not the facts.

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FEDERALISM, LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Samuel Orovwuje’s book mirrors the country’s social conditions, writes Obed Awowede There are very few books that capture the breadth and depth of Nigeria’s contemporary leadership and development experience against the background of its history as Samuel Orovwuje’s Federalism, Leadership and Development. A collection of some of his essays, most of which have been published []The post FEDERALISM, LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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The Relevance of ‘Aso Oke
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Aso Oke is a popular clothe material. But it is very disheartening that the ‘Aso Oke’ fabric is increasingly losing its relevance among contemporary Nigerians. Though, in the olden days, Aso Oke, is considered as clothing materials for only the royals, yet it provided sustainable income for its weavers. Living in a society where fashion []The post The Relevance of ‘Aso Oke’ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Hygienic Toilets as Saver of Lives
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Comment If the call of nature is a common thing in humanity, man cannot be too careful in addressing the issue of toilet towards healthy living and mankind’s survival. Sequel to this, the United Nations (UN) officially recognised November 19 as World Toilet Day which is aimed at inspiring actions to []The post Hygienic Toilets as Saver of Lives appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR JOHN MAHAMA AT 60
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Pendulum By Dele Momodu Fellow Africans, if you had access to this column last week, you must have seen, or read, the special tribute I penned for one of Africa’s greatest leaders of the 21stcentury, the former President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr John Dramani Mahama. The question I have had to answer, countless []The post A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR JOHN MAHAMA AT 60 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Timing Is Poor, So What’s Good About TraderMoni
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
SATURDAY | THE COUNTERPOINT By Femi Akintunde-Johnson As most things in life, what is sumptuous meat to one is taboo to another. Last week, and a little more this week, financial analyst, Olufemi Awoyemi, took the current darling of Buhari/Osinbajo administration, TraderMoni, to the cleaners; subjecting it to some purgatory cleansing in establishing that though []The post Timing Is Poor, So What’s Good About TraderMoni’ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor Stars with Beyonce in ‘Lion King
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
SUPERSATURDAY Nigerian born British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing Scar, the villainous lion in the adaptation of Disney’s animated production, ‘Lion King’, starring alongside superstar singer, Beyonce. Ferdinand Ekechukwu reports From playing shoe-mad drag queen Lola, to his emotional and searing performance as Solomon Northrup in slave movie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, 41, has proved his pedigree []The post Chiwetel Ejiofor Stars with Beyonce in ‘Lion King’ appeared first on
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Regina Askia Puts Husband on the Spotlight
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Having found fame first as a model, then, as an actress, Regina Askia still keeps close ties with the world of entertainment. She recently shared rare photos of her American husband, Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Williams, writes Ferdinand Ekechukwu Contemporary Nollywood aficionados would easily connect with the name Regina Askia at the mere mention of it. This []The post Regina Askia Puts Husband on the Spotlight appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ooni Tasks Nigerian Youth on National Responsibility
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
1 Leads monarchs to Ogun as Amosun’s wife hosts Queen Moremi pageant By Godwin Ifijeh The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has charged Nigerian youth to brace up and take full responsibilities in the polity, stating that the country belongs to them. Speaking in his palace ahead of Queen Moremi Cultural []The post Ooni Tasks Nigerian Youth on National Responsibility appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ade Bakare’s 25 years Rretrospective exhibitionfor Secondary School Students
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
By Azuka Ogujiuba Ade Bakare Couture held its two decades and a half retrospective recently. The one week event, which held between November 11 and 16, according to him, was an educational programme targeted at secondary school students but also opened to the public. It was held at Terra Kulture on Tiamiyu Savage in Victoria []The post Ade Bakare’s 25 years RetrospectiveExhibition for Secondary School Students appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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