[Friday Sermon] Saluting The Defenders Of Our Nation And Warning The People Against Terrorist Organizations By Imam Murtada Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful

All praise be to Allah for blessing us with a generous nation and greatest bounties. I extol Him as is befitting to His great sovereignty and glorious status and I bear witness that there is no deity but Him; having no associates. To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is within them. And He is over all things competent.

I also testify that Muhammad (SAW) is His Servant and Messenger, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his companions, and all those who will follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgment.

O servants of Allah,

I urge myself first and all of you to obey Allah and be submissive to Him. Verily, Allah, Exalted is He, has declared the truth in His noble Book:

“O you who have believe, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful.” (Ali-Imraan: 200)

My respected people,

The homeland is one’s cradle where he lives, acquaints himself with its elements and enjoys its vicinity. As such anyone who has loved his country all throughout his life must be sincere in building it. In this sense, founding nations and civilizations is more than a mission; rather it is a covenant that only people in whom Allah invests honesty can fulfill. That is why people take to defend their homeland naturally and willingly. Some would sacrifice their life and this is the utmost form of generosity. Some would sacrifice their children or their wealth, while others would do all of these and even more.

In Surah An-Naml (Ants), the noble Quran tells the story of a group of people who proposed to their queen to defend their homeland, capitalizing on their might and strong will:

“They said, ‘we are men of strength and of great military might, but the command is yours, so see what you will command’.” (An-Naml: 33)

Some scholars explained that the speakers in this verse were ready to defend their kingdom and their nation by hinting at using force. Yet while taking this stance, they let this matter to the queen with full belief in her prudent opinion. In so doing, they were all set to follow her orders.

As an outcome, she led them to safety, thanks to her wisdom and good sense of judgment. This incident highlights the value of obedience, making it a beneficial lesson especially for the young who are the safety valve for any nation.

Brothers and Sisters,

Please know that safeguarding the homeland is an honour like no other. Its unique status was stressed by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) when he said:

“Shall I tell about a night better than Laylat Al Qadr (the Night of Decree), [It is when] a guard who is on watch in a fearful place and who are Perhaps may not return to his family.”

So congratulations to those who are away from their families, our gallant troops, staying up all night so that others can sleep (peacefully). They battle the cold so their people and nation remain stable and secure. Because of their sacrifice they earn a higher rank.

On the narration of Artaa bin Al Mundhir that Umar bin Al Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, told his companions:

“Who are amongst people shall have greater reward?” They said those who fast and pray, mentioning so and so. Thereupon, he said, “Shall I inform you about the most rewarded of all those you mentioned?” They said, “Yes please.” He said “A man reins his horse and guards people, not knowing if there is a predator around to prey on him, a venomous snake to bite him, or an enemy to assault him. This is a greater recompense than those you mentioned.”

Moreover, it is mentioned in a Prophetic Hadith that the watchful eye on people’s rights, one that guards the borders of the nation and obeys Allah will, by His grace, not be touched by the Hellfire.

Ibn Abbas narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) saying:

“There are two eyes that shall not be touched by the Fire: an eye that wept from the fear of Allah, and an eye that spent the night standing on guard in the cause of Allah.”

Knowing this, anyone, who desires the great reward, should be content with that Allah has prepared for him while he defends his nation, whether in land, sea or sky. It was narrated by Sahl bin Sa’ad, may Allah be pleased with him that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:

“(Ribat) Guarding the frontier for a day in the cause of Allah is better than the world and what is in it.”

In the same regard, Abdullah bin Amr, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

“I would rather love to stay up all nights guarding and be afraid in the way of Allah, the most Exalted, than giving one hundred camels as charity.”

Dear Servants of Allah,

For the cause of defending the nation one can sacrifice his life, give money or make achievements. An example of this noble mission was taken by a group of people who were praised in the Quran when they offered their wealth to protect their homeland from temptations and threats. The verse reads:

“They said, ‘O Dhul Qarnayn, indeed Gog and Magog are [great] corrupters in the land. So may we assign for you expenditure that you might make between us and them a barrier?” (Al-Kahf: 94)

Ibn Abbas, May Allah be pleased with him, said:

“The expenditure refers here to the money which people wanted to collect amongst themselves and give it out to Dhul-Qarnayn in return for erecting a barrier to keep their enemies away and under control”.

Also, protecting the homeland can be achieved by serving it across all of its institutions and by being dedicated to performing work as it ought to be. Thus one has to be sincere about discharging his responsibilities, and should work on protecting the reputation of his nation. Failing to do so is failing to defend the nation and this is against what our Prophet (SAW) said:

“Every one of you is a guardian and responsible for what is in his custody.”

Dear Worshipers,

Protecting the nation is a responsibility that requires commitment, including praying for the nation and the leaders. On this matter a respected scholar said:

“If I have an accepted supplication I will pray it for the leader.”

Let us then pray to our Lord to confer upon our country, Nigeria, goodness and prosperity as well as continuing safety and security. Doing this is one of the signs of loyalty and sincere sense of belonging. It also reflects the Prophet’s traditions and manners. The Prophet Ibrahim (A.S), for example, prayed for his homeland saying:

“My Lord, make this city (Makkah) secure.” (Ibrahim: 35)

Also the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) for his part, supplicated for his homeland as he said:

“O Allah, bless us in our mudd; O Allah, bless us in our saa; O Allah, bless with this blessing two more blessings.”

With this in mind, you are urged to pray for your nation and supplicate to Allah to protect it and bless it with His generous favours. May Allah bless our country with continued bounties and keep it safe from all sorts of evil, Ameen.

Servants of Allah,

Please be aware that you are asked to obey Him, the Almighty, as it ought to be by observing Him in private and in public and know that it falls on us to contribute effectively in educating our children on the love of their nation. It is our responsibility to prepare them during the peacetime to be the builders of their country’s civilization and glories and in need stand as the shield of protection. This is because they are the renewable source of energy from which the country draws its strength and resistance. In this regard, Umar bin Al Khattab, May Allah be pleased with him, said;

“Teach your children swimming, archery and horse-riding.”

Further, let us salute the defenders of this generous nation: our Armed Forces, who ensure safety and security so that everyone can enjoy a stable and serene life. No wonder then if they are referred to as the wealth of this nation, its impervious fort, a symbol of its union, a source of its pride and pillar of its security. In fact without their role we could not have reached such a progress and steady prosperity at all levels. We truly appreciate their unyielding efforts in protecting the nation and its gains, for whose cause they offer their lives.

My respected people,

Apart from that, know that Islam is a religion of forgiveness and leniency. It appeals to people, and let them accept it. Thus it comes to emphasize good morals, lay the foundations of moderation, safeguard human rights, and establish such finest cultural values of coexistence, tolerance and solidarity. Then there has emerged the eternal message of mercy and peace for all mankind. Allah says:

“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the world.” (Al Anbiyaa: 107)

In the same regard, our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Actually, I was awarded mercy (by Allah).”

This authentic principle is being thoroughly stressed in Islam as he (SAW) said:

“He who shows no mercy to the people, Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, does not show mercy on him.”

He (SAW) said also:

“Mercy is taken away only from him who is miserable.”

Mercy in Islam is a virtue that encompasses also other creatures besides humans. Ibn Mas’ud reported:

“We were with the Messenger of Allah (SAW) during a journey. He went to ease himself. We saw a bird with her two young ones and we captured her young ones. The bird came and began to spread its wings. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) came and said: ‘who grieved this for its young ones? Return its young ones to it.”

If the prophet (SAW) prohibited us to cause suffering to a bird by taking its little chicks, so what would be the case with someone who inflicts grievance on another by taking the life of his brother or relative?

Dear Servants of Allah,

Indeed it is heartbreaking to see the tolerant teachings of Islam and the Prophetic tradition being violated out of proportion. This has been undertaken by sinful groups taking to extremist views and militancy and tarnishing the image of our tolerant religion. In total disregard of religious dictates and in cruelest manner, they unleash havoc, shedding blood and breaching sanctities. Disgracefully, they speak in the name of Islam and attribute their heinous crimes to it.

Nay they have utterly distorted Islam and its human ideals because they endorse an alien ideology that is contradictory to it. Truly, their radical attitude has killed their pure human nature and perceptions, rendering them insensible to morality and humanity.  Can anybody then say that such crimes have anything to do with Islam?

Along this dark, unjust and deadly road have walked those people who are penetrating unspeakable massacres; they kill others in cold blood and disfigure them. They have been tearing down buildings, spilling blood, violating integrities, assaulting women without respect to any of Islam’s commands, nor to any of human’s values or principles. Here again arises a question: where are they from those religious texts that condemn the crimes they do?

Where are they from the incident involving Usama bin Zaid who raised his sword when he (the soldier of the polytheists) uttered: “there is no deity but Allah.” But he (Usama bin Zaid) killed him.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) called for him and asked him why he had killed him. He (Usama) said: “O Messenger of Allah, he struck the Muslims and killed such and such of them. And he even named some of them. I attacked him and when he saw the sword he said, ‘there is no deity but Allah’.”

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “did you kill him?” he (Usama) replied in affirmative. He (the noble Prophet) remarked: “what would you do with: ‘there is no deity but Allah,’ when he would come (before you) on the Day of Judgment?”

He (Usama) said, “O Messenger of Allah, beg pardon for me (from your Lord).” He (the noble Prophet) said, “what would you do with: ‘there is no deity but Allah’ when he would come before you on the Day of Judgment? He (the noble Prophet) added nothing to it but kept saying, ‘what would you do with: ‘there is no deity but Allah’ when he would come (before you) on the Day of Judgment?

“The Prophet (SAW) kept on repeating that so often that I wished I had not embraced Islam before that day,” Usama bin Zaid said.”

Where they are from the Hadith of the Prophet of mercy (SAW) saying: “a faithful believer remains at liberty regarding his religion unless he kills somebody unlawfully.”

Where are they from the severe warning contained in the words of the Prophet (SAW): “if this world was to be destroyed, that would be less significant before Allah than the unlawful killing of a believer or any innocent person?

Again where are they from the stern warning in the words of the Prophet (SAW): “if the inhabitants of the heavens and the inhabitants of the earth all took part in shedding blood of believer or innocent, then Allah would cast them (all) in the Fire?” How on earth can they ignore the Prophet’s instruction:

“Whoever rebels against my Ummah, killing good and evil people alike, and does not try to avoid killing the believers, and does not pay attention to those who are under a covenant, then he has nothing to do with me and I have nothing to do with him.”

So how will those people meet the Prophet (SAW) on the Day of Judgment while they did not respect the sanctity of his Ummah, and ignored his warnings and orders?

As you can see these verses and Hadiths denounce categorically all forms of extremism and stress the fact that it is against our tolerant religion and call for fighting it by all means.

Dear Muslims, fellow Nigerians,

Since militant ideology has reached this dark alarming level with their advocators having fallen deep in the abyss of impurity, losing sense of conscience and failing to listen to the voice of wisdom and comply with good guidance, then a firm action must be taken. This is required in order to preserve the religion from such an alien system of thought and protect people from the evil posed by those extremists and their gruesome acts. For these reasons and others, addressing the harm caused by those terrorists is legal and legitimate demand. May Allah save our nations from those corrupters and purify it from the extremists, Ameen.

O servants of Allah,

Please obey Allah as it ought to be by observing Him in private and in public and be aware that as the image of our religion is being stained by those groups’ actions of killing innocents, violating sanctities, taking others’ property, it is our duty to show to the world that this is contrary to the teachings of Islam. It is also our duty to warn against any misleading Fatwa that defends those corrupt groups or be deceived by it.

The responsibility rests as well with parents who need to protect their children from any intruding ideology and creed by educating them following the true Islamic principles. The youth, boys and girls, for their part, must adhere to the guidance of genuine Islam and beware of radical ideas and of those who spread them, especially through electronic social network mediums. They also must stand alert not to let themselves be lured to slogans and allegations disseminated by terrorist organizations, which claim falsely glamorous slogans.

My respected people,

Terrorists launched attacks on Yola, Kano, Borno, Paris and Mali killing many people. The attacks occurred at market, farm center GSM market, IDPs camp, Hotel etc. I strongly condemn these attacks. They are very bad, disgust, unpleasant, despicable, cruel, vicious, sinful, atrocious, in human and barbaric. My heart goes out to the victims of all these terror attacks where innocent people have been killed by the wicked people, murderers and blood suckers.

I am profoundly saddened by the loss of life and indiscriminate murder of innocent people. This criminal barbarity is Godlessness. Terrorism has no faith and cannot be condoned by any means, rationale or ideology. We must commit to each other to defeat it. Godless cowards attack unarmed, randomly selected, innocent people. Terrorists are sinful, immoral, barbaric criminals. It is displeasing to hear the media call ISIS, Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaedah or Boko Haram Sunni Jihadists. Neither are their actions from the Sunnah or Islamically considered Jihad.  My thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims, their families and communities.

I ask Allah, the Lord of the worlds, to bring justice to these horrific situations, to recompense those who committed these murders with what they deserve, to bring those still at large to justice, and to rid the earth of these evil, treacherous, murderous lunatics, who do nothing but bring harm and corruption to the world.

O Allah, be with our brave soldiers as they fight against terror. Match forward O defenders of our nation, we are proudly behind you. Do not be scared, be courageous like a lion, be strong and stand for what is right no matter how the challenges. Do not be scared. Be courageous and watch Nigeria begin the revival process, watch Nigeria rescued and watch Nigeria being restored. We shall not be cowed; our humanity shall trump, outrank and defeat their terror by the Grace of the Almighty Allah.

My heart, thoughts and prayers goes to the entire people of Yola, Kano, Borno and all the victims of terror and the victims of injustice any where they are. Be assured that terror will be defeated; terrorism will not win Inshaa Allah!

Inna lillahi wa inna Ilayhir raaji’uun. From Allah do we come and to Him is our return!

Brothers and Sisters,

Just on Sunday’s evening (22-11-2015), Allah reclaimed one more of His beloved Servants. Prince Abubakar Audu, former Governor of Kogi State was to his family a devoted husband and loving father. We all knew him, not only as the former Governor of Kogi State. He was also much-loved father and respected leader to us all.

Even though we should be prepared for death at any time, the suddenness of his departure has left us all in a state of shock. We still have to come to terms with our sense of loss. Perhaps we should remind ourselves, brothers and sisters that the late prince Abubakar Audu was merely on loan to us from Allah. And Allah has now taken back that loan, which was only given to us for a time, in trust. The truth is, we are all on loan from Allah, and surely, some day we will all return to our rightful owner.

A week before his death and departure, I happened to be among the Islamic Clerics delegated to visit and give Naseehah to him in order to fear Allah concerning the people if he wins the election. He promised us that he will not disappoint people if Allah makes him a winner in the coming election.

Being the Muslims we have taken his death in good faith as we strongly believed that Allah gives and Allah takes. To us we also believed that his time was up; nothing any man can do to stop it.

Let us pray to Allah, first of all, to give comfort and solace to the late Prince Abubakar Audu’s family, friends, and associates. And the family of his Royal Highness, the late Pa Audu Oyidi, Orego Atta of Igala land and the paramount ruler of Ogbonicha-Alloma in Ofu Local Government of Kogi State, the people of Ogbonicha, people of Ofu Local Government and entire people of Kogi state and Nigeria. Help them O Allah quickly to ease their pain, and to overcome their sorrow. O Allah gives us and them the fortitude to bear the irreparable and irreplaceable loss. O Allah, showers your mercy and forgiveness on the soul of the late Prince, forgive his shortcomings and failings and allow him to enter your garden (Al-Jannatul Firdausi), Ameen.

Dear Servants of Allah,

Bear in mind that you are asked to offer prayer and a greeting upon our most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) for Allah says:

“Indeed, Allah and His angels sends blessing upon the Prophet. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.” (Al Ahzaab: 56)

 

On the same matter, the Prophet (SAW) said:

“For everyone who invokes a blessing on me will receive ten blessings from Allah.”

He also said:

“Nothing turns back the Decree except supplication.”

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Master Muhammad (SAW), his family, and all his Companions. May Allah be pleased with the Rightly Guided Caliphs:

Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali and all those who will follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgment.

May Allah grant success to our Armed Forces and add strength to their strength. May Allah reward them abundantly, for the work they were rendering to their nation.

O Allah, we implore You at this instant not to let a sin unforgiven, a distress unrelieved, an illness unhealed or a handicapped without relief, a dead without mercy or a debt unsettled. Our Lord, give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire.

May Allah help us succeed in these blessed days in every work to please you, O Lord of the Worlds.

O Allah, may we ask You to help us with what get us closer to Paradise and furthers us from hell. O Allah we seek Your grace to admit us, our parents, our leaders and whoever has done a favour to us and all Muslims to Your Paradise.

May Allah grant success, guidance, protection and continued good health to our leader President Muhammadu Buhari. May Allah also ensure success to his Deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and provide strength and assistance to his ministers.

O Allah forgives all of the Muslims, men and women living and dead, and makes blessings follow us and them.

May Allah protect and have mercy on His Eminence, the Sultan, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III and all our respected Emirs.

O Lord forgives and show mercy to our parents, relatives and whoever has done a favour to us.

O Allah, we pray to you to grant your forgiveness and mercy to who built this mosque, Alhaji Ahmad Adoke, and to his parents as well as to anyone who help the development of this mosque. O Allah, we also supplicate to You to forgive whoever built a mosque where Your name is remembered.

We pray to Allah, the Most Gracious, to preserve and protect Nigerians from all temptations, both apparent and hidden, and continue blessing our nation and all countries with safety and security.

O Allah, make this our gathering one of compassion and our dispersion after it one that is infallible.

O Allah, do not let anyone amongst us deprived, desperate or unhappy. O Merciful One grants us Your Mercy, Ameen.

O servants of Allah,

Remember Allah and He will remember you. Be grateful for His benevolence and He will increase His blessings to you. Allah, the Most High, says:

“And establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoings, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.” (Al-Ankabuut: 45)

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Safar 15, 1437 A.H (November 27, 2015), by Imam Murtada Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’at Mosque, Okene, Kogi State Nigeria. He can be reached through: +2348038289761.

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Troops Push Into Boko Haram Camps As Army Issues Second Warning To Terrorists

Troops of the Nigerian Army have continued to push deep into the camps of the Boko Haram terrorists group.

This is even as the army has issued out another warning to the insurgents desist from all acts of terrorism and surrender themselves.

In a statement Sunday, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the continued offensives against the terrorists by advancing troops resulted to the terrorists fleeing and abandoning their locations at Nafari and Gonin Kurmi. 

In the process, the terrorists they left various food items and personal effects as they fled to Sambisa forest, Usman said.

While calling on citizens to continue co-operating with security agencies through provision of timely and credible information about any known terrorists, Usman asked the terrorists to surrender their arms and face the law.

“This is to once again warn all Boko Haram terrorists wherever they are, to desist from all acts of terrorism, surrender themselves and face the law now. We wish to inform them that we are aware of all their hideouts, camps and enclaves.”

“They should follow their colleagues who have so far surrendered. Failure to surrender will result in serious consequences as our troops are fast closing up with them.”

“We equally appeal to all Nigerians to kindly persuade them to desist and renounce their membership of the terrorist organization forthwith.”

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Imo State Civil Servants’ 5 Days Warning Strike: A Review By Joseph Chimezie

It is no longer news that Imo state civil servants and local government workers embarked on a 5 days warning strike last week, Monday 27th to Friday 30th July, over the delay in the payment of their arrears

The 5 days warning strike has ended but not without agonizing tales, the industrial action which took everyone by surprise crippled the economic activities across the state. Some of the civil servants who defied the strike order were forced out of their various complexes by organized labour groups even after the peoples governor had met and pleaded with the organized labour unions severally not to embark on the warning strike. It would be recalled that the fall in global crude prices led to the decline in allocation accrued to all the states across the federation, hence the reason why the federal government approved bailout funds for about 27 states affected in the economic crunch.

Though it’s never salutary to owe workers’ salaries, even for a day, considering the economic hardship in the land. I appeal to the peoples governor to expedite action in finding a lasting solution to this financial quandary.

The opposition and the critics of the government of Imo state as usual took advantage of the strike to accuse the peoples governor on print and social media of squandering the fortunes of the state through reckless spending and construction of structures that add no value to the economy of the state. I guess the abusers of the government were amnesic of the fact that Imo state government has never erred in the payment of its civil servants’ salaries since its inception in 2011.

One, in his criticism, contradicted himself in his comparism of the peoples governor’s management of the state’s resources to that of his predecessors and at the end posited that the peoples governor has carried out more projects  than his predecessors.

In their myopic judgments, some ignored the fact that Imo state is not the only state complicit in this salary issue. Was it the peoples governor’s reckless spending that had a band wagon effect in about 27 states also facing the same challenge?

If the dwindling economy is not an excuse why state governors should not pay its work force, what is the excuse of some media houses, both print and electronic that have also not been able to pay it’s workers’ salaries for more than 3 months? Many of whom have also joined the call for a bail out.

On the issue of borrowing, show me a state that has depended only on the federal allocation and it’s IGR to run its affairs and I will list states that their predecessors, even (after accessing several loans) left their states worse than they met it.

That Imo state is in debt does not mean the state is doomed. Nigeria as well is in debt, advanced economies also seek for loan. To obtain loan is not a crime, what could be referred to as a crime is if such loans does not reflect on the purpose of which it was obtained.

It will do us no good even in the face of commendable achievements, to continue to strive with malignant pleasure to set the government in opposition with the people.

Am optimistic Imo state will bounce back and our civil servants and every one that is swayed by the economic down turns will soon have reasons to smile to the bank.

 

Joseph Chimezie writes from Owerri, Imo state.

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PDP Issues “Strong Warning” to Jonathan’s Aides, Blame Them for Defeat at the Poll

The “The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has issued a “strong warning” to the president’s associates and aides, asking them to steer clear of the party, and not use their closeness to Mr. Jonathan to cause crisis in the party.

The warning is coming amidst speculation that a fresh wave of crisis his currently rocking the party, most of which is traceable to her defeat at the 2015 presidential election.

In a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the NWC said it “has issued a very strong warning to some ambitious aides and associates of President Goodluck Jonathan trying to use their closeness to him to cause crisis in the party and pave way for more defection to other parties,” the party said in an unusually strongly-worded statement.

It added that it is “aware of the clandestine activities of such aides and associates of the President including their unholy alliance with some elements in other parties to undermine and weaken the PDP by attacking its leadership.

The PDP said it would expose such individuals and make them face the full weight of the party disciplinary measures if they fail to immediately retrace their steps.

“The NWC is aware that these same individuals who mismanaged the presidential campaigns are now desperately seeking to cause crisis in the PDP with a view not only to divert attention from their misdeeds but also to ensure that they remained politically relevant by hijacking the party structure for their selfish purposes.”

Mr. Jonathan lost the March 28 presidential election to his main challenger, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Despite the president’s concession of defeat, some of his party leaders have for weeks subtly blamed each other for the loss.

Last week, a former political aide to the president, Ahmed Gulak, called on the chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, to take responsibility for the defeat and resign.

“If the belief of the majority of the members of the PDP is anything to go by, you could say that the party chairman was the number one culprit for the dismal outing of the PDP,” Mr. Gulak told Punch newspaper.

“There is no party chairman of the PDP since 1998 that has led the party to such a disastrous outing. As a result, the national chairman should consider himself one of those that have to give way for the new party to come up. In fact, he doesn’t need to be told to turn in his resignation,” he said.

Ahead of the elections, Mr. Mu’azu faced stringent criticisms for his contribution to the campaign efforts of Mr. Jonathan. Many party members accused him of refusing to campaign for the president openly, especially in the northern states.

On Thursday, the PDP denied reports that the party chairman was ejected from a meeting of PDP governors.

Read the party’s full statement:

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party,  PDP, has issued a very strong warning to some ambitious aides and associates of President Goodluck Jonathan trying to use their closeness to him to cause crisis in the party and pave way for more defection to other parties.

The PDP said it would expose such individuals and make them face the full weight of the party disciplinary measures if they fail to immediately retrace their steps.

The NWC in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Saturday said it is “aware of the clandestine activities of such aides and associates of the President including their unholy alliance with some elements in other parties to undermine and weaken the PDP by attacking its leadership.

“The NWC is aware that these same individuals who mismanaged the presidential campaigns are now desperately seeking to cause crisis in the PDP with a view not only to divert attention from their misdeeds but also to ensure that they remained politically relevant by hijacking the party structure for their selfish purposes.

“We are aware that these individuals have been trying to arm-twist the President to summon a meeting of party leaders at the Presidential Villa in the coming days where the NWC members would be put under pressure to resign thereby triggering a crisis in the leadership at the national level.

“The party is aware that the same group has been sponsoring series of amorphous bodies and negative publications in a section of the media to peddle false allegations against the NWC to back their heinous and unconstitutional demands that the President should sack the NWC before the handover date of May 29, 2015.

“However, for the purposes of clarity, especially for those making uninformed demands on the President, the PDP National Working Committee is duly elected and its tenure ends in March 2016 in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution. The PDP is a party built on the rule of law and democratic ethos. Its NWC is elected and not appointed and as such cannot be sacked at will or by an executive fiat. Besides, no section of the party constitution prescribes that the NWC should quit if the party loses in a general election.

“Furthermore, the PDP constitution is clear on the process of summoning a meeting of party leaders and the role of the NWC in that regard is well-defined. Anything outside the laid down rules and the provisions of the constitution in this respect is completely of no effect.

“Moreover, President Goodluck Jonathan has amply demonstrated his strict adherence to the rule of law and the tenets of democracy even on issues of party administration and should not in anyway be hassled by these selfish and greedy elements to destroy his legacies.

“Consequently, the leadership of the PDP by this statement makes it very clear and in an unambiguous terms too that it will no longer condone such divisive actions by the same unscrupulous individuals who in their selfishness ruined the fortunes of our great party in the general elections.

“The NWC will no longer tolerate actions that tend to undermine discipline and the supremacy of the party and its constitution, as it will henceforth not hesitate to apply full disciplinary measures for infractions

“Our advice to these ambitious aides and associates of the President is to leave party matters and concentrate on the Presidential transition and smooth handover of power to the incoming administration as well as preparing for post-handover issues that might arise regarding the administration in which they served”, the party stated.

On the issue of the performance of the party in the general elections and allegations of mismanagement of Presidential campaign funds, the NWC said it has no case to answer, as Nigerians already know the truth regarding those who managed the campaigns including the funds.

“Nigerians are not at loss as to the fact that the PDP NWC did not manage the campaign and its fund. Those who managed the campaigns have already submitted their reports to the President who in his wisdom gave them the mandate and they have been applauded for a job well done at that level”, the statement said.

The NWC said it appreciates the support and backing of key stakeholders especially the PDP Governors’ Forum, the body of national vice chairmen and state chairmen as well as governors, legislators-elect and all well-meaning members in the all-important effort to rebuild the party and reposition it to regain power in 2019.

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South African Appears On Video Claiming To Be Killer Of Foreigners; Issues 14-Day Warning

The video you are about to watch may change your views on life permanently.

You are strongly urged to watch this video with careful composure.

There are no scenes of violence in the video however it does contain very disturbing speech.

The individual in this video who says he goes by the name, Sergeant Mabutu Butu Meseko Zuma, Ngugu, with his alleged friend, ‘Maseko,’ claims to be a South African behind the killing of many  fellow African foreigners in the country in the recent xenophobic unrest plaguing the nation that has government undertones.

This fellow praises and promises more killing of foreigners in South Africa.

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma’s son has been accused by opposition activist Julius Malema of verbally promoting the xenophobic attacks.

We reported recently South Africa’s minister of small business actually suggesting support for looting against foreigners unless the ‘foreigners’ teach South Africans their ‘trade secrets.’

South Africa has deployed its army to Johannesburg and other violent regions.

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