Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ebonyi govt (Nigeria) bans religious programmes on EBBC

ABAKALIKI—EBONYI State government has banned the broadcast of religious programmes/activities on the state-owned media, Ebonyi Broadcasting Corporation, EBBC.

Members of some religious bodies who spoke with Vanguard claimed that when they went to EBBC to book for airing of their programmes they were told that the state government was no longer interested in the broadcast of religious activities.

A pastor in one of the new generation churches in the state, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “I went to book for our usual slot on EBBC and was told that the government was complaining about the rate at which religious programmes featured on television and radio stations.

I spoke with one of their heads in the station who pleaded anonymity to know why our programmes was no longer aired, I was told that the state government said the station was not built for religious programmes but for broadcast of government activities which are intended to showcase the achievements of the present administration of Governor Martin Elechi.”

“What most churches have done is to run to Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, to book for slots. We want to appeal to Governor Elechi to rescind his decision. I want to say that the lives of most people in the state are being affected positively by these religious programmes. It has over the years led to reduction in crime, cultism and extra-judicial killing in the state”

But Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Chike Onwe, said the government did not ban religious programmes on EBBC, but only suspended them on both radio and television for a review and auditing of programmes carried out by the EBBC.

Source: The Vanguard

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lagos pastor, Chris Okotie calls off second marriage

Pastor Chris and Stephanie Okotie 

Pastor Chris Okotie revealed in his church (Household of God) yesterday that he had called it quits with his wife from the second marriage. His words were “Stephanie and I are no longer married. We have separated. You can see she’s not in church today. It’s due to irreconcilable differences and you should please respect our wishes at this time because there is no going back,”

His marriage to Stephanie, a mother of three in her previous marriage generated a lot of controversy with many people saying he should not have remarried in accordance with biblical principle but he quickly debunked such suggestions, saying that his critics do not understand the Word of God.

Since the marriage was contracted over three years ago, he had showered the bride with several gifts but the union is yet to produce a child. Pastor Okotie had earlier divorced his first wife Tina, who is now living in the United States of America.

Pastor Chris turned 51 on the 15th of June 2012.

Friday, June 22, 2012

David Christian Centre presents LIFT


David Christian Centre presents
LIFT
Ministering: Pastor Jerome Anekwe, Rev. Sam Adeyemi and Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo

Date: Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24 June, 2012
Time: Wednesday - Friday 6:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 7:30am Prompt
Venue: VICTORY DOME.

Fatgbems Bus Stop, Behind Nepa Office, Beside Amuwo Health Centre, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos

Monday, June 18, 2012

What Manner Of Gospel Artistes?

In the days of yore, gospel musicians were seen as holy and represented the symbol of the Lord. In fact, they were held in high esteem to the point that their way of life and dressing were always a reference point when a good example is the topic. Today, that is no more, as gospel musicians of this new dispensation are not ready to follow their predecessors’ way. Modern day gospel singers have decided to embrace the “latest” in town. In this special write-up, LEADERSHIP SUNDAY’s Senior Correspondent, Ajibade Alabi, looks at the issue critically and asks what manner of gospel artistes are we having now?

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In the years past, gospel music was such an entrenched genre of the Nigerian music industry that secular artistes like King Sunny Ade and Commander Ebenezer Obey joined the fray. They sang lavishly, thanking God for His mercies and effusively praising Him for His goodness and kindness.

But they never referred to themselves as gospel artistes, as they were not, and they were never classified as such. However, Commander Obey, who has now gone fully into gospel music and is even now an evangelist, can now be fully referred to as a gospel artiste.

All along though, there have been artistes who sang strictly gospel lyrics. Many were not popular, receiving minimal airplay, the bulk of which was on Christian service days, Sundays, and in adherence with the Word of God. They performed in churches, revivals and other appropriate venues.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Two more church bombings in northern Nigeria: official


AFP - Two more church bombings rocked Christian-dominated towns in Nigeria's Kaduna Sunday, bringing to five the number of explosions in the northern state, a local emergency official said.
"There were two simultaneous bomb attacks on churches in Nassarawa and Barnawa in the south of Kaduna this morning. We are yet to get information on casualities," Kaduna spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Aliyu Mohammed told AFP.
Southern Kaduna is some four kilometres from Kaduna city and about two hours drive from Zaria, where three churches were hit bybomb explosions early Sunday. There have been no immediate reports of casualties.

Nigeria church bombings kill 7, spark reprisals

ZARIA, Nigeria, June 17 (Reuters) - Explosions at three churches in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state killed at least seven people on Sunday, leading furious Christian youths to drag Muslims out of their cars and kill them in retaliation, officials and witnesses said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist sect Boko Haram has often attacked church services in Nigeria, split roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims.

The explosions and retaliatory attacks stoked fears of wider sectarian conflict in Africa's top oil producer and OPEC member, although flare-ups of this nature are usually brief.

Two explosions rocked churches in the town of Zaria within minutes of each other. First, a suicide bomber drove a blue Honda civic into a church, burning the front entrance and damaging the building, the church's pastor told a Reuters cameraman at the scene.

"Three people are confirmed killed. Others have been taken to hospital for treatment," Reverend Nathan Waziri said.

Then, militants threw bombs at another church, killing four children who were playing on the streets outside, said resident Deborah Osagie, who lives opposite the church. She added that the militants were later caught by a mob and killed.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Gunmen, Suicide bomber attack churches in Northern and Central Nigeria

(Reuters) - Militants attacked two churches in northern and central Nigeria on Sunday, spraying the congregation of one with bullets and blowing up a car in a suicide bombing at the other, hundreds of kilometers away, witnesses said.

There was no immediate word on casualties and no claim of responsibility, although attacking churches has become a trademark tactic of Islamist group Boko Haram which is fighting to reinstate an ancient caliphate in northern Nigeria.

"Three gunmen came to the premises of the church and started firing at people outside the church before going into the main building to carry on their killings ... Many people have been killed and wounded," said witness Hamidu Wakawa, who was at the church in Biu Town, in northeastern Borno state.

To the south-west, in the city of Jos, a man drove a car to the entrance of the Christ Chosen Church and then blew it up, said Emmanuel Davou, 53, who lives nearby.

BREAKING: Bomb explosion rocks church in Jos

A bomb has exploded at Christ’s Chosen Church in the Rukuba area of Jos, Plateau state. According to witnesses, the explosion was an act of a suicide bomber, who blew himself up outside the church.

The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ayeni, has confirmed the explosion but says the casualty figure is yet to be ascertained.

Also, a group of angry youths have mobilised at the scene of the bomb attack. It was gathered that some journalists were beaten up by the mob as they attempted to cover the incident.

More details to come.

Source: ChannelsTV

Monday, June 4, 2012

President Jonathan reacts to Bauchi church suicide attacks

President Goodluck Jonathan has again appealed to Nigerians, especially those who occupy leadership positions, to fully support the Federal Government and security services in the fight against terrorism.

In his reaction, yesterday to the suicide bomb attack on a church in Bauchi State, the President said no patriotic Nigerian should stand aloof while enemies of the nation wage a wicked war against innocent citizens.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Communications, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President expressed sadness at the loss of more Nigerian lives in a terrorist attack on a church in Bauchi State and conveyed his “sincerest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the bombing and has directed federal medical and emergency services to do everything possible to assist the survivors.

“While the recurrence of a heinous attack on a place of worship is most regrettable, the President urges Nigerians not to be disheartened by it.

Suicide blast kills 15 in Bauchi church

KANO, Nigeria (AFP)

A suicide bomber who tried to drive an explosives-packed car into a church in northern Nigeria on Sunday killed at least 15 people, including himself, and injured 40, officials said.

Speeding up his vehicle, the attacker approached a checkpoint near the church in Bauchi State, which has previously been hit by Islamist group Boko Haram and where tension between Muslims and Christians has led to violence in the past.

"We have a checkpoint not far from the church which prevented the bomber from gaining access to his target," said state police commissioner Mohammed Ladan.

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