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That Osu Caste May Die A Natural Death By The Rt. Rev.C. A. S. C.Hukuka.


By The Rt. Rev.C. A. S. C.Hukuka

It is on record that the gospel came to Igbo land more than one hundred and fifty years ago. Today we can boast of cardinals who are Igbos capable of standing for the office of a pope. The Anglicans have produced a primate and many denominations, have several Arch bishops, Bishops, whereas others have general Superintendents/Overseers and such high ecclesiastical offices.  In the academic world, we have world class professors and consultants; some are even advisers to the president of America. Legal Luminaries and medical practitioners of international repute abound. In the business world, our people have taken immeasurable strides.  All these are evidences of civilization.  Thatched buildings have disappeared so much so that some of our children do not know what they looked like.

The abolition of slavery was in our favor. The “white man” fought the abolition and enforcement of abolition on our behalf. They have since become history. Such vices like nudity and killing of twins have also been a historic event. But one idolatrous, barbaric and wicked practice still throws mud of shame to our faces – the Osu caste in Igbo land. Barbaric, because some people who are regarded as Osu don’t even know what it is? They just inherited the stigma. Idolatrous, because its origin is from idol worship – the ancient belief of our ignorant forefathers. Wicked because, we castigate and outlaw people who committed no offence – legal offence is not hereditary or transferable.

WHAT IS OSU

This is a very important question – what is an Osu? A young man asked his father that question and the father could not explain. The young man retorted, “Are you advising me not to marry an Osu girl yet you do not know what it is. This is wicked.” The father softly told him that he grew up hearing that they do not marry from Osu family and so they took it as a norm. Hopefully many readers may understand the origin of Osu from this write up. A few books and seminar papers have been written on this subject. What you will read from this write up is my  personal research and extract from such books written by personalities like Chinua Achebe, Ezeala Jol, Ogbalu F C, Arinze Francis, Obi Sebastine, Okpala Favour, Okigbo and Marnesschs  Ekere to mention but a few.

1 ORIGIN:

From every point of view Osu emerged from traditional religion. Somebody can become an Osu by dedication willingly or unwillingly. Prisoners of war, slaves or kidnapped people may be dedicated to appease an angry god to remove calamity from the land while some are dedicated as punishment for an offense they may have committed in the community. Others, in order to escape maltreatment, including being turned into slaves from powerful relations, dedicated themselves willingly by running into the shrine for protection. Those people become agents of the gods with marks and their hair uncared for.  There are still others who committed crimes punishable by death from the community, such people run to the protection of the deity and so lose every right of the society and serve the deity instead.

Others became Osu by marrying or sleeping on beds or having sexual relationship with an Osu. In some societies when one uses the same razor for barbing or eating with an Osu or helping to carry the corpse of Osu or cross the leg of an Osu. There are still others who became an Osu through suspicions and gossips. For example, if two women are quarreling and one calls the other Osu or even Ozu (death) which sounds like Osu; at later death, people will begin to associate that person with the Osu, and that’s it.

In some communities females born on Eke day (Mgbeke) or on Orie day (Mgborie) become Osu by traditional belief.

NATURE AND CHANLLENGES OF OSU CASTE

From what has been so far noted, generations who are ignorant of these cultural and idolatrous practices are today suffering from this stigma; whether their forefather willingly or unwillingly became Osu. It is wicked and very unfortunate. Moreover all those stories are antiquated and heathenish. In some parts of  Igbo land these people are not even today allowed to participate in government elections, much less town union elections. In other places, they don’t intermarry with those who are not. The later appears to be general in Igbo land.

I  make  bold  to  say  with  deep  disappointment  that  this  practice  is  a challenge to the enlightened  in  the  society  – the educated,  the traveled,  the Church as a whole, our leaders in the governments, our chiefs, Obis and Ezes, our legal luminaries, our senators and House of Representative members. What are we standing for? What is the church preaching? The “white man” fought against slavery and our fore fathers were liberated. Early Christians (still the whites) fought against the killing of twins.

Today many twins who would have been killed are making their marks in the society. The Americans have voted a black man to become their president, thereby removing the past obnoxious segregation  of blacks from whites. Why should we come back to our land to enslave our brothers and sisters? I call upon the church, the human right activists, the youth, the government and all that abhor victimization to rise in every quarter and act. Remember, that in some communities they are called Oru, Uchu, Ume. Whatever name, caste is caste and should be abrogated. In some communities it is an abomination for a wife/husband to see the corpse of his or her spouse. Our government abolished it officially since 1956 and put it into law. Let this law be enforced. I call on all those authors who had written against it to now join us to see the total eradication of Osu in our society through legal procedures and whatever possible way within the law and human right procedures. May I congratulate some town unions that have abolished it in their towns. Let the youth rise up, ignore wicked uncouth advices and marry whoever they love and ignore the societal pressure not to do so. When the youths do so Osu will become a thing of the past sooner than later. God will be glorified and our generation blessed.

We, the Igbos have come of age. We cannot continue to listen to fables. We cannot continue to dance to the wimps and caprices of the ignorant and barbaric cultures. We are known to be pragmatic, contributors of developments and advancements in diverse societies and enterprises. We cannot be associated with people who wash their outside cups whereas the inside is full of dirt. This is the time to show that we have fully come of age. Osu caste system and the like must go. Liberty, freedom and enfranchisement for all.

The Rt. Rev.C. A. S. C.Hukuka
(Bishop Emeritus, Anglican Diocese of Isuikwuato-Umunneochi)

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

War In CAN, As Pastor Oritsjejafor Is Accused Of Ganging Up Against Bishops Who Visited Atiku, Aggrieved PDP Governors.


By Saharareporters, New York

The lingering three-month crisis rocking the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) following a mediation visit by some Bishops to former vice president,  Atiku Abubakar and some aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors has taken a new dimension with a plan to institute legal action against the CAN president and some of his bishops.

It would be recalled that Bishops and Clerics Forum of Nigeria (BAFCON) from the Niger Delta, under the aegis of Global Peace Relief Initiative, led by its President, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, visited Atiku Abubakar and the Adamawa State Governor, Muritala Nyako seeking to broker a peace deal between the G7 governors and the presidency.

It was reliably gathered that the visit did not go down well with Pastor Oritsejafor, who is a political associate of President Jonathan and some notable PDP governors.  He took action against the clerics and slammed them with suspension from CAN.

CAN sources which confided in SaharaReporters said Pastor Oritsejafor viewed the visit as a plan to fight against the interest of President Jonathan.

“It’s  no longer a secret that Ayo is a card-carrying member of PDP and he sees everyone who fraternizes with former vice president Atiku and the G-7 governors as enemies to his president friend.  Are you aware that President Jonathan before now promised to make several billions of Naira to the CAN with coaster buses? But I can confidently tell you that about 50 billion Naira and some buses have since been released to the political CAN president in fulfilment of the promise ahead of the 2015 general elections. Why should the CAN president be angry because some bishops visited Atiku and Adamawa governor when he moves around with President Jonathan and romance with state governors?”

Investigations however revealed that in order to show to President Jonathan that he will continue to fight for his interest and protect him, the CAN president connived with one of his political Archbishops, God-Dowell Avwomakpa and a strong proponent of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, and slammed down the suspension order on the Bishops.

Avwomakpa, CAN’s South-South Chairman, said in a statement, “There is nothing wrong with clergymen initiating or brokering peace process between two factions but for some bishops to do so in the name of a body that I head and the head and other executives are not consulted gives a wrong signal and suggests a dangerous trend in the body of Christ.”

He gave the names of the bishops suspended as Prophet Jones Erue, Bishop Julius Ediwe, Bishop Bob Manuel, Bishop Abhulemen Josiah, Bishop Konel Offiong, Bishop Innocent Chiedozie, Bishop Alex Okubo, Bishop Felix Ezebunwo, Bishop Charles Okoh, Bishop Peter Abingon and Archbishop Eddy Ogbonda.

“As if that was not enough, Ayo and his cohorts went to town to pay different groups and bodies to castigate the Bishops on pages of newspapers as well as condemnation all to the interest of President Jonathan and their pay masters. Ayo, Avwomakpa and their cohorts are well known contractors who get jobs from the Delta state government even at times when they are given these jobs they sell them off, we know how they play their hide and seek games and nobody has ever challenge, castigate or condemn them in pages of papers, TV and radio. Yet they call themselves men of God,” another CAN source stated.

In addition to the suspension of the bishops, a group of Christian youths, Christian Youth Movement for Emancipation and Justice, (CYMEJ), said to have been sponsored by the CAN president and Avwomakpa, came out castigating and condemning the Bishops.

Shortly after the suspension, Pastor Oritsejafor sldo dissociated CAN from the group of the Bishops in the visit.

Reacting to their suspension, Prophet Erue told SaharaReporters that his group has concluded all plans to institute legal action against Avwomakpa and CAN, saying that the Archbishop had no capacity to suspend them.

“Avwomakpa has no capacity to suspend us. He is not our member. We only invited him to join us when our delegation visited Governor Rotimi Amaechi. We give him 48 hours to retract the announcement of our suspension and all the bad things he said about us on Delta Television or else we will institute legal action against him and CAN.”

According to him, his group now knows the enemies of the country and would not allow them to sleep.  He described the CAN president’s statement to the effect that CAN was apolitical as laughable, accusing him of getting involved in the politics of calumny and name dropping.

“Issue of national interest everyone must take seriously, the picture of our visit as being painted by these people is cosmetics, fake, the true picture is that this country is in a big mess because of the leadership crisis at hand. How can you go to pages of newspapers to suspend people without calling to hear from them first? On what ground is the man who is doing the suspension, are we members of your association, is CAN compulsory for every Christian, must you be a member of CAN before you can be a pastor? I am not a member of CAN, my church is registered with CAC and I don’t need permission from CAN or PFN to operate.”

Erue made it clear that they might not own private jets but they were people of unquestionable character, dependable leaders and steward of peace.

“We are disappointed that a leader could sit and watch his two children fight while the rest of us suffer only to come and blackmail those who take their time to seek solutions to the crisis,” he said, adding that no amount of blackmail or intimidation would deter them from the noble mission to rescue the country from imminent collapse.

During the Bishops visit to Governor Nyako of Adamawa state, BAFCON had blamed the government of the day for using police and other government apparatuses to victimize their perceived enemies, saying that as men of God, they will stand in the way of such politicians. The forum noted that although clerics are known to be apolitical, they should ensure justice and fairness prevailed in Nigeria’s political setting as their congregations should be well served through the equitable distribution of resources and wealth.

Erue also lauded the fight against impunity, injustice, and lawlessness by Nyako and other governors within the PDP, and for their resilience against all odds and persecution.

“Nigeria has two laws, one is selective. Olagunsoye Oyinlola was removed as the National Secretary of the PDP based on court judgment and another man was sworn in less than 24 hours [but] when another court reinstated him, the second law applies and they refused to honor the court order. I met somebody in Ghana when I went for a seminar who told me that Nigeria has invented a new mathematics formula where 5 is greater than 27 and 16 is greater than 19.

“We are bishops, the highest body in the Christiandom which comprises about 500 bishops; we are troubled in our minds with the situation in the country. Without mincing words, our traditional rulers have failed; we clergy men must wake up to our calling and join forces with those who are fighting impunity in the nation’s interest.”

When Female Baptist Pastors Get Married to Female Catholic Bishops.


Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams
Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams stepped down from her church after admitting to marrying a woman.

For all the debate about whether women can be pastors or teach men—or even speak in church—there’s a bigger issue at hand this week as news of a female Baptist pastor getting married to a female quasi-Catholic bishop drives headlines across the country.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams has stepped down from Zion Progress Baptist Church. She was the first female pastor there, but apparently breaking that ground wasn’t enough. Needless to say, most Baptists are shocked at the homosexual revelation.

Abrams, 43, not only married a woman, she also crossed denominational lines to do it. Her newlywed wife is Diana Williams, a bishop emeritus with the Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation in Washington, D.C. They got married in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal. Abrams has kept it a secret from the flock since March.

“We all know that we’ve been made in God’s image, and so no matter what you look like, no matter who you are, no matter what your orientation is, we should be free to love whom we want,” she told the Free Press. “Love is something that’s supposed to be unconditional. And as Christians, if anybody is supposed to be loving, we are.”

Although the news of Abrams gay marriage has sparked debate in the Motor City, she’s getting her fair share of support. Rev. Charles C. Adams, the pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, one of the Detroit’s largest, is on board with the sexual immorality.

“Bishop Abrams is a very intelligent, conscientious and progressive minister,” he told the Free Press. “She has done a lot to help people. She, herself did not seek to make this an issue. It was an issue that from my understanding was ignited by rumors and innuendos … somebody looking up the marriage certificate on the Internet.”

Well, could it be possible that some folks in the Baptist church discerned something was going on behind the scenes and didn’t want to tolerate a Jezebel influence in leadership?

It was inappropriate for Abrams to hide her gay marriage from the congregation, just the same as it would be for a pastor to hide an adulterous affair, a drug habit or some other habitual sin. By keeping her gay marriage secret, Abrams deceived the church. And her willful decision to violate the tenets of her Baptist faith and pursue a lesbian relationship likely hurt a lot of people. Nevertheless, Abrams says, “I’m still going to preach and teach and do what God has called me to do.”

Ms. Abrams, I assure you God did not call you to marry a lesbian female bishop.

The gay agenda is getting bolder as it successfully recruits ministers of the gospel. Thirty United Methodist pastors from Eastern Pennsylvania agreed this week to jointly officiate a same-sex marriage in November. Pastors, God did not call you to endorse something He hates. More churches should do what Church of the Brethren in Pennsylvania did last month: fire the pastor when they start taking a stand for same-sex marriage.

Beloved, please lift up your voice in prayer and take a stand against sexual perversion in the pulpit and the pews. If we continue watching rather than praying and taking the appropriate actions, we’ll soon be attending churches where godly pastors are forced to perform same-sex marriages or face severe consequences. Remember, in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:13-16).

Salt preserves, yet too many Christians have literally become tasteless, conforming to the world. Light overcomes darkness, but too many Christians fear persecution and keep their lamp hidden. And therein lies the irony. If we become more like the world, conforming to its demands, we will face even greater (not less) persecution in the days to come. If we remain apathetic and lukewarm, we will soon reach a tipping point in the culture wars that will make two female pastors getting married look benign.

God is able to strengthen His church to resist the darkness and to preserve what’s left of our Christian culture—and even rebuild it. Take a lesson from the parable of the persistent widow: “Shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8). Be found faithful. It will be worth it in the end.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE.

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Jezebel. You can email Jennifer at jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Cuban Bishops Call for Political Reform.


Jose Felix Perez
Monsignor Jose Felix Perez, executive secretary of the Cuban Bishops Conference, speaks to reporters in Havana. (Reuters/Desmond Boylan)

Cuba’s Roman Catholic church leadership in a letter to parishioners called on the communist-run country’s leaders to “update” the political system to allow more freedom similar to liberalization undertaken in the economy.

The statement by the Cuban Bishops Conference, presented to the press on Monday and read in churches on Sunday, praised “incipient” reforms such as allowing small private businesses, more freedom to travel and buy personal property and the release of political prisoners, while at the same time urging a broader economic and political opening.

“We believe an updating of national legislation of a political nature is indispensable, as has been occurring in the economic realm,” the bishops said in their letter.

“Cuba is called upon to be a plural society … There must be a right to diversity in terms of thought, creativity and the search for truth,” the statement added, without explicitly demanding a multiparty system and the restoration of capitalism.

The statement was by far the strongest issued by the Cuban Roman Catholic Church since Cardinal Jaime Ortega began a dialogue with Castro in 2010, which lead to the release of 115 political prisoners and its support for his reforms.

The Church issues such letters a few times a year.

Raul Castro, since replacing his ailing brother Fidel as president in 2008, has embarked on the most significant reform of the Soviet-style system since the 1959 revolution, even while insisting the country’s one-party political system was untouchable.

Last year former Pope Benedict said communism had failed in Cuba and offered the Church’s help in creating a new economic model, drawing a reserved response from the Cuban government ahead of an official visit to the island.

The latest statement was delivered to the government before being read out in Cuban churches, Monsignor Jose Felix Perez, executive secretary of the Cuban Bishops Conference, told the media.

“The letter was read with the same spirit it was written … constructively. With the desire for the improvement of peoples’ lives,” he said.

Cubans have expressed increasing frustration with the slow pace of reform and are emigrating in record numbers. Some have begun openly to question the political system through various Internet pages, a few connected to the Church.

“I want to elect the president through direct vote, and not another way,” musician Robertico Carcasses said last week as he improvised a verse during a televised concert.

Carcasses and his jazz-fusion band were quickly sanctioned for the outburst, in which he also called for freedom of information while condemning U.S. sanctions.

Call for Reconciliation
Since 2010 the Church has had more freedom to engage in public activities such as staging religious processions and offering adult education classes, as well as enjoying occasional coverage by official media.

Negotiations with the state over such issues as the return of confiscated property, the building of new churches and the opening of catholic schools, are ongoing, according to Church sources.

The bishops said that U.S. sanctions on Cuba and the more than half century of hostile relations between the two countries had “profoundly” affected Cubans’ lives.

The letter quoted remarks by Pope John Paul II during a 1998 visit. “The forced isolation impacts the population indiscriminately … The measures imposed from outside on the country are unjust and ethically unacceptable,” the letter quoted the pope as stating.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

MARC FRANK/REUTERS


Additional reporting by Nelson Acosta; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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Cuban Bishops Call for Political Reform.


Cuba‘s Roman Catholic church leadership in a letter to parishioners called on the communist-run country’s leaders to “update” the political system to allow more freedom similar to liberalization undertaken in the economy.

The statement by the Cuban Bishops Conference, presented to the press on Monday and read in churches on Sunday, praised “incipient” reforms such as allowing small private businesses, more freedom to travel and buy personal property and the release of political prisoners, while at the same time urging a broader economic and political opening.

“We believe an updating of national legislation of a political nature is indispensable, as has been occurring in the economic realm,” the bishops said in their letter.

Editor’s Note: What the Bible Says About Investing (Shocking) 

“Cuba is called upon to be a plural society … There must be a right to diversity in terms of thought, creativity and the search for truth,” the statement added, without explicitly demanding a multi-party system and the restoration of capitalism.

The statement was by far the strongest issued by the Cuban Roman Catholic Church since Cardinal Jaime Ortega began a dialogue with Castro in 2010, which lead to the release of 115 political prisoners and its support for his reforms.

The Church issues such letters a few times a year.

Raul Castro, since replacing his ailing brother Fidel as president in 2008, has embarked on the most significant reform of the Soviet-style system since the 1959 revolution, even while insisting the country’s one-party political system was untouchable.

Last year former Pope Benedict said communism had failed in Cuba and offered the Church’s help in creating a new economic model, drawing a reserved response from the Cuban government ahead of an official visit to the island.

The latest statement was delivered to the government before being read out in Cuban churches, Monsignor Jose Felix Perez, executive secretary of the Cuban Bishops Conference, told the media.

“The letter was read with the same spirit it was written … constructively. With the desire for the improvement of peoples’ lives,” he said.

Cubans have expressed increasing frustration with the slow pace of reform and are emigrating in record numbers. Some have begun openly to question the political system through various Internet pages, a few connected to the Church.

“I want to elect the president through direct vote, and not another way,” musician Robertico Carcasses said last week as he improvised a verse during a televised concert.

Carcasses and his jazz-fusion band were quickly sanctioned for the outburst, in which he also called for freedom of information while condemning U.S. sanctions.

CALL FOR RECONCILIATION

Since 2010 the Church has had more freedom to engage in public activities such as staging religious processions and offering adult education classes, as well as enjoying occasional coverage by official media.

Negotiations with the state over such issues as the return of confiscated property, the building of new churches and the opening of catholic schools, are ongoing, according to Church sources.

The bishops said that U.S. sanctions on Cuba and the more than half century of hostile relations between the two countries had “profoundly” affected Cubans’ lives.

The letter quoted remarks by Pope John Paul II during a 1998 visit. “The forced isolation impacts the population indiscriminately. . . . The measures imposed from outside on the country are unjust and ethically unacceptable,” the letter quoted the pope as stating.

Editor’s Note: What the Bible Says About Investing (Shocking) 

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Lagbaja Responds To Okey Ndibe On “Mumudom”.


 

Lágbájá
By Lágbájá

Dear Okey Ndibe: Thank you for sounding the alarm in a way that should make us reflect deeper. Mumu is not a condition I proudly proclaim. It was with a heavy heart that I came to this shocking realization that we are indeed a country of mumus. Harsh as it might sound, no other explanation would suffice. It is apparent that the “leaders” know that they would always get away with whatever incredible schemes they concoct because, amongst other reasons,

(a) the mumu people they “lead” are no different from their mumu “leaders” in character

(b) the mumu people are gullible, superstitious and naive

(c) there are no consequences for criminal acts if you belong to the right group

(d) these mumus never demand accountability from their “leaders”

(e) the mumus expect their rulers to loot or would otherwise consider them foolish

Apologies for the seeming overgeneralization but the vast majority runs with this mumu mindset.

There is a limit to how much one can squeeze into a song before sounding less music than sermon. Please permit me to expatiate using your perimeter of “recent events in the past week or two”.

For simplicity I would use a numbered list to analyze and highlight a few seemingly disparate but absurd mumurity examples and indicators.

1. 5 members trying to impeach a governor would make you think there are probably only 6 or 7 members of the House of Assembly. According to the assembly’s website there are 31 members. For mumus, 5 out 31 constitutes a majority.

2. In the land of mumus you can make your own mace and confer it with automatic authority, elect a “new Speaker” and swear him in.

3. No single hospital in Nigeria to entrust the unfortunately injured member with. He had to be flown to the UK.

4. Flown abroad … likely on tax payers’ account

5. Treated … likely on tax payers’ account

6. Visited by officials… likely on tax payers’ account (business or first class tickets?)

7. Nyesom Wike the Minister of State who led the visit was until recently the Governor’s (Amaechi’s) Chief of Staff. He was allegedly nominated for the Ministerial position by Governor Amaechi.

8. Shouldn’t the mumus wonder how Nyesom Wike as Minister of State for Education found the time for this all important trip while abandoning his post in spite of the raging crisis in his ministry with the Academic staff union of Nigerian universities currently on strike? Well the mumu staff and students can rot in hell I guess.

9. Madam Patience would probably have “visited” too, if not for the noise such would generate. So for now, the victim suffers alone.

10. The erstwhile pontificating police boss of the State could not find the patient’s prominent attacker for over a week.

11. Madam Patience having first denied any involvement in the crisis while verbally attacking Soyinka, eventually owns up “pouring out her grievances”.

12. She owns up to a group of visiting Bishops who came on a peace making mission to find a lasting solution to the crisis in their region. Religion is always an easy scapegoat and tool of deception in mumudom.

13. Why would you even think that the Bishops would go back empty handed? Any “transport fare/thank-you-for-coming”, if received, would have likely been financed on tax payers’ account.

14. And why are we ranting about “tax payers”? Why are the tax payers not furious over the incessant misappropriation and misapplication of their hard earned contributions? The answer lies in the question… Aside from PAYE, how many are compliant in mumudom?

15. First a set of 5 Governors and 3 Deputy Governors (representing their respective Governors), left their duty posts for a solidarity visit with the embattled Governor of Rivers State… of course to the detriment of tax payers. (a) They were not on leave, but left urgent work and duties behind for the “emergency” solidarity visit. (b) Flight to and fro Port Harcourt of course likely on tax payers’ account.

16. They were closely followed by a second set of 4 commiserating sympathetic Governors. Of course, again likely on tax payers’ account.

17. Madam Patience’s grievance, as she divulged to the visiting Bishops, started when Governor Amaechi refused to be governed by her, as he would not listen to her veiled orders on how to govern the State… which incidentally is her primary territory being her State of origin. Mumus have no problem with that, fully being in harmony with her as she sings as first lady in Abuja while simultaneously dancing in absentia as Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa and conducting the orchestra in home state, Rivers.

18. Madam ends her confession to the Bishops by saying that Amaechi is her son as she is obviously the mother of everyone in mumudom. The question all mumus should ask is, “Would a good mother promote the demise of her child?”

19. Where was her outraged sense of motherhood when Senators were busy voting to turn mumudom into a Nation of pedophiliacs at the expense of her innocent “daughters”?

20. Where was her outraged sense of “mother of the Nation” when the video of 5 gang rapists went viral. Has she used that “mother of the Nation” power to find the culprits? Not a priority in mumudom.

21. Where was her outraged “motherhood of mumudom” when 46 school children were murdered in Yobe? Indeed the whole Nation of mumus have just gone on with their more important mumu lives like nothing happened.

22. Which brings us to the insane mumurity that gives the “leaders” confidence to try pranks such as the attempt at crafting the under age marriage law, knowing that with the mumus… “nothing go happen”

23. In the land of mumus, the rulers know they can always throw in the religious card, so Senator Yerima leads the child slavery onslaught with the religious chant.

24. While all this was going on, 79 year old OPC founder, Dr. Fasheun was, in his own description, “delivering” Mustapha to Kano.

25. Soon after, Gumsu Sani Abacha had the courage to rant on social media about her proud heritage… because with the mumus who his father savagely ruled over… nothing go happen.

26. Gumsu even called Soyinka who was a victim of her beloved dad’s misrule, “Mad empty Professor” … because in mumudom, “nothing go happen”.

27. Final scores… Jang 13, Amaechi 19, but in the land of mumus Mathematics has a different interpretation for 13 is greater than 19. Even the President of the mumus ratifies that.

28. By the way, both Governors Jang and Amaechi are from the same imploding political party.

29. Jang says he is old enough to be Amaechi’s father… a common escape route that is often quickly bought by the mumu populace. Old enough to be the President’s pawn and to upturn justice might be more like it. Only possible when you know for sure that your people are mumus… Nothing go happen.

30. The Governor is supposed to be the chief security officer of his State, but apparently in mumudom, his Police Commissioner is his boss.

31. The Governor’s security staff could be so easily withdrawn because nothing is institutionalized in a Nation of mumus. The loyalty of the security personnel is not based on the constitution but on personal or maternal affiliations. The mumus keep watching because “it does not concern me o”… “Big men and women are fighting”. Same way the injustice of the Nation’s attorney general’s assassination does not concern them.

32. Most reports in the Nigerian media kept referring to the self appointed Speaker as if he were truly the substantive Speaker. A mere use of “self-acclaimed” would have been logical, but they were already calling him the Speaker because… ignorance? inducement? resignation to the belief that the 5 vs 26 Assembly coup was already a done deal?

33. While all this drama unfolded, Nigeria, like the proverbial head-burying ostrich felt it had the moral right to insist on democratic processes in Egypt.

34. Sahara Reporters had screamed about the underhand conspiracy to proclaim Mustapha “not guilty”. Mumus simply went about their daily mumurity unperturbed because “it doesn’t concern them”. And when it happened as predicted… no problem. Mumus continue dem jolly as if nothing happened.

35. Meanwhile, Daniel and his political supporters carried their politics into the house of God at Rueben Abati’s mother’s funeral service… simply because there is no true reverence for God. Religion is a safe hiding cave. The mumus in the congregation would never protest such sacrilege because… “it is not strange” as the houses of God are now also political grounds. Obasanjo built one in Abeokuta. Jonathan got one built in Otuoke.

36. Meanwhile, some other mumus were again busy putting the Nation to international shame. In unprecedented match fixing fiascos, Police Machine beat Bubayaro 67-0 while Plateau United Feeders beat Akurba FC 79-0. Just in case you are confused, the game was soccer, not basketball.

37. The matches were to determine which one of the two tied teams would be promoted into… wait for this… just the 3rd division of the Nigerian soccer league. How many goals would they have to orchestrate when they want promotion to the 1st division?

38. Interesting to note that one of the teams involved in these shows of shame, the Police Machine, represents the Police Force. Now who would investigate this scandal?

39. Mumus involved in the conspiracy had to include players… team management… referees and other match officials… spectators??? That is quite a large mumu cooperative.

40. Since four teams were involved, multiply the number of conspirators by 4 (except match officials and spectators which should be multiplied by “only” 2). Hence, the scam was done in the open. It was a confident public show of shame. No… two confident simultaneous scams. No problem as corruption is everywhere.

41. Before the matches, Police Machine and Plateau United were level on points, goal difference and goals scored, and each was playing its final match which would determine which team would get elevated into the 3rd division league. Plateau United scored 72 of its 79 goals in the second half, thereby averaging more than one goal per minute. This would necessarily include the time needed to celebrate each goal, retrieve the ball, bring it back to the center, wait for the referee’s whistle before kicking off again…. after each goal. 72 times. Or did they just write the preferred figures as we typically do on election day?

42. Is it not curious that neither of the two losing teams could manage a single consolation goal? What else are we if not mumus?

43. Then there was the innocent man who was freed by the high court in Owerri after having been unjustly incarcerated for seven years, “awaiting trial”. No compensation… nobody held accountable for his ordeal. He insisted on being taken back to the prison as that was his only guaranty of a roof over his head and a daily meal. It was merely a “small thing” in the daily bizarre news as mumus went about their daily mumurity with their typical mentality of “e no concern me”.

44. Remember that this is mostly a snippet of the past two weeks or so. But there is more… 20 year old Chijioke Nwankor allegedly rapes a 9 year old pupil to death in Calabar. Reportedly in his own words, he asked her to bend down in the uncompleted building because it was too dirty to lie down as the place was being used as a public toilet. That is mumudom parlance for faeces shamelessly defecated all over the ground. Could the defecation be by aliens from outer space?

45. Well… thankfully, there is always a little ray of sunlight sneaking through the dark jungle. A Briton who was kidnapped by an armed gang shortly after arrival in Lagos, has been released.

…All in just the past two weeks or so in mumudom.

Excuse me, I have to return to work. I need to earn £3000 for my British visa. Wait a minute, did I tell you I am still a Commonwealth citizen?

 

Lágbájá

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Martin Luther King Jr. Nominated for Sainthood.


Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. has been nominated to be a saint in the Christian church. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Holy Christian Orthodox Church has nominated the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to be named a saint in the Christian church.

The Holy Christian Orthodox Church (HCOC) is an ecumenical Orthodox Catholic Communion of Churches with 4 million members around the world. Members of the Communion have roots in the Catholic, evangelical and Pentecostal branches of the Christian faith. The HCOC, also known as the Holy Communion of Churches, will submit the nomination for canonization to the World Bishops Council to begin the process.

“Dr. King was Catholic because he inspired the universal church, he was evangelical because of his Baptist roots, and he was charismatic. The Roman Catholic Church cannot make him a saint because he was not a Roman Catholic. But our church body, which has full apostolic succession, can present him to the entire Christian faith to be venerated on April 4, the date of his assassination,” stated Archbishop Timothy Paul, Patriarch of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church and current President of the World Bishops Council.

The HCOC has nominated King along with several other names, including the Rev. Oral Roberts, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, and the Rev. Richard Allen.

Unlike the Roman Catholic Church process of beautification, the Orthodox Church tradition is canonization then to glorification. At the stage of glorification, an icon is revealed and Christians around the world are encouraged to venerate the saint. There are nearly 600 million orthodox Christians around the world.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

MELANIE KORB

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