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More Than 10,000 Nigerians Sign Petition Asking UK, EU To Place Travel Ban On El-Rufai, Family, Over Southern Kaduna Killings

More Than 10,000 Nigerians Sign Petition Asking UK, EU To Place Travel Ban On El-Rufai, Family, Over Southern Kaduna Killings

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More than ten thousand Nigerians have signed a petition on change.com in less than 24 hours, asking the United Kingdom, European Parliament and European Union to place a travel ban on Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, over the killings of Christians in Southern Kaduna and other gross rights violations under his watch.

The petition follows an extension of travel restrictions placed on politicians complicit in voter fraud recently announced by the US Government. El-Rufai recently attracted national outrage after he was invited to speak at the National Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association despite his track record of rights violations, inflammatory comments and disregard for court orders.

He was eventually disinvited after a petition by lawyers garnered thousands of signatures. 

According to Sahara Reporters, the organiser of the petition, Reno Omokri, said el-Rufai’s precedence of indifference towards the killing of Christians under his watch, his comment that international election observers would leave in body bags and his son, Bello's threat to gang-rape a Twitter user's mother are all reasons to deny him travel access to democratic countries around the world.

The petition reads, “Nasir el-Rufai is a threat to the peace and security of Nigeria for many reasons chief of which are that: On December 3, 2016, he admitted that he paid killer herdsmen who killed Nigerian citizens because they were of the same ethnicity as him. Since that admission, there has been an intense escalation of the killings of mostly Christians in Kaduna, and on August 25, 2020, suspected herdsmen abducted seven schoolchildren and their teacher from Prince Academy, in Kaduna. They have not been seen or heard of since then.

“On September 8, 2014, Nasir el-Rufai falsely accused former President Jonathan and then President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of founding and funding Boko Haram to the tune of N50 billion.

On January 27, 2013, he insulted the Lord Jesus Christ on Twitter.

“On February 6, 2019, he threatened foreign observers, including observers from the EU and UK with death, warning that they would return in “body bags”, should they intervene in Nigeria.

“On July 15, 2012, Nasir el-Rufai said, and I quote “We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.” This threat has been carried out in Southern Kaduna where there is an ongoing genocide of Christians under el-Rufai’s watch.


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“On August 23, 2019, he charged the Anglican Bishop of Zaria province of Kaduna, Abiodun Ogunyemi, for defamation.

“Nasir el-Rufai circulated an email referring to Southern Nigerian women as whores.

On April 13, 2020, proving that the Apple does not fall far from the tree, his son, Bello el-Rufai threatened to gang rape the mother of a Southern Christian woman, proving that the idea that Southern women are “whores” is well established in the el-Rufai household.

“On April 24, 2019, another of his sons, Bashir el-Rufai, described the pogrom against Igbos as “sweet”.

"It is for this reason that Nigerian citizens call on the government of the United Kingdom and the European Union Presidency to follow the lead of the United States and place a visa ban on Nasir el-Rufai, who is scheming to become Nigeria’s President, to prevent a Rwandan style genocide in Nigeria.”


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More than ten thousand Nigerians have signed a petition on change.com in less than 24 hours, asking the United Kingdom, European Parliament and European Union to place a travel ban on Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, over the killings of Christians in Southern Kaduna and other gross rights violations under his watch.

The petition follows an extension of travel restrictions placed on politicians complicit in voter fraud recently announced by the US Government. El-Rufai recently attracted national outrage after he was invited to speak at the National Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association despite his track record of rights violations, inflammatory comments and disregard for court orders.

He was eventually disinvited after a petition by lawyers garnered thousands of signatures. 

According to Sahara Reporters, the organiser of the petition, Reno Omokri, said el-Rufai’s precedence of indifference towards the killing of Christians under his watch, his comment that international election observers would leave in body bags and his son, Bello's threat to gang-rape a Twitter user's mother are all reasons to deny him travel access to democratic countries around the world.

The petition reads, “Nasir el-Rufai is a threat to the peace and security of Nigeria for many reasons chief of which are that: On December 3, 2016, he admitted that he paid killer herdsmen who killed Nigerian citizens because they were of the same ethnicity as him. Since that admission, there has been an intense escalation of the killings of mostly Christians in Kaduna, and on August 25, 2020, suspected herdsmen abducted seven schoolchildren and their teacher from Prince Academy, in Kaduna. They have not been seen or heard of since then.

“On September 8, 2014, Nasir el-Rufai falsely accused former President Jonathan and then President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of founding and funding Boko Haram to the tune of N50 billion.

On January 27, 2013, he insulted the Lord Jesus Christ on Twitter.

“On February 6, 2019, he threatened foreign observers, including observers from the EU and UK with death, warning that they would return in “body bags”, should they intervene in Nigeria.

“On July 15, 2012, Nasir el-Rufai said, and I quote “We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.” This threat has been carried out in Southern Kaduna where there is an ongoing genocide of Christians under el-Rufai’s watch.


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“On August 23, 2019, he charged the Anglican Bishop of Zaria province of Kaduna, Abiodun Ogunyemi, for defamation.

“Nasir el-Rufai circulated an email referring to Southern Nigerian women as whores.

On April 13, 2020, proving that the Apple does not fall far from the tree, his son, Bello el-Rufai threatened to gang rape the mother of a Southern Christian woman, proving that the idea that Southern women are “whores” is well established in the el-Rufai household.

“On April 24, 2019, another of his sons, Bashir el-Rufai, described the pogrom against Igbos as “sweet”.

"It is for this reason that Nigerian citizens call on the government of the United Kingdom and the European Union Presidency to follow the lead of the United States and place a visa ban on Nasir el-Rufai, who is scheming to become Nigeria’s President, to prevent a Rwandan style genocide in Nigeria.”


OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2020: BECOMING AN EXEMPLARY LEADER I

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2020: BECOMING AN EXEMPLARY LEADER I

THEME: BECOMING AN EXEMPLARY LEADER I (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)


MEMORY VERSE: Genesis 11:3

"And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar". 


BIBLE READING: Genesis 11:1-4

1. And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

2. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

3. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.

4. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.


MESSAGE:

*“...Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly… "*. Genesis 11:3






Naturally, humans search for leaders and role models. For example, anyone who wants to become a great footballer would begin to study whoever is the greatest in the sport at that point in time. He would find out his diet, where and how long he practices and all there is to know about the fellow.

Unfortunately, few people have exemplary leadership qualities today. You can’t do things the usual way and expect people to follow.

Innovate; you have to go beyond the ordinary to be called extraordinary.

No aspiring footballer will make a role model out of a striker who only scores goals occasionally. However, the one who scores hattricks regularly will be a leader to many. You must show results that are far greater than the norm.

ln Genesis 11:3, the leaders of these people were innovators. Who obey everyone else used stones to build, they decided to make bricks. While everyone else used mortar, they used slime. The leaders in this story asked the people to take up a seemingly impossible task of building a tower that would reach heaven, yet no one argued. They trusted that if these leaders could come up with innovations like bricks and slime, they could lead them to achieve their aim. So for the followers, it was not a question of whether the goal was achievable or not. They thought "I must be part of this great feat."

You shouldn’t plead for loyalty. People aren’t following because they cannot see anything special about your leadership. Some are even doubting if you can really achieve your goals.

To be a leader, always think outside the box. Don’t think in terms of limitations, think in terms of solutions. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you new ideas that can bring about major improvements and innovations.


ACTION POINT:

You want to be an exemplary leader? Go beyond the ordinary always. 


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HYMNAL: 

WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD

1. When we walk with the Lord 

in the light of His word, 

what a glory He sheds on our way,

While we do His good will, 

He abides with us still, 

and with all who will trust and obey. 


Refrain:

Trust and obey, 

For there's no other way 

To be happy in Jesus, 

But to trust and obey. 


2. Not a shadow can rise,

Not a cloud in the skies,

But His smile quickly drives it away,

Not a doubt or a fear,

Not a sigh or a tear,

Can abide while we trust and obey.


3. Not a burden we bear, 

Not a sorrow we share, 

But our toil He doth richly repay; 

Not a grief or a loss, 

Not a frown or a cross, 

But is blest if we trust and obey. 


4. But we never can prove 

The delights of His love 

Until all on the altar we lay; 

For the favour He shows, 

For the joy He bestows, 

Are for them who will trust and obey.


5. Then in fellowship sweet 

We will sit at His feet, 

Or we'll walk by His side in the way; 

What He says we will do, 

Where He sends we will go; 

Never fear, only trust and obey.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezra 1-3

THEME: BECOMING AN EXEMPLARY LEADER I (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)


MEMORY VERSE: Genesis 11:3

"And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar". 


BIBLE READING: Genesis 11:1-4

1. And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

2. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

3. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.

4. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.


MESSAGE:

*“...Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly… "*. Genesis 11:3






Naturally, humans search for leaders and role models. For example, anyone who wants to become a great footballer would begin to study whoever is the greatest in the sport at that point in time. He would find out his diet, where and how long he practices and all there is to know about the fellow.

Unfortunately, few people have exemplary leadership qualities today. You can’t do things the usual way and expect people to follow.

Innovate; you have to go beyond the ordinary to be called extraordinary.

No aspiring footballer will make a role model out of a striker who only scores goals occasionally. However, the one who scores hattricks regularly will be a leader to many. You must show results that are far greater than the norm.

ln Genesis 11:3, the leaders of these people were innovators. Who obey everyone else used stones to build, they decided to make bricks. While everyone else used mortar, they used slime. The leaders in this story asked the people to take up a seemingly impossible task of building a tower that would reach heaven, yet no one argued. They trusted that if these leaders could come up with innovations like bricks and slime, they could lead them to achieve their aim. So for the followers, it was not a question of whether the goal was achievable or not. They thought "I must be part of this great feat."

You shouldn’t plead for loyalty. People aren’t following because they cannot see anything special about your leadership. Some are even doubting if you can really achieve your goals.

To be a leader, always think outside the box. Don’t think in terms of limitations, think in terms of solutions. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you new ideas that can bring about major improvements and innovations.


ACTION POINT:

You want to be an exemplary leader? Go beyond the ordinary always. 


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HYMNAL: 

WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD

1. When we walk with the Lord 

in the light of His word, 

what a glory He sheds on our way,

While we do His good will, 

He abides with us still, 

and with all who will trust and obey. 


Refrain:

Trust and obey, 

For there's no other way 

To be happy in Jesus, 

But to trust and obey. 


2. Not a shadow can rise,

Not a cloud in the skies,

But His smile quickly drives it away,

Not a doubt or a fear,

Not a sigh or a tear,

Can abide while we trust and obey.


3. Not a burden we bear, 

Not a sorrow we share, 

But our toil He doth richly repay; 

Not a grief or a loss, 

Not a frown or a cross, 

But is blest if we trust and obey. 


4. But we never can prove 

The delights of His love 

Until all on the altar we lay; 

For the favour He shows, 

For the joy He bestows, 

Are for them who will trust and obey.


5. Then in fellowship sweet 

We will sit at His feet, 

Or we'll walk by His side in the way; 

What He says we will do, 

Where He sends we will go; 

Never fear, only trust and obey.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezra 1-3

BREAKING: RAMINBA DECLARES SOLIDARITY WITH JOINT ACTION FRONT

BREAKING: RAMINBA DECLARES SOLIDARITY WITH JOINT ACTION FRONT

The Radical Agenda Movement in the Nigerian Bar Association , rising from her Lagos Base Meeting held today, Tuesday , 15th September, 2020 has declared solidarity with the Nationwide mass mobilisation of the Joint Action Front, the pro-labour civil society partner of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress in the Labour and Civil Society Coalition, commencing tomorrow, Wednesday, 15th September, 2020.


This was made known in a statement issued by Mr. Adesina Ogunlana and Ayo Ademiluyi, Chairman and Secretary of the Radical Agenda Movement in the Nigerian Bar Association respectively.


The statement submitted that the fuel price and electricity tariff hikes represent a major blow on the living conditions of the working people and that mass resistance to same has become inevitable. RAMINBA also condemns in strong terms the repression of anti-fuel price and electricity tariff hikes' protests while cautioning the security agencies of the state against clampdown on the protests scheduled for tomorrow , Wednesday,  16th September, 2020.


In the event that the Nigerian security agencies toe their usual line of arrest , harrasment, detention and arraignment of protesters , RAMINBA undertakes that she would enter legal representation on their behalf, PRO BONO PUBLICO

The Radical Agenda Movement in the Nigerian Bar Association , rising from her Lagos Base Meeting held today, Tuesday , 15th September, 2020 has declared solidarity with the Nationwide mass mobilisation of the Joint Action Front, the pro-labour civil society partner of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress in the Labour and Civil Society Coalition, commencing tomorrow, Wednesday, 15th September, 2020.


This was made known in a statement issued by Mr. Adesina Ogunlana and Ayo Ademiluyi, Chairman and Secretary of the Radical Agenda Movement in the Nigerian Bar Association respectively.


The statement submitted that the fuel price and electricity tariff hikes represent a major blow on the living conditions of the working people and that mass resistance to same has become inevitable. RAMINBA also condemns in strong terms the repression of anti-fuel price and electricity tariff hikes' protests while cautioning the security agencies of the state against clampdown on the protests scheduled for tomorrow , Wednesday,  16th September, 2020.


In the event that the Nigerian security agencies toe their usual line of arrest , harrasment, detention and arraignment of protesters , RAMINBA undertakes that she would enter legal representation on their behalf, PRO BONO PUBLICO

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020: CHOOSE YOUR COMPANY WISELY

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020: CHOOSE YOUR COMPANY WISELY


THEME: CHOOSE YOUR COMPANY WISELY (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)


MEMORY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 6:14

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  


BIBLE READING: Psalm 26:4-5

4. I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

5. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.


MESSAGE:

You can attract blessings just by being around the right people. Likewise, it is possible to pick up curses by being in the wrong company. That is why the Psalmist said in Psalm 26:4-5:

*“I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”*

Some time ago, I travelled abroad for a crusade and noted the absence of a particular son of mine who was ill at the time. I went to the hospital and while praying for him, I felt the power of God come down mightily. The next day, I got a report that not only had my son been healed and discharged, but also everyone else in the ward. They got their healing just because they shared the same ward with my son.

Who you associate with has a great influence on what you attract. This is why you must be friends with good Christians. Search for people who are wiser than you and be their friends. Proverbs 13:20 says:  

*“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”*

Don’t stay in the midst of gossips or people jesting about their sinful acts. If you find yourself among those smoking and drinking, leave immediately.

Always choose your partners and associates carefully. Partner with genuine children of God. If the person carries the blessings of God, you can be sure that your project(s) will be blessed. When you are in business with one who is suggesting you cut corners, give bribes or cheat, break such relationships because that fellow will invite the devil into your enterprise. 

God commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves, not that everyone must be our friend. We must choose our friends wisely. Keep your associations pure. 


ACTION POINT:

Dissociate yourself from every ungodly friend today.


HYMNAL: N

EARER, MY GOD TO THEE

1. Nearer, my God, to Thee, 

Nearer to Thee!

E’en though it be a cross

That raiseth me,

Still all my song shall be


Refrain:

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to Thee!


2. Though like the wanderer, 

The sun gone down,

Darkness be over me, 

My rest a stone;

Yet in my dreams I’d be 


3. There let the way appear, 

Steps unto Heav’n;

All that Thou sendest me, 

In mercy giv’n;

Angels to beckon me 


4. Then, with my waking thoughts 

Bright with Thy praise,

Out of my stony griefs 

Bethel I’ll raise;

So by my woes to be 


5. Or, if on joyful wing 

Cleaving the sky,

Sun, moon, and stars forgot, 

Upward I’ll fly,

Still all my song shall be


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 

Daniel 10-12


THEME: CHOOSE YOUR COMPANY WISELY (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)


MEMORY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 6:14

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  


BIBLE READING: Psalm 26:4-5

4. I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

5. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.


MESSAGE:

You can attract blessings just by being around the right people. Likewise, it is possible to pick up curses by being in the wrong company. That is why the Psalmist said in Psalm 26:4-5:

*“I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”*

Some time ago, I travelled abroad for a crusade and noted the absence of a particular son of mine who was ill at the time. I went to the hospital and while praying for him, I felt the power of God come down mightily. The next day, I got a report that not only had my son been healed and discharged, but also everyone else in the ward. They got their healing just because they shared the same ward with my son.

Who you associate with has a great influence on what you attract. This is why you must be friends with good Christians. Search for people who are wiser than you and be their friends. Proverbs 13:20 says:  

*“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”*

Don’t stay in the midst of gossips or people jesting about their sinful acts. If you find yourself among those smoking and drinking, leave immediately.

Always choose your partners and associates carefully. Partner with genuine children of God. If the person carries the blessings of God, you can be sure that your project(s) will be blessed. When you are in business with one who is suggesting you cut corners, give bribes or cheat, break such relationships because that fellow will invite the devil into your enterprise. 

God commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves, not that everyone must be our friend. We must choose our friends wisely. Keep your associations pure. 


ACTION POINT:

Dissociate yourself from every ungodly friend today.


HYMNAL: N

EARER, MY GOD TO THEE

1. Nearer, my God, to Thee, 

Nearer to Thee!

E’en though it be a cross

That raiseth me,

Still all my song shall be


Refrain:

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to Thee!


2. Though like the wanderer, 

The sun gone down,

Darkness be over me, 

My rest a stone;

Yet in my dreams I’d be 


3. There let the way appear, 

Steps unto Heav’n;

All that Thou sendest me, 

In mercy giv’n;

Angels to beckon me 


4. Then, with my waking thoughts 

Bright with Thy praise,

Out of my stony griefs 

Bethel I’ll raise;

So by my woes to be 


5. Or, if on joyful wing 

Cleaving the sky,

Sun, moon, and stars forgot, 

Upward I’ll fly,

Still all my song shall be


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 

Daniel 10-12

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