Saturday, June 13, 2015

Boko Haram Under Pressure as Nigeria Forges New Military Alliance

Nigeria and its neighbours agreed on Thursday to set up a joint military force to counter Boko Haram, a sign of President Muhammadu Buhari's intent to crush the Islamist militant group early in his tenure.

At a one-day summit at Abuja airport, the 72-year-old former military ruler, who was inaugurated just two weeks ago, welcomed the leaders of Chad and Niger, and the defence minister of Cameroon.

A statement afterwards said the joint force, based in the Chad capital Ndjamena, would be up and running by July 30 with a permanent Nigerian leader, a concession to Buhari's opposition to rotating commanders.

Changing the force's leadership would hamper "the military capacity to sustain the push against the insurgents, who also have the uncanny ability to adapt and rejig their operational strategies", Buhari said before the meeting.

Chad and Cameroon have deputy commander and chief of staff posts in the force, whose mission is to crush Boko Haram, which has killed thousands and displaced 1.5 million people in its six-year fight to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria's northeast.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Nigeria ushers in President Muhammadu Buhari as it celebrates Democrary Day


May 29, 2015 is Democracy Day in Nigeria. It is also the day that Nigeria ushers in the new President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will be taking over from President Goodluck Jonathan.

Muhammadu Bahari and Yemi Oshinbajo (Vice President Elect) won this ticket under the APC Flag.

The Inauguration is currently taking place at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria

Happy Democracy Day Nigeria!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pope Francis' homily on Pentecost Sunday







Pope Francis presided over Mass in St Peter's Basilica this Pentecost Sunday saying that, the world needs men and women who are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Below is the English translation the Pope's homily this Pentecost Sunday

“As the Father has sent me, even so I send you... Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:21-22). The gift of the Spirit on the evening of the Resurrection took place once again on the day of Pentecost, intensified this time by extraordinary outward signs. On the evening of Easter, Jesus appeared to the Apostles and breathed on them his Spirit (cf. Jn 20:22); on the morning of Pentecost the outpouring occurred in a resounding way, like a wind which shook the place the Apostles were in, filling their minds and hearts. They received a new strength so great that they were able to proclaim Christ’s Resurrection in different languages: “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4). Together with them was Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the first disciple and the Mother of the nascent Church. With her peace and her smile, she accompanied the joyful young Bride, the Church of Jesus.

Michael W. Smith performs in Nigeria (Covenant Christian Centre): June 1 2015



3-time Grammy award winning Singer, Michael W, Smith will be in Nigeria for the very first time. He will be performing at The Covenant Place, Iganmu Lagos, courtesy of Covenant Christian Centre.

Smith has recorded 31 No.1 hit songs, fourteen gold albums and five platinum albums. He has also earned 40 Dove Awards. In In 1999, ASCAP awarded him with the "Golden Note" Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting, and in 2014 they honored him as the "cornerstone of Christian music" for his significant influence on the genre.

Smith is married to Deborah "Debbie" Kay Davis and has five children.

Admission is free but you have to register. To register, click here.

Time is 6p.m.

Here is Michael W. Smith performing one of his songs - Healing rain




Monday, May 4, 2015

Emir Orders Rebuilding of Burnt Church

The Emir of Kano has ordered the rebuilding of a Baptist church and pastor's house in Rogo Local Government Area (LGA), Kano State, and has warned against any further attacks on churches within his emirate. The church and pastor's house had been destroyed in violence that resulted in the death of the pastor's daughter.

Fifteen people have been arrested in connection to the attack on the church and pastor's house in Gidan Maso Village on the evening of 1 April, which claimed the life of the daughter of Reverend Habila Garba. Local Muslim youths set fire to her home and church after failing to locate a Christian man who had briefly converted to Islam before returning to Christianity.

On 9 April, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi II, summoned Rev Haliba Garba, the Rogo District Head, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rogo and the CAN public relations officer to his palace to express dismay over the incident. He warned the District Head that such an incident should never be repeated in Rogo or anywhere else in the Kano State Emirate and ordered him to contact the LGA Chairman to facilitate the rebuilding of the church and pastor's house, sending a letter to the Chairman to that effect.

15 Youths Arrested Over Burning of Kano Baptist Church

The Kano State Police Command has arrested 15 persons in connection with the recent burning of a Baptist Church at Gidan Maso village in Rogo Local Government Area of the state.

Also, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi II, summoned the Hakimin Rogo (District Head), Dagacin Kadana, Chairman Christian association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rogo L.G.A, Rev. Bulus Fara, the Baptist Church Pastor, Rev. Haliba Garba and the CAN P.R.O of Rogo Mal. Kabiru Garba to his palace over the matter.

It would be recalled that on April 1 at about 7:30 pm, the residence of the Pastor, Rev Habila Garba was burnt by irate youths, while one of his daughters died of suffocation.

This occurred barely a week after another branch of Living Faith Church popularly called Winners Chapel in Giwa, Headquarters of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State was burnt by two unidentified arsonists.

Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 Christian Pilgrimage - NCPC Boss Inaugurates Federal Medical Committee

The executive secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) Mr John Kennedy Opara, has inaugurated a 14-man federal medical committee for the 2015 Christian pilgrimage exercise.

Opara explained that members of the committee were appointed based on merit and competence. He said, "For the first time, I have changed all the committee members and went through your qualifications to ensure that all of you that are selected merited it".

He stressed the need for the committee to be faithful, loyal and committed to their works because according to him, God is the one that has called them to do the assignment maintaining that if they are faithful, God will lift them. He said, "Leadership does not change who you are but rather it reveals who you are".

The NCPC helmsman urged the committee to ensure that the selection process of the medical team are based on merit. According to him, "I know it is not easy as many people will try to persuade you for unmerited favours but do not compromise," he said.

He informed them that the commission would introduce online medical examination this year to enable every medical personnel to participate, irrespective of their places of residence.

Source: allafrica.com

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