Now, National Security Adviser Names Boko Haram Sponsors
Despite pockets of desperate acts - suicidal shootings and bombings - still directed squarely at the Church of God in Northern Nigeria, there are rising hopes that the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel might just be around the corner. That the Boko Haram matter is fast approaching its climax and eventual terminus became evident when the National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President, General Gabriel Owoye Azzazi recently went public on who are the major actors behind the entire wicked saga.
Incredibly, some people are insisting that even the NSA does not know what he is saying! (http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2012/may/08/national-08-05-2012-0018.html). Here is a man who sees all the reports, is familiar with all the arrests made (even though no known prosecution still!), and eventually gets all the blame for security lapses in the country. Yet people who are unhappy with his prognosis wasted no time in trying to discredit him and reduce his very weighty statement to a mere peppersoup-joint analysis. Any wonder why nobody had shown any enthusiasm about names-naming prior to this time? The personalities involved have got well established machinery most people would prefer not to get entangled with. Starting from their minions in the “free press”, the battery of SAN lawyers under retainership, to the professional killer squads.
But even the NSA stopped short of mentioning names. Northern politicians within the ruling Party who were aggrieved at the zoning policy of the Party are behind the bombs, he had said. And he really did not need to say anything more!
In any case, as if we didn’t know! When at the peak of zoning or no zoning palaver within the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar said he would make the country ungovernable and that violent change had then become inevitable, we all heard and the records are still there. Strangely the press, depending on their individual sponsors and their peculiar agenda all now comment as if Abubakar never said those things. page 2
Historical trial with Catholic archdiocese begins – targeting those who hid pedophile priests
(CNN) – Opening arguments have begun in Philadelphia in the first case in which an official of a Roman Catholic archdiocese has been accused of protecting abusive priests by moving them from parish to parish.
Monsignor William Lynn has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child. Lynn served as the vicar of clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a position in which he was responsible for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children – mostly boys.
A grand jury alleged that he knowingly allowed priests accused of abuse to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children, according to the district attorney’s office. Lynn “acted as if his job was to protect the abuser, never the abused,” a January 2011 grand jury report concluded. Read the rest of the story at the CNN blog here:
In a related development
, the attitude of another abusive Catholic Priest has been described as “A slap in Face to victims”.
Former Belgian bishop, 74-year old Roger Vangheluwe admitted he had abused one of his own nephews for 13 years, beginning from when the boy was just 5 years old. But he said the whole situation was no more than “a little piece of intimacy” and that he paid the boy tens of thousands of euros in support while it lasted. His sexual abuse of another nephew he said was very short. Despite all these, the Priest insisted he had no plans to abandon the priesthood
, though he has resigned from the office of Bishop. He said he fully realized what he did was wrong, and often went to confession about it.
Meanwhile, Some Psychiatrists are set to re-brand Paedophilia.
A group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, going by the name B4U-Act says it's time to change the way society views paedophiles - people who have sexual attractions to children. To achieve this end, the organization is lobbying p2
for changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, - the guideline of standards on mental health put together by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). That was exactly how homosexuality, which used to be listed in the DSM as a mental disorder got re-defined, some 40 years ago after intense lobby by gay advocates and activists (see CA! Vol 7 No 6 and also our previous article at http://nigeriaworld.com/articles/2006/feb/072.html)
B4U-Act attempts to justify its call for a revised view of paedophilia on its website, arguing that:
"Stigmatizing and stereotyping minor-attracted people inflames the fears of minor-attracted people, mental health professionals and the public, without contributing to an understanding of minor-attracted people or the issue of child sexual abuse
Critics warn of a slippery slope to a time when pedophilia is "just another lifestyle choice" that won't warrant criminal charges—and will leave young children at risk. "Absolutely," Dr. Judith Reisman, a visiting professor of law at Liberty School of Law said. "Oh, they're very clear about that. Their goal is to take all shame out of the lust for children."
For now, the APA official position, last documented in 2003 is that: "An adult who engages in sexual activity with a child is performing a criminal and immoral act and this is never considered normal or socially acceptable behavior." Unfortunately, this position may not stand the test of time in the years to come seeing how so many NGOs are active on the field in the service of people bent on redefining human sexuality in these so-called emerging post-modern days. For instance in a recent development, a New York court has ruled that viewing child pornography on-line is no longer a crime in the United States (Yahoo, Slideshow, May 9, 2012)
Read more: www.foxnews.com/health/2011/08/24/mental-health-group-looks-to-remove-stigma-from-pedophilia/#ixzz1uTf2cZlr
Boko Haram Unveiled
(From Front page)
The next episode in the tragi-comedy show ongoing in Nigeria is Charles Orkar now saying it was actually the President, Goodluck Jonathan, that organized the independence day bombing. Jonathan was having his first major outing as an elected president and he had invited the whole world to come celebrate Nigeria’s Jubilee with him - even despite severe threats by terrorists who insisted he must cancel the celebrations lest they bomb. The whole point of the threats was clearly to portray Jonathan as a weakling not fit for the office, and would have been followed even by more and more threats. Jonathan’s defiance and the resulting explosions at the precincts of the Eagle Square are now history. It is then comical that Mr Orkar should imagine anyone dumb enough to buy the words of a notorious terror-monger suggesting Goodluck Jonathan as the mastermind behind the bombing. More is the tragedy that some national dailies (for example the PUNCH) had the guts to put this accusation as screaming front-page headlines, with all manner of silly analyses insinuating that the allegation might just be true!
Even more interesting is Orkar’s deposition (from his cell in South Africa) that the President organized the bombing in order to push the blame on Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB). Now that is some real, raw names-naming!
IBB was one of the figures who desperately appealed, to no avail, to the Zoning formula of the PDP in order to edge out Jonathan from the presidential race in 2011. He was conspicuously absent at the Independence Day Jubilee ceremonies when the bombs were booming.
It seems evident to us that Orkar is merely attempting to jump the gun. Now, before names become publicly named in Nigeria, and before hard evidences are produced in Court in South Africa - all no doubt implicating IBB (as if we didn’t know!) and Raymond Dokpesi (IBB’s right hand man and chief campaign manager), the desperate game plan is to make the association in public and reduce the trial to a media one rather than a sober legal one. As a media mogul (owning the very influential African Independent TV and sister radio stations), Dokpesi and his principal would be far more comfortable with a hyped media trial than a real one that will certainly send them to jail. Just like ex-governor James Ibori was humiliated at the courts in London, IBB and cohorts know what await them in a fair trial, particularly in a foreign land.
Taking the cue from the NSA, the various security organizations are now putting together, for the first time, a Watch List comprising names of major actors to be placed on active surveillance with the goal of proving their culpability in the Boko Haram killings. And so, with fingers crossed and trusting in the wisdom of God to catch the crafty in their own conceits, we await the next developments which will help Nigeria permanently put these security failures behind.
The good news then about the NSA’s disclosure is that it indicates that the heat must be really getting to the bad guys, hence these desperate pranks.
What broad lessons can Christians learn from all these developments? We see a desperate devil troubling the world using all means possible and all agency available (Rev 12:12). We take courage playing our God-mandated patriotic duties and thus not only saving ourselves from corruption, despair and despondence, we actually rise to save others, shine and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). Thus we confirm the Scriptures: “and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehends it not” (John 1:5). Shalom.
Chip lets smartphones see through walls, clothes
Researchers at the University of Texas, Dallas have designed a chip that could give smartphones the ability to see through walls, clothes or other objects. This was achieved when the team led by Prof Kenneth O tuned a small, inexpensive microchip to discern a "terahertz" band of the electromagnetic spectrum.
All objects emit radiation spanning a wide band in the electromagnetic spectrum. Radiation with frequencies in the terahertz frequency range (between microwave and infrared) have the peculiar ability to pass through clothing, paper, cardboard, wood, masonry, plastic and ceramics. It can also penetrate fog and clouds, but not metal or water. However, their low intensity makes it difficult to detect them, compared with the radiation within the visible range, for instance, which can be detected by our eyes.
What Prof O and his team have done is to devise an inexpensive microhip made using Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology to detect radiation within the terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum. T-hertz signals coming from objects ordinarily hidden from view can be detected by the chip and they can be further processed into an image that would be displayed on the screen of the phone or similar device.
"We've created approaches that open a previously untapped portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for consumer use," Professor O said, "There are all kinds of things you could be able to do that we just haven't yet thought about." (see http://news.yahoo.com/chip-lets-smartphones-see-walls-clothes-203036226.html)
On Thursday March 1, an American teacher (Jeremiah Small) was shot to death by one of his students at a private Christian academy in Iraq. Jeremiah who was motivated to teach in Iraq primarily for evangelism had a heated discussion with the student a day earlier, during which the 18 year old lad threatened to kill him." In an interview, the father of the pupil (who also killed himself), condemned Christian evangelists, portraying them as "more dangerous than al-Qaeda."
Later that same month, in Saana, Yemen, Al-Qaeda gunmen fatally shot another American teacher, (29 year old Joel Shrun) on Sunday March 18. A statement issued by the murderers says the killing is "a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims," and accused Mr Shrun as being "one of the biggest American proselytizers." He was shot eight times. Joel left a wife and two children behind. (http://news.yahoo.com/militants-kill-american-teacher-yemen-122927844.html)
However the mother of all religiously-motivated shootings in recent times happened on one of the campuses of the Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. At least two professors were among the 22 people shot dead by Boko Haram gunmen who invaded the campus on Sunday 29th April . Young gunmen arriving in a car and two bikes split into groups and moved into on-going Christian Sunday services on the Campus. They started shooting people indiscriminately at close range and continued for about half an hour. (see some details here:
In Kenya, two people were killed and over thirty injured when a band of Muslims launched a grenade attack on a crowd of 150 Christians attending an outdoor church meeting. (www.powerlinenewsnetwork.com/?p=16479).
In Nigeria, Islam-inspired terrorism (generically tagged Boko Haram) is fighting with its last breath to get the country ungovernable. And the Church remains the most attractive target for these blood suckers. On Sunday March 11 a Boko Haram suicide car bomber attacked the St Finbarr’s Catholic church, in Jos, killing at least 10 people.
A week earlier, on Sunday March 4, .suicide bombers had planned a massive mother-of-all bombing attack at the COCIN (Church of Christ in Nigeria, its headquarters) in the same city. Divine intervention however reduced the loss of lives to only an incredible 3 as the VW Vento car used for the suicide bombing was deflected from its intended primary target.
Former Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Mr Ezekiel Gomos, described the scene to the Vanguard: "I was sitting near the entrance to the corner of the church building where services are now held because of the expansion work going on in the church. From where I was sitting, I could see the gate clearly and I was attracted by the noise when the car forced its way into the premises. A motorcyclist which saw the car coming at top speed tried to get away but was not fast enough as he was hit by the car. But this ended up being the saving grace because the impact forced the car to veer off the target before the explosion. It all happened within seconds and the blast was deafening”. Thousands of worshippers were at Church during that first service of the day.
Briefing journalists on the incident the next day, COCIN President, Rev. Soja, said the accounts of the church security unit lent credence to the allegation of complicity by some soldiers. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) also issued a statement demanding that non-Christian soldiers should no longer be posted to churches during services.
Ironically, the Plateau State Chapter of the political party, Congress for Progressive Change, has faulted the allegation and instead, insinuated that the attack might have been stage-managed – by the Christians themselves! State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Mubashiru Aliyu, in a statement, said with the security mounted by the church around its premises, it would have been difficult for an outsider to penetrate it.
Meanwhile, churches in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan now hold services very early in the morning and late in the evening to avoid aerial bombardments intentionally targeting their Churches. An aid worker told Compass Direct that the Khartoum regime is "doing everything possible to make sure they get rid of Christianity from the Nuba Mountains—churches and church schools are the targets of both the Sudanese Armed Forces and its militias."
All Churches in Arabian Peninsula to be destroyed –Saudi Grand Mufti
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, one of the Islamic world's highest religious authorities, has declared, on March 12, that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region." Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh made this assertion in response to a question posed by a delegation from Kuwait, where a parliament member recently called for the "removal" of all churches. The delegation wanted to confirm Sharia's position on the issue. The Grand Mufti "stressed that Kuwait was a part of the Arabian Peninsula, and therefore it is necessary to destroy all churches in it," basing his verdict on a saying (or hadith) of Muhammad pronounced on his deathbed, which says “There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula.” (www.raymondibrahim.com/11358/saudi-mufti-destroy-churches)
Only last year, Saudi King Abdullah established a Centre for interreligious dialogue at Vienna, Austria seeking to get even more concessions from the Western countries for Islam. How asymmetric can a relationship get!