Catholic Bishops Condemn ‘Shameful’ Calls for Nigeria’s Break Up

[Premium Times] The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has advocated the promotion of social justice for ethnic minorities for peace, unity and development to reign in the country.

[Premium Times] The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has advocated the promotion of social justice for ethnic minorities for peace, unity and development to reign in the country.

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Governors’ Forum Scores States 69 Percent in Public Expenditure Reform

[Premium Times] The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has scored states about 69 per cent success in Public Expenditure Reforms ahead of its forthcoming NGF conference on fiscal sustainability.

[Premium Times] The Nigeria Governors' Forum, NGF, has scored states about 69 per cent success in Public Expenditure Reforms ahead of its forthcoming NGF conference on fiscal sustainability.

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Nnamdi Kanu – Why We Fired Warning Shots in Umuahia – Army

[Premium Times] The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its personnel fired warning shots to disperse hoodlums who lobbed stones and broken bottles against them during a procession in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

[Premium Times] The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its personnel fired warning shots to disperse hoodlums who lobbed stones and broken bottles against them during a procession in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

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Hichilema Galvanises His Supporters Ahead of Thursday’s By-elections

Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has moved to galvanize his supporters ahead of the week that will see by-elections in some local government slots. Hichilema has appealed for peaceful campaigns but also drew some political capital from his recent incarceration. … Continued

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Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has moved to galvanize his supporters ahead of the week that will see by-elections in some local government slots. Hichilema has appealed for peaceful campaigns but also drew some political capital from his recent incarceration. BELOW IS HIS FULL POSTING: Good evening friends, As we begin a new week, we would like to wish you God’s blessings in all the activities you will be involved in. In the same line, we wish to use this opportunity to encourage our members across the country in areas where there are by -elections to campaign responsibly even amidst violent provocation from the opponent. We are aware that some of you are being maimed and attacked during campaigns, but we ask you not to pay back with violence because if you do so, then innocent people will not see the difference between us and those violent people. Lastly, please as you campaign, tell everyone that our party President, HH harbors no hate even after 127 days of him being in jail for no reason. Pleasant week and blessed night all. HH The post Hichilema Galvanises His Supporters Ahead of Thursday’s By-elections appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Rohr Admits Zambia Will Be Tough for Eagles

[Guardian] Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has admitted that Zambia would be a hard nut to crack when they confront Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo October 7. But Zambian FA President, Andrew Kamanga believes it is a match his country ca…

[Guardian] Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has admitted that Zambia would be a hard nut to crack when they confront Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo October 7. But Zambian FA President, Andrew Kamanga believes it is a match his country can win.

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Mumba Yachi – A Victim Of The Lenshina Ghost?

Former presidential spokesperson Dickson Jere has laid the possibilities of incarcerated popular musician Mumba Yachi. Yachi has been in prison from August 28 for unlawful stay in Zambia and giving false information in a material particular contrary to section 13 … Continued

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Former presidential spokesperson Dickson Jere has laid the possibilities of incarcerated popular musician Mumba Yachi. Yachi has been in prison from August 28 for unlawful stay in Zambia and giving false information in a material particular contrary to section 13 (1) of the National Registration Act cap 126 of the laws of Zambia. He is also charged with making false representation for purposes of obtaining a passport. The matter has been adjourned to 18th September for mention and 22 October for the commencement of trial with the accused remaining in custody. BELOW IS JERE’S INSIGHTFUL SCENARIO OF PERMUTATIONS: By Dickson Jere I am an ardent fan of Mumba Yachi’s music and have all his albums. His Afro-beat is clearly in his own class and league only comparable to the likes of the legend Fela Kuti. Not until his recent incarceration, I never thought he had issues with his citizenship. But what struck me was his passion and well-informed lyrics on the now infamous “Lumpa Church” or “Ba Lenshina” and the connection to Mokambo in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. So, his predicament made me go on a soul-searching through various literature in order to understand this Lenshina stuff, whose history remains buried and told in a bias way. We grew up to believe that the Lenshina followers drunk urine and believed they had a passport to heaven. They were evil doers. However, yesterday, as part of the literary week, I stumbled on an interesting book titled “A Time to Mourn” that provides a good and unbiased read on this obscure history of Alice Lenshina. Authored by John Hudson, a former District Commissioner of Isoka, the book is an eye witness’ personal account of the 1964 Lumpa Church Revolt in Zambia. It gives his personal experiences of the Rise and Fall of Alice Lenshina Mulenga who formed the Lumpa church in Chinsali even though it spread to other parts of the country. The book is descriptive and for all intend and purposes, what transpired to the Lumpa followers could be best described as “genocide”. The author places the blame on the authorities at that time who mishandled the conflict between the Lumpa Church and UNIP supporters which led to thousands of people to be massacred in cold-blood. Official statistics show that the Lumpa church had the biggest following than any other church in Chinsali, Kasama, Mpika, Isoka and Lundazi and their biggest crime was to refuse to join UNIP or participate in politics at crucial time of independence struggle. And so, the long and the short of it is that the Lumpa supporters were attacked, raped, maimed and made to surrender including their leader Alice Lenshina. But a group of faithfuls refused to submit to UNIP’s threats and consequently fled to the neighboring Zaire now DRC where they established themselves especially in Mokambo in Lubumbashi on the border with Mufulira. Hudson writes: “in all, nineteen thousand Lumpas went to the Congo between 1964 and 1968. Efforts were made to induce them to return after an amnesty declared in 1968 but only three thousand did so.” I am told that among those who fled and refused to return was Mumba Yachi’s grandmother hence his birth and upbringing in Mokambo, a border town which features prominently in his songs. And he sings proudly about it! So the Lenshina migration is believed to be the first known, after Zambia’s independence, where Zambians fled their country to seek refuge elsewhere. “It was estimated in 1993 that there were up to fifteen thousand followers of the church in the Congo. Up to September 1994, only one thousand, six hundred had arrived in Zambia,” Hudson writes. “The majority remained in the Congo; if they see that those who have come back do not encounter any hostility, more can be expected to return,” Hudson writes on page 63 of his Book. How then do you treat these Zambians and their offsprings? That’s a question! I end here! The post Mumba Yachi – A Victim Of The Lenshina Ghost? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Is Nigeria Still the ‘Giant of Africa’?

[Guardian] Many have referred to Nigeria as the giant of Africa because of its population size of about 200 million. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. It is also the most populous black country in the world and it also sits at seventh pos…

[Guardian] Many have referred to Nigeria as the giant of Africa because of its population size of about 200 million. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. It is also the most populous black country in the world and it also sits at seventh position on the rankings of the most populous countries in the world. A large population is supposed to be a reservoir of labour, military strength/force/advantage as well as an actual and potential large market. Many countries including China and India have made maximum u

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CHAN – We Have Another Chance, Let’s Make It Work

[Nation] Officials from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) arrive on Monday for an inspection visit that will ascertain Kenya’s preparedness for next year’s African Nations Championship (Chan).

[Nation] Officials from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) arrive on Monday for an inspection visit that will ascertain Kenya's preparedness for next year's African Nations Championship (Chan).

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Opposition to Seek Prosecution of Top Election Body Officials

[Nation] The National Super Alliance (Nasa) will this week move to court to seek the prosecution of top election officials who it accuses of bungling the August 8 presidential poll.

[Nation] The National Super Alliance (Nasa) will this week move to court to seek the prosecution of top election officials who it accuses of bungling the August 8 presidential poll.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya