Thursday, 26 September 2013

If you are a sinner where will you go?

 In one of his best preachings, The Injury time, Pastor Chidi Okoro Afor asked a vital question on religious proliferation. Pastor Chidi, after examining the rate at which religious houses grow, mainly in Nigeria, asked what a sinner could do when he comes to a building inhabiting four different churches? Though funny a question, it's of a vital importance in a society like ours.
As a matter of fact, the rate at which religious houses erupt in Nigeria is quite alarming. The different between their denominations are very small. All they do is to change a single word or verb to form a new church. A good example could be seen in names like Church of God, Church of Jesus Christ, Church of Christ in Jesus etc.
The major question is why do we have such daily formation of different churches in Nigeria? What are really the different between all these churches? Are Nigerians more religious with more churches formed?
Permit me to differ immediately for I am of the opinion that it's the contrary. The rate at which evil grow in Nigeria is also quite alarming.
I had a walk in a small town in Orlu, Imo state. I discovered that between Obibi Ochasi and Ihiteowerre, the number of churches are almost uncountable. And that's just the case of Ocha-asato. Who knows how the case in your own area? Does more religious houses mean more moral maturity in your village or the contrary?

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Tired of his social situation, an Italian guns down two Police officers and a pregnant woman

“I wanted to shoot a politician but not seeing any of them, I then shot Police officers”, said the Luigi Preiti who yesterday opened fire before an Italian Parliamentary palace. The young Sicilian said he was motivated to do so after losing his job and being left by wife and children. The 49 years shooter who, from all indications had no past criminal record, said to have bought his gun four years ago, in a black market at Alexandria.
From the ex-wife, from whom he separated three years ago, he is not mentally disturbed. He is a very good man but actually in difficulties, she added. The ex-wife and the family of Preiti said they are shocked by the act and are really sorry for all the victim of the act of their brother.
Luigi is said to have lost his job and had to turn back to the family, just like many other young Italians tormented by the present economic crisis. He said to have chosen yesterday, 28th April so as to send a serious note to the whole world. And in order to do so, he decided to go directly to the "Quirinal", on the day that the new Italian Prime Minister was swearing in. The two Police officers, Giuseppe Giangrande and Francesco Negri who received his grievance, are actually undergoing treatment. There was also a third victim. A young pregnant woman passing by was also wounded by his shot.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

"The black women's hair is political" Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The long awaited Novel of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Americanah, is out. From the tips I have read so far about it, it is not just powerful but full of novelties and humour packed. Chimamanda, as all those who know her work will understand, did not forget to speak of hair styles and influence that hair types plays in every society.  As a matter of fact, she made a very serious, deep and philosophical affirmation here that surely will open up a new debate on gender, race, culture and why not, on her newly area of interest, feminism. If we are to believe Chimamanda, then "The black women's hair is political".                                                
In fact, one of those things that should be noted about her recent development and impact in the literary world, not only in this work, but also in most of her recent speeches and papers, is that Chimamanda is not just that young brilliant Nigerian author, but a full fledged writer and speaker whose voice cannot be ignored any longer. Starting from her thought provoking TED-Talk, The danger of a single story, through her two recent speeches, "We should all be Feminists" and "black women's hair is political", Chimamanda has made it known to the whole world that she is determined to make her way into the history of Literature. 

Here is the Book Depository description of his recent work, the Americanah. and her chat with Jon Snow, Journalist of Channel4.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Feminism à la Chimamanda! "We should all be feminists" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in her normal way, has come up with another topic of great interest. She has thrown up a new debate that might not be welcomed by many, not just because it's not true but because it's so true that it cannot be easily swallowed. "We should all be feminists"!
Chimamanda surely is not airing her view on feminism for the first time on this particulare moment as she has always made it clear in all her write-ups and speeches, in this particular talk, she has chosen it as a topic. What is more interessing here is not just her take on the matter but the way she progress with arguments and facts. It will be easier to understand her better without taking a stand ahead of the talk.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University. She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught introductory fiction. Chimamanda is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize For Fiction; and Purple Hibiscus, which won the 2005 Best First Book Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the 2004 Debut Fiction Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2009, her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck was published. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at the 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. She featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She currently divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
Source: TEDxEUSTON

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Monday, 8 April 2013

The Americanah of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The long awaited Americana is ready to be published on 11th April. From all indications, it will be a best seller as the author of The Purple Hibiscus took five years to coin this his new born baby. It sounds sweet as that will not only be his first book on America but also his first of race. One of the features that probably do not lack in his writings, whether the book has a Nigerian setup or not is a long description of hairstyles. The reason is obvious as Chimamanda explains:
I am obsessed with hair!’,  ‘As you can see I have natural, negro hair, free from relaxers and things. My hair story started when I was a baby. My mother had boys and she desperately wanted a girl, a girl with hair. I came out with a lot of hair and she was thrilled. As I was growing up she would do things to my hair but what I loved the most was when she stretched it with a hot comb. I was terrified too, because when the comb touched your ear it was so painful, but I loved the idea that my hair would then be straight. So when I was three years old I already had the idea that straight hair was beautiful and my hair was ugly1.

Monday, 1 April 2013

The Boko haram saga: Bishop Hassan Kukah throws up a challenge to the Nigerian government

bokochrmusAs the debate over according amnesty to the deadly Nigerian Islamist group, The Boko Haram continues to tear apart sections of Nigeria intellectuals, politicians, religious leaders and ethnic groups, a prominent Nigerian, whose franc-speaking and courage has been noted at the international level, Mgr Hassan Kukah, the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese puts forward his thought provoking argument on why there is need to accord the so called unknown group amnesty. The Boko haram is said to have giving the amnesty as the condition for them to stop their deadly bombings which have left dead not less than three thousand Nigerians and set ablaze unquantifiable amount Nigerian economy.

The bone of contention over the amnesty saga has been on whether to accord amnesty to a group who has never shown up openly and who has never had an authorized representation.

In fact, Boko Haram members could be rightfully regarded as ghosts, to use the expression of President of Nigeria, Mr Goodluck Jonathan in his reaction to the amnesty demand, as they have no known representation or a spokesman.

The question now is whether it is right to grant amnesty to a group who has no representation? Who is going to be held responsible is the pact is not respected?

Amidst all these, Bishop Kukah propose another way of valuating their demand. He approaches the question from another optic in his Easter message. Here is what he has to say on the matter.

 

Amnesty, Repentance, Forgiveness And Reconciliation - Mgr Kukah

Although the Church in her wisdom gives us 40 day’s notice ahead of Easter, we often have our minds fixed more on the mundane plans for the social calendar of the holiday period. Yet, these 40 days are meant to be days of sober reflection, meditation and prayer, with the joys of Easter being the climax. The spirit of the risen Christ, the assurance of our own resurrection and its joy are, in reality, supposed to be the reward for the penitential period.

Sadly, for us as Christians today, the Lenten season has become a rather routine and perfunctory period that we simply walk through. Christians tend to try to explain to their Muslim brothers and sisters that Lent is their equivalent of the Muslim Ramadan.

Papal Regina Coeli (Angelus) of 1st April 2013. Italian Audio with English subtitle


Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter to you all! Thank you for coming today, in such large numbers, to share the joy of Easter, the central mystery of our faith. Let us pray that the power of the resurrection of Christ might reach everyone - especially those who suffer - and every place that is in need of trust and hope. Christ has conquered evil fully and finally, but it is up to us, to people in every age, to embrace this victory in our lives and in the realities of history and society. For this reason it seems important to point out that today we ask God in the liturgy: “O God, who give constant increase to your Church by new offspring, grant that your servants may hold fast in their lives to the Sacrament they have received in faith.” (Collect for Monday in the Octave of Easter). Indeed, the Baptism that makes us children of God, and the Eucharist that unites us to Christ, must become life. That is to say: they must be reflected in attitudes, behaviours, actions and choices. The grace contained in the Sacraments Easter is an enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family life, as well as for social relations. Nevertheless, everything passes through the human heart: if I allow myself to be reached by the grace of the risen Christ, if I let that grace change for the better whatever is not good in me, [to change whatever] might do harm to me and to others, then I allow the victory of Christ to affirm itself in in my life, to broaden its beneficial action. This is the power of grace! Without grace we can do nothing – without grace we can do nothing! And with the grace of Baptism and Holy Communion can become an instrument of God's mercy – that beautiful mercy of God. To Express in our lives the sacrament we have received: behold, dear brothers and sisters, our daily work – and, I would say, our daily joy! The joy of being instruments of the grace of Christ, as branches of the vine which is Christ himself, inspired by the sustaining presence of His Spirit! We pray together, in the name of the dead and risen Lord, and through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, that the Paschal mystery might work deeply in us and in our time, in order that hatred give way to love, lies to the truth, revenge to forgiveness, sadness to joy.

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Friday, 29 March 2013

The world record homily of Pope Francis

An English subtitled version of his homily at the Juvenile prison, Rome–Alison
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How many minutes does it take to make a good homily? This is a typical question that normally divides theological students at the end of every mass. The question sometimes is asked not only by theological student as we can always read it in the face many Christian whenever they are liberated after being trapped in a long and unending homily, which unfortunately characterizes most of our liturgical activities nowadays. It is really pathetic sometimes to be in a parish where average parishioners hardly understand English and the preacher go about moving from Greek to Latin and even sometimes to Hebrew just to show he passed many years in the Seminary. I am surely not saying that those are not necessary but the problem is that many at times, they are done in wrong places.

pope washes prisoners legYesterday, during the Holy Thursday mass, at the Regina Coeli, the Roman juvenile prison, Pope Francis made “a World record” of the most touching short homily ever. He preached for only three minutes.And I mean three minutes! But it was a three minutes homily full of signification.

The danger in this type of situation is to say that he is not the only person to make a short homily. That’s true but what made his three minutes preaching to win many souls was not only the limpidity of his words but also the gest that followed his sermon.

After this short homily, he took on a stole of the deacon, a stole of service, to concretize what he just said and went down not only washing the feet of the prisoners, but also kissing their feet after washing them. Here is the full text of the world record homily.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Pope Francis and his option for the poor

Pope Francis in his bid to reach the most abandoned of the society decided to celebrate the mass of the Holy Thursday at the prison of minors in Rome. His decision to celebrate this very important mass in the prison, contrary to the customary celebration at the Papal basilica of Saint John of Lateran has once demonstrated his determination to reach as many abandoned of the society as possible.
In his homily, he reiterated what he said in the homily of his inauguration mass. During that mass just like today, pope Francis insists that the strong should serve the weak and the rich the poor.

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

How long and faithful will Pope Francis be with his option for the Poor?

The new pope has been very wonderful. I can now understand578488_637607132933003_1012570427_n BFtlxtXCQAA6gyhwhy he has never ceased to ask for prayers in all his public appearance. He has never passed a day without making a thought provoking decision. I mean decisions that are worth making and are necessary for todays demand of the petrine ministry. We have heard him change the “norms and uses” in the Vatican city, starting from greeting all those who attended his first Sunday mass through changing the customary location of the celebration of the Holy Thursday Mass. We have also heard of his recent decision to live longer in the apartment of Saint Martha instead of moving to his Vatican residence. All these are good ideas and worthy of emulation.

However, the question that remains is how long will this last. We would want them to continue like this but still, Cardinal Francis Georges, omi, thinks it might not always work out, institutionally speaking. Here is what he has to say about that.  

ROME — — Pope Francis continued on Tuesday to remind his flock of the duty to protect all of creation and embrace the poor.
Cardinal Francis George intends to carry that call back with him to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago when he returns Wednesday. But he also intends to accept the challenge himself.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Homily of Pope Francis at the inaugural Mass of Petrine Ministry


Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude.
I offer a warm greeting to my brother cardinals and bishops, the priests, deacons, men and women religious, and all the lay faithful. I thank the representatives of the other Churches and ecclesial Communities, as well as the representatives of the Jewish community and the other religious communities, for their presence. My cordial greetings go to the Heads of State and Government, the members of the official Delegations from many countries throughout the world, and the Diplomatic Corps.
In the Gospel we heard that “Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife” (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church, as Blessed John Paul II pointed out: “Just as Saint Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ’s upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model” (Redemptoris Custos, 1).
How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. As the spouse of Mary, he is at her side in good times and bad, on the journey to Bethlehem for the census and in the anxious and joyful hours when she gave birth; amid the drama of the flight into Egypt and during the frantic search for their child in the Temple; and later in the day-to-day life of the home of Nazareth, in the workshop where he taught his trade to Jesus.
How does Joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church? By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply to his own. This is what God asked of David, as we heard in the first reading. God does not want a house built by men, but faithfulness to his word, to his plan. It is God himself who builds the house, but from living stones sealed by his Spirit. Joseph is a “protector” because he is able to hear God’s voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping. He can look at things realistically, he is in touch with his surroundings, he can make truly wise decisions. In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ! Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!
The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

On the way to the Conclave: the reunion of Cardinals or journalists?

As the days of the Sede Vacante prolong and the days to the Conclave approach, Saint Peter’s Square becomes more and more a place of attraction.  The number of journalists and pilgrims increases every day and the antenna of every media house turned to the Eternal City.
Fake bishopCovers of many International Magazines and Newspapers are decorated with different images of Cardinals ranging from the image of young Cardinals through that of the aged ones and even to that of a “comedian” called Ralph Napierski Who to attract the attention of the Media put on a Bishop-like attire and a pair of sports shoes and went about taking pictures with different Cardinals. In fact, it seems actually, that any News briefing without a headline on Conclave either makes the media house uninformed or not up-to-date. The situation reminds me, exactly what the News briefings used to be during the Arab springtime.   
This morning, the Cardinals had their fourth session. From their facial expression as they came out, it was clear that the gathering of these princes of the Church has been a fraternal gathering. So, as the morning session usually ends around 12:30pm, by 12:45 pm, the whole arena was surrounded by the guards who were leading out these “red buttoned princes”. The experience of the past days has, surely thought the Security Service on duty to accompany the cardinals as the journalists were ready, if possible, to force words out of their mouth. For this reason, the cardinals were either to appear very serious – a kind of “do not disturb my tranquillity”- in order not to be cornered to an angle by the journalists. It was really a spectacular scene seeing some of them almost disguised so as not to attract the attention of a troop of walking cameras and microphones.
For example, as they were coming out from the morning session, there were many fast walking Cardinals and some who though were walking quietly, had the air of “please-do-not-ask-me-any-question”. There were also some who appeared natural and smiling as they walked along - a normal attitude for the red buttoned princes. But these ones were obliged to be rescued from the throng of journalists. The two categories that were less disturbed were those who either were on private cars and Cardinal Philippe Barbarincardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, France. The former, because the journalists had no option than to either photograph them or video their fast moving cars, and the later because being on a bicycle and without any clerical attire was taken to be like every Tom and Jerry.

Monday, 4 March 2013

The date of the conclave announced?


IMG_1991On the bid to elect the successor of Benedict XVI, the princes of the Catholic Church, the Cardinals have assembled in Rome for the meeting that will lead them to the Conclave. They started with the first session this morning. A calm session in which every participant was really involved, as father Frederic Lombadi, SJ, director of the Vatican Radio, expressed it.
The arena of Saint Peter also wears a festive look with many tourists and journalists all around the Square. They all move from one direction to the other. A situation which looks unusual, even for those who are used to Saint Peter’s square. Apart from the number of journalists moving about with their materials, there were also a number of temporary installations of communication houses. The journalists move about looking for any person with red buttons.
There was almost a pandemonium when the Cardinals started coming out. As the journalists run after them, they move very fast to indicate that  they were not yet disposed to speak. And even when one or two of them stopped to answer their questions, they were almost stampeded as Cameras of different sizes and Microphones of different dimensions were raining on them. Every media house was just trying to be the first to announce the date of the conclave. But were they able to obtain the date of the conclave?
One Spanish speaking Cardinal whose name I ignore answered the question. Looking a bit exhausted after the morning session, he responded with a smile on his face that the date of the conclave has not yet been fixed.
And here ends the News of the morning sessions. Follow us @ The truth will make you free for more information on the Conclave and the election of the successor of Saint Peter.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

The Pope that we need: Sede vacante - Vacant Seat

imagesAs the Petrine seat remains vacant waiting for the next Pastor of the flock of God, people of God all over the world keeps on praying for the continuous presence of the Holy Spirit among the princes of the Church as they are preparing for the election of a new Successor of Saint Peter. As they start their congress tomorrow for the eventual commencement of the Conclave, which likely might not start before Monday, 11th Match 2013, and every media house seems to have its own candidate for the office of the Vicar of Christ. They move about asking the point of view of every passer-by, whether he knows anything about the papal election or not.  
Their speculations are all about who should be the next pope, whether from Africa, from Europe, Latin America or from Asia, as if what matters is the geographical origin of the pope. Anyone who passes around Saint Peter’s Square these days notices that the Media houses are seriously doing propaganda and lobbying as if the Petrine office is a political post which one’s political family or logo determines the manifestos which the elect will execute at his nomination. All they forget, I would say, all they claim to have forgotten, however, is that the Church of God is not a political party. They also portray to the world an image which resembles a situation of political uncertainty, just like what we observe in nations in the absence of a ruler. A situation where nothing moves on and more especially, where there is a fear of an imminent coup-d’état.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

THE SOLEMN DEPARTURE OF POPE BENEDICT XVI FROM THE VATICAN CITY

On 28th February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI put into action a thought provoking decision he made on 10th February 2013. This was the day he made public his decision to resign from the seat of Saint Peter.

It was around 16:55, hour of Rome that Pope Benedict XVI started baring farewell to all his close collaborators at the Vatican City. It was a solemn moment full of mixed emotion! On this historical evening, he made sure to shake hands with each and every member of his household, ranging from the workers to his straight collaborators in the Roman Curia. A moving moment that left some of them with tears, it was.

After saluting his collaborators, he then turned to board the car that was to take him to the heliport inside the Eternal City. It was also a special moment with an executive convoy led by the Italian Security Service attached the Holy Sea.

Meanwhile, before finally boarding the car, he turned to the camera and waved to an immense crowd gathered at Saint Peter’s Square to witness this particular and single event.  Among the thousands of people gathered at the square were many journalists from different Continents and different international media houses of different media types – written, audio and video media. After this brief salutation, he then boarded the car and the journey that was to bring to an end his papacy commenced. It took some few minutes to arrive at the heliport.  

The Last days of Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontificate: (III) The Last Angelus

Last Sunday, being 24th February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI led his last Angelus at the Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City. He started his normal weekly catechesis by acknowledging the affections with which he has been accompanied in these last days of his papacy. And afterwards, he explained the text of Luke on the transfiguration of the Lord in these words:

Dear brothers and sisters. During the service on the second Lent Sunday, the Gospel of the Transfiguration of the Lord is always presented. Luke, the evangelist, has highlighted the fact that Jesus transfigured while he prayed. His is a deep, profound experience of relationship with the Father during a sort of spiritual retreat that Jesus lives on a high mount accompanied by Peter, James and John, the three disciples who were always present during the moments of the divine manifestation of the Master. The Lord, who not long ago had proclaimed his death and resurrection, offers the disciples an anticipation of his glory.

After a proper analysis of the places of each individual present at the transfiguration scene he continued in these words:

The Last days of Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontificate: (II) The second to the last Angelus

Since the announcement of his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI has been using every opportunity he has to assure the world that his decision is a response to a mission God, seeing his age and health situation, has giving him.

In his Angelus of 17th February, he reminded Christians of the necessity of renewing themselves in the Spirit, turning with determination to God, renouncing pride and selfishness and to live in love. After analysing the temptation of Jesus, he concluded with this brief exaltation:

“Therefore let us not be afraid either of facing the battle against the spirit of evil: the important thing is to fight it with him, with Christ, the Conqueror. And to be with him let us turn to his Mother, Mary; let us call on her with filial trust in the hour of trial and she will make us feel the powerful presence of her divine Son, so that we can reject temptations with Christ as word and thus put God back at the centre of our life”.

The Last days of Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontificate: (I) The historical resignation announcement

Since Benedict XVI announced his resignation as Pope, many Catholics, non-Catholics, journalists and tourists have been trouping to the Eternal city to see this great man whose intellectual acumen -for the intellectuals, his faith - for the believers, his humility - for those in authority has just attained its apogee in these last days.

It took almost everybody by surprise, just like a thunder blast in cloudless sky, to use the expression of Cardinal Bagnasco. Some received it as a shock while others saw it as a sign of great humility, but in it all, the Pope has tried to clarify the matter by explaining to the world the real sense of his decision. From the first day, he made it clear that the decision was taken after a long moment of reflection. Here is his letter of resignation:

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The dilapidated situation of the Nigerian Police Force, whose fault is it?

Anyone who have seen the glory that the Police Force enjoy in other Countries of the World, more especially in the west, will not only be surprised but scandalized by what Police Force is in Nigeria.  For average Nigerians, the word Police is synonymous to corruption. They are known by their rampart road blocks meant for bus and taxi drivers, Okada riders etc. They are regularly seen in their habitual "second collection" - bribe taking from any passing drivers independent of the content of their vehicle or in their regular bullying of civilians, if not careless shooting of any driver who fails to stop.
They also have the reputation of arriving, at the height of their siren, to the crime scene when the bandits had all gone. For these reasons, they have been giving many names, and have been insulted by all who have had the opportunity of doing so, without awaking their wrath.
In this article, Channels Television explores the cause of all these dilapidating shameful  situation of the Nigerian Police Force.
Nigeria Police Training: Expecting Something From Nothings

The capacity of the Nigerian Police Force is currently being overstretched by the insurgency in the North, abuses against ordinary citizens and undermining of the rule of law. According to a report of the Human Rights Watch, Nigerians don’t trust the police; citizens generally have a bad impression of police officers because of their perceived brutality and corruption.

You may have seen how dilapidated the police quarters are, possibly have heard how horrible the Nigerian Police cells can be. The reality is right from the Academy, the Nigerian Police officer has known no better way to live.
In what can be described as a brazen show of the harsh reality, a Channels TV documentary on the life of trainees living in the Nigerian Police College, Ikeja has revealed the deplorable conditions faced by people who will later graduate to become policemen and women that Nigerians would rely on to serve and protect them.
Channels TV began the New Year with a focus on the rehabilitation of the foremost training college of the Nigeria Police with an x-ray on the life of students living in the college.
The video below depicts the sad state of the dormitories, the toilets and more. Students were seen urinating at the back of the building where the drainage system has broken down completely. The toilets and bathrooms are in such terrible conditions, one wonders how they manage to use them.
Male dormitory 10 is one of those built by Nigerian colonial masters in 1940. Today, its windows and doors are damaged with no plans for any repairs. There is no electricity and the occupants point out blood stains from bed bug bites.
The College once had an Olympic-size swimming pool which is now a breeding ground for toads. It used to win medals for shooting all over West Africa but there is no shooting range anymore.
Jonah Mavah, the Deputy Commandant of the College said there has been no major development since establishment except for some few renovations. The College itself was built for 700 students but today, it accommodates 2,554.
As for the library, the Staff says they cannot remember the last time books were supplied to the library which is full of museum pieces and antiquities called books bought in the 1970s.
Continue the article in Channels Television

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The fate of Women and children in a male dominated World, the case of indian daughters

The hostility in the World is fast increasing. The weak ones are always and regularly manhandled. The victims are many a times, women and children. and the case of women, has and will always continue to raise alarm in societies where being a female is, unfortunately, regarded as a burden not only to the family but also to the society. These ugly situation is an urgent issue, mainly in every society with class and cast fragmentation.
In every society, it appears in one form or the order. In some, it appears in form child or women slavery, child labour, child soldier and infanticide. 
In Africa for example, it appears mainly in form of Child soldiers where children are forcefully incorporated into a troop for a total destruction of whatever they might lay their hands on. This inhuman act has mesmerized and rendered hundreds of thousand young Africans useless. they have been so brainwashed that killing becomes a game for them. What annoys most is that the World remains silent to such situation, thinking it concerns only a continent. This, we must all agree is a serious and the most dangerous challenge that the twenty first century has refused to address adequately.   
In Asian for example, it appears mainly on the form of infanticides or "foeticide".  The issue touches more India and China. Each of them for cultural or political reasons. In China, for example, the case of birth control, could be one of the reasons why having a female child might not be easily encouraged by certain families. This issue always has a secondary effect in the society, for when a particular group, be it boys or girls dominate, there is always going to be a scarcity of the of the other. Who knows if the recent continuous raping incident in India, might not be a side effect of such an act? 
Another serious cause is the customary dowry system that exist in India. According Suhas Chakma, the director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights: 
"The root cause is the dowry system where a girl who is born is seen as a burden for the family … the question is how does one enforce the law. The Medical Council of India is supposed to supervise the work done by the doctors [but] it has not suspended anyone to date for violations of ethical guidelines."
In fact, it is a serious issue that needed urgent attention if the world is not going to face a serious problem in the nearest future. Al Jazarel explores:

The 'genocide' of India's daughters

We ask if the patriarchal mindset that runs across castes and class can be changed to prevent foeticide and infanticide.
Supreme Court judges in India have summoned the health secretaries in seven states over a worrying fall in the number of young girls in India.
They are demanding details about clinics flouting the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act – to determine the sex of unborn babies – with potentially fatal consequences.
The judges are blaming what they call rampant foeticide and infanticide, and they say the mindset of parents and society need to change.
"The people [district medical officers] who are supposed to be enforcing the [Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act] they themselves have the same patriarchal mindset and they don't feel that it's wrong to kill a girl child in the desire for a boy, naturally they won't go and prosecute anybody. Add to it corruption [within the medical profession]."
- Mitu Khurana, a pediatrician and a women's rights activist
The UN children's charity UNICEF says the culture of favouring males in India is costing the lives of millions of young girls.
The agency says more than 2,000 illegal abortions are being carried out every single day, and it is dramatically altering the balance of the population.
It warns: "Decades of sex determination tests and female foeticide that has acquired proportions are finally catching up with states in India. This is only the tip if the demographic and social problems confronting India in the coming years."
Speaking in April 2011, Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, called for a crusade against the widespread practice of foeticide and even further to just 914 girls for every 1,000 boys.
But that is just the average. The figures are far worse in some states.
"The main problem really is that parents don't want girl children. As long as that underlying societal attitude continues, it's very, very difficult especially in a country like India where all kinds of laws are not implemented properly and flouted, to find a purely legal solution to what is a societal problem."
- Sadanand Dhume, a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute
The 2011 census found there were 830 girls for every 1,000 boys in the northern state of Haryana. It was 846 in neighbouring Punjab state. And in the national capital territory of Delhi the figure was 866.
India has very strict abortion laws. Until 1971, terminating pregnancies was only allowed if the mother's life was at risk. Other exceptions were then allowed: for fetuses with potential birth defects; for babies conceived through rape; and for pregnancies in unmarried girls below 18. Continue in AlJazeera

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Saudi Arabia, Sharia Law and the execution of RISANA NAFEEK, a slap on Huma Right

The recent public execution of Risana Nafeek in the Islamic Republic of Saudi Arabia poses many questions on the legitimacy of such a law called Sharia Law. A law based on the Old Testament "tit for tat" in this twenty-first century would not be only obsolete but also inhuman in this particular case. No one could imagine that with all the pressure and diplomatic efforts claimed to have been made by the government of Colombo to find another solution to the case of Nafeek, the kingdom, who recently wanted to show the World that they are open to dialogue, could end up executing the poor lady even when there are many indications that she could be innocent. This particular case calls for a general renovation of certain laws that are against humanity, no matter in whose name they are applied.
Risana, who was officially convicted eight years ago, to have killed a baby of four months, continued to say she was forced to accept the murder out of pressure. The Asian Human Right Commission (AHRC) and the Sri Lankan opposition MP, Ranjan Ramanayake insist that the government of Colombo did not make enough effort to save the life of Risana. .

This case, once more shows that there are still many atrocities committed in the name of God. Who knows exactly the will of God and what His reaction would be seeing this very particular tragic scene who. Whoever could be in the shoe of Risana, in these last and miserable minutes that will bring her to her early grave, just because she was forced to look for a greener pasture, in a country, which is the centre of her own religion (Islam), will understand that this law should be re-examined today.
Here is her execution, but beware as it is only suitable for adults and those who can bear sour sights.


'The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.