Sunday, 29 January 2017

DSS invitation of Apostle Suleman is in order - Presidency

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                                       DSS invitation of Apostle Johnson Suleman
The Presidency on Sunday said the invitation of the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, by the Department of State Services over inciting comment was in order.

He said the DSS did not have to wait for a presidential directive as being alleged in the social media before carrying out its duties.

A Presidency official told journalists this on the condition of anonymity.

He said for openly calling for the killing of Fulani herdsmen, all religious leaders be it Christian, Islamic or traditional ought to condemn the call and bring the pastor back to order.

“The decision of the DSS to invite the said preacher for talks this week over the statements he is reported to have made is in clear demonstration of the agency’s duty that does not require any kind of presidential directive as is being speculated on the Social Media.

“Anyone, especially leaders, who engages in such questionable conduct, ought to at least be asked a few questions. We just hope religious leaders will also at least call on the said pastor to behave in a Christ-like manner,” he said.

The official said while the government understood the emotional reactions arising from a breakout of violence, the country does not need a religious leader calling for more violence.

“Is CAN aware of this kind of statement? Is it in line with Christian conduct? Why haven’t there been a condemnation of this kind of criminal conduct? There is some understandable outrage about cases of violence in Southern Kaduna, yet this coming from a religious leader is certainly even more outrageous,” he said.

Trump has made me an allien - Farah

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                        Mo Farah

Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah has criticised US President Donald Trump for imposing an order that leaves him unsure whether he can return to the United States.

Farah, 33, was born in Somalia but has lived in Oregon for the past six years.

Somali nationals are among those banned from travelling to the US under the executive order issued on Friday.

"It's deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children daddy might not be able to come home," said Farah.

Writing on his Facebook page, he added: "On 1 January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27 January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien."

Farah said he believed Trump's policy "comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice" and his story is "an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation".

It is unclear whether Farah, who moved to Britain aged eight, will be able to return to the US.

Trump's executive order halted the entire US refugee programme and also instituted a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The executive order also applies to those who hold dual nationality with one of the listed countries.

On Saturday, a US judge issued a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees stranded at airports.

Farah does not have dual nationality or hold a Somali passport and it is understood his advisers are trying to clarify the situation with the US authorities.

The athlete is at a training camp in Ethiopia as part of his preparations for August's World Championships in London, and is not planning to return to the US for a number of weeks.

He said: "I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years - working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home.

"Now me, and many others like me, are being told that we may not be welcome."

Donald Trump executive order: White House stands firm over refugee crackdown

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                                  Lawyers gathered at Dulles airport, Virginia, to represent those facing travel bans

The Trump administration is standing firm over its ban on refugees from seven countries despite court rulings and mass protests against the move.

Mr Trump tweeted the US needed "extreme vetting, NOW". His chief of staff said only 109 people, out of 325,000 travelling, had been detained.

A number of judges ruled on the issue - one federal judge temporarily halted the deportation of visa holders.

There has been condemnation from countries around the world.

Mr Trump's executive order, signed on Friday, halted the entire US refugee programme for 120 days, indefinitely banned Syrian refugees, and suspended all nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.

Those who were already mid-flight were detained on arrival - even if they held valid US visas or other immigration permits.

Thousands gathered at airports around the country to protest on Saturday, including lawyers who offered their services for free to those affected.

Further demonstrations are expected on Sunday - including one outside the White House.
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