Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Protests in Warri as Olu of Warri abolishes ancient cultural practices

There have been protests and serious tension in Warri, Delta state for some days for now after the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwase II, announced the abolition of some of the ancient Itshekiri cultural practices. The Olu of Warri who is a born again Christian with a Foursquare Worship Centre in his palace, had last Wednesday September 4th declared in a document titled, “The New Order of Iwere Kingdom,” that the “Ogiame” title which had been in existence for over 500 years would no longer exist because it is purportedly associated to a river goddess. He now only wants to serve one God.

The Olu of Warri in the document, said:

“I also repent for the name and title of “Ogiame” that my ancestors and I have borne, as it connotes our allegiance to Umalokun (goddess of the river) and other deities of the sea, all of which are false gods. Today, I renounce our allegiance to Umalokun and other gods of the sea, land and sky. On behalf of the royal bloodline, the throne, the people of Iwere land, I publicly enter into a new covenant with God.”

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Seventh-Day Adventist Church appeal to FG change Election day from Saturdays

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government to reconsider their appeal of changing the nation’s election day from Saturdays to any of the working days.

Saturday is the day of worship for members of the Christian denomination worldwide.

The Church stakeholders claimed that letters have been sent to the appropriate government quarters on the need to fix elections for any other day except Saturday.

They noted that their demands were not only limited to just Saturday, but include other two days (Sunday and Friday) which are normally used by Christians and Muslims as their worshiping days.

The newly re-elected President of the Western Union of Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Nigeria, Pastor Oyeleke Owolabi, who spoke with reporters on behalf of the elders at a press conference in Akure, the Ondo state capital, suggested that it would be proper for the government to choose any working day for elections.

Anglican Archbishop Kattey abducted in Rivers State

Archbishop Kattey
A prominent member of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Ignatius Kattey, and his wife, Beatrice, were abducted by unknown gunmen around the Aleto Bridge, Eleme in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State on Friday, 6th of September.

Archbishop Kattey is the the Dean of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the second in command to the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh.

He was said to be driving back to Port Harcourt with his wife Beatrice when they were abducted at about 10.30p.m.

A plea for his unconditional release was unanimous among the church’s faithful.


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