Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Oby Ezekwesili To Deliver Foursquare Diamond Jubilee Lecture

A public lecture to mark the Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria is to hold in Abuja on Thursday at the National Christian Centre.

It will be delivered by the former minister of education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, who will speak on the topic ‘The Role of the Church in Nation Building.’ It will be chaired by House of Representatives speaker, Yakubu Dogara. General overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, Rev Felix Meduoye, will lead the district overseers, zonal superintendents, pastors and members of the church to welcome dignitaries and invited guests from all walks of life.

The lecture is second in the series of such events to mark the 60th anniversary of the Foursquare Gospel Church, which was established in Nigeria by the missionary, Rev Harold Curtis, and his wife in 1955.

The international arm of the church had been founded in 1923 in Los Angeles, United States of America, by travelling evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson.

'I've Conducted More Funerals than Weddings' - Anglican Archbishop

A clergyman in Plateau state, Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Nigeria, told protestors that during the last 15 years he has conducted more funerals than weddings, according to Morning Star News.

Addressing hundreds of demonstrators at the Plateau House of Assembly on Aug. 31, the Anglican archbishop of Jos, said the Christian funerals resulted from attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen working with Boko Haram jihadists.

"As a pastor, I have conducted more burial services of those killed through attacks than weddings and naming ceremonies since 2001," he said. "It's sad to note that most victims of the attacks are harmless children, some infants, women and youth."

“The Nigerian government must end the killings. Attention should not be concentrated only in the northeast alone, as people too are being killed here in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa and Kaduna states."
On the very day of the protest, armed herdsmen had killed five Christians in Tanabu village, Gashish Distric and Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

Quoting Bonhoeffer's "silence in the face of evil is itself evil," protestor Paul Teyei said the Nigerian government's silence about the killings shows its silent support for the ongoing jihad against Nigeria's Christians.

GREAT NEWS! Kidnapped Nigerian bishop has been freed unharmed!

A few days ago, we brought you news on the kidnapped Nigerian Bishop of Gwagwalada (If you missed it, read here). All adoration to God, he has been freed, according to a report on the Anglican Ink website.

Rt Rev Moses Bukpe-Tabwaye was abducted from his car on September 3 in Southern Nigeria. His captors demanded 40 million Nigerian Naira (approximately £132,000) for his release. The police authorities in Delta State found the bishop's car,where it had been abandoned with its ignition still on.

Now the Primate of All-Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, has written to his bishops saying that Bukpe-Tabwaye has been freed and that no ransom had been paid. The Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV, citing a Delta State police spokesman, said the kidnappers had been arrested.

Bishop Bukpe-Tabwaye is one of the youngest bishops in the Church of Nigeria and was consecrated in April 2015.

Okoh previously issued a statement calling for "fervent prayers for his immediate release."

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