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SPEECH DELIVERED BISHOP DR. CHIDIEBERE ANELECHI OGBU, PRESIDENT OF IMPACT AFRICA NETWORK AT THE INTER FAITH-RELIGIOUS CONFERENCE OF THE 6TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMIT HELD IN GENEVA-SWITZERLAND   IN AUGUST 2009 

“PEACE, BE STILL!” (Mark 4: 39)

Quoting from the Holy Scriptures the gospel of Mark Chapter 4 verse 39, of the turbulent water and weather, and the situation was controlled by a will and authority of proclamation.

Global peace has been disrupted by political storms, tempests and hurricanes that originated from tribal wars, communal wars, ethnic cleansing, genocide and civil wars! Hundreds, thousands, and millions of souls have died, maimed for life, and have been rendered homeless, fatherless and motherless, leaving behind them the anguish of devastation, hunger, and a moral degenerated society!

The Local, International, and World Leaders are calling for global peace on earth. Various laws and international laws on human rights have been enacted, invariably with less application or implementation of the laws as a result of prohibitions and immunities.

One would wonder if those who are perpetrators of these wars are cannibals or inhuman, but alas; they are as human as we are, involved in one religion or the other!

Religion is a form of worship. In the world today, there are different religions like Christianity, Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, and Harishkrishna, Gordian Religion, Traditional religion, and many others.

It is believed that religion is the opium of mindset, and religious denomination is made to control the society to live in unity and harmony.

It is a shocking discovery that colonialism and slavery in Africa was preceded with religion. Rather than uniting the people during and after the slavery and colonialism, it rather left a political schism, war, devastation, hunger and human degradation! 

Every world leader is involved in a religious worship, and in fact is a religious leader in his belief and faith!

Most religions claim the foundation of their faith is love; but it is astonishing that some leaders use religious undertone in the propaganda to fight their wars.

LOVE is a strong and motivating word as it connotes and denotes peace, unity, and harmony in all aspects. One then wonders why these individuals or group of individuals who profess love as their faith shows merciless cannibalism through the act of war!

Faith is the corresponding action of what you believe in; hence if our religions are centered on love, why the genocides, hatred, disunity, discrimination, racism, and xenophobic attitudes towards one another?

I have come to revelation knowledge and understanding that all religious sects in the world are in pursuit of purity and eternity through their various beliefs and practices; hence it depends on which side of the mountain you are standing on. There I can state without fear or favor that “the difference in religion is ignorance”.   Ignorance in the sense that we do not know and do not want to know why others believe in what they believe in, and the truth or non truths about the belief!

If the word LOVE exist or is part of the foundation of any religion, the believer of that religion will understand the respect and tolerance of the opinions, beliefs, and conscience of other religions, which will promote world peace!

The time has come when both Religious and World Leaders should stand up and declare, “Peace, be still!” No more wars! No more genocide! No more ethnic cleansings! No religious fighting and intolerance; but respect and love for one another, for a peaceful and better society in generations to come!
Peace, be still! God bless you all!


A SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT OF IMPACT AFRICA NETWORK, BISHOP DR CHIDIEBERE ANELECHI OGBU ON THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL “EMPOWER AFRICA CONFERENCE”, HELD AT THE ASTOR HOTEL PLYMOUTH CITY, ENGLAND ON THE 7TH APRIL 2010.

The Honourable Lord Mayor of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ken Foster; the Honourable Deputy Speaker of the Nigerian House of Reps; Hon. Usman Bayero Nafada; His Excellency, Hon. Olusegun Mimiko, the Executive Governor of Ondo State-Nigeria; the Honourable Chairman, Committee on Marine Transport, Nigerian National Assembly; Hon. Adamu Gora Kalba; the Honourable Chairman, House Committee on Oil and Gas. Nigerian National Assembly; Hon. Igo Hguma; the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs; Elder Godsday Orubebe; the Senior Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Millennium Goals; Hajia Amina J. Ibrahim; the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria; Prof Maurice Iwu; Rt. Hon. Edwards George Daika, Hon. Member, Federal House of Representatives Nigeria; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nigeria Insurance Social Trust Fund; Mrs Juliet Ngozi Olejeme; the President and Co- Founders of the World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media - WAALM; Prof Musi Dorbayani and Dr Marjan Abdi; the President of the Plymouth City Chamber of Commerce; Mr Joseph Louei; the Representatives of the Rotary Club of England; the Academic Council on the United Nations System- ACUNS; the United Nations Association, United Kingdom; the African Delegates and Participants to this Empower Africa Conference; the Management of the Astor Hotel Plymouth; the News Media; Ladies and Gentlemen;

We give our warm heart welcome to all the personalities and people present here at this inaugural opening of the “Empower Africa Conference” holding today in the Events Hall of the Astor Hotel, Plymouth City, England.

The Impact Africa Network, a non-profit, non-racial, and non-sexiest global organization, with branches and representatives in South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, USA, Burundi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Malaysia is influenced to be here today by its mission to empower the African devastated society and the less privileged through its vision in informing the African Peoples, removing inferiority complex amongst the African Peoples, Promoting the human rights, its community services, and its extension of the hands of brotherhood to non-Africans.
The “Empower Africa Conference” was born out of our conviction as a solution to mental empowerment, self-discovery, networking, and learning something that is not contained in the university syllabuses. Hence, it will give opportunities to the less privileged society: those who could not get such opportunity, the poor, the less advanced, the ignorant that are uninformed, and those mislead by misinformation in a poor environment and an uninformed society.


The criterion for fulfilling the visa qualification before participation in such conference and miscreants taking advantage of such opportunity becomes a hindrance and a huge limitation.

When a people are under developed, uninformed, disadvantaged, hungry, and lack opportunities, they become desperate and involve in certain behavioural acts that is against the tenets of the global community, and hence prone to stigma.

The world need not search for the root cause of the problem, but to act on ameliorating the problem by bringing a solution.

If true and honest empowerment is brought to the doors of those who are diligently seeking for it; Africans need not travel thousands of miles through air, sea, and land to look for menial and manual jobs in overseas, and become liabilities and parasites to other global communities; but could create jobs for the peoples of their continent and be self-sufficient.

Hence it becomes necessary to appreciate those who have, and will contribute to the advancement of these desperate less opportune and less privileged Africans in their careers of discovering themselves and seeing the days light.

We therefore call upon all Africans, the British government, the United Nations Agencies, and the Global community to support and encourage the Impact Africa Network in her effort to empower and to attract empowerment to the African devastated communities though its alliance with the World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media - WAALM.

May we use this platform to thank our sponsors to this first “Empower Africa Conference” and ask God to empower you all in every area of your lives. We thank the management of the Astor Hotel Limited for the immense understanding and cooperation given to us through our planning stages.
We appreciate all individuals and organizations the press that have find their time to honor this invitation and will continue to support us in our quest for advancing this conference.


Thank you all for coming and God bless you.


A SPEECH DELIVERED BY BISHOP DR. CHIDIEBERE ANELECHI
OGBU AT THE INTER-FAITH RELIGIOUS SERVICE DURING THE
8TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMIT OF AUGUST 2011 HELD IN
GENEVA- SWITZERLAND


If I reflect on what I was taught as a child on the reasons why I should go to church and the dividends in staying in the church always; liberty, peace and protection all wrapped in the word “salvation” are not far from it.


I believe that most religions have liberty, peace and protection as some of their gains and reasons for their worship, which of course are our basic human rights.


I might not be a Theologian, but a Kingdom Citizen who believes that God’s original plans was to establish a kingdom on earth where men and women shall be free and have liberty as kingdom citizens; but the founding of religions have changed that original plan from freedom to bondage, intimidation, victimization and religious ambiguities.

I may not be out of order if I mention that exportation and importation of religions to most countries of the world were basically for the purposes of domination and colonization of people’s economy and political enclave, and what was originally meant to bring salvation was converted to selfishness and religious thuggery.

Because every long age practice of a people becomes a convention and a tradition, though not recognized by law, but is believed by the people that it is legal; religious discrimination, mental torture, breach of privacy and marriage abuse and interference has become the order of the day in our religious places and in the society.

It was amusing and yet very disappointing, when a Parliamentarian and a Priest at the “Empower Africa Conference” held in the city of Plymouth in April 2010, confessed that he always hear of human rights and have no idea of what it is all about! If a Law Maker and a Custodian of peace, protection and liberty is ignorant of the people’s rights, then bondage, intimidation and victimization will be the order of the day in our churches, religious places and the society; hence obnoxious and ambiguities will be filled in the laws that are made!

In other to bring God’s original plan of establishing Peace, Protection and Liberty on earth into function, I therefore make the following recommendations:
1.A human rights education to Religious Leaders should be made a priority.

2. All Theological Institutions and Religious Institutions should adopt Human Rights Education as part of their Education Curriculum.

3. All Parliamentarians, especially in Africa should be educated on the 30 Basic Human Rights of the people as contained in the 1248 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

4. African traditional rulers who are the custodians of the people’s culture and tradition should be educated on human rights.

Discrimination, Mental torture, Breach of privacy, Marriage abuse and interference, ambiguities and obnoxious laws made in our religious places will disappear, and peace, protection and liberty will reign as God planned it, if these actions are taken!

Thank you all and be blessed.



SPEECH DELIVERED BY BISHOP DR. CHIDIEBERE ANELECHI OGBU
AT THE INTER-RELIGIOUS CONFERENCE OF THE 9TH ANNUAL
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMIT IN BRUSSELS ON THE 9TH OF SEPTEMBER 2012

Quoting from the Biblical Scripture of the book of Numbers Chapter 13
verses 32-33: “...the land through which we have gone to search, is a land that devours its own inhabitants, and the people we saw are men of great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak which came from the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight”.

Having escaped bomb blast by less than two minutes in a serene and democratic atmosphere; having witnessed people been abused by the same people who are supposed to protect them; having seen people put into a bondage by the same people who claim to give them salvation; having seen people who preach peace become murderers; having experienced betrayal by the same people whom you have entrusted your life with; having experienced storm in the midst of peace and coming out in a broken pieces; having lived in absolute poverty in the midst of abundant wealth; having experienced injustices done by the same justice department; and having been rejected by the same people you are fighting their cause; seems to be
Anaks and Giants on the way to a mission!

Many of us has been called and chosen for different purposes in life. We are different species not made for competitions with other species, but to complement another. We are different automobile makes with different speedometers and different engines. Some carry heavier loads than others; while others travel faster; and some go a longer distance without problems developing on them.

We are like Aircrafts where some fly domestic, some regional, some international and some overseas; but not all can fly over the Atlantic or the Pacific. Hence individuals are called and chosen for bigger and smaller assignments on this universe and for a purpose; and when you have been chosen, you have to roll up your sleeve, because you are going to fight before you reach your destiny.

Some of us are chosen and called in the midst of storms and tempest. Storms are natural part of life! Sometimes you have to go through the storm, you have to deal with it; you have no option but to go through it!

Sometimes the unexpected will hit you in life! Sometimes the things you are counting on may break down, but you don’t have to break down yourself.
For every purpose you are chosen for, you become a victim of that purpose!

We have been chosen for the purpose of educating the people all over the world of their unalienable rights, and will stand for the people until their rights are secured, whether there are giants on the way or not!

We are all leaders and heads of our schools, clans, villages, communities, societies and nations; hence we are chosen and sent to accomplish a mission for our generation!

We are not like the spies who were chosen and sent, but they only saw the giants based on the grasshopper mentality working in them! The problem with the grasshopper is its inferiority complex! It develops a habit of blending in and fitting into environments, rather than being special on its own. It develops the habit of getting so close to eating the fruit; but each time ending up eating only the leaves and will never eat the fruit. It develops an ability and strength in jumping away from its confrontations, rather than fighting it!

It will be fatal for us to overlook our mission of gathering every year; to get new encouragements, new ideas, new concepts, new insights, new revelations, new innovations, and new attitudes on how to deal with the old enemy: the abuse, the injustice, the bondage, the discrimination, the racism, the xenophobia, the hate, the intolerance, the war and the genocide destroying our societies!

Our fathers have fought for our rights; they have run their race; they have accomplished their mission; some fallen heroes and some living legends; now it’s our turn to bear the light!

We cannot wallow in despair because we are not grasshoppers, and we are not afraid of the Anaks and the Giants in the land; but we have been chosen to overcome all the obstacles and save mankind through the fight for human rights education!

We cannot walk alone and we cannot turn back from our dream! I dare all the youths to rise to the occasion; I dare all the religious leaders to rise to the occasion; I dare all personalities in this forum to rise to the occasion of educating and fighting for the fundamental human rights of the society where you find yourself!

If we do what we are chosen to do, our generations shall have the cause to say, “Human Right is SALVATION”!

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