Saturday, March 28, 2015

EVENT: Bayo Adesuyi In ‘Loke Loke’ Concert And Album Launch April 6

Join Bayo Adesuyi at his 3rd Album Launch on the 6th of April, 2015. Known for his singles, Loke Loke, Opaaro, Arugbo Ojo etc,this album launch is something to look out for.

Featuring acts such as Chidinma, K-Sticks, Emizon, FBI, Rog Voices and many more…

Venue: Planet One, 5 Mobolaji Bak Anthony Way, Maryland, Lagos

Red Carpet is 3pm

Dress Code: Touch of RED

This event is proudly supported by Praiseworld Radio, X2D amongst others.

Holy Trinity Lagos Hosts Olu Jacobs, Ben Ogbeiwi, Ige In Live Theater Presentation

Holy Trinity Lagos (HTL) is an expression of the House of Freedom (HOF) which is the umbrella body with Pastor Tony Rapu as senior pastor. HTL is a Christian Organisation of Churches dedicated to changing lives and society for good.

At HTL, services and worship style have been crafted to show a fine balance between the ‘old’ Orthodox mode of worship to the ‘new’ Pentecostal mode of worship. In line with our desire to reach back and recapture the essence and depth of the old, Music is more hymnal and classical in nature.

They also have outreach programs  that are carefully crafted to promote creativity in music and performing arts, one of which is tagged “Letter to the Son”, a live theatre presentation planned to hold at the MUSON Centre, Lagos on Palm Sunday, March 29th 2015.

The 30 minutes production will be open to the public Free of Charge and feature a blend of poetry, music and dance and a special guest actor appearance in the person of Olu Jacobs (MON), Ben Ogbeiwi, Ige and Trinity Symphony.

Pope Francis Sends Message of Solidarity to Displaced Christian Families in Iraq and Nigeria

Pope Francis has expressed his concern for Christian families and other victims of violence who have been expelled from their homes and villages in Iraq.   

A statement issued Friday by the Holy See’s Press Office says the Pope is particularly concerned about those from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains, many of whom have found refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan. The press statement further says the Holy Father is praying for the victims and hopes that they will soon be able to return to their former lives in their homeland where for centuries they have lived in good relations with their neighbours.

In this coming Holy Week these families particularly share in the injustice and sufferings of Christ, and as a sign of unity, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, will return to Iraq to be with the expelled families and to pray with them during this time of suffering. 

Babies Born to Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Due to Rape

It has been a year since the kidnapping of 232 Nigerian schoolgirls gained world attention. Sadly, the first babies born to the schoolgirls due to rape arrived in February. Four girls who managed to escape the terror group said they were raped almost on a daily basis, according to a report by World Watch Monitor (WWM).

The four girls said those who did not cooperate with the rebels faced severe punishment. Other girls captured previously who managed to escape said some girls were killed because they would not renounce their Christian faith, WWM reported.

Meanwhile, a woman recently released by Boko Haram reports she was held in the same location as the schoolgirls - Gwoza town in Borno state, according to the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR). Mbutu Papka, 56, was kidnapped in July 2014 and held by the insurgents for eight months in two locations.

2015 Polls: Oritsejafor Tasks Christians, Muslims

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the President Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that 2015 general elections which kicks off tomorrow will not lead to the break up of Nigeria, contrary to speculations in some quarter. But the CAN President also reiterated the need for Nigerians, irrespective of religious, ethnic and political affiliations to embrace peace and ensure the safety of one another before, during and after the elections as the country goes to the polls tomorrow.

In his message to Nigerians ahead of the polls, the CAN President recalled that he post-election violence of 2011 is still fresh in the memory of Nigerians and the country cannot afford another one and that God instructed in the Holy Bible and Koran that we should be our brother’s keepers.

“While rights of individuals should be respected, CAN believes that Nigerians must be given their rights to vote for whoever they want. “We call on Nigerians to vote according to their conscience in line with democratic principles and not through coercion. Our advice is vote and protect your votes but avoid acts of violence that could threaten a credible electoral exercise.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EVENT: Femi Popson & Friends Live In Concert, Album Launch May 24

Femi Popoola aka Popson, one of the Lead worshippers in RCCG City Of David, Lagos who anointed and blessed lives with his glorious voice and worship series concert known as “ME AGAIN” will be having an Album launch with a Concert.

Date: 24th may 2015
Venue: Tower of David, Nikom event centre, Yaba, Lagos.
Time: 3:00pm (Red Carpet 2:00pm)

Everyone is invited, as he believes God for a mighty move of God in the lives of everyone that will be attending. “Do not come alone, Invite a friend as well to experience this move.”

The Concert will be featuring gospel Artistes like Tosin Bee, Efe Diva, Yetunde Are, Bukola Bekes, Big Bolaji, and other great artistes.

MTN Boosts Christian Subscribers With New Proposition

MTN has rolled out various life-enriching and spirit-filled Value Added Services (VAS) offerings for Christian subscribers. The essence is to ensure that Christian subscribers get connected to their faith on daily basis, especially during the Lenten season.

The offerings, according to MTN, would also enable Christian faithful have easy access to daily devotionals, Bible quotes, children prayers, sermons, songs, prayers, prayer points, hymns, callertunez and other spiritually uplifting content, that will keep them connected to their faith on a daily basis.

Announcing the initiative, MTN's Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Olubayo Adekanmbi, explained that the strategic crux for the initiative is aimed at uplifting and encouraging subscribers to get closer to God through the company's bold new digital Christian VAS. "We are committed to the total well-being of our customers as we strive to make their lives better through our propositions, products and value-added services," Adekanmbi said.

The MTN Christian service provides subscribers with life-changing prayers and prayer points from anointed men of God; prayers for children, inspirational messages from spiritual leaders, daily bible verses, praise and worship songs, hymns, Christian callertunez and other spiritual-enriching contents to keep Christians in-tune with God every day.

"Subscribers can access these offerings by dialing 797 on their mobile phones and follow the voice prompt," he said.

Speaking on the importance of the service during the Lenten season, Adekanmbi said: "This is a way of showing our commitment to our esteemed customers of Christian faith, by connecting them at this period of spiritual reflection and appreciation for the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross of Calvary, by laying down his life for mankind."

He went further to state that the company would continue to go the extra mile in providing exciting innovative initiatives geared at enhancing its customers' whole new digital experience, while encouraging them to be better in their various fields of human endeavour.

MTN Nigeria, last year sponsored 20 of its Christian subscribers across the country to Jerusalem for pilgrimage. This is as a result of their subscription to various MTN Christian services.

Is this true? Northern Christians afraid of a Buhari victory

The two personalities that personify anti-Christian campaigns in northern Nigeria are the former Zamfara state Governor, Ahmed Sani Yerima and former military head of state, General Mohammadu Buhari. Muhammadu Buhari called for the introduction of ‘total’ Islamic law across the country. In series of speeches and seminars he said that the strict Islamic law code known as the Sharia should be introduced in full across Nigeria. According to him, “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country. Muslims in Nigeria should redouble their efforts in the promotion of the full implementation of Sharia law all over the country. There will be bloodshed should sharia be stopped from being the law in Northern Nigeria. Nigeria will cease to know peace should sharia be stopped.” His
inflammatory rhetoric panders to religious extremism amongst northern Nigerian Moslems and encourages their anti-Christian violence.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Elections: CAN Alleges Plan To Disenfranchise Bauchi Christians

Christians in Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State, under the aegis of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have alleged plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disenfranchise them by keeping away the Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) from its members.

Addressing a press conference in Jos, CAN coordinator for Bauchi local government area, Mako Gwamis said if no action was taken, Christians in the local government will not be able to vote.
“Christians in Bauchi LG are facing threat of being disenfranchised if no action is taken to avert the evil plan.”

“Christian dominated areas in the LG like Bayara, Yelwan Tsakanin, Tsakanin Bayara, Gwallameji, Doka, Kagadama, Yelwan-Tudun, Turum, Miri, Yelwan-Makaranta, Rafin Zurfi, Gudum Sayawa, Gudum Hausa, ECWA-1, to mention but a few, having a population of about 10,000 people, who took their time to stand under the sun and registered for the polls, but not up to 2,000 of them have got their PVCs due to INEC deliberate act to make the cards unavailable to their polling units for distribution,” he said.

According to Gwamis, voters in these areas were asked to travel about 40 kilometers to INEC local government office at Kofar Ran, a distance of about 40 km to get their PVCs. Those who managed to go there were however, stranded as there were no INEC officials to attend to them.
He queried why the distribution of the PVCs in Christian dominated areas had to be taken to a different location from where they registered, adding that the Christians are suspecting sabotage.

Featured Article: Christianity, The Cross Vs Comfort by Lazarus Muoka

ONE issue that has been taunting our faith in the present generation is the dilemma of what Christianity should be. While some are attuned to Christianity of comfort, of modernisation and well-being, others stick to the Christianity of the cross, of the old, as it is written unequivocally in the Scripture. (Heb 1: 1-2)

Beloved, the truth of the matter is that Christianity is not a bread and butter affair. The Christianity that was bequeathed to us by the Apostles and disciples was not of comfort but of the old rugged cross despised by the world, stained with blood of Christ, which is an emblem of suffering and shame. This was the Christianity of the reformers that was enduring and consequently caused the spread of the gospel across the globe. It was Christianity of radical evangelism that brought light to the dark world, and established great countries and men. The believers of the old almost conquered the world for Christ despite the great persecution that trailed them. But the present day Christianity couldn’t manage the success of their predecessor because they renegade from what Christianity should be and have embraced the Christianity of comfort, of politics and love of the world, which has brought reproach and great challenges to genuine born again Christians.

Bishop Oyedepo Instructed Members To Bring PVCs To Church For Prayers

Reports have emerged that the General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, yesterday, ordered members to come to church with their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for prayers.

It was learnt that Bishop David Oyedepo on Sunday asked the congregation to pray that God’s will be done at all levels of the 2015 general elections. The PVCs were used as a “point of contact” to pray for peace.

Bishop Oyedepo further prayed for wisdom for those in charge of the election, particularly officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nigerian gospel singer to be executed in Indonesia for drug smuggling

A Nigerian gospel singer who has released several songs while in prison is now on death row after being found guilty of smuggling Heroin into Indonesia.

Okwudili Ayotanze is be executed with two other Nigerians, Jamiu Owolabi Abashin who was caught smuggling Heroin using a false name Raheem Agbaje Salami, and Silvester Obiekwe.
40-yr-old Ayotanze was caught in 2001 trying to smuggle 1.15 kilograms of heroin from Pakistan into Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Jakarta.

Reports say Ayotanze's studio is the supermax Pasir Putih prison on the notorious Nusakambangan island, known as Indonesia's Alcatraz. And his band mates are fellow inmates on guitars and a prison guard on the keyboard, having written and sang songs such as 'God Bless Indonesia' and 'Never be afraid'.

Music Concert: Ghana and Nigeria’s Best Gospel Acts To Be Live on Stage

This Easter Friday, 3rd April, 2015, Ghana will experience yet another electrifying music concert.

Nigerian gospel music acts, Nathaniel Bassey and Uche Agu would be live in Ghana as they plan to send the crowd in a wild praise and worship marathon on the Harvest Praise 2015 stage at the Accra International Conference Centre!

Their Ghanaian counterparts also billed to perform includes Accra’s most celebrated urbane praise group – Harvest Gospel Choir, Winneba Youth Choir and the refreshing new discovery – gospel music diva Kakra Nartey are pumping up their acts to live up to the historic show!

Popular actress, Iya Rainbow records gospel album with Pasuma

Yoruba movie veteran, Idowu Philips popularly known as Iya Rainbow has joined the growing number of thespians trying to the boundary of their creativity by singing. 

She recently released a gospel track titled ‘Ore Ofe’ from her forthcoming gospel album. The new single features popular Fuji star, Wasiu Alabi a.k.a Pasuma Wonder who, according to the 72 year-old actress, also features prominently on the album. 

In a chat with Daily Times, Iya Rainbow revealed: ‘I have a full gospel album recorded and ready for release already. The album was recorded with Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, and it talks about how God is a politician. 

I’ve decided not to disclose the name of the album for now; we’ll be releasing some hot singles off the album first before the launch proper.’ 

Iya Rainbow began her acting career in 1986 and is believed to have acted in over 500 Yoruba films since then. Among her first movies, Eru and Aje ni Iya Mi stand out but she made her big break in the film, Asiri Nla.

APC warns Deeper Life to stop misleading Christians

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Deeper Life Bible Church and its founder, Pastor William Kumuyi to stop misleading Nigerians, reports Daily Independent.

The party was reacting to comments credited to the church advising Christian clerics to stay away from politics.

Pastor Kumuyi, who was represented by the Delta State overseer of the church, Senior Pastor Obinna Nkemjika, had during  a media briefing in Asaba, argued that a cleric, who involves himself in political activities, had engaged in mundane things and lacks the vision for his pastoral calling.

The party has, however, disagreed with the church, noting  that the people would not be liberated from the shackles of oppression if anointed men of God do not take up the mantle of leadership.

Isaac Adaka Adakpo, State Publicity Secretary of the party in Delta State,  noted that  the era has come for politics to be Christianized.

He stated that Christians have no reason to complain if the ungodly ones find their ways into the helms of affairs because they were afforded the same opportunity.

Displaced Nigerians 'not alone,' Bapt. exec says

Nominal Christianity fueled by a lack of discipleship is a major obstacle in standing against Boko Haram's persecution of believers in Nigeria, a leader of more than 10 million Baptists in Africa told Baptist Press.

A mother and child inside the Happy Home refugee camp in Lagos. Yet, Baptists in Nigeria still manage to teach the Gospel at refugee camps and other locations where 1.5 million have been displaced by Boko Haram violence, said Durosinjesu Ayanrinola, general secretary of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship of 62 unions and conventions from 33 African countries.

"The issue of nominalism is nothing more or nothing less than lack of discipleship, when Christians are not discipled; so you have a case where they will not grow their relationship with Jesus," Ayanrinola said. "We discovered that even though many attend church, the issue of discipleship is the case. Not many have gone through what it means to be Christian. Not many can stand on their own. They go to church, but they don't have that in-depth relationship that can make them to stand [during] the difficult times like this."

Freed Sudanese Christian woman doesn't support movie about her life

Freed Sudanese woman, Mariam Ibrahim, is said to be against an upcoming Christian movie  which focuses on her life.

Ibrahim’s life attracted worldwide attention after she was found guilty of apostasy and adultery, sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging in Sudan in May 2014.

Mariam was forced to give birth to her daughter, Maya, in chains while in Khartoum prison and – despite terrible treatment – refused to renounce her religious faith.
She was later released following international outcry and has moved to the US where she lives with her husband, Daniel Wani and two children. However, a film about her experiences is being made without her endorsement and against her wishes.

Featured Article: Need For Personal Bible Study by Omeiza Robinson

It is written in the Holy Bible “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”, (11 Timothy 2:15). This position is an authority to the effect that, Christians should not just accept and swallow anything from their leaders in the name of ‘fearing or serving God’, without having recourse to the commendation of the Christians in Berea, who did not blindly follow the doctrine and practice of great Christian leaders at that time, without searching to know if the things they practice or preached were actually based on the provision in the scripture.

It is also written that. “ These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they receive the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so,” (Acts 17:11) Many other scriptural provisions abound, that also goes to prove that Christians should be careful in accepting teachings from their leaders.

Jega shuns CAN president

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has rebuffed attempts by the President of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor to meet with him, reports The Nation.

Oritsejafor, who disclosed this on Wednesday at a one- day interactive meeting for a smooth transition of Nigeria’s democracy, organised by Think Nigeria Christian-Muslim Movement in Abuja, explained that a meeting with the INEC chairman was arranged by the CAN general secretary, Reverend Musa Asake, based on dates given to them by the INEC boss.

Oritsejafor said he and other members of CAN had wanted to see Jega in order to contribute to the preparation and success of the general elections.

However, Jega has denied scheduling any meeting with CAN.

Kayode Idowu, chief press secretary to Jega in a swift reaction to Oritsejafor’s claim, said he was unaware of any request by CAN to see Jega which was turned down.

Remain Committed To Nat’l Unity, CAN Advises Nigerians

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Christians and Muslims to co-exist peacefully in the interest of national unity. Pastor Ayo Oristejafor, the President of the association made the call during a one day interactive session with religious leaders, political parties and security agencies in Abuja. Reports state that the event was organised by “Think Nigeria Christian-Muslim Movement’’, an NGO. 

Oristejafor said thelections,gospel newse two main religious bodies should ensure that their members were guaranteed protection in the country. “ We must make a commitment to each other publicly, that Christians are safe in Muslim-dominated areas and Muslims are also safe in Christian-dominated areas. “ Muslims and Christians must resolve to live together and protect one another at all times in order to build a peaceful country. 

MTN Nigeria launches VAS offerings for Christian subscribers

MTN Nigeria has rolled out various life-enriching and spirit-filled Christian Value Added Services (VAS) offerings for the Lenten period. Nigeria Communications Week reported. The offerings will enable Christian faithful to get easy access to daily devotionals, Bible quotes, children prayers, sermons, songs, prayers, prayer points, hymns, callertunez and other spiritually uplifting content. Subscribers can access the offerings by dialing 797 on their mobile phones and by following the voice prompt.

6000 Pastors Declare 7 days prayers, Fast, for Buhari

Recent reports suggests that about 6,000 pastors in the Southwest are rallying for the emergence of All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s next president.

According to PM News,the pastors have declared seven days prayers and fast for God to grant Gen. Buhari victory in March 28, general elections.

The pastors under the umbrella of Christians for Governance, Pastors For Change, held a news conference in Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, where they openly endorsed the candidacy of Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, PM News reports. It was gathered that the religious clerics had emerged from various churches including Redeemed Christian Church of God, Catholic, Orthodox, amongst others.

N7bn Bribe To Christian Association Of Nigeria: DSS After My Life, Says Borno Pastor Who Exposed Oritsejafor

    The Borno State-based pastor, Kallamu Musa-Dikwa, who accused the Christian Association of Nigeria of collecting N7bn from President Goodluck Jonathan to campaign against the APC Presidential candidate, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), has raised the alarm  that operatives of the  Directorate of State Service are after his life.

While maintaining that the christian body collected the said amount, Dikwa said the DSS operatives had forced him to sign a document, which they plan to “show the entire world that President(Jonathan) did not bribe CAN to work against the Presidential candidate of the APC.”

The cleric said the DSS planned to use the ‘document’, which he signed under duress in some national dailies, to portray him as telling lies against the body of Christ.

“They forced me to sign and promised to link me up with the CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, for us to ‘settle’,” he said. He added that some Christian leaders, especially, the Abuja CAN Chairman, had pleaded with him to recant, by saying  the Christian body never collected the said amount.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Denzel Washington Stands Up For Jesus!

Going against the grain of atheist Hollywood liberals, Denzel Washington is publicly professing his commitment to his Christian faith.

“I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word,” the legendary actor stated. His father was a Pentecostal minister, so he grew up in a home where God was always first. “He had his own church, and it was a long Sunday, because you had to be there all day,” Washington explained.

“Everyone I grew up with didn’t have a father,” he added. “I had a father. My father was a decent man. He was a very spiritual man and a gentleman.”

Having such a positive male influence certainly worked in Washington’s favor, as he has remained grounded despite the fame and fortune he has acquired in life.

He also recounted a very personal encounter he had with God during one church service. “The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go.’ I said, ‘I’m going to go with it.’ And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience,” he said. “It did frighten me. I was slobbering, crying, sweating. My cheeks blew up. I was purging. It was too intense.”

Washington also urged readers to “start your day with prayer.”

Denzel Washington is standing up for his Christian faith in an industry that doesn’t always make that very easy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Boko Haram Likely To Increase Assault On Christians, Others.

On March 3, Boko Haram published a video showing the beheading of two spies. It was the first time Boko Haram sent out such a video. Ashagrie, a persecution analyst for Open Doors' World Watch List Research team, comments: "The act indicates that Boko Haram might be trying to incorporate itself into Islamic State. According to reports, Islamic State supporters are already calling Boko Haram the 'Islamic State of Africa.'"

The video was posted online and seemed to have borrowed certain elements from productions of beheadings by Islamic State.
Ashagrie notes: "Although the religious affiliation of the two men was not mentioned, it is very likely that they were either Christians or Muslims not following Boko Haram's instructions. A chilling reminder of Boko Haram's stance on them can be what Boko Haram's leader stated last year referring to the 200 kidnapped school girls from Chibok: 'Our hostages are Christians or corrupted Muslims who follow the Christian way.' In any case, Boko Haram's increasing affiliation with Islamic State combined with the fact that it is expanding its reach beyond Nigeria, is an enormous threat for Christians in the region. They might be facing a life of extreme pressure and captivity resembling the lives of Christians in the IS-controlled areas in Iraq and Syria."

Pope Francis sends letter to the Bishops of Nigeria

Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Bishops of Nigeria expressing his closeness to all those suffering in the country.

While acknowledging the progress the nation of 160 million has made in recent years, Pope Francis laments the “new and violent forms of extremism and fundamentalism” which are affecting the country on ethnic, social and religious grounds, which has led to murders, kidnappings, and forced many people to leave their homes.

“Every day I remember you in my prayers and I repeat here, for your encouragement and comfort, the consoling words of the Lord Jesus, which must always resound in our hearts: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you,’” Pope Francis writes.

“Peace – as you know so well – is not only the absence of conflict or the result of political compromise or fatalistic resignation,” the Pope continues. “Peace is for us a gift which comes from on high; it is Jesus Christ himself, the Prince of Peace.”

Pope Francis reminds the Bishops that, at the same time, peace is “a daily endeavour, a courageous and authentic effort  to favour reconciliation, to promote experiences of sharing, to extend bridges of dialogue, to serve the weakest and the excluded.”
“In a word, peace consists in building up a ‘culture of encounter’,” he said.

Read The full text of the Pope’s letter to the Bishops of Nigeria after the cut

Cattle herders kill 82 in Christian village in central Nigeria

Cattle herders killed 82 people and wounded 25 in a village in central Nigeria over grazing rights, police said on Tuesday, less than two weeks before a national election in which political and ethnic tensions are running high.

Police went on Monday to investigate the attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on the mostly Christian Egba ethnic group at the weekend in the remote village Agatu Iga in Benue state, in the flashpoint "Middle Belt" of Africa's most populous nation.

Hundreds have been killed in the past year in clashes between the semi-nomadic, cattle-herding Fulani and the more settled communities that practice a mix of farming and cattle rearing.

72-Year-Old Nun Gang-defiled While Trying To Stop Robbery At Christian School

A 72-year-old nun has been sexually assaulted by a group of up to twelve robbers in the latest shocking attack in  West Bengal state’s Nadia district, India.

According to the Indian media, the gang of 12 men broke into the Christian school, tied up the security officer and entered the nuns’ room, where the women were sleeping. They took one of the nuns to another room when she tried to block their way and then defiled her. The woman who was attacked is either 71 or 72 and is the oldest nun at the school.

Then they escaped with cash, a mobile phone, a laptop computer and a camera belonging to the school. Now the old lady,  who confronted the bandits is in a serious condition in hospital, her name is not disclosed. It is believed that the attack was carried out by seven or eight robbers.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Featured Article: Prosperity Gospel, Prospered By Politics By Sonala Olumhense

The Bible tells the fascinating story of how the devil engaged Jesus Christ in a contest of wills.  Face to face with the Lord, who had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness, the devil challenged him to convert the very stones into bread.  Jesus refused to do so, choosing instead to teach Satan about God.

The devil then took him high above the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple.  He challenged Jesus to throw himself down to test his power.  Again, the tempter received another scolding about the mightiness of God.

For his biggest pitch, the devil took Jesus up to a very high mountain and pointed out all of the world’s riches (fancy villas, private jets, beautiful women, glittering yatchs, I imagine). 

Every bit of it Jesus could own, Satan offered, if he would simply bow down and worship him.

“Get behind me, Satan!” the Lord responded.  “For it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’”

Defeated, the devil departed, and the triumphant Lord was lifted off in glory by the angels. 

The experience of the average Christian is often different from that of Jesus.  Still, we are expected to be Christ-like, meaning to treasure our relationship with God more than we nurture our relationship with materialism: “Him only shalt thou serve.”

T.B. Joshua Predicts Plane Crash In Nigeria

The Synagogue Church of All Nations' Pastor T.B. Joshua has warned Nigerians to be prayerful as he foresees a plane crash in the country.

The statement was made during the church's Sunday service which was broadcast on Emmanuel TV.

“Pray for Nigeria because I am seeing a plane crash. It’s not a good thing to lose personalities again,” he said.

He also spoke about the upcoming 2015 elections. “The challenge Nigeria is facing – on the day of voting, when you drop your votes in the ballot box, you will know who is PDP and who is APC. It’s a parable; very delicate. Because everybody plays a game; we deceive ourselves. ‘So this man voted for this party but he’s in that party.”

Muslim-Christian group lauds TB Joshua & SCOAN Youth

Nigeria’s popular Nation newspaper has published a touching tribute by an interfaith organisation, the ‘Oodua Muslim-Christian Youth Dialogue Group’ (OMC-YDG).The tribute lauded the world-acclaimed Nigerian televangelist, T.B. Joshua for his selfless service to mankind.

The group, which promotes interfaith harmony, stated that Joshua’s rise to international recognition from a poverty-stricken background is an inspiration. The group implored the youth to continue to learn from Joshua’s life.

The Muslim-Christian Youth interfaith group particularly praised the action of a young Nigerian member of TB Joshua’s church named Smith Jadesimi, who donated his kidney to a young Israeli lady he had never met before. (Read story here)

“This single act has improved tenfold the image of Nigeria in Israel,” the group stated while applauding how the Man of God’s selfless life has impacted on most Nigerian youth.

The president Nigeria needs...

‘Nigeria is on the march again, and we are in search of Mr. Presi­dent,’ goes that popular advert, heralding Chief Moshood Abiola’s HOPE’93 campaign. The jingle concludes by chorusing: ‘MKO is our man o.’ Who wears the crown? Who becomes Mr. President in 2015? Tough question.

Unlike in 1993 when it was pretty clear that Abiola was as good as clinching the popular votes, even before the June 12 poll, no one can be definitive who the ultimate man will be. Whether it will be incum­bent President Goodluck Jonathan or General Muhammadu Buhari? The field is as fluid as any can be. And this is understandable: So many things have happened to us since 1993, when we had a historic election that was inexplicably annulled by Nigeria’s rapacious military gang. Elections have since descended to a do-or-die since June 12; rigging couldn’t have been more scientific. The most popu­lar candidate has no guarantee that he would be announced winner. In this ding-dong, it becomes impossible to predict who would win an election. Unlike June 12, when it was apparent, even to the blind, that Bashir Tofa was a terrible mismatch for the ebullient Abiola, who eventually knocked him silly in the election, trumping him even in his Kano homestead. 

Rescued Children Can’t Remember Names, Parents

An aid worker in Nigeria told BBC News on Tuesday that 80 children (not the still missing Chibok school girls) rescued from a Boko Haram camp in Cameroon in November cannot remember their own names or origins.

Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, director of the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute, said the children between the ages of five and 18 had been rescued when security forces acting on a tip raided what was thought to have been a Koranic school. 

They are now in an orphanage where there are attempts to rehabilitate the children. Fomunyah said the children had spent so long with their captors, being indoctrinated in jihadist ideology, that they had lost track of who they were.

"They've lost touch with their parents," he said. "They've lost touch with people in their villages, they're not able to articulate to help trace their relationships and they can't even tell you what their names are." They do not speak English, French or any local languages.

The report confirms concerns expressed by Open Doors workers in Nigeria over the spiritual well-being of the Chibok school girls kidnapped last April. Apart from the physical hardships, they are also facing indoctrination. According to Open Doors, of the 275 students present during the Chibok attack, 23 avoided being taken, 16 jumped off trucks and four managed to escape after arrival. Apart from the four, no others have managed to escape.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Suicide bomb attack in Nigeria's Maiduguri kills 17 people

Another suspected Boko Haram terrorist carried out a suicide bombing in Nigeria's Borno state on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera said that the attack, which occurred near the Monday Market in state capital Maiduguri, resulted in at least 17 casualties, according to sources within the military and the city hospital.

This latest suicide bombing occurred just three days after a string of attacks on Saturday that killed at least 54 people and wounded more than 100 others. The Guardian reported over the weekend that five bombs were detonated in four different locations in Maiduguri, including the Borno Express bus station and the Monday Market as well as a checkpoint manned by a civilian defense unit.

Alleged N6Bn Bribe: CAN, PFN Leaders Should Resign Now – Bishop Nwator

Sequel to the alleged N6 Billion bribe collected by the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN), Archbishop (Dr) Friday Nwator JP,OON, President of International Integrity Bishops College and Faithful Ministers World Network has advised the affected officers to resign honourably, as they no longer have moral right to continue in office.

Nwator stated this in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt and made available to Nigerian NewsDirect. Bishop Nwator, a UN Ambassador and former Chairman of All Nigerian Medical Doctors said, “Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and other leaders of CAN and PFN, given the allegation of taking N6 billion as confirmed by Governor Chibuike Amaechi, Sahara Reporters and Northern Christians have violated the laws of God and therefore should resign.

Friday, March 13, 2015

State government orders arrest of CAN leaders for spreading rumours against Buhari

The state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Planning and spokesman of the Conference of Christians in Kwara State government, Bode Olayemi, said the films were shown in a seminar at St. Barnabas Cathedral Church, Ilorin last week, where some Christians were invited to the event.

Reports say the Kwara State government has ordered the arrest of some leaders of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for allegedly misleading members of the public and showing inciting films against the ambition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the upcoming general elections , Muhammadu Buhari.

Reports say the state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Planning and spokesman of the Conference of Christians in Kwara State government, Bode Olayemi made the call in Ilorin at a press conference on Tuesday.

Morocco Recalls Envoy to Nigeria Over Jonathan Snub

Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Nigeria, in a row over whether the president of Nigeria is trying to use the king of Morocco to win over Muslim voters before Nigeria’s elections this month.

Last week, the Moroccan royal palace said the king had declined a request for a telephone conversation with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria’s foreign ministry denied the snub on Monday and said the two leaders had spoken extensively.

Jonathan, a Christian from southern Nigeria, will face former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim northerner, in elections on March 28. The election is expected to be the most closely fought since the end of military rule in 1999.

I Will Not Islamize Nigeria – Buhari

The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari has described as “unfair and a cheap blackmail” for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to label APC as an Islamic party.

General Muhammadu Buhari said that such statement is an attempt to stoke primordial sentiments and cause disunity among Nigerians ahead of the elections.

Addressing religious leaders during a town hall meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday, General Buhari who was represented by his running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo described the statement as baseless and untrue.

He urged Nigerians not to be swayed by the continuous allegation by the PDP that the party intends to Islamise Nigeria if elected into office on March 28, advising Nigerians to elect their next leaders based on integrity and capacity to deliver good governance, which “he stands for”.

‘Inspiring’ Christian missionary honoured by MSPs

A well known missionary has been honoured in the Scottish Parliament, in a debate marking last Sunday’s International Women’s Day.

It has been a century since the death of Mary Slessor, a missionary to Nigeria who was raised in the slums of 19th century Dundee.

After leaving Dundee she went on to save the lives of hundreds of men, women and children. Her legacy continues in the Mary Slessor Foundation, a charity which still operates in Nigeria today.


During the debate two MSPs highlighted the impact Mary Slessor had because of her Christian faith with one member describing her as an “inspiration”.

Dave Thompson (SNP) talked of how Mary had been captivated by the Bible and the evangelism of David Livingstone, the prominent Scottish missionary who worked in Africa.

Thompson said: “Mary dedicated herself to Jesus and to her education, spending every moment expanding her knowledge”.

6 Christians murdered in Nigeria's Kaduna state

Nigerian soldiers have reportedly opened fire on a church in Nigeria's Kaduna state on Sunday, killing six Christians.

According to the Morning Star News, Nigerian soldiers fired upon St. Peter's Catholic Church on Sunday in Gidan Waya, in Kaduna, after church members refused to remove a roadblock in front of the establishment.

"A soldier approached our (members) who had mounted a blockade during Sunday morning Mass on the road leading to our parish and ordered them to dismantle the blockade," church member Christopher Mamman said in a phone interview.

The members explained that Mass would continue, but the roadblocks would be promptly removed once it was finished. However, this answer allegedly did not satisfy the soldier, who left and returned 10 minutes later with more of his colleagues who were manning a checkpoint on the Jos-Abuja highway.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Some pastors collected money to preach against Buhari - Adams Oshiomhole

Edo state Governor Adams Oshiomole alleges that some pastors have collected money to preach against APC Presidential candidate, Gen Buhari. Oshiomole made the allegation while receiving a PDP Chairmanship candidate and 2000 PDP members who defected to the APC.

"Some pastors after collecting money are now preaching that Buhari wants to convert the nation to Islam. When Buhari was Head of State with absolute power, did he convert Nigeria to Islam? Did he convert Dodan Barracks to Islam enclave? Are there not Christian Generals all over the place? The issue of this election is not about religion or tribe. It is about who has what it takes to repair our country. It is about who will give us light. If PDP couldn’t give us light in 16 years, shouldn’t we give it to someone else? 

Elections: Use Of Card Reader, Step In Right Direction – Bishop Idowu-Fearon

Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon of the Diocese of Kaduna (Anglican Communion) yesterday applauded the choice of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) card reader in the forthcoming general elections, saying it is a step in the right direction to reduce rigging of the election.

Although the bishop agreed that the card reader may not be able to completely rule out the possibility of rigging, he said if used, it will at least reduce rigging tendencies to the barest minimum and give some level of credibility to the election process.

Bishop Idowu-Fearon who stated this in an interview he granted newsmen at the Cathedral of St. Micheal, Kaduna, shortly after the Service of Collation of Archdeacons, also averred that Nigerians are devilishly creative and could do anything to mar the process.

He, however, said the challenges associated with the planned use of the card reader may be there, but calling for its abandonment will amount to an insult to the generality of Nigerians.

On the choice of who to vote, he said Nigerians must engage in serious thinking and soul-searching to avoid any mistake in the choice of who to vote, adding, “your choice of who you vote may become a blessing or a curse.”

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chad and Niger launch joint offensive against Boko Haram

Chad and Niger launched a joint army operation against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria on Sunday, military sources said, stepping up a regional push to end the Sunni Muslim group's six-year insurgency.

Boko Haram has expanded cross-border raids into Cameroon, Chad and Niger in recent months. This has spurred Nigeria's neighbours to retaliate, although cooperation between them and Abuja has been limited and at times strained.

Sunday's strike marks Niger's first major push into Nigerian territory to combat Boko Haram. It had until now only defended itself against militant incursions in border areas.

Nigeria's government appealed for greater international help in combating the insurgency after Boko Haram pledged allegiance on Saturday to Islamic State, the violent jihadi organisation that rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Terrorist Hears Gospel Radio, Rejects Jihad for Jesus Christ

As the world looked on in horror, the radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram posted a video recently purportedly showing the beheading of two men accused of being spies. The group has been blazing a swath of terror across northern Nigeria, resulting in the postponement of the nation's presidential election from Feb. 14 to March 28.

Now, with the rescheduled election fewer than three weeks away, security in the face of the terrorists has become a central point of the debate between candidates. Yet, as terror takes center stage in the political fight, The Tide global radio ministry is helping Nigerians keep Jesus as the center focus of their hearts.

Anglican Primate Preaches Detribalised Nigeria

The Bishop of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Diocese of Abuja, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has called for a united and detribalized Nigeria, in order for the country to grow and developed to its desired height in the face of the challenges confronting it.

Okoh who made this call at the official flag-off of  the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the church said that the challenges affecting the nation, which is as well affecting the church is the issue of tribalism and the absence of unity.

According to the clergyman, the issue of unity in Nigeria is what the church has taken upon itself to teach the people during the anniversary celebration, adding that it wants to unite Nigerians  and make the issue of tribalism less attractive.

Corruption is Nigeria’s biggest problem, says Peterside

The APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, on has identified corruption as the cause of insecurity and other challenges facing the nation.

Peterside made the disclosure in Port Harcourt at the 71st birthday thanksgiving service of the Presiding Bishop of Overcomers Ministries, Rt. Rev. Ombo Isokariari.

Peterside lamented that Nigeria was facing a lot of challenges, which had led to social vices.

“We need the power of God’s presence to fight corruption and take the nation out of backwardness.

“When we have the presence of God in affairs of our state, no challenge will set us back or consume us,” he said.

According to Peterside, Nigerians cannot continue to do things the same way and expect different result.

He advised Christians to have a new approach to doing things to enthrone a leadership whose character and actions would reflect the will of God.

Read What Soldiers Did To Christian Worshippers In Kaduna Yesterday

Reports reaching us from Southern part of Kaduna State indicate that officials of the Nigerian Army in the area have committed atrocity as they reportedly shot dead six Christian worshipers on Sunday.

A witness, who gave his name as Christopher, told The Nation that the incident occurred at St. Peters Catholic Church Gidan-Waya area of Jama’a local government area of the state.
He said the soldiers allegedly shot the church’s security guards who mounted a temporary stop and search check point in front of their church during mass, adding that many other worshippers sustained various degrees of injuries.

“The clash occurred at about 10.00am when church service was on. A soldier approached the church’s watch men popularly known as Cadet and ordered them to dismantle the temporary check point during the church service, but the boys refused the order on the argument that church service was ongoing and that they would do as soon as service was over, but the soldier was dissatisfied with the explanation,” he said.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Elections: Christian Elders Raise The Alarm Over Attempts To Disenfranchise Northern Christians

The National Christians Elders Forum (NCEF) has raised the alarm over attempts to disenfranchise Christians in the north from exercising their civic rights during the forthcoming elections through the non-issuance of voter’s cards to many Christians in the region.

The forum made this known yesterday in a communique presented to journalists which was signed by the chairman of the forum, Mr Solomon Asemota, chairman of plenary session, Lt. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (Rtd) and

secretary of the forum, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, after a two-day retreat in Abuja.

According to the NCEF, the destructive attacks of Muslim insurgents on Christian communities in the north have created a massive population of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria (IDPs) and this group of people may likely be unable to participate in the forthcoming elections.

"I Will Not Vote in 2015" - Pator Paul Adefarasin

Senior pastor of House on the Rock church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, who says he's non-partisan, told his congregation in church yesterday, Sunday, 8th of March,2015, that he won't be voting in this year's general elections.
He said he's decided not to vote because this year's election is like a do-or-die affair for some people. He said he belongs to an association in the US that feel that the election campaigns have so far been violent. He went further to call for a peaceful 2015 election.

Moses Iloh: My Life, My Struggles

Pastor (Dr) Moses Iloh, social critic , a veteran labour leader, ex-Chairman International Cycling Federation and founder, Eclectic Network, a socio-political pressure group clocked 85 years on on 13 February. The General Overseer, Soul Winning Chapel Ebute-Metta, Lagos and National executive member Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN and Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN goes down memory lane and also fields questions on national issues

How was your growing up in Jos?

I was born some 85 years ago by Pa George Iloh and my beloved mother Mrs. Martha Iloh. They were dedicated Christians who gave us the best any parent could give their children. We grew up in Jos in the good old days, when there was no tribalism and everybody lived as one irrespective of tribe or religion.

My father was a highly sophisticated man. ‘You can see through his satorial elegance (he said as he points to his father’s photograph prominently displayed in his office). Can you believe a man having such a high taste, as far back as that point in time? He was a committed Christian who believed in humility and integrity. He had a great passion for the poor and downtrodden, and would usually go an extra mile to bring succour to them. My father taught us to be mindful of the poor and care for them. He joined groups that enhanced the lot of the poor.


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