The Muslim Whose Presence Defied Christ
By Dr Adamu Mohammed Dodo Yola 15/3/2019
Hello! I’m Doctor Adamu Muhammad Dodo. I lost a critical thinker, a friend and creative colleague, to a plane crash that crushed his life, putting us in prolong plague of pains.
Prof. Pius Adesanmi was one of the victims of the Ethiopian Airline crash. He asked his wife to take good care of their children who should enjoy proper education for a qualitative knowledge and not a mere, not to defend certificate, empty but filled with loud noise, when he would be no more: A proposal kind of, such as that pointed out by William Wordsworth in “Michael” to however “few natural hearts among these fields and hills, who will be my second selves when I’m gone.”
I’ve had an extensive discussion with a friend Prof. Farooq Kperogi about Nigerian politics and socio-economic realities beyond social media and what informed his critical commentaries.
However, a topic that almost tore us to tears, was on Prof. Pius’ seeming last words, dismissing the world.
He would tell Kperogi that he felt his time was about being up. Men like me would think that Pius was only extending his creative piety to ponder upon, not however for pity.
like, he’d seen the invisible writing on the board we couldn’t use to transmit any knowledge to our students.
Pius time was indeed up. The legacy he left can however be used for societal correctness, to strengthen the unity in diversity, for the countrymen, irrespective of region and religion, to see the vision in tolerating the respect of difference, in appreciating the missing point as part of appeasing the Deity for worthy applaud.
The Periscope Global Literati Angle, will be publishing Professor the Pius creative articulations, beginning with the one below:
THE MUSLIM WHOSE PRESENCE DEFIED CHRIST
by Professor Pius Adesanmi
Modees Usman, one of my protégés, was supposed to come and see me at the Ake Arts and Book Festival last month in Abeokuta. The gentleman is a patriotic Customs officer and, in my estimation, one of the brightest hopes for the sort of pan-Nigeria I envision ceaselessly in my public reflections.
A devout Muslim, his sensibilities and advocacy for Nigeria reach across all our fault lines and bitter divisions. He is a picture perfect portrait of my ideal Nigerian. Suffice it to say, he did not make it to Abeokuta for our meeting. However, he sent a carton of non-alcoholic wine to me through another wonderful pan-Nigerian patriot, Remy Binte Oge.
My protégé couldn’t make it to Abeokuta because he had to travel to Calabar to attend the wedding of his childhood friend. He was in fact the designated best man at the occasion. I sent word to him that his attempt to bribe me with a carton of wine would not work: he would still have to pay a fine for failing to somehow find a way to visit me during my last trip to Nigeria.
I had no idea that a little drama was playing out in Calabar…
Modees, obviously, is a Muslim. His best friend who was getting married is a Christian. A Muslim was going to be best man in a Christian marriage! The Christian groom and his Muslim best friend thought nothing of this until wedding day and the officiating Pastor somehow caught wind of the faith of the best man and refused to proceed with the ceremony. It was bad enough for Modees, a Muslim, to have come to defile the body of Christ in his church! To approach the pulpit as the best man in the wedding was adding insult to injury! All entreaties to the Pastor failed. No Muslims allowed here!
The story of this foolish fundamentalist Christian Pastor in Calabar is the story of Nigeria. It is indeed the story of Africa. It is the story of the failure of critical intelligence. It could very easily have happened the other way round. It could have been Modees getting married and his Christian friend being bundled out of the ceremony for defiling a Mosque. The trouble with Nigeria, the tragedy of Africa, is that in a world of mutual connectivity and global influences and interactions, we have not figured out a way of making whatever we accept from the outside, whatever is forced on us from the outside, sit on the solid foundation of our own worldviews and humanity.
We forget that Christianity and Islam did not invade Africa purely as faith. They couldn’t have for they are much more than faith. They are also cultures for they took on the cultures of either their places of origin or their sources of global dissemination. Europeans and Arabs injected a great deal of their cultures and values, of who they are, into the versions of the creeds that they introduced to Africa. Because he lacks critical intelligence in his embrace of these two religions, the African thinks that the African in him must die as a pre-condition for his being a true Muslim or a true Christian.
This is the source of a strain of pathological fundamentalism that is strange even to the ‘owners’ of those religions in Europe and the Arab world. This explains why the modern Nigerian Christian – the sort who jots his Pastor’s sermon on an iPad – condemns the New Yam Festival in his village as a pagan practice while enthusiastically invading the Ikeja Mall to buy Halloween costumes for his children. That is why people demonstrate peacefully in Saudi Arabia whenever Europe draws cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed but Nigerians kill fellow Nigerians on account of ideological conflicts between Europe and the Middle East.
That is why Modees was thrown out of a Christian wedding in Calabar.
Modees was thrown out because Muslim and Christian faithful in Nigeria have killed the spirit of accommodation, humanism, and tolerance which informed the religions of their forefathers. They do not know that African Traditional Religions, like every other faith, also come complete with values that should inform their approach to the foreign religions they now practice.
Nobody is saying that you should discard your Christianity or Islam and go back to worship Ogun or Amadioha. But, at least, reduce your ignorance of what they thought of the other; reduce your ignorance of how the faith of your forefathers handled difference. Let me invite one of Africa’s foremost thinkers, Professor Ali Mazrui, to instruct you. Let me quote in detail from Professor Mazrui’s book, Resurgent Islam and the Politics of Identity:
“Of the three cultural legacies of Africa (Indigenous, Islamic and Christian) perhaps the most religiously tolerant is the indigenous tradition. It is even arguable that Africa did not have religious wars before Islam and Christianity arrived. Precisely because these two latter faiths were universalist in aspiration (seeking to convert the whole of humankind), they were inherently competitive. In Africa, Christianity and Islam have often been in competition for the soul of the continent…Indigenous African religions on the other hand are basically communal rather than universalist…By not being universalist in that sense, the African traditions have not been in competition with each other for the souls of other people. The Yoruba do not seek to convert the Ibo (sic) to Yoruba religion or vice versa. By not being proselytizing religions, African creeds have not fought with each other. Over the centuries, Africans have waged many kinds of wars with each other but hardly ever religious ones before the universalist creeds arrived.”
There you have it. The Ogun worshipper did not seek to convert or kill the Sango worshipper. The devotee of Obatala did not try to break the ikenga of the devotee of Amadioha.
Tolerance was the foundation of the faith of your forefathers. How does adopting this foundational spirit of tolerance and injecting it into the Islam and Christianity you practice in Nigeria today make you any less a Muslim or a Christian? How exactly does the presence of Modees as best man in the wedding of his Christian friend diminish your Christianity?
In Zaria, you are even dividing and killing each other within the same faith along Shiite and Sunni lines imported from the Arab world – with the Army pouring petrol into the fire and committing possible crimes against humanity by mowing down civilians in a residence after clashes initial clashes on a road, all sides trading accusations.
Yet, the Pastor who threw out a Muslim from his Church will not hesitate to break the law by organizing a Christian event to block major roads in Calabar and make life difficult for his fellow Christians locked in a hellish traffic jam. Every Friday, Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s greatest thief at the moment, still does very public photo-ops from the prayer mats of the Mosque he attends.
Fundamentalist professions of Islam and Christianity have not stopped you from making Nigeria a cesspool of hate, theft, and corruption.
Tolerance was the foundation of the religion of your forefathers. You are welcome to continue to spit on these ancient religions and condemn them as pagan or idolatry. That is your wahala. But, know this: any Christianity or Islam which requires you to forego the tolerance inherent in the religions of your ancestors is leading you straight to hell for you will steal, hate, and kill in the name of such a Christianity or Islam.
A case of 23years Old Maryam Musa Suffering For More than A year
A CASE OF 23 YEARS OLD MARYAM MUSA SUFFERING FOR MORE THAN A YEAR
Umminrashida Care Foundation(URCF-NIG) has in its struggle to put a smile on the face of the needy and the less privileged has located a young lady MARYAM MUSA who’s suffering with a pain for more than a year now as at 23rd of July 2021.
The 23yrs old Maryam is suffering from what is described as fracture dislocation at the left hip which she got as a result of car-keke Napep Clash accident on the 11th of July 2020 around State Hotel of GRA, Maiduguri.
Maiduguri Based Maryam lives with her parents in a small house in GRA Community behind NIPOST Maiduguri, Whose Father is named MUSA BUBA BUMSA who is originally from BUMSA community of Gulani Local government of Yobe State.
Suffering Maryam alongside her family was on the 29th of June 2021 at the NATIONAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL DALA, KANO for a further diagnosis which now the hospital is demanding for a sum of One Million, Forty-Two Thousand, two hundred and eight Naira and Seventy-Five Kobo(1,042,308.75) as indicated in the invoice below to perform a major surgery described as TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT because the family can’t afford the amount they have no choice than to bring her back home. Maryam is now at home waiting for what the Almighty will do.
On the above note the Umminrashida Care Foundation(URCF-NIG) is calling on the general public to pls save the life of this young lady from the one year of pain and suffering, we are all together in this gesture, we can do it if we believe we can!
Today is Maryam, Tomorrow may be you, me or anyone.
Humanity pays the best.
For enquiries, Contact the number 0802 080 5968.
For your donation, find the account details below
Account Number: 1017268324
Account Name: Umminrashida Care Foundation
Bank: Zenith Bank.
May the Almighty bless us as we save life the highest act of humanity.
Baba Shehu Saidu
Aisha Adamu Abdullahi
Gov. Zulum directs immediate identification, enrollment of orphans of deceased cjtf, hunters, vigilantes
Gov. Zulum directs immediate identification, enrolment of orphans of deceased, cjtf, hunters, vigilantes as he releases N55M food to the volunteers
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri.
The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, yesterday directed the immediate identification and enrolment of orphans of deceased members of the Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF), hunters, vigilantes who lost their lives in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the state
Governor Zulum while addressing the leadership of CJTF, hunters and Vigilantes at the Government House, yesterday directed the enrollment to School the orphans of Fallen Volunteers, as part of ways to support volunteers, Governor
The governor also directed the released of N55 million, 5,000 bags of rice and 5000 gallons of cooking oil to the members of t(CJTF,), Hunters and vigilantes as part of support for the 2021 Eid El Kabir Sallah celebrations.
Each of tthe 5,000 CJTF, hunters and vigilantee operating in Maiduguri metropolitan council (MMC) and Jere Local Government Areas, Borno’s most populated locations will receive cash, a bag of rice and a gallon of oil.
*I invited you to register my deepest appreciation to all of you in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes for your enormous sacrifices and support to the military in securing the lives and property of the people of Borno State”, the governor said.
The Governor pointed out that supporting the volunteers is critical to Borno’s complementing of the Nigerian military and other security agencies in the battle with Boko Haram insurgents.
Zulum while paying tributes to fighters and the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, whose ministry oversees the volunteers through a department of civil rights protection said I invited you to register my deepest appreciation to all of you in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes for your enormous sacrifices and support to the military in securing the lives and property of the people of Borno State”, the governor said.
“I also extend my appreciation to the Attorney General who is leading this very important team, the permanent secretary security, the SSA security and Executive Secretary and members of Borno’s Security Trust Fund, for the combined efforts in repositioning our security responses in the state. May Allah in his infinite wisdom reward all of you abundantly. In addition to my gratitude to the hunters, vigilantes and CJTF also wish to provide a token of support to volunteers towards this Sallah Celebration”, further stated.
After announcing cash and food support to the volunteers, the governor said “no amount of money or support can match the critical sacrifices made by volunteers, I really wish we can do so much more, but insha Allah, whenever our financial condition improves, government will offer bigger support”
Police in Borno Nabs 10 suspects for POS, Robbery, Trailing, Stealing Bank Customers, others
Police in Borno nabs 10 suspects for POS,robbery, trailing, stealing bank customers, others
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno state Police command has arrested 10 suspects for Point of Service (POS) robbery,, syndicates that specialize in trailing and stealing from bank customers, as well Indian hemp dealers in its efforts to curb crime and other criminality in the state, .
Briefing, journalists at a press conference at the Police headquarters, Maiduguri, on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), SP Edet Okon said the Command on 29/04/2021 at about 2100hrs, received a report through G.R.A Division that at about 20:45hrs, some hoodlums operating in a black Golf vehicle attacked and robbed a POS operator at Circular road, Polo Area of Maiduguri of the sum of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N2, 500,000) and on receipt of the report the police launched a manhunt that led to arrest of 2 suspects, while 1 still at large.
SP Okon said ” On the receipt of the report, the Command launched a man hunt for the criminals and consequently, one Akachukwu Emmanuel was arrested at Lamisula Police Division. His confession led to the arrest of one of his accomplices, a certain Isa Goni at Kano Municipality. Other accomplices who are at large are still being trailed by operatives of the Command.”.
Items recivered, from the suspects, according to the police, includes 1 Black Golf Saloon vehicle with registration No. ASU 230 MU2 POS Machines and other accessories .
Also, the police in a separate operation arrested syndicate that specialize in trailing banks customers and robbed them of their monies .
“Between 15/5/2021 and 28/5/2021, Operatives of the command, in an intelligence-driven operation, arrested the following persons 1.)Mallam Hamisu 2.)Alh. Umar Samalia alias Dan Babur 3.)Alhaji Habibu Garba alias Senator 4.) Alh. Ali Yahaya and 5.)Mari Paul; all suspects who specialize in trailing unsuspecting citizens – especially those just coming out from banks – break into their cars and steal monies kept therein.”, He stated.
The PPRO said the suspects were trailed and arrested by Crack Operatives in Maiduguri, Jos, Kano and Jalingo in Taraba States, adding that, while interrogating the suspects they confessed to have stole N23, million from a vehicle parked inside Musa Usman Secretariat and another, N2, 5 million from a vehicle belonging to one Aliyu Ali at a Mosque here in Maiduguri.
Okon further stated that the suspects equally confessed to have carried out same dastardly acts in Kano, Abuja, Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa, Jos, Yola, Damaturu and Jalingo. and that 5 assorted motor vehicles, 6 fabricated duplicate car keys, Corrosive substances used in breaking vehicle glasses/windscreen , as well as ₦14, 5 million.
He also said ” on 23/06/2021 at about 2230hrs, following a tip-off, two suspects namely: Mallam Mati and Abba Ibrahim were arrested at Jajeri ward, Maiduguri while in possession of about One Thousand and five kilograms (1005kg) of dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa with an estimated worth of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N3, 500, 000.00)”and .. 1005kg of dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa were recovered
The command spokesman pointed out that all suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.
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