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Humanists In Jos Condemn Court Verdict On Mubarak Bala, Seek His Release

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Humanists In Jos Condemn Court Verdict On Mubarak Bala, Seek His Release

More outrage on Wednesday trailed the judgment handed to the President of the Humanists Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, by the presiding judge of a high court in Kano State.

The fresh condemnation came from humanists in Jos, Plateau State, who issued a statement with the title ” Mubarak Bala and the religious cruelty.”

The statement which was unsigned reads: “Mubarak Bala is an ex-Muslim cum atheist, who had denounced Islam sometime in 2014. He has since taken to social media to criticize some Islamic teachings and practices which did not sit well with some devotees.

“He was later arrested after being kidnapped from his home in Kaduna State on April 28, 2020, and taken to Kano State by Islamic state-controlled security apparatus.

“He was held incommunicado against his fundamental human rights for 706 (seven hundred and six) days by religious fanatics in the guise of the Kano State government. He was denied bail and visit from his wife, son, friends, and well-wishers. His physical and mental health deteriorated from prolonged incarceration among other inhumane treatment he received while being held in detention.

“His case was once again heard on the 707th day of his incarceration and judgment was delivered on that same day, Tuesday, 5th of April, 2022 by Justices ??? of a high court in Kano state. He was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty – against the advice of his counsel and legal team – to 18 count charges bordering on blasphemous and inciting posts he made on his social media page(s).

You may now be tempted to execute the following pirouette: He shouldn’t have criticized or talked about other people’s religious beliefs and/or practices. But we have to admit that religious beliefs are mere ideologies that have been passed down for many generations. As such, when such ideas are challenged through criticism, people shouldn’t be killed or maimed or incarcerated or imprisoned. This simply shows how gruesomely cruel people could be under the influence of religion.

READ ALSO: Humanists Outraged Over Sentencing of Mubarak Bala for Blasphemy

“And yet that is exactly the society we are living in. This is the woefully irrational world that religious fanatics and extremists are working so tirelessly to create.

“It is terrible that we will all die and lose everything we love; it is doubly terrible that so many human beings suffer needlessly while alive. That so much of this suffering can be directly attributed to religion – religious hatreds, religious wars, religious taboos, and religious diversions of scarce resources – is what makes the honest criticism of religious faith a moral and intellectual necessity.

“Unfortunately, expressing such criticism places nonbelievers such as Mubarak Bala and thousands of other Mubaraks out there at the margins of society. By merely being in touch with reality, they appear shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of their religiously fanatic neighbours.

“Devout Muslims are as convinced as they could be that their religion is perfect and that any deviation or criticism leads directly to hell and every debate about public policy is subverted to the whims of ancient authors. This is a horrific misappropriation of our material, moral, and intellectual resources. and nothing short of RELIGIOUS CRUELTY.

“We, therefore, call on the Kano State government and the Federal Government to see to it that Mubarak Bala is freed from all religiously coated charges brought against him and by extension, free him from RELIGIOUS CRUELTY of any kind. We ask for justice for Mubarak Bala.”

 

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Delta CDHR Disowns Giama, Says Edariese Is Authentic Chairman

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Delta CDHR Disowns Giama, Says Edariese Is Authentic Chairman

There is only one CDHR in Delta State headed by Comrade Elder Chief Edariese A. Peter.

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Delta State chapter, has declared that one Jonathan Giama is not its chairman.

According to a statement by the CDHR, the authentic chairman of the group remains Chief Peter A. Edariese.

The CDHR made known this position in response to Giama who has allegedly been parading himself as the chairman of the group.

The CDHR said that Giama was expelled from the organization in in a letter in January, 2021 .

A statement by CDHR signed by Edariese noted as follows: “The fellow, Mr. Jonathan Giama, was the Secretary, CDHR, Delta State till March, 2020 when his tenure expired after serving the organization for four years.

READ ALSO: CDHR Denies Asking Delta Speaker To Resign

“During his period in office, he involved himself in acts incompatible with the aims and objectives for which CDHR was formed by the founding fathers.

“As a result of the above acts of Mr. Jonathan Giama, he was investigated along with one Mr Kehinde Taiga who served as the state chairman at that time and both of them were found culpable and shown the way out by expulsion from the body as referred to above.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is only one CDHR in Nigeria which is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja with its registered office at No. 43, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Nigeria with branches in almost all the states of the federation including Delta State where I serve as the State Chairman having been elected on 22nd June, 2021 by delegates from all the units in the state.

“CDHR has a well- structured organization with National Executive Committee (NEC) with an erudite lawyer Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, a two-time Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State as National President with great men and women who have made their marks in their chosen careers and callings as members.

“The body also has a Board of Trustees duly Registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission with a legal juganaut, Femi Falana (SAN) as Chairman surrounded by other eminent lawyers academics and business moguls as members.

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“As a test of genuineness, Mr. Jonathan Giama is hereby challenged to direct the general public to the address of the National Secretariat of the CDHR of his imagination and who in Nigeria are members of his National Executive Committee (CEC) and members of the Board of Trustees of the same which I know, he cannot and for that reason, he should shut up henceforth and look for something to do to make a living instead of parading himself as a member of CDHR and even its state chairman forthwith.

“I, Comrade Elder (Chief) Edariese A. Peter is and remains the only person who can fly the CDHR flag in Delta State as its chairman for now till the end of my tenure.

“I call on the general public to beware of impersonation as represented by Mr. Jonathan Giama.

“I am equally calling on all the law enforcement agencies in Nigeria particularly in Delta State to arrest Mr. Jonathan Giama to investigate his claims as CDHR Chairman Delta State and prosecute him if he is found culpable for impersonation to save the uninformed and unsuspecting members of the public from falling victim to Mr. Jonathan Giama who is bent on using the name of CDHR to extort money from his victims to oil his dubious and expensive lifestyle.”

 

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Gunmen Write Nine Councils In Anambra, Threaten Attacks

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Gunmen Write Nine Councils In Anambra, Threaten Attacks

Daredevil gunmen have written letters to nine local government areas in Anambra State, threatening to attack them soon.

The local government areas listed to be attacked are Ihiala, Aguata, Nnewi South, Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North, Idemili South, Orumba South, Orumba North and Anambra East.

In a message to the LGAs, the anonymous group warned security operatives to get ready for action in ‘Biafra Land’.

READ ALSO: Council Secretariat, Court Burnt Down In Anambra

“These local government areas should wait for us soon. We are warning our dear professor that it is time for action and not time to speak big grammar and talking. All the security men occupying should get ready for action.

“Go and tell the President to release our oga (boss), Onyendu, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, or face continuous war – FINAL WARNING,” the group wrote.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State police operatives, on Tuesday, neutralised hoodlums operating and enforcing the sit-at-home in the state.

The suspects were said to be operating around the Ogidi area on the second day of the sit-at-home when they confronted the security operatives.

It was confirmed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, who said the command and other sister agencies had been on patrol to maintain law and order in the state.

Ikenga assured the people to go about their normal businesses without any form of intimidation, harassment or worry assuring them of adequate security.

 

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PDP To Settle For Consensus Presidential Candidate – BOT Chairman

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The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is set to settle for a consensus presidential candidate, the Board of Trustees chairman, Walid Jubril has disclosed .

Jubril made this known to journalists while responding to questions at the PDP secretariat in Lafia on Tuesday.

Jubril said he was in the state to assess presidential aspirants who visit the state to enable them to come up with a suitable candidate for the party in the consensus agreement.

“The NEC has made it known earlier that there will be no zoning and no consensus. But right now there is a loophole, therefore we need to review that earlier decision and come up with a consensus candidature.

“We have agreed to sit together to review that very seriously and come up with a suitable candidate to lead our party in the contest.

“We are not stopping any aspirant from contesting but we have to resort to consensus. All the aspirants from the south east, south west and the north are working together to produce a consensus.

READ ALSO: PDP In North Is Working On Consensus Candidate – Saraki

Meanwhile, Senator Bukola Saraki while addressing delegates in the state vowed to end insecurity and to block all economic leakages that have thrown the country into a serious mess.

Saraki acknowledged that Nigeria is in need of a forthright and dogged leader that will move the country from where it is. He said he has such capacity.

” We are facing the problem of insecurity and bad economy. The level of leakages in our economy is responsible for all we are going through. When I become the president I will block all the leakages and deploy technology to fight insecurity.”

 

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