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Protesters Give Obaseki Ultimatum On Insecurity



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Protesters with the body of one of the seven persons allegedly killed in their area by criminal herdsmen on Thursday evening stormed Government House, Benin.

The protesters from Ovia Northeast Local Government Area of Edo gave Governor Godwin Obaseki a three-day ultimatum to ensure adequate security of life and property.

They said that they brought the body to Government House because policemen in their area only told them to deposit the body in the mortuary.

The protesters stated in the last few weeks, they had experienced frequent killing of innocent residents of the area by the rampaging herdsmen.

Seven persons were killed by criminal herdsmen in the farming communities of Ugboke, Oshodi, Okokodo, Ariyan and Yoruba camp in the LGA.

The leader of the protesters, Michael Idahosa, disclosed that residents of the affected communities could no longer bear the incessant attacks by the criminal herdsmen.

He said: “We are here to protest against the killings by herdsmen in our communities. Governor Godwin Obaseki came to Ovia Northeast LGA in 2017 when herdsmen killed one of our persons and he promised to tackle the problem of herdsmen in our area, but Edo State government did not address the issue.”

Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, who received the protesters, said that the state government would intensify efforts at providing adequate security to check the rising spate of the activities of killer herdsmen in the state.
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Shaibu said: “As a state, we have made up our mind not to lament, but to look for solutions on how to protect our country and our state.

“There was also an attack in the early hours of today in Niger State. It is a national problem. As we speak now, Governor Obaseki and other governors are in Abuja to discuss this insecurity issue in our country.

“You will remember that we are bringing in local vigilance members to collaborate with law enforcement agencies. We are strengthening our system and we will still need your support.

“We do not want to take laws into our own hands, but at the same time, we cannot fold our arms and watch the people kill us. Take it easy; some bodies are yet to be found, I have had a discussion with the security agencies. Their personnel will move into the area.

“I can assure you that they will recover bodies of all the victims and we will intensify the security in the area.

“We will categorise the area as one of the flashpoints in Edo State so that you can sleep with your eyes closed.”

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Humanist Ceremonies And Celebrations Without Religion In Nigeria



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By Leo Igwe
Humanist ceremonies are performances that enable atheists, agnostics, humanists, and nonbelievers to mark occasions and milestones in their lives in ways that are consistent with their values. They provide alternatives to religious celebrations of weddings, naming, funerals, etc. Unlike religious events, humanist ceremonies are not performed in the name of any deity or some supernatural entity. They are celebrations of humans, not superhumans, nature, not supernature, this life, not afterlife, the here and now, not the hereafter. Humanist ceremonies are unique, flexible, personal, and tailored to suit the needs of the individual(s) in question. There is no particular script or format to follow.

Incidentally, the overwhelming impression is that religion has a monopoly on ceremony; that people must observe or celebrate milestones in their lives in a religious way. Many people are of the view that nonreligious life stance is boring, monotonous, and devoid of ways of marking occasions. This mistaken idea is pervasive, especially in southern Nigeria. Christianity is dominant in this part of the country. Apart from the southwest which has a significant Muslim population, the rest of the region is a Christian stronghold, and Nigeria’s Bible belt. There are adherents of traditional religion, but more of those who practice an admixture of Christian and traditional beliefs. Thus people perform ceremonies in a Christian religious way. They wed or do naming, bury the dead in the name of the Christian God, or some deity.

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Due to enormous pressure to profess Christianity, most nonbelievers in the region are in the closet. Millions of people pay lip service to religion. They nominally identify as Christians and theists, seldom as atheists or agnostics. People are compelled to pray at meetings, state functions, school assemblies, and in offices and markets. Those who refrain from participating in religious worships and fellowships are regarded as demonic. They call them children of the devil, cultists, Satanists or devil worshippers. Nonbelievers are forced to mark occasions in their lives as religious believers. Religious family members oppose the organization of humanist funerals for their late relatives. Religious believers hijack the funerals and ensure that they bury nontheistic members in a religious or theistic way. In most cases, religious family members claim that these nonbelieving relatives did not totally renounce religion or that they converted shortly before they died.

However, the situation is beginning to change. Many nonbelievers are becoming assertive of their intent to wed, name their children or have their funerals in non-religious ways. Many Nigerians want to celebrate or mark milestones in their lives without God or religion. For instance, a popular traditional ruler in Imo state, and an ex-Catholic priest, Dr. Enyeribe Onuoha, has willed that his funeral would be secular. Like many humanists, he is concerned that his family members may not abide by his wish. So, a lot of work needs to be done to educate the religious public and get them to abandon their prejudices and biases against humanism and humanist ceremonies.

To this end, the Humanist Association of Nigeria is devoting this year to humanist ceremonies. The association is organising workshops in different parts of the country to correct misconceptions about humanism and humanist ceremonies. Ignorance and mistaken ideas are often at the root of the hostility of believers towards nonbelievers and nonreligious celebrations. The events will be an opportunity to inform Nigerians that humanist ceremonies exist and that there are alternative ways to celebrate weddings, naming, and funerals. These workshops will serve as a forum to identify and train humanist officiants.

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The Enugu chapter of the Humanist Association organized a workshop in July. It was the first workshop on humanist ceremonies in the country. There were over 20 attendees at the event. There are plans to hold other workshops in Calabar, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Lagos, Jos, and Markurdi in the coming months. At last, it is exciting to know that humanist ceremonies have come to stay and be a part of the Nigerian culture and society.

Dr. Igwe is a board member of Humanists International, UK.


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Buhari Eulogises Olu Jacobs At 80



Buhari Eulogises Olu Jacobs At 80

President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed veteran Nollywood actor, Olu Jacobs, on his 80th birthday.

In a congratulatory message through spoke person Femi Adesina on Sunday, Buhari commended Jacobs for setting a standard of professionalism in the make believe industry with his “ingenious ability to interpret roles, and simplify complex issues”.

“The President felicitates with the Jacobs’ family, including the wife, also a renowned thespian, Joke Silva, and their friends on the auspicious occasion, which calls for thanksgiving for God’s care, guidance and protection.

“President Buhari affirms the influence of the veteran actor on the film industry, setting a standard of professionalism that has attracted global recognition and awards, like the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred on him in 2016 by African Movie Academy Awards.

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“The President noted Jacob’s ingenious ability to interpret roles, simplify complex issues and bring messages to the understanding of both young and old, levelling cultural, ethnic and religious barriers to become a household name all over the country and beyond.

“Largely stereotyped as a father and voice of wisdom in most movies, President Buhari believes Olu Jacobs’ natural tendency to counsel, inspire and instruct easily earned him the roles, while appreciating his foresight in winning many into the profession and guiding them to stardom.

“The President, therefore, prayed that the Almighty God will grant him better health, longer life and steadfastness in service to the Arts, God, and humanity.”


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Popular Jara Show Host, Helen Paul, Becomes Professor



Popular Jara Show Host, Helen Paul Turns Professor

By John Michael Ojo
Popular Nigerian comedienne and TV presenter, Helen Paul has been named a professor at the Heart International University in the United States of America.

Helen Paul disclosed this on her verified Instagram page where she also revealed her appointment as the Head of the Department of the Arts, Music and Entertainment in the school.

The Jara show host also used the medium to celebrate her husband, Femi Basimile who  attained a doctorate of law in the same institution.

Popular Jara Show Host, Helen Paul Turns Professor

Helen Paul and husband, Femi Basimile

Sharing photos of their newest feat, she wrote, “Congratulations to us my love. Such a great honour for both of us. You graduated as a Doctor of law and I was promoted too.

“Thank you for all the sleepless nights. Thank you for sacrificing for us. #grateful @femi_bams.”

While acknowledging  her newest employer she wrote: ”Congratulations to all of us at Heart University. I am now officially Professor Paul Helen. The ceremony was a beautiful one indeed.

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“My sincere gratitude to my boss and the Chancellor Dornett Mcintosh Ph.D. Thank you my senior Professor Cox our faculty head and all HBIU staff in general.

“Will never forget to say a big thank you to my Atlanta Dean of programming Yemisi Dunmoye Ph.D @yemidun #honor #grace #new #space #achievement.”


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