Sunday, February 26, 2012

3 persons killed as Suicide bomber drives into church packed with explosives

The church in Jos after the attack
In the early hours of this morning, a suicide bomber drove an explosives packed car into a church in the volatile central city of Jos, Nigeria, on Sunday and killed three people while injuring 10 more.

Eye witnesses say the car forced its way through the gate during an early morning service.

“We were in the church during the time of worship and a suicide bomber forced himself into through the gate, into the church and the bomb exploded,” John Haruna, the reverend of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN)

Later in the day, The Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility and warned of more such assaults.

“We carried out the attack on COCIN church in Jos today and we did what we did as part of our resolve to avenge the killings and dehumanisation of Muslims in Jos in the last 10 years,” spokesman Abul Qaqa told reporters in a conference call.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Christian mothers launch building project

CHRISTIAN mothers, under the aegis of National Confraternity of Christian Mothers (NCCM) of the Catholic Church, Nigeria, plan to launch N500 million female hostel project at the VERITAS University, Abuja.

President of NCCM, Mrs. Sally U. Ukpo and members of the association in a statement yesterday, appealed to good-spirited Nigerians and corporate organisations to donate towards the project.

The statement reads: “The building project is the contribution of the Christian mothers to provide good learning environment for the students with a view to uplifting the standard of education in the institution.

“The body believes that lack of female hostel accommodation in our universities has affected negatively the mental capacity of female students and the general growth of university education in the country”.

Source: The Guardian

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lagos state shuts churches

The Lagos state Government said it has shut down a branch of the Lord's Chosen Charismatic Ministry in Surulere and six other churches in the state over noise pollution. Other affected churches are Bible Church, FESTAC; The Chapter of Christ Church, Oregun; Assemblies of God's Church, Ikeja; The Golden Gate Church, Ifako-Ijaiye, and Seek and Save Ministry, Abule Egba.

A statement from the state Environmental Protection Agency, on Tuesday, said its official were forced to act after the churches continually ignored pre-sanction notices given to them to reduce the noise coming from their worship centres.

General Manager, LASEPA, Rasheed Shabi, said the abatement notices issued to the churches were to make them take the issue seriously all to no avail

Source: The Punch

Northern christians fault Sanusi’s Madalla donation

The Northern Christian Elders Forum on Wednesday in Kaduna said the recent donation of N25m by the Central Bank Governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, to the victims of the Madalla Christmas Day bomb blast was a “face-saving measure.”

NOSCEF Chairman, Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye, argued that the CBN would not have thought of making such monetary donation if Sanusi’s home town, Kano, had not been affected by the Boko Haram-induced crisis and bomb blasts.

Owojaiye believed the CBN governor made the donation to the victims of the Madalla bomb blast merely to appease Nigerians who had been criticising him for alleged bias.

The NOSCEF chairman added that by Sanusi’s action, it had become difficult for anyone to be convinced that the CBN governor did not discriminate against other Nigerians.

He said, “To us, the N25m donations to the victims of the bomb blast that killed many people at the St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, is just a mere face saving measure by the CBN governor.

“Whatever Sanusi does, the fact still remains that he is biased against other Nigerians and is not fit to hold such an exalted position of the Governor of the CBN.”

The clergyman added, “Since his assumption of office as the CBN governor, he has portrayed himself more as someone who is out to advance the cause of a particular section and a religious group rather than restricting himself strictly to the constitutional functions of a CBN governor.

“We have had several Boko Haram attacks and other unfortunate incidents in many parts of this country and there was no donation from the CBN. But as soon as the Kano incident happened, the CBN donated N100m.

“We want Sanusi to tell us what the CBN has done for hundreds of other Nigerians who were victims of Boko Haram violent attacks in various parts of the North. Sanusi must explain to Nigerians the basis for this selective donation of N100m to victims of Kano attack.

“It must be noted that we are not opposed to the CBN’s assistance to those affected in the unfortunate incident in Kano, but what we are opposed to is the bias being demonstrated by Sanusi.

“We expect somebody occupying the exalted position to live above ethnic, religious and parochial inclinations.

Source: The Punch

Monday, February 20, 2012

Patriach of Alexandria lays stones for new Lagos Cathedral

POPE and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, His Beatitude, Theodore II, yesterday celebrated the Patriarchal Liturgy and performed a foundation laying ceremony at the Orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection in Lagos.

The Pope, who arrived at Iddo Road, Ebute Metta, venue of the events at about 9.19 a.m. was received by senior clergy of the church, including the Very Rev. Fr. Panteleimon Arathymos, Very Rev. Fr. Timothy Dewedi, Very Rev. Fr. Maximos Nnachette, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Osuji, Archdeacon Nefon Hule, Deacon Anastasios Dominic and Deacon Pierve Posset.

Assisted by co-celebrants Hierarchs, His Eminence, Archbishop Gregory of Cameroun and His Eminence, Archbishop Alexander of Nigeria, the Pope presided over the elaborate liturgy and a Patriachal Blessing to the accompaniment of songs by the Cathedral Choir.

The solemn service drew a capacity congregation that filled the cathedral, leaving many worshippers listening to the proceeds outside the church premises.

The church service also featured the presentation of an icon of the Resurrection to the Pope by Archbishop Alexander.

Speaking through an interpreter, the Pope described his visit to the Orthodox Diocese of Nigeria as a historical moment.

He expressed joy at the multi-racial nature of the diocese, saying it exemplified the unity of worship under one God.

The Pope enjoined members of the diocese not to relent in their services to God and man, urging them to cooperate with Archbishop Alexander towards taking the diocese to greater heights.

He also commended the Leventis family for donating towards the new cathedral, describing the gesture as “incense unto God.”

In recognition of his service to humanity, the Pope honoured Chief Executive Officer, Leventis Group, Dr. Anastasios Leventis with the Cross of Saint Mark.

Equally honoured were Mr. Chidozie Udeze, his wife, Amaka, and Chief Koullis Kyriakos Schizas.

Also at the event, the Patriarch of Alexandria extended his hands of friendship to the Dominican seminarians of Ibadan Archdiocese and promised them excellent hospitality should they visit his seat of throne in Egypt.

Source: The Guardian

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bomb explodes near Christ Embassy church in Suleja

A bomb planted by an abandoned car exploded outside a church in the middle of a worship service Sunday in Suleja, Niger State, wounding five people amid a continuing wave of violence by a radical Islamist sect, authorities and witnesses said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast outside the Christ Embassy church.

The explosion happened just after 10 a.m. as the church began its service, Pastor Uyi Idugboe told journalists. Security guards at the church had noticed something suspicious by the abandoned car, prompting the pastor to call everyone inside the church before the service began, he said.

The bomb also apparently had been wrapped with a motorcycle chain, which sent metal shrapnel flying everywhere when the explosive detonated, witnesses said. The explosion tore away the engine compartment of the abandoned car and damaged four other vehicles nearby.

One person was seriously injured in the blast and taken to a local hospital, local police spokesman Richard Oguche said. Another four people suffered minor injuries, said Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency.

Authorities began to put up roadblocks Sunday afternoon to keep onlookers away and traffic snarled around the city.

While police continued to investigate, suspicion for the blast immediately fell on Boko Haram, a group that has been waging increasingly bloody attacks against Nigeria's weak central government.

Christians urged to promote peace - Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso

KADUNA - The Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso has reminded Catholics and indeed all Christians to continue to promote peace and love of Christ, whatever situation they found themselves.

The Archbishop gave the admonition at the recent ordination of 13 new deacons for the Archdiocese of Kaduna. The ordination took place at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Kaduna. He stressed that since Jesus Christ, the prince of peace brought peace to our world, we as his brothers and sisters should try to make peace reign in our lives and world. He urged all

The local ordinary of Kaduna also reminded the new deacons that they have an obligation as ministers of the Word of God to see to the promotion of peace in the country and that as soon as they are ordained; they must know the kind of words they utter so that they don’t cause confusion among the people they lead.

Archbishop Ndagoso stated further that “either in good or bad times, we must remain followers of Christ.” He appealed to Christians throughout the country not to allow what is happening presently in some parts of the country to provoke them into seeking vengeance, since vengeance belongs to God.

The Archbishop pleaded for good leadership among religious leaders and urged them to preach peace to the people they are leading. He also said, in order for us to be true followers of Christ, we must be ready to become fools for the sake of the gospel. He further called on the newly ordained deacons to be patient and prayerful while preparing for their priestly ordination.

The parish priest of St. Mathew’s Catholic Church Rev. Fr. Peter Babangida Audu thanked the Archbishop for choosing his parish for the ordination. He also expressed his gratitude for all those who have come to attend the ceremony.

Source: Catholic News Service of Nigeria

Cash-lite Policy: Churches move to curtail the volume of Bank-bound cash

TO reduce the volume of cash collections, some religious organisations, including churches, may have embarked on a sensitisation programme that would encourage members fulfill their financial obligations to God through means other than cash.

This is in compliance with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s Cash-lite policy already being implemented in Lagos and environs.

The move is expected to help the affected religious organisations, especially those with centralised accounting system, avoid “penalty charges” on funds in excess of the N1m daily deposit and withdrawal benchmark for corporate organisations, including churches.

The policy also stipulates a new maximum daily deposit and withdrawal limits of N150,000 for individuals.

But the CBN yesterday dissociated itself from banks allegedly implementing the deposit/withdrawal limits, re-ietrating its earlier position that the stipulated “penalty charge” of N100 for every N1000 in excess of the daily benchmark, must not be applied until March 30.

Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi, spokesman of the apex bank, noted that, although no customer had reported any case of being charged, any bank implementing the policy before March 30, 2012 would be doing so illegally.

“Nobody has ever reported to us that he or she has been charged by any bank. But we have said that this thing has been suspended until March 30; so, any bank doing that is doing it illegally,” Abdullahi told The Guardian on telephone.

Religious sources say, with the N1m benchmark for corporate bodies, it has become increasingly difficult to remit cash accruing from tithes, offerings, and other collections to designated bank accounts, as some branches of banks are already applying penalties to deposits and withdrawals in excess of 150,000 and N1 million as the case may be.

They also expressed discomfort on the penalty applied to the excess deposits, as the funds are meant for the use of the church.

A source hinted that, as a way out, leaders of some of the religious groups may be exploring the possibility of acquiring Point of Sale (PoS) machines for payment of tithes and offerings, while others have asked their members to consider making payments in cheques and bank drafts to reduce the volume of bank-bound cash.

Specifically, a leader in a Lagos Church requested that members, who have current accounts,should pay tithes with cheque.

“We will prefer Manager’s Cheque so that it would be easy for us to manage,” the leader announced after a church service.

Although the Lagos pilot project, which started in January, has a “window” period of three months, there has been what many refer to as miscarriage, by some bank branches, of the information handed down by their headquarters relating to full implementation of the deposit and withdrawal aspect of the cash-lite policy in Lagos.

While the some banks claim they are yet to start applying charges on excess deposits and withdrawals, some of their branches insist on the daily limits and apply the penalties as “appropriate.”

Source: The Guardian

Lent: Church canvasses aid for the needy

Kaduna - The Catholic Diocese of Kaduna Province on Sunday called on the faithful to contribute toward improving the lives of the less privileged in the society.

Rev. Fr. Michael Gadache, the Provincial Organising Committee Chairman, made the appeal in an interview in Kaduna at the launch of Lenten Campaign for the diocese.

Gadache said that arrangements for the event had reached their zenith as the faithful and other dignitaries were being sensitised to brace up for the success of the programme.

Meanwhile, Mr John Bagu, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee,said that Rev Fr. Peter Babangida would preside over the event at the St. Pius X Catholic Church, Unguwar Romi, Kaduna South Local Government Area.

Bagu said the priest would deliver the day’s sermon on “No handy cause is unjust’’.

The chairman urged the faithful to donate for the sake of the needy and the provision of social amenities for other members of the society by the church.

He reminded the faithful that no good deed for human beings would go unrewarded by God as “the hands that give shall receive in multitudes.’’

Bagu said a book presentation, unveiling of banner and a fund raiser would feature on the occasion.

On his part, Archbishop Matthew Ndagoso of Kaduna Diocese urged the faithful to make generous donations and contributions to the needy and the church to enable them to be self- reliant.

He recalled that N12 million was realised during the 40-day fast last year and the proceeds used to provide social amenities for the church and the underprivileged.

Ndagoso said that the event would be held simultaneously in the 52 Catholic dioceses and vicariates of the church across the country on Feb. 26, with St. Pius X Catholic Church hosting the Kaduna activity at 10a.m.

The archbishop urged the faithful to honour the event being organised by Justice, Development and Peace/Caritas of the church.

He said lent was a period for sober reflection and renewal of faith and trust in God.

The archbishop renewed his call for the return of mission schools to their original owners as part of strategies to revive the country’s falling standard of education and morality.

Ndagoso said only the provision of “quality education’’ would solve the country’s socio-economic and political problems.

He said the provision of quality education would produce responsible, self-reliant, committed and patriotic citizens.

“It is an accepted norm all over the world that education is the bedrock of political, social, economic and even religious growth of any nation.

“It is in fact the key to the integral development of the human person,” he said.

According to him, the current national challenges of insecurity, youth restiveness and corruption can be overcome with sound education.

“I once again use this period of reflection to call on governments, especially at the state levels to hasten the process of returning schools to their owners in states where the process has begun and to encourage those states, especially in the northern part of the country to borrow a leaf from their southern counterparts.

“This is not a matter where sentiments of any sort should be allowed to rule. It is the future and the common good of our dear country that is at stake. Sound reasoning should and must be allowed to prevail,” Ndagoso said. (NAN)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Amosun, Daniel trade words over church land

ABEOKUTA – Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and his predecessor, Gbenga Daniel, yesterday, traded words over the cancellation of Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, of the land on which Abraham Tabernacle, a church built by ex-governor Daniel in honour of his late father, Adebola Daniel by Amosun’s government.

Otunba Daniel, disclosed that Amosun had officially notified him of the cancellation of his father’s church’s C of O, located in Oba Erinwole Avenue, Sagamu, GRA.

On Friday, February 10, the government was said to have sent its officials and fully armed policemen who invaded the church premises and with the aid of a bulldozer demolished the gatehouse, the security post and parts of the church’s fence.

But, the government refuted the allegation, saying, it only demolished the ‘illegal fence to restore right of way on public roads’, which according to it had been planned with other infrastructure to serve the environment and adjoining areas.

Daniel who spoke through a statement signed by his media aide, Adegbenro Adebanjo said: “Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, formally underscored his determination to demolish the Abrahams Tabernacle Church in Sagamu.”

Amosun’s letter of cancellation, according to Daniel, read in part “In the exercise of my powers under section 1&26 of the Land Use Act, I hereby cancel the purported certificate of Occupancy N0 0033337 dated 14th may 2011 and registered as No 60 at page 60 in Volume 761 of the lands registry in the office at Abeokuta. This letter serves as notice to you of the said cancellation.”

Addressing newsmen at the governor’s office press centre, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, the Special Adviser on lands to governor Amosun, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun said, the government did not demolish the church contrary to the media report, saying, it only demolished ‘the illegal fence to pave way for right of passage.’

Sokefun said the government was only acting on the recommendations of the judicial commission of inquiry on lands and white paper which recommended that ”all persons found to have held valid subsisting tittles in the said land prior to wrongful allocation made to the church should have their allocated lands restored.

“The offending fence of the church which has fenced in land belonging to other persons such as Mr. M C Sowole, G.O.I Aduwo and O.J Olokun should be removed forthwith, so that the named persons can gain access to and possess their plots and right of way on public roads could be restored.

“However, because of its nature as place of worship, the government grants the congregation and the Trustees of the church, the waiver to keep only the actual portion of the land occupied by the church.

“It further directs that, the government surveyors should determine, establish and carve out the portions of land belonging to other people but fenced in within the current perimeter walls of the church. The portion should be promptly returned to their respective owners.”

Sokefun however hinted that, the owner of the land would be compensated if any of the portion of the land falls within the actual portion occupied by the church.

Source: The Vanguard

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Peter Doseck in Nigeria for Sapele Miracle Crusade

Peter Doseck will be in Sapele, Delta State for the Sapele Miracle Crusade. Other notable ministers are Papa Ayo Oritsejafor and Rev. R. W Shambach.

Venue: Sapele Township Centre, Sapele, Delta State
Date: 14 - 18 March 2012

Peter Doseck led an historic Miracle Crusade in Asaba, Nigeria just a few years ago which resulted in 1.2 million decisions for Christ and countless physical miracles. Estimates from the Asaba Crusade Coordinator show an expectation of even greater attendance, which means an even greater impact on the nation.

About Peter Doseck
For 29 years Peter Doseck has faithfully and zealously declared a life-changing message of faith in Jesus Christ with impact and demonstration to the four corners of the earth. Dynamic Miracle Crusades have resulted in over 1.7 decisions for Christ and thousands of miraculous healings. In the last six years more than 40,000 pastors and five-fold ministers from around the world have been transformed by impartation meetings with Peter Doseck, and over 2,500 new ministers have been raised up to begin their work in the Kingdom. Traveling to 19 nations around the globe, Peter Doseck has been dedicated to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ with signs following.

Peter Doseck is dedicated to taking his uncompromising message around the globe because he steadfastly believes that the miracle-working power of God is available for men, women and children today just as it was when Jesus walked the earth long ago. Peter Doseck also reaches over 70 nations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Russia with his television program, "Only Believe." His powerful teachings are translated into native languages with a potential audience of over 40 million households every week.

Peter Doseck is a noted author whose books have impacted countless lives, and he is also founder and senior pastor of Only Believe Ministries Christian Center (OBMCC) in Botkins, Ohio. Arising from a dirt floor garage in 1982 with only one member, today OBMCC is blessed with a growing membership that exceeds the population of the town in which the church is located. Truly Peter Doseck is a man of great character, unusual courage, and miraculous faith.


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