It is not news anymore that Christians around the world sold out Jesus and bought outgoing US President Donald Trump. From Lagos to Louisiana, from Soweto to San Polo, Christians bent what they knew to be right to get crooked Trump to fit in. They separated private morality from public postures just to let themselves sleep well at night.

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As President Trump goes home to Mar-a-Lago, within the inner sanctuaries of churches, Christians now ask questions about how they allowed themselves to be fooled by a man who did not hide who he was for one second.

We need to talk. Yeah. All you, evangelicals, we need to have a serious conversation. …


I feel like a failure. No form of failure is as devastating to me as a failure to communicate because I was supposed to be a communicator.

I’ve always enjoyed friendships, especially yours. And at the core of what makes friendships worth it for me is how they make me a better person, make me grow, and make me see my flaws. I attribute that richness to my desire for unfettered and honest communication in any friendship. Vigorous discussions and challenging conversations are the gardens where bonds grow.

Those that I have superficial conversations with, I do not boast of deep, unique, and memorable relationships. …

Fellow Americans,

Nobody knows the joy of winning better than I do, believe me. I have always been a winner for as long as I can remember. Okay? Nobody knows the beauty of fighting to win better than I do. I am always a fighter and when I fight, I win. Everybody knows that.

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I have reached the very top. Absolutely. And I reached the top at a very tremendous speed. You all know it. The first time I ran for office, I ran for president. It was beautiful. Right? What usually takes great men three attempts before they get a win, I won in a landslide the very first time I ran. …

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My dear American people,

On the eve of the 2015 elections in Nigeria, President Barack Obama addressed the Nigerian people from the Oval Office. Following that tradition, I want to say a few words to you.

Most of you may not know me. My name is Muhammadu Buhari, a retired general. I am the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, with its largest economy. I address you today concerning your 2020 elections, taking place on Tuesday, November 3.

Your experiment over the last four years has been fun while it lasted. It has also been exhausting for the world. While I was a postgraduate student at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the America that I knew then has not been recognizable in the last four years. You have an opportunity to change the course on Tuesday. I hope you all will utilize that opportunity. You, Americans, belong to everybody, and you belong to nobody.

The truth about the myth of American exceptionalism is that there is nothing like American exceptionalism. Since the beginning of time, empires rise and fall for the same old reasons. In every case, the people in the empire either do not see the signs or are handicapped to stop the decline or slow it down.

My concern is that we need America to stand firm for a little while against China’s rising empire while I launch Nigeria on its divine path to become the richest, strongest, and most powerful empire in the world since the Songhai Empire of our forefathers.

While I hope that you make the right choice, I want to use this opportunity to warn your corrupt political leaders to desist from acts of violence. If election results are disputed and the American people choose to express their displeasure by holding peaceful protests, they must be allowed to do so without being attacked by the police, the militias, or by the military. We would not stand by and watch America destroy itself.

I have instructed my diplomats at the UN to initiate the process of deploying UN forces in America should your numerous Bible-clinging and gun-toting tribes and political alliances of deplorables turn this election into a mayhem. Gallant Nigerian soldiers, known for their skills in bringing peace to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Congo, and others, are ready to storm America and separate your warring factions.

I am also willing to impose visa restrictions on your government officials who take part in election rigging, ballot snatching or burning, intimidation of opponents, and other acts antithetical to the free exercise of the democratic rights of every American citizen. We in Nigeria consider those rights sacrosanct and we will hold any American official who violates them accountable.

Nigeria has human and material investments in the US and they must be protected. I would be demeaning my sacred oath of office if I allow anything to happen to the likes of Hushpuppi and expensive homes of Nigeria’s former government officials in America.

For Nigerian citizens in America, be assured that your government is ready to come and evacuate you all at the slightest sign of disturbances anywhere in America. We urge you all to keep in touch with your ever-ready, effective, and efficient Nigerian embassy and diplomatic posts all over the United States. Please note that you are safe from harm once you are inside any Nigerian diplomatic building near you. You are as safe as if you were home in our beloved Nigeria. Even the kitchen in our diplomatic outpost is yours to use.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And may God bless the United States of America. …

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Brother: Because as a Catholic knight, I am obliged to defend Christian values and as far as I can see, Biden is an apostate while Trump is the one defending Christian values. As someone worried that what happens in America will finally reach us, I urged my fellow Christians to vote for Trump.

My brother, you know that you are my man, anytime. But on this one, you’re mistaken.

Peter Obi once said that “When the premise of an argument is wrong, the conclusion is also wrong.”

The premise of your argument is so wrong.

First of all, you protecting your Christian values is what Americans call baloney. I won’t waste time on that. Our ancestors will have enough time to query all of you who embrace foreign religions at the expense of ours. …

(This article was first published on on May 5, 2001. It is republished here unedited)

In 1300, as the Byzantine Empire was declining, the Turks in Anatolia began to conquer neighboring regions and by doing so, founded what was later known as the Ottoman Empire. Through war, alliances, and outright purchase, the Ottomans in 1481 had expanded into much of Europe’s south. The Ottomans evolved a unique military and administrative system called the devsirme. Under the system, Christian youths from the Balkans were drafted and converted into Islam and subjected to a lifetime service of the Sultan. In the reign of Mehmed II, all members of the government and the army, both Muslim and non-Muslims, were required to accept the status of personal slave of the Sultan. …

Why Africans are toppling the statues of Jesus

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And it came to pass, that on the first day of His Second Coming, while He was taking a walk along the banks of the confluence where River Niger met River Benue, the multitude beseeched Him, yelling, “Son of God, Son of God, why do you look different from the picture of yours in all the calendars in our parlors.” Others shouted, “Son of God, Son of God, why do you look different from your statues in front of our church, and by the entrance of our parsonage?”

Others shouted that His carved images on their church windows and doors did not look anything like him.

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In a sweeping review of the performance of elected officials from the South East, Senate minority leader confessed that all of the political leaders from the Eastern part of Nigeria have failed to serve the people of the region properly. He made the admission while talking with Rudolf Okonkwo of Irokopost TV. He insisted that the governors, as well as other elected members in the states and national assemblies could do more.

The Senator representing Abia South lamented that, essentially, there is no coordination or relationship between people from the East at the National Assembly and those at the National Executive Council. “It is one of my biggest regrets — that we don’t come together to meet and to agree on things,” Mr. Abaribe said. “And the reason is simple, too. Most of the (federal executive council) members from the South East are from a different political party. And so they see us not as brothers and sisters. So you call them for a meeting; sometimes they don’t come. Also they are scared. …

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The Minority Leader in the Nigerian Senate, Mr. Enyinnaya Abaribe has said that in a hypothetical referendum for Biafra, he would vote yes. He made the declaration in an interview with Rudolf Okonkwo of Irokopost TV. “I will vote for us to actually be on our own,” he said. “I think we are being dragged down by all the different things that weigh Nigeria down.”

The senator representing Abia-South Constituency in the Senate, however, warned that the Nigerian constitution does not have a provision for a referendum. “Which means, if you want a referendum, you have to go outside the constitution,” he continued. “Jettisoning the 1999 constitution requires having a meeting of all the different groups in Nigeria and having them agree to set that constitution aside and have a conference to agree on a new thing.” …

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President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, is tapping into the lying machinery of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Radio Biafra to diminish the killing of Christians in Nigeria says, Tony Nnadi, the Secretary-General of the Lower Niger Congress (LNC). He made the charge in a Zoom interview with Rudolf Okonkwo of Irokopost TV.

Mr. Nnadi said that the policymakers in America have verified the substances of LNC presentations and are beginning to take actions against the Nigerian government for the plight of Christians in Nigeria. …


Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo is the author of "This American Life Sef."

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