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.


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