Wednesday, December 26, 2012

CAN President, Oritsejafor Condemns Christmas Bombings

CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, on Tuesday condemned the killing of no fewer than 12 worshippers in Potiskum, Yobe State and Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Monday when gunmen suspected to be members of dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, attacked two churches in the Northern Nigerian towns.

Oritsejafor, who is the founder of Word of Life Bible Church in Warri, Delta state, described the incident as a “bestial act against a people exercising their rights to worship”.

He said, “It is highly disturbing and very barbaric; it is archaic. It is totally against God and anything that has to do with Him. You wonder how people will go to this extent in the name of God.

“Let us not continue to deny that there are jihadists, extremists and Islamists in this country. They are here. Let us agree that it is time for us to take certain steps to bring this madness to an end.”

He urged the worshippers in the area not to succumb to evil perpetrators by absconding their ancestral homes, stressing that doing so would be tantamount to cowardice.

Oritsejafor explained that although he was not cut out to disparage adherents of other faiths, the truth must be told.

He said, “Let me again say that I have high respect and regard for my Muslim friends and brothers. I’m not against Muslims. We need their help. We have been saying it and we will continue to say it. Not only do we appeal to them to condemn it, we are asking that they must help us take this message to the grassroots.

“We (Christians) are not their enemies. The clerics that preach in the mosques, they should help us spread this news. With this goodwill, they will be able to flush out those people from among them.”

The CAN President added, “These people are not really helping them. They are destroying their economy. When things like these happen, many (northern leaders) come out to condemn these acts. Condemning it as it is now is not enough. They must go a step further. They must condemn these acts. Nigeria belongs all of us and we must join hands together to make this nation what it is supposed to be.”

Nigerians should not lose hope – Okorocha, Clerics

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha; Kogi State Christian Association of Nigeria Chairman Emmanuel Egbunu; and his Kwara State counterpart, Rev. James Foloranmi, have called on Nigerians to remain hopeful that the country will surmount its current challenges.

In their Christmas goodwill messages, the trio also emphasised the need for Nigerians to make sacrifice and live in harmony.

On their part, Kwara State House of Assembly Speaker Rasak Atunwa and Zaria Local Government CAN Chairman, Rev. Peter Giwa, urged Nigerians to forgive and tolerate one another.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Okorocha advised Nigerians to shun armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and corruption.

He said, “As Christians, we are expected to emulate Christ by showing love to the poor and the less privileged while upholding the values of Christianity.

Boko Haram Have Been Forgiven – Kaduna Catholic Diocese

The Bishop of Kaduna Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Mathew Ndagoso, yesterday said that the Church (Catholic) in the state had forgiven dreaded Islamist fundamentalist, Boko Haram, over the series of attacks on catholic churches in the state.

The cleric said they decided to forgive the sect since Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day as a peacemaker, stressing that forgiveness is one of the reasons why Christmas is celebrated.

Ndagoso said, “As we celebrate Christmas, we remember the killing of our members and bombing of our churches, particularly Saint Rita Catholic Church, Ungwan Yero, Badarawa, Kaduna. We can only pray for the souls of the departed to rest in peace.

“We thank the state government, individuals and different organisations for standing behind us during these turbulent times.

“There is nothing we can do to our enemies but to forgive them. This Christmas time. We must show love and forgive one another for peace to reign in our society.

“We should remember that over 2,000 years, during Jesus time on earth. He faced a similar persecution, humiliation and death in the hands of those that were supposed to love Him, but even at that He forgave them. He is born for our sake, and He died for our sake.

“So violence, being it religious, political, economic and social, has been there long time ago in the history of humanity.”

Yuletide: Jonathan drums support for Transformation Agenda

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday called on the church to support the Federal Government's transformation agenda by helping to reform the attitudes of the citizenry. The president made the call during a Christmas service at the Cathedral of Advent (Anglican Communion), Life Camp, Abuja.

He said that the agenda of government could be made possible if the church, through its programmes and activities, reformed the lives of its members.

"The church has a great role to play if the transformation must be achieved because there can be no transformation without reformation.

"I want to call on the church to come up with programmes that will reform the lives of the people because what we see and hear about some Nigerians require genuine reformation of the people since reformation is critical to transformation,'' he said.

The president advised religious leaders in the country to enlighten their faithful on efforts made by government to reform the society.

Jonathan urged Nigerians to support government's programmes at all levels, noting that the continuous sabotage of its efforts would not lead the nation to greatness.

He congratulated Nigerians on the Christmas celebrations and assured them of government's commitment to making life better for them.

He said that the much-desired changes would be made in the different sectors of the economy but sued for patience.

Adeboye Urges Christians To Embrace Righteousness

The General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Tuesday urged Christians to turn to God and forsake their sinful ways.

Adeboye gave this advice at the `2012 Lets Go A-Fishing’, a soul-winning project of the church, that the faithful should embrace righteousness so as to attract God’s favour.

He said that any nation with the fear of God and filled with righteousness, would earn Gods’ favour.

“When God decides to favour you, it does not matter where you are, the favour of God will surely locate you.

“Once the favour of God locates you, it changes your destiny, you will get to the top and the blessing will flow to others.

“When God decides to favour you, you are empowered, it turns you into anointing and it brings you in contact with greatness. When God decided to favour David, He gave him power,’’ Adeboye said.

The cleric urged the congregation to live a holy life.

Pope slams Boko Haram, urges end to killings in Nigeria

Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday lamented "savage acts of terrorism" that frequently target Christian churches in Nigeria, during his traditional Christmas message. The pontiff prayed for "concord in Nigeria, where savage acts of terrorism continue to reap victims, particularly among Christians."

The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has often targeted churches in its bloody insurgency, as well as police and other symbols of the establishment in Nigeria. Violence linked to the insurgency is believed to have left some 3,000 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces.

The violence is now worsened with the emergence of another terror group, the Ansaru, that claimed to have kidnapped French engineer, Frances Colump, in Rimi Katsina, Katsina State last week.

Pope Benedict also called for an "end to the bloodshed" and "a political solution" in conflict-wracked Syria in a traditional Christmas message that touched on several other of the world's conflict zones.

Gunmen Attack ECWA Church During Christmas Service, 6 Dead

Gunmen attacked a church in northern Nigeria during a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, killing six people including the pastor, before setting the building ablaze, residents and police said Tuesday.

“A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church,” said Usman Mansir, a resident of Peri village near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe state.

“They opened fire on them, killing the pastor and five worshippers. They then set fire to the church,” he added, specifying that a branch of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) was targetted.

A senior police official in Yobe confirmed the details to AFP, but declined to be named.

Yobe police chief Sanusi Rufa’i said “this is a security issue” and refused to comment further.

Boko Haram Islamists have carried out several attacks in Yobe, which borders the state of Maiduguri, where the insurgent group is based.

The Islamists are blamed for killing hundreds of people in northern Nigeria since 2009. It was not clear who was behind the latest violence.

While Yobe’s population is overwhelmingly Muslim, the commercial hub of Potiskum has a significant Christian minority. Peri is just two kilometres outside the city.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Next year will be better, says Jonathan

President Jonathan, on Sunday, in Kaduna said he assures Nigerians next year will be better than this year. He made this statement shortly after he laid the foundation stone of Living Faith Foundation's

Bible College. He said despite the various challenges Nigeria faced in 2012, his government is determined to ensure that next year (2013) is better than 2012.

He urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the country's administration. He said: "Let me assure all of you and indeed all Nigerians that 2013 will be better for us than 2012 in all aspects of the nation's history. The New Year shall be better for us in terms of job creation, wealth creation and improved security among others".

"Sometimes, challenges make people doubt the sincerity of government, but I am confident that God knows everything."

The President said he is aware that due to the challenges, some people have lost faith in the government.

More so, he said just like the biblical Job who lost everything and faced many challenges but God did not abandon him. He believes God wants Nigerians to learn some lessons from the present and past challenges, adding that God means well for the country.

The President assured Nigerians there will be an improvement in the area of power supply and he intends to make sure Nigerians could live without buying power generating sets.

He said his administration intends to provide adequate power supply in order to boost small scale businesses.

"Small scale businesses such as barbing salons cannot continue to buy generators to operate and break even. My wish is for Nigerians not to have generating sets," he added.

The President also promised Nigerians, security operatives are determined to tackle the security challenges in the Northern part of the country.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Chris Okotie, Dangote, Others Mourn Yakowa

President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Pastor, Household of God, Lagos, Rev. Chris Okotie; and the Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria, Mrs. Oluremi Oyo, on Thursday joined in mourning the late Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa.

Yakowa, former National Security Adviser Andrew Azazi and four others died in a helicopter crash in Nembe, Bayelsa State on Saturday.

They were returning from the burial of the father of Mr. Oronto Douglas, a Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to NAN, In his tribute, Dangote described Yakowa as a bridge builder, who strived hard to help humanity.

He said the deceased had great respect for people, irrespective of the ethno-religious difference.

He advised Governor Mukhtar Yero to continue with the work started by his predecessor.

Okotie said “My heart goes out to the families of the deceased. I also pray that God will grant them eternal rest.

“It is particularly sad that the tragic incidents of air crashes have continued, despite repeated assurances from the aviation authorities that our airspace is now safe.”

The cleric called for proper checks to forestall future occurrence.

The National Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, Chief Sam Nkire, described Yakowa as “a good man, gone too soon”.

Nkire said the death of the governor was not just a loss to Nigeria but also “a big loss to a small community of men of conscience in the country”.

The PPA boss said Kaduna State would miss the governor’s vast administrative experience.

He added that he was one of the most experienced public servants in the country, having been a local government chairman, permanent secretary, commissioner, minister, Secretary to the State Government and Deputy Governor.

Nkire said since he met Yakowa, when they were both commissioners in their states about 20 years ago, he had remained a lesson in humility and selfless service.

Kukah Cautions New Kaduna Governor: “Be Careful Of Religious Bigots”

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, this morning at the funeral of late Kaduna State Governor, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, warned Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, his successor, to be mindful of religious bigots.

“Do not be tempted to think that the Muslims have taken what the wicked have presented as a prize for only Muslims,” he cautioned.

The Bishop’s audience included President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo.

He told the governor the world looks up to him not to be seduced by the whispers of the wicked whose devilish and selfish hold on power has held society down.

“You have taken over the steering wheel and must obey and respect all road signs so that we can arrive at the destination that we have set out to. Balancing our dreams together can make ours one of the greatest states in Nigeria. Let us reverse the divisive, ugly and pernicious past which was constructed by men who had the hearts for apartheid. By pursuing the politics of exclusion, these men and women merely destroyed both the noble faith of Islam and the North that its founders dreamt of.

“I want to assure you that there are millions of Yakowa’s outside the Muslim community and that the monopoly of power by one section or even one gender or generation denies our people a future. This is what South Africa realised. It is what the Americans have now realised. Other nations have achieved greatness by managing diversity. Diversity should generate appreciation and love and when properly managed, it can be a source of beauty and strength. This is why Joseph’s coat of many colours is presented as the best garment in the Bible. We wish you well and as you saw from the way our people have received this tragedy, we are a peaceful, God fearing and trusting community. I can assure you, we shall stand by you. And to you President Jonathan, when it mattered, you allowed God to use you to change history. Those whose selfishness sowed the seeds of exclusion leading to violence have abandoned the state and fled to Abuja where they continue to pursue an unproductive lifestyle of feeding off the state by pretending to represent Islam and the North.

“Sir, this state is ours to build now that the members of the nefarious Mafia whose selfishness hindered the development of Kaduna in particular and the north in general have either died or fled the state. Mr. Yakowa’s ascent to power broke this jinx. You cannot attempt to put this genie back without breaking the bottle. Before Yakowa, Kaduna state had been surviving on one lung. Now that political surgery has corrected this anomaly, it is hoped that now, we shall lay a foundation for a successful transition and succession to power in the most honest way. If we fail to do that, we shall be attempting to clap with one hand or flying a plane with only one wing. With youth on your side, we all assure you of our prayers. Despite its troubles and doubts, Nigeria is on the threshold of hope and opportunity. We shall arrive our destination quicker because we have the likes of our dear Governor Yakowa praying for us. May God bless our dear country. Amen.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pray For Nigeria– Mark Urges Intending Pilgrims

The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, has appealed to intending pilgrims to Israel to put Nigeria in their prayers at this trying time the country’s history.

Mark made the appeal while addressing intending pilgrims from St. Mulumba’s Catholic Chaplaincy at Apo in Abuja, ahead of their departure to the holy land.

He urged the intending pilgrims to devote time to reflect on the situation in Nigeria and commit the country to God for divine intervention.

He cited insecurity as one of the key challenges facing the nation, saying that Nigeria would surmount the challenges with honesty, commitment and resolve by all citizens.

He advised the intending pilgrims to exhibit good conduct.

“Your conduct would go a long way to show that Nigeria is not a country of bad eggs.

“Remember you are going to Israel on religious mission not jamboree or for any commercial interest. You must put Nigeria first in all you do.

“Besides, you must go as a team and return as one group,”Mark said.

He advised them to resist the temptation of absconding as such behaviour was unacceptable and would not be tolerated.

Sharing Love: Something Extra - Nadia Wilder

We walked through the doors of a store last week and it looked like the opening scene of “The Grinch,” only without the joyful countenance on the faces: music blaring, people scurrying and hurriedly clutching armloads of gifts a midst the chaos. It was a bit overwhelming – or, as Cindy Lou Who aptly described, superfluous. 

This time of year can easily overwhelm and consume both our lives and our hearts. One glance at the calendar filled with events, gatherings and to-do’s leaves us wondering what more we have left to give. Frankly, it can leave us a little disenchanted with the Christmas season altogether. Several years ago, I found myself struggling with how trite so much of it had become. I was fearful that the baby in the manger, the Savior of the world, was becoming as relevant to our family as the elf on our shelf. I prayerfully considered what we would do with Christmas, how we could share the love of Christ in the midst of the chaos and in the midst of compromise in our consumerist culture. 

The answer came through a couple of venues: I stumbled across a blog that was filled with ideas for small, random acts of kindness aimed at spreading kindness and cheer through the season. We stopped asking the questions of what we would do and simply starting asking what could we do to impact as many people as we come in contact with the love of Christ. That Christmas, my children and I prepared dozens of goody bags and candy canes for distribution and set off on a mission to light up faces and hearts all around us. It was amazing to see the change of expression on the faces of those who received even the smallest of gifts. My children began to experience the joy of giving, realizing that even the smallest act of sharing could brighten someone’s day. It was a teachable moment about all things grace, how Christ Himself came as the greatest gift of grace to us and we, in turn, were sharing that grace and His love.

Unbelief Now the World's Third-Largest 'Religion'

A new report on global religious identity shows that while Christians and Muslims make up the two largest groups, those with no religious affiliation -- including atheists and agnostics -- are now the third-largest "religious" group in the world.

The study, released Tuesday (Dec. 18) by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that more than eight in 10 (84 percent) of the world's 7 billion people adheres to some form of religion. Christians make up the largest group, with 2.2 billion adherents, or 23 percent worldwide, followed by Muslims, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23 percent worldwide.

Close behind are the "nones" -- those who say they have no religious affiliation or say they do not believe in God -- at 1. 1 billion, or 16 percent. That means that about the same number of people who identify as Catholics worldwide say they have no religion.

"One out of six people does not have a religious identity," said Conrad Hackett, a primary researcher and demographer on the study. "But it is also striking that that overwhelming majority of the world does have some type of religious identity. So I think people will be surprised by either way of looking at it."

The next largest groups, the report finds, are Hindus (1 billion people, or 15 percent), Buddhists (500 million people, or 7 percent) and Jews (14 million people, or 0.2 percent). More than 400 million people -- 6 percent -- practice folk traditions from African, Chinese, Native American or Australian aboriginal cultures.

Security In Christ: Deeper Life Ministries Holds Retreat December 21 – 25

Deeper Christian Life Ministry,  will be holding her December Retreat between the 21st and 25th December themed “Security in Christ”

The church  is known to hold 2 major retreats every year during the 2 major Christian celebrations – Easter and Christmas.

According to the church’s official website, some highlights of the meeting will be:

- Freedom from fear

- Faith for survival

- Prayer for protection

- Redemption

- Healing and many more.


Date                                         Time                                    Message Title
Friday Dec. 21                    07:30 – 09:00pm                      Divine provision for the whole man

Saturday, Dec. 22               06:00 – 07:30am                      The Lord, my Shepherd
                                        10:15 – 11:45am                       Prosperity through consecration
                                        07:30 – 09:00pm                      Identification with Christ  

Sunday Dec. 23                 06:00 – 07:30am                      The Lord my Strength
                                       10:15 – 11:45am                       Christ’s intercession for you
                                       07:30 – 09:00pm                       Following Christ wholeheartedly

Monday Dec. 24               00 – 07:30am                           The Lord, my Security
                                      10:15 – 11:45am                        Grace and gift for growth
                                      07:30 – 09:00pm                 Watchfulness and readiness for Christ’s Return

Tuesday Dec. 25             06:00 – 07:30am                  Maintaining 365 days of uninterrupted victory

The venue for this meeting with is the Deeper Life Conference Centre, located at Km 42, Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.

Ministering is the  General Overseer of the church Pastor W.F Kumuyi.

For further details please log on to the church’s website: 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Violence Against Christians Moves Nigeria to No. 7 on List of Terror-Affected Nations

Boko Haram's violent jihad against Christians in Nigeria pushed the country into seventh place in annual rankings of countries impacted by terrorism, fueling more calls for the State Department to reconsider its decision not to designate the Islamist group as a foreign terrorist organization, reports.

Nigeria's ranking in the latest Global Terrorism Index, released this week, marked a shift from 12th place a year ago, from 16th place in 2008 and from 30th place in 2005. The top six countries this year are Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Yemen and Somalia. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the index is calculated based on the number of terrorist incidents, the number of deaths, the number of casualties and the level of property damage. 

The newly-published rankings relate to 2011, a year during which 168 terror attacks were recorded in Nigeria, accounting for 437 deaths and 614 injuries. This year, however, has already witnessed more than 700 Nigerian Christian deaths in Boko Haram-related violence, according to the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN), and the coming Christmas holiday could bring more, if past years are a guide.

Terrorism: Mixed reactions trail passage of death penalty bill

Mixed reactions on Sunday in Lagos trailed the passage by the National Assembly of the bill prescribing death penalty for acts of terrorism. The National Assembly at its sitting on Thursday approved the death penalty for acts of terrorism following the recommendations of a Conference Committee's report of both houses.

The Committee's report harmonised the different versions of the Amendment Bill passed by both the upper and lower legislative chambers. The Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 (Amendment) Bill, 2012, was passed by the House of Representatives on Oct. 11 and by the Senate on Oct. 17.

The Senate version prescribes life imprisonment for offences under this clause, while the House of Representatives prescribes death penalty. NAN recalls that after deliberations, the House of Representatives version on death penalty was adopted by the Conference Committee.

Speaking to NAN in an interview, Mr Godfrey Lemchi, Lagos State Chairman of the African Democratic Congress, described passage of the bill as ''appropriate''. According to him, terrorism is a grievous crime against humanity. ''It is the worst form of seeking redress by any group; therefore the penalty for such inhuman act both for the financiers and executors is capital punishment," he said.
He said that ''any unpunished terrorism breeds a family of terrorists''.

Bishop Gabriel Omoruyi, the spokesman of Lagos chapter of All Nigeria Peoples Party, also described the passage as ''a step in the right direction''. ''No one has the right to take the life of another illegally. Those who do so should squarely face the law. ''A situation where people enter Churches and Mosques to kill must stop,'' he said. Omoruyi said that if this was done, it would surely bring orderliness back to the society.

Mr Sunny Moniedafe, the former Chairman of the FCT chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria, also supported the bill. ''In as much as I want to support the death penalty, I have my reservations and posers for the Senate as to what has led some young Nigerians into terrorism. ''Has the leadership of our dear nation given them enough reasons to deviate from such acts? he queried. Moniedafe, however, urged the Senate to focus on good governance and eradication of injustice.

Mr Unimke Nawa, a former Publicity Secretary of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, said death penalty would not solve the problem of terrorism in the country. ''Despite the severity of the act of terrorism, the death sentence is not the panacea for abating the crime. ''We have had the death sentence for armed robbery for years without it checking the crime," he said. (NAN)

Nigerian Christians Ask for Prayer at Christmas Amid Attacks

Nigerian Christians are asking American churches to pray they will be safe from attacks this Christmas, CBN News reports.

The radical Islamic group Boko Haram is carrying out a war to drive Christians from northern Nigeria, and dozens of Christians have died in bombing attacks during Christmas services the past two years.

Rev. Musa Asake, general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, says he's "very, very worried" -- but he says that won't stop Nigerian Christians from going to church on Christmas. He is asking Christians in America to pray that "the Lord will intervene to protect churches."

More than 770 people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks so far this year, making 2012 the worst year of violence attributed to the group.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

2013 Will Be A Better Year For The Country - Jonathan

As the year 2012 comes to an end, President Goodluck Jonathan, has urged Nigerians in the spirit of Christmas to embrace peace promising a more improved outing for the country in 2013, as he reiterate government continuous effort to bring about desired changes on security, power, aviation and other areas of national life.

President Goodluck Jonathan while speaking at the Presidential Christmas Carol held at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, enjoined Nigerians to ignore any call for the division of the country and as well avoid anything that would disintegrate the country and embrace unity and peaceful co-existence.
The president said, "I urge Nigerians to, in the spirit of Christmas, embrace peace. The wars will not save us. Christ brought peace to free everybody. If we embrace peace, we will progress. We have challenges, but we have everything in place to overcome them.

"In the New Year, we will see the changes in the airports, seaports, power and security as we progress. Surely, 2013 will be a better year for the country".

Oritsejafor Asks Islamic Youths To Shun Fundamentalist Ideologies

WARRI- Worried by the growing trend of terrorism in northern Nigeria, a coalition of Christian and Muslim youths paid a courtesy visit to the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and co-chairman of Nigerian Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor in his church office in Warri, seeking new approaches to tackle the menace.

The 20-man delegation was led by the national president of Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria, YOWICAN, Dr. Simon Dolly and his Islamic counterpart, the national president of National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, NACOMYO, Alh-aji Kamal'ddin Akintun-de and was joined by five leaders from the Muslim community in Warri.

Welcoming the joint leadership of Youth Wing of CAN, YOWICAN, and the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, NACO-MYO, Pastor Oritsejafor charged the Muslim youths whose members are often used by the perpetrators of the violence, to take the gospel of peace to the grassroots on the need for youths to refuse to be used.

According to the CAN president, who expressed delight for the visit by the joint leadership of YOWICAN and NACO-MYO, the time has come peace loving youths of this country to rise in defence of the peace of the nation because no country can develop in an atmosphere devoid of peace and tranquility.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

20 Babies Delivered At RCCG Congress

Twenty babies, including a set of twins, have been delivered since the 15th Holy Ghost Congress of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) began on Monday at its Camp Ground along the Lagos-Ibadan expressroad.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the church, made the announcement at the Redemption Camp on Wednesday night.

He said that as at 9:00 p.m, on Wednesday, the babies were nine boys and 11 girls.

The pastor, who expressed happiness over the development, said, "the girls have taken over ".

RCCG moves to control traffic on Lagos-Ibadan road

ORGANISERS of the 15th annual Holy Ghost Congress of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, are making arrangement to contain the surging traffic expected today at the Redemption Camp, Lagos Ibadan Expressway, as the church hosts the flagship of the event, the Holy Ghost Service with millions of persons expected from all over the world.

On a daily basis since the Congress started on Monday, the crowd has been building up but today, the church in collaboration with detachments of security personnel drawn from various formations including men of the Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and several traffic control officers from Lagos and Ogun states would be on duty to control the unprecedented crowd expected today.

The traffic and security committee has sent to all parishes of the church the outline on movement within the camp ground, to make worshipers stay comfortable and ensure free-flow of traffic in and out of the camp ground during the programme.

Feelers from the church last night indicate that the authorities had fully prepared to control the traffic as it has put modalities on ground to ensure free flow of traffic during the programme but, another source within the church told our reporter that a lot would depend on the attitude of the motorists on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to the source, the attitude of motorists has actually been responsible for chaotic traffic situation often experienced on the road, saying therefore that motorists should obey instructions from the security agents on the road and there will be free-flow of traffic.

RCCG's Holy Ghost Congress Opens With 'Signs, Wonders'

THE General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has said God will restore the lost glory of Nigeria.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of this year's Holy Ghost Congress at the Redemption Camp, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, said God has begun a process of re-building the country, adding that God has lofty plans for the nation that it was sin that distorted God's plan for Nigeria.

The programme began on Monday with the theme: "Signs and Wonders."

In his words: "God is not only a builder but an architect, He has good plans for Nigeria, but somewhere along the line sin tampered with these plans. Sin came in, the plan was distorted, but God being God in His infinite wisdom has decided to restore and rebuild the nation".

In his first sermon tagged "Signs and Wonders of New Creature," the cleric is of the opinion that the original plan of God for the country was that of multiplication, fruitful-ness, prosperity and be in control, then "signs and wonders" would follow."

It doesn't matter how terrible your past records has been the moment you give your life to Jesus Christ, your old records are wiped off and you are given a new one 1 john 1 v 7

The moment you become a new creature the original plan of God for your life begins to unfold.

God Will Restore, Rebuild Country, Says Pastor Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer, Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) on Tuesday said that God will restore and rebuild Nigeria.

Adeboye said this while delivering his sermon at the 15th Holy Ghost Congress at the Redemption Camp on KM 46, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

The week long congress, which began on Monday, had the theme: "Signs and Wonders".

According to him, God has plans for Nigeria, pointing out that "sin distorted God's plan for the nation.

"God is not just a builder, but an architect, He has good plans for Nigeria, but somewhere along the line, something tampered with the plans.

"Sin came in, the plan was distorted, God being God in his wisdom has decided to restore and rebuild the nation," he said.

Adeboye said the original plan of God for Nigeria was that the people would multiply, be fruitful, have dominion, prosper and be in control.

"Then signs and wonders will follow", the cleric assured

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Carol Service

Hark the Herald Angels Sing!!!

Covenant Christian Centre Choir (C4) Presents "An Evening of Carols".  Its a time to gather together and bless God's holy name.

The evening will consist of carols and in between bible reading.

Special appearance by Ige Kachi (MTN Project Fame Facilitator) and Olumide

It holds this Sunday 16th, December, 2012
Time : 5 - 6.30pm
Venue: 400, Herbert Macaulay, Yaba

South-West/ Lagos CAN, Others Pray for Nigeria

Lagos — Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-West/Lagos State Zones and other Christian organizations are embarking on one-day fasting and prophetic prayer programme for Nigeria, holding today, Wednesday December 12.

The theme of the programme that will attract a cream of top Christian leaders, is: "O Lord Save Nigeria in Distress."

According to Archbishop Magnus Adeyemi Atilade, Chairman of the CAN South-West Zone, it will hold at Presbyterian Church Yaba, Lagos by 12.00 noon.

Prayer-points include: End of violence, kidnapping, killings, shedding of blood, halting the destruction of churches and soliciting for the "peace of God that passeth all understanding to reign supreme in Nigeria.

Among Christian leader expected are Archbishop George Amu, Southern States CAN chairman and Monsignor B.A. Okodua, Chairman, Lagos State CAN.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nigeria: Wale Oke Storms Vanguard for End of Year Service

The 12th edition of Vanguard Media Christian Fellowship end-of-year thanksgiving and prayer conference is scheduled for today Wednesday, December 12 at the corporate headquarters of the company in Apapa,Lagos.

The National Vice President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, in charge of South West Region, Bishop Francis Wale Oke has graciously accepted to be the guest speaker at this year's event.

A statement by the co-coordinator of Vanguard Media Christian Fellowship, Elder Emmanuel Obuh says the theme of this year's thanksgiving/prayer service is: 'The Change: From Glory to Glory' with inspiration from II Corinthians 3:18. According to him, the programme scheduled for 12 noon at the company's premises is expected to feature choir ministration, special prayer sessions for the management and staff of the company.

It will be recalled that the Fellowship holds an annual spiritual revival with eminent clergymen ministering at the occasion. Last year, the National president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor was the guest speaker while the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye preached at the 2010 edition.

Others who had ministered included the General Overseer of Soul Winning Chapel, Ebute Metta, Rev. Moses Iloh, president/founder of Strong Tower Mission, proprietors of Little Saints Orphanages, Rev. (Mrs.) Dele George, Senior pastor of House on the Rock, Pastor Paul Adefarasin and many other ministers of the gospel.

While Pastor Adeboye described Vanguard as one of three Nigerian newspapers he takes delight in reading, Pastor Oritsejafor was very emphatic, saying that Vanguard--the best read newspaper in the country was his number one choice.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fresh Pressure On Obama, Clinton Over Boko Haram

FRESH pressure is mounting on the US President Barack Obama and the outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate Nigeria’s Islamist group, Boko Haram, a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) before the end of Obama’s first term next month.

At the White House, an ambitious effort has been launched by a team of several US groups led by Jubilee Campaign and supported by the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) to mobilise thousands of Americans to sign a petition addressed to President Obama, demanding the designation.

According to the petition, already posted on the White House website, the organisations and the petitioners observed that despite all the uncontested evidence on the activities of Boko Haram, “the US has refused to designate Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organisation.”

The petition, which has to get 25,000 signatures by December 29, to have the US President respond to it, stated that in the last three years, Boko Haram has killed an estimated 3,000 Nigerians, adding, “they have directly targeted helpless Christians, and any Muslims who dare to disagree with their genocidal ambitions.”

CANAN in a statement said it was mobilising the over 1,000 US-based Nigerian churches to get their members to endorse the petition within the time limit, so as to get a response from the White House.

Opening up the White House website to Americans to petition the US government is one of the initiatives of President Obama to bring the US government closer to the American people. But his administration has been reluctant to go after Boko Haram as a group.

Bauchi State To Support Religious Organisations Propagating Peace

Gov Isa Yuguda said on Monday in Bauchi that government would continue to support all religious organisations propagating peace in the state.

Addressing the faithful embarking on a pilgrimage to Israel, the governor, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Sagir Saleh, commended the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state for preaching peace.

He reminded the intending pilgrims that Jesus Christ teaches love, sacrifice and service to mankind and urged them to associate themselves with the virtues and also imbibe the teachings.

``I would seize this opportunity to commend all Christians and particularly the leadership of CAN in the state for propagating the gospel of peace, tolerance, love and understanding”, he said.

The governor said adequate arrangements had been made for the pilgrims' accommodation, feeding and transport in Israel.

Yuguda noted that it was gratifying to note that there was no reported case of drug or currency trafficking involving pilgrims from the state in the past pilgrimages.

He asked all the pilgrims to pray for peace, harmony and stability in the country.

Earlier, the Chairman, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rev. Shuaibu Byal, said the state government had provided the enabling environment for effective and efficient pilgrims' journey.

Byal said that the board had gone round local government areas in the state for advocacy, mobilisation and sensitisation on the need for self-sponsorship.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that out of the 426 intending pilgrims, only eight are sponsoring themselves.

The first group from the state is expected to depart for Israeli on Wednesday.(NAN)


Sunday, December 9, 2012


We have exactly twenty-one days before the end of 2012, what plans or goals have you written out for 2013? Are they goals that you are willing to see through or make excuses for? 

I collated a list of quotes on excuses for you, as a means of motivating you to make most of your 2013!

  • "For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future; but an excuse can last for life." Eric Hoffer
  • “Excuses are monuments of nothingness. They build bridges to nowhere. Those who use these tools of incompetence, seldom become anything but nothing at all.”
  • Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. ~Don Wilder and Bill Rechin
  • Don't do what you'll have to find an excuse for. ~Proverb
  • No one ever excused his way to success. ~Dave Del Dotto
  • Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. ~Steven Grayhm
  • Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. ~Henry Ward Beecher
  • We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible. ~François de la Rochefoucauld
  • We are all manufacturers - some make good, others make trouble, and still others make excuses. ~Author Unknown
  • One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure. ~Robert Townsend
  • The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse. ~Author Unknown
  • If you always make excuses to not follow through you deserve the weight of anxiety on your chest. ~Daniel, @blindedpoet
  • If God had intended me to make excuses for who I am, He would have given me better excuses. ~Robert Brault,
  • A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. ~John Burroughs
  • The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. ~Bob Moawad

Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges – Bishop Oyedepo

President of the Living Faith Church, (a.k.a Winners Chapel), and Chancellor of the Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, has urged Nigerians to pray for God’s intervention to restore peace in the country, saying that Nigeria will overcome its current challenges.

Bishop Oyedepo who spoke yesterday at the closing of the annual convention of the church, ‘Shiloh 2012’ tagged ‘Double Portion’ at Canaan Land, Ota-Lagos, said Nigeria is strategic in Africa, hence the need for peace to reign supreme in the country.

The cleric who took time to pray for peace in the country, declared that bloodshed and terrorism would end in all parts of the country.

At the event attended by eminent Nigerians including wives of Kwara and Ogun state Governors, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed and Olufunsho Amosun respectively, Bishop Oyedepo sought the wrath of God on those behind crisis and terrorism in the country.

He said “Nigeria is strategic in two ways. It is the most populous nation in Africa and it is a blessed nation, hence the need for the peace of God to reign supreme in the country. This country must not be burnt and by the prayers of the saints, God’s hands will henceforth rest on the nation and there shall be an end to all forms of crisis from the north to the south of Nigeria.”

He declared further that “Nigeria is today declared a safe haven and the peace of the Lord that passes all understanding will from today reign in this nation. There will be peace in all parts of the country and the fresh hands of God will as from today rest upon this nation.”

Oyedepo, who urged his teeming congregation to pray for President Goodluck Jonathan, who he described as the symbol of the country, stressed that Nigeria would move forward and no power of the enemy will triumph in the country again. Specifically, he prayed for boldness and courage for President Jonathan, even as he asked God to endow him with divine wisdom to lead the country aright.


Art Colony International Presents Christmas Magic

The annual goodwill concert organised by Art Colony International would be coming up on Saturday, December 15, 2012. 

Art Colony International made its debut in 2010

According to the organizers the show is a celebration that combines art with community development and charitable initiatives in the education sector.

Performances by Irawo (talking drum), Guchi Egbunine (tenor), Uduak Nsehe (piano) Emmanuel Fagbohun (violin), Premier Clarinet Quartet. Accompanied by The Christmas Magic String Ensemble & Jazz Band. 

Also Featuring: Norman MacLeod (Scottish bagpiper player), Yinka Davies, and Olufunmi will also be performing 

The comperes for the event are comedian Omo Baba and Ben Ogbeiwi

The venue is Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Center, 8/9 Marina, Onikan in Lagos for the Christmas Magic concert.

Tickets are available for sale at the Muson Centre and online at www.afritickets/com, at a cost of N3,000 for single, N5,000 for couple and N1,000 for Students/Children for regular and N10,000 for single and N15,000 for VIP.

You can also call 08023166192 or send and email;

Thursday, December 6, 2012

SWANKY YOUNGSTER Child Sexual Abuse & Fashion

SWANKY YOUNGSTER is a Child Sexual Abuse awareness event, not the usual all talk event you might be expecting. This event will also be showcasing performances by various artists, Children Fashion and General Sales of items at give away prices.

Its holding on Sunday, 9th of December, 2012


TIME: 10AM - 7PM


It an experience you do not want to miss.

For more information call 07066452375, 08135150127, 08033202818.

This event is brought to you by Qono!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Laspotech Christian Fellowship JIBOWU ANNEX Holds Its PRAISE DAY 2012 TAGGED: " JOYFUL NOISE"

It's another PRAISE DAY coming up again and it promises to be an EXPLOSIVE time in God's presence. A moment of Praise and Worship to our Faithful God who has kept us till this very time. I'm sure you won't want to  miss out!!!

The Lagos State Polytechnic Jibowu Annex Presents its PRAISE DAY 2012 TAGGED: " JOYFUL NOISE"

Venue: V.ginis Event Centre 3, Hussey Street,  Opposite WAEC,  Yaba, Lagos

Date: Sunday, 9th December, 2012

Time: 1pm

For more information call: 07033798670, 08025666559, 08161806194, 08038648872

RCCG Covenant House Parish Holds "THE LAST HEALING SERVICE IN 2012"

Do you desire Last Minute Spiritual, Physical and/or Financial Healing?

Did your doctor give you a bad report about your health and you need God's divine intervention??

Then join RCCG Covenant House Parish for THE LAST HEALING SERVICE IN 2012 with Pastor Matthew Aiyedun.

Date: Tuesday 27th December 2012.

Time: 6:30pm


Bring the sick, halt, blind, deaf, dumb and your problems and see God perform great healing on them.

Winners Chapel: Shiloh 2012 Starts Today December 4th, 2012

Shiloh is one of the most popular Christian meetings that holds annually. It is powered by Winners Chapel. It is a meeting where believers from all works of life, within and outside the nation, come together to worship God for the concluding year and also prepare themselves through prayers and the word towards the coming year.

The theme for this year is tagged "Double Portion" .

Ministering is Bishop David & Faith Oyedepo and other anointed men of God.

It starts today, Tuesday December 4th and ends Saturday December 8th, 2012.

The venue is Cannanland, KM 10 Idiroko Road, Ota , Ogun State.

Time is 7:00am to 7:00pm each day.

The event is streamed live online on or you can go to any of the Living Faith Satellite Churches close to you to watch the screening live.

Also holding is a special summit for Businessmen and Healing Services at the Covenant University facilities at 11:30am each day (all times GMT+1).

Interested in finding out more details, please log on to the official website of the ministry.

Monday, December 3, 2012

AFRICA: Church to Set “Faith, Culture and Development” Organ

(CISA) -The Catholic Church in Africa will set up an organ that will deal with “Faith, Culture and Development.”

This is according to a statement sent from a meeting that was organized by the Department of Evangelization of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for culture.

The workshop was attended by Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, Archbishop of Dar-Es-Salaam and President of SECAM, Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr, Archbishop of Dakar (Senegal) and First Vice-President of SECAM, and Most Rev Barthelemy Adoukonou, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The birth of the new organization will be ratified by the 16th Plenary Assembly of SECAM to be held in Kinshasa (DR Congo) in July 2013.

According to Fides, the workshop also discussed on, how to facilitate dialogue between different cultures and faith; opportunities, challenges and perspectives of African cultures and development; globalization; post-modernity; good governance; African policies for development.

Borno attacks: Nigeria 'militants' kill Christians

Suspected Islamist fighters have killed 10 Christians in an overnight machete and gun attack in Borno state in north-east Nigeria.

Later, gunmen attacked government targets and churches near the border with Cameroon, killing five policemen.

It is not yet clear who was behind the attacks.

But the army suspects the Islamist Boko Haram group, which often targets security forces, government officials or Christians it views as infidels.

Late on Saturday night, residents say a group of men went from house to house in a largely Christian area of the remote village of Chibok, before slitting the throats of 10 people.

"Suspected Boko Haram came at night and set people's houses on fire before killing their victims," Nuhu Clark, a former councillor of the village who escaped the attack, told Reuters news agency. He said he counted 10 bodies.

Porous border

On Sunday, residents of Gamboru Ngala near the border with Cameroon said gunmen killed five policemen as they attacked a police station, immigrations and customs offices, as well as at least one church.

A police spokesman said it had been very difficult to obtain information as some of the mobile phone masts had previously been destroyed by Boko Haram.

Boko Haram is not behind all the violence in northern and central Nigeria, says the BBC's Will Ross in Lagos, and armed groups are known to operate near the porous border with Cameroon.

But it is clear that the police and army are unable to protect people against widespread and frequent attacks, adds our correspondent.

Human rights groups say that more than 3,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram since 2010.

The group is fighting to overthrow the government and impose an extreme form of Sharia, or Islamic law.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Stage Play: Daniel

Snapshots invites you to watch this historic stage play titled DANIEL. The show is slated to show twice on that day. It is powered by Covenant Christian Centre

The venue is at  Unilag Main Auditorium, University of Lagos, Akoka, 

Date: Wednesday 26th of December

Time: 3pm & 5:30pm

Watch your Nollywood stars perform live on stage. It promises to be mind blowing.

About The Book
This verse play, which has been described as magnificent, is a recreation of the biblical story of Daniel in the lions' den. The verse, beautiful and powerful, incisively brings alive the dilemma of Daniel when he is called to choose between God and his intimidating human benefactor Darius, and the play achieves the very rare feat of at once being a delight for the reading eyes and a joy for the performing stage. "Daniel" was 1st runner-up in the prestigious 1994 ANA drama competition, beaten only by the author's other play, "Esther".

About the Author
PHILIP BEGHO is the author of several award-winning books. His wide-ranging interest has seen him in a varied career that has spanned journalism, banking, business, legal practice and university teaching. He has also engaged in film and theatrical production. He now works as a full-time writer, concentrating largely on children's literature and verse drama.


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