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Rev. Uranta. Founder UCCN

  

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MANIFESTO

MOTTO:                                    NIGERIA OUR BELOVED COUNTRY, IN GOD WE DEFEND YOUR INTEGRITY.

 VISION STATEMENT:            UPHOLDING EQUITY, ETHICS AND TRUTH AS A MEANS OF NATIONAL SOLIDARITY.

 MISSIONSTATEMENT:         BUILDING A UNITED NATION THROUGH THE POWER OF DIVERSITY AND UNITED BY A COMMON PURPOSE. 

 

ABSTRACT:

We the founding members of this Organization: UNITY CHRISTIAN CLUB OF NIGERIA, a.k.a “ADVOCATES FOR PEACE, PROSPERITY AND JUSTICE IN NIGERIA”, registration: MYEE/YD/20/SS.5441 with the Government of Rivers State as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) under section 8 (8.5) of the National Youth Policy for Nigeria 111983. A religious/socio-political group comprising of objective indigenous youths in Nigeria, residing in Port Harcourt City. We are fully aware of the outcry for justice, equity, fairness, integrity and ethics etc which have been down trodden by leaders in the past generation which is now a resolute of ‘no conscience” in all spheres of life, and can be seen as a canker worm that has eaten deeply into the fabric of our nation, giving rise to an inestimable corruption, compromise, moral decadence, wastages of human resources, wastages of human life, selfish ambition and interest, national shame and international assaults.

 

It is against this backdrop that we the Christian youths in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria do hereby decries the extremities of these indices whose impacts are more intense on us due to our peculiarities in the Niger Delta. Thus, the industrial blight, ecological rape, physiological suffocation, barbaric legislations leading to genocidal experiences; these are all occasioned by the visionless criminality of the operators of our dear country Nigeria; engineered by the masterminds of the imperial multinationals operating in the region with impunity and total disregard to corporate ethics.

Thus, UCCN classifies the current cord of relations that binds the Nigerian setting as oppression: The imposition of external domination on another  person to the point of controlling their physical, mental, economical and spiritual aspirations. Oppression is the cancellation of self-determination and the suffocation of personal/ community potential. This frame of thought best suits what we today classify as Third World countries- who were not allowed to participate or benefit from the Industrial Revolution, despite the fact the sweat and blood of these people become the human slab on which the foundation of the Industrial Revolution was laid.  

This scenario best suits the branding of most African, Asian and Caribbean countries as Third World Nations- countries that were not allowed to participate or benefit from the Industrial Revolution, despite the fact that the sweat and blood of these people became the human slab on which the foundation of the Industrial Revolution was laid.  

The process of oppression begins with the restriction of physical freedom, movement and exposure to the environment. The objective is to control, the physical environment, so as to influence the mental, emotional and spiritual state of the individual. This process also includes the control of access to resources and information. Thus, true freedom is the imposition of self discipline, and living by convictions rather than restrictions.

Any attempt to dominate, control, suppress, restrict and oppress the human spirit will definitely fail. The natural desire to be liberated will always win over oppression because of this natural spirit implanted by God in man from the creation.

In the pursuit of our objectives for the sustainability of the youths in the region and human survival, this organization is poised to initiate, and reinforce the campaign for the restoration of virtue, human dignity and sustainability in our society for better life for our people and the entire Nigeria at large.

This is in furtherance for the adorning of our nationhood as potential stakeholders that must chart a new course for lasting peace in the Niger Delta that will discourage a parasitic scenario, but guarantee a symbiotic co-existence in Nigeria at large. Looking forward to the day when we all shall become our brothers keepers and we shall no more learn war; when this scripture in the Holy Bible shall be fulfilled:

 

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in my entire holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.(ISAIAH9: 6-9, KJV)

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  1. A drive for self-realization and actualization in all facets of individual life.
  2. Career development (Skill Acquisition Services)
  3. Penetrating into all fields of human endeavours to influence it with virtue:
  4. To serve Nigeria with integrity.
  5. To review the reality of our nationality in the National Anthem.
  6. Planting the seeds of Peace, Unity, Love, Justice and Prosperity in Nigeria in every occasion where duty calls.
  7. Influencing the circles of our comfort zones with Godly morals.
  8. Dialoguing with other faith for a corporate objective.
  9. Empowerment for profitability in life.
  10. To mobilize for Godly leadership.
  11. Fairness in governance.
  12. Integrity and Social Ethics.
  13. Human Rights Protection.
  14. Mental Re-orientation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration of Misguided Youths.
  15. Environmental Protection.

 

AREAS OF SPECIALTIES

  1. Media operations
  2. Sports
  3. Hospital/Dispensary Services
  4. Agriculture
  5. School/Colleges Operations
  6. Religious Activities (Christian Education)
  7. Enlightenment Campaign – Moral Rehabilitation, Intellectual Sensitization.
  8. Crises Management.
  9. Research Incentives.

UCCN SUPPORTS

  1. Justice in the distribution of our resources.
  2. Legislative environmental protection.
  3. Reconstruction and rehabilitation of our communities affected by unethical oil exploration activities.
  4. Free medical care for all the indigenes of the Niger Delta Region.
  5. Free education at all levels of indigent children.
  6. Social securities for the aged and disabled citizens of the Niger Delta.
  7. Peaceful amendment of all obnoxious, oppressive and repressive laws that inhibits human survivals and development in the Niger Delta Region.
  8. Provision of employment opportunities/youth empowerment programmes.
  9. The realization of the principle of resource control as a better formula for revenue allocation for justice and equity.
  10. The condemnation of the recognition of religious laws in our heterogeneous cultural heritages.
  11. The creation of one more state out of all the existing states of the Niger Delta region.
  12. A subsidy of N50,000 to all unemployed indigenes of the region from the 20 years upward.

 

SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES

  1. To create a legal forum to mobilize a group consensus to seek redress of long-standing grievances.
  2. To create legitimacy such as boycott and demonstrations.
  3. To mobilize grounds for free legal assistance on matters relating to all human rights violations.
  4. To procure justifiable claims for goods and services.
  5. To procure grounds to secure accountability of lawless power-wielders.
  6. To create justifiable grounds to organize group-economic activities.
  7. To break-off difficulties to solve, amicably, intra-community disputes, without wasting scarce community resources on advocates fees and courts costs.
  8. To mobilize grounds to enforce the hands of the office of the Directors of public prosecution to void corruption and persecute according to law.

 

“The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich and adds no sorrow with it” (Prov. 10:22).

 

 

 

EPILOGUE:

To better secure these truths of ourselves and posterity, in conformity with hour objectives to promoting Peace, Unity, Love, Justice and prosperity in our society, we have unanimously moved ahead of time in respect to the present challenges and unrest in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, to campaign for the need for peace, mutual respect, equity and justice as a means for human co-existence and nation building.

 

“In non-violence, the bravery consist in dying and not in killing”

- Mahatma Gandhi.

 

“If humanity does not put an end to war, war will put an end to humanity.”

- John F. Kennedy

 

 


 

 

UCCN CREED ON GOVERNANCE

 

We, the Christians Youths of Nigeria, believe that government is ordained by God to provide justice and security for its people, encourage and facilitate development, and protect and procure its resources. Since government is an agent of God, it must always be respected, supported and obeyed, unless it conflicts with the Law of God. We believe, therefore, that Christians must actively participate in the political process to ensure that government is just, transparent and efficient.

 

We recognize that governance is an honourable service to humanity. Thus, we believe Christians should actively seek public office and reflect the beliefs of their faith in their public service as much as in their private lives. We insist that our politicians should be completely honest and fair in the fulfillment of their duties. This means that:

 

They must not make promises that they know they cannot fulfill.

  • They must take nothing from the government for their personal use other than what has been legitimately approved.
  • They must not use their offices to give unfair favours to relatives, friends or others.
  • They must not give or accept bribes, favours, positions, honours or any other benefit that would            compromise fairness in fulfilling their duties.
  • They must seek the prayers and advice of the Body of Christ and regularly report to its leaders their roles in government.

 

We insist that only those persons with records of excellence in their private lives should be selected for public service and that integrity, efficiency, and good management characterize all public servants.

 

We, the governed, acknowledge our responsibilities in governance as well. It is our duty to register and vote in all elections. We can have even greater influence in government by joining and actively participating in political parties.

  • We must support and encourage our most honourable and competent leaders to seek public office.
  • We must provide our elected representatives with our opinions about public issues.
  • We must pray for and submit ourselves to the authority of our rulers.
  • We must pay taxes so that government can fulfill its rightful responsibilities.
  • We must refuse to allow ourselves to develop improper expectations from those government employees close to us. This means that we must reject the commonly held view that when “our people” occupy key positions, it is time for us to “get our slice of the national cake.”

 

We, the Christian Youths of Nigeria recognize that in the past, we have not always played our expected roles as "salt and light" in governance. We admit that many Christian public servants have joined in corruption and added to inefficiency in government. We collectively repent of these failures and ask God to forgive us. We commit ourselves to promote the most honest, just and efficient government possible. We will respect, support and defend all honourable people who occupy public offices, regardless of religion, gender, place of origin, or political affiliation. We will demand accountability and transparency all public office holders, especially those who are part of the Christian faith. We will seek to have a government that glories God in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 


 

 

LITANY OF UCCN

 

“O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me.

Deliver me, Jesus,

from the desire of being loved,

from the desire of being extolled,

from the desire of being honoured,

from the desire of being praised,

from the desire of being preferred to others,

from the desire of being consulted,

from the desire of being approved,

from the fear of being humiliated,

from the fear of being despised,

from the fear of suffering rebuke,

from the fear of being forgotten,

from the fear of being wronged,

from the fear of being suspected.

 

And, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire

that others might be loved more than I,

that others may be esteemed more than I,

that in the opinion of the world others may

increase and I may decrease,

that others may be chosen, and I set aside,

that others may be praised and I unnoticed,

that others may be preferred to me in everything,

that others may become holier than I,

provided that I become as holy as I should.”


 

 

HINDSIGHT FOR OBJECTIVITY

 

In the 18th century, England had many of the same problems Nigeria has, including deplorable health conditions, high crime, corruption, violence and an inefficient government run by an aristocracy that knew little of the life of the common man. The elites of the day maintained their affluent lifestyles by slave trade, mass poverty, child labor and political corruption.

 

At 25, William Wilberforce, a member of the British Parliament, was converted under the influence of John Newton. He wanted to give up politics and become a pastor, but Newton encouraged him to stay in politics "for the good of the nation."

 

On 28 October 1787, Wilberforce noted in his journal that he felt called to devote his life to two major causes. The first was the abolition of slavery. Forty-six years later and only three days before his death, the bill to abolish slavery throughout the British Empire passed its second reading in the House of Commons.

 

Wilberforce also set out on a “reformation of manners” – changing the thinking of the society. In those days, it was fashionable to be loose in morals, corrupt in business and skeptical in faith. Wilberforce sought to change the leaders. He wrote a best-selling book about values and morals. He created “launchers,” discussion points for the parties of the elite. He even joined with the non-religious who were sympathetic with his cause. Besides changing laws, he changed the society.

 

Wilberforce’s efforts were successful. This movement grew into the Victorian era where goodness became fashionable. It emphasized character, morals, justice and business integrity. Over the next half century, the British Empire's influence spread around the world and Christianity also expanded to Africa and other places through the great missionary movements.

 

William Wilberforce is proof that one man can have a great influence on a society by working in governance.

 

POEM OF OBJECTIVITY

When we were called for confrontation,
Our countrymen clamour to consultation.
We became harnessed by the euphoria of kleptocracy
Can a heir be deprived of his rights just for illiteracy?
The mist was rolled away, but trickily replaced with a log
Our vision became teleguided by a brood of despotic infants.
Our cargoes are heavily charged; anchoring on our shores
And our inheritance is turned to strangers
Our houses are given to aliens
We are termed as orphans
Our mothers as widows
We drink our water for money; our wood is sent to a far country.
Our farmlands are under siege, and we have no rest
We have given the hand to Arabia to be satisfied with bread
The life spans of our emancipators are cut short, none to help
Our skin is as red as the flame of an oven
Because of the hotness of the sun
Our daughters are used as machineries for pleasurable satisfaction
Our sons are lined up for menial jobs
Our leaders are taken and hung
Our old men are ignored
Happiness has gone out of our lives
Bitterness has taken our dance
Our inheritance is taken away from us and nothing is left.
We are now sick in our very hearts
We can no longer see through our tears
Our native land lies desolate,
Because the young men led, in search of greener pasture
Our river has ceased to be productive because of the launderer's discharge.
Our eyes failed, ever watching, vainly for help
Trouble and anguish have taken hold on us
Trouble without, anguish within
They surprised us, they seized us and sold us
Sorrows and fears are now our lot
We are in the vale of tears and heaviness of heart
Deprived of the manifold blessings of God
In our watching, we watched for a nation, which could not help
Our end draws near,
Our days are numbered
Our pursuers are swifter than the vultures in the heavens
We run towards the claws of death.
Even the jackal gives breast and suckles their young
But the daughters of my people have become cruel
Like the ostrich in the wilderness
The tongues of the nursing cleave to the roof of their mouth for thirst.
The children beg for bread
No one gives to them.
Those who feasted in dainties, now perish in the streets
Those who were brought up in purple, lie on ash heaps
The beauty of our virgins was like sapphire
But their visage now is blacker than soot
Happier were the victims of the sword
Than the victims of hunger
Who spanned away stricken by want of fruits of the field.
Rev. Uranta


UCCN RECITALS

Raise high the flag of liberty,
Spare neither sweat nor blood,
For state and black humanity;
Above the rising flood.
Sleep not, beside the blazing flame,
Its ruins can yield no rest,
Refrain from hate and sharing blame
Prepare to meet the test.
No whispered tales of buried wealth,
Or hopes of charity,
Can truly heal our battered health,
Or wounded vanity.
Take up new arms of tempered wills,
New slogans from the fields,
A hundred schools a thousand skills,
Our future lives must yield.
Raise high the flag of unity,
Alert the rising wind,
A state of true fraternity,
The pride of all mankind.

UCCN ANTHEM

Nigeria, we hall thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerian youths, are proud to serve
Our sovereign motherland.
Our flag shall be a symbol,
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honoured,
And this we count as gain
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain
O Lord of all creation,
Grant this our one request
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed
And so, with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed
 

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