A marriage between politics and religion

The Justice Must Prevail Party ( JMPP) recently took its anti-corruption campaign to the religious communities in Abuja where it hopes to win converts. CALEB ONWE reports   Over 170 years ago, radical political philosopher, Karl Max, vehemently argued that: ” religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people”.   Many years later, people still remember his idea but would usually twist it in a way that portrays religion as a…

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Don’t use religion to divide Nigeria- Methodist Prelate warns

Dr Samuel Uche, Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria, has warned Nigerians against the use of religion to cause disunity in the country. He gave the warning during a visit to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger in Minna on Tuesday. Uche said that Christianity and Islam were religions of peace and love that have been hijacked by miscreants for their personal gains. “Religion should be seen as an instrument of harmony, integration, cohesion and development. We should love ourselves instead of killing and destroying ourselves. “You cannot be a governor,…

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Breaking rules with religion

  Hiding under religion to break rules   The church had just concluded its monthly miracle service. People were seen trooping out of the hall of prayers, exchanging pleasantries with one another; some however were more concerned with their trip back home as they were seen darting towards their vehicles as if in a competition to outpace others. A few others were seen at the altar making extra requests to their maker-God.   Few minutes later, the Lagos- Ibadan expressway became very busy and massive traffic became the new face…

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POLITICAL NOTES: Politics and the power of religion

Should religious leaders play active role in politics or refrain from stepping into the political sphere?   This is one question that has defied a definite answer over the years, perhaps, because Nigeria is a country made up of diverse religions.   While it is the right of every citizen as provided in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) that: “Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or…

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Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

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Shall I tell this to the president?

They already own everything; they own our politics, our economy and our money. Even the CBN is being privatised and controlled by this cartel. The same cartel now wants to control the water we drink and the air we breathe to complete their vicious cycle of enslaving and subjugating us all. They don’t care about the future but only about the dark interest they represent. Unrestrained capitalism is evil and should be challenged. The media knows about this but will never write about it. Our elite knows about this but…

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Easter: Osinbajo urges Nigerians to love one another

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Nigerians to show love for another especially during the period of Easter celebration. The Vice President stated this while joining Christians as they marked the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ yesterday. Speaking shortly after the Easter Sunday Service at the Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja, Osinbajo said it was necessary for Nigerians to do so irrespective of religious, tribe or political differences. He said: “It is a message of love of Jesus Christ to all mankind. For God so loved the world that he…

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Anthony Joshua: ‘Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people’

Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he’s won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua, the Hertfordshire bricklayer who has become British boxing’s greatest star, is a busy boy. After months of trying to find a gap in his schedule, we finally isolate a weekend in Watford. Within 24 hours, that’s shifted to a Friday in Sheffield, and a modern, unremarkable cul-de-sac on…

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What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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