Monday, August 31, 2015

Nigerian Pastor Stabbed by Muslims Struggling in Hospital as Christian Protest in Abuja

A pastor stabbed in April by rampaging young Muslims in Kaduna state has suffered a relapse after an initial recovery, while hundreds of Christians from Plateau state this week traveled to the federal capital to protest ongoing violence in their state.

According to christiannews.net, the Christians charged into the streets of Abuja two days after two more Christians were found killed by suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state. The bullet-ridden bodies of Ibrahim Nyam and Jimmy Pam were discovered on Sunday morning (Aug. 23) in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. Muslim Fulani herdsmen active in the area were suspected of killing the two members of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) the previous evening as they traveled together by car, said two sources, one a COCIN member.

Christian groups from Plateau state on Tuesday (Aug. 25) went to Abuja to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and present him with a petition outlining attacks on Christian communities by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen. Ban was in Nigeria to meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

RCCG Cancels Crusade & Suspends Pastor Over Pasuma’s Invitation

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) through its provincial headquarters on Lagos Island has cancelled a three-day outdoor crusade of one its parishes, after the criticism that followed the invitation of the Fuji musician Wasiu Alabi Pasuma as a guest artist for the crusade.

Pasuma’s picture appeared on the handbill advert alongside gospel singer Tope Alabi and a former band leader of the late Fela Anikulapo’s Egypt 80 band, Kereke Jike.

Naij.com gathered that the decision to stop the programme was because the church headquarters felt the idea to bring Pasuma and his fans to the church was not well conceived.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the organisers did not do a detailed consultation before going ahead with the programme and as a result the programme has been cancelled and the pastor in charge of the church along with the organising committee have been suspended as they now await sanction for dragging the name of the church in the mud.

The crusade organised by Province 20 and tagged ‘Lagos Island Family areas forum’ was expected to feature Pastor Keji Hamilton and billed for Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25.

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