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REV Dr Uma Ukpai.

YOU Can Determine your Miracle – DR Uma Ukpai

it is only an idiot that follows a man without evidence”. “Life is made in a way that only you can determine the miracle God will perform in your life. You must allow the word of God to change your [...]

October 29, 2014 General, Religion

Baptist Seminary Shutdown – Liberia

The Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the renowned seminaries here, has been shut down by Labor Court Judge Comfort Natt for debt. About 70 per cent of Liberian pastors attended and completed studies in Theological Education and Pastoral Care [...]

February 11, 2014 Religion
Okogie and Okotie

Okogie Flays Okotie’s Attack On Catholics

A retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie, has warned the Pastor of the Household of God Church International, Chris Okotie, against talking out of ignorance or else he will be digraced.   The cardinal was reacting to the [...]

December 29, 2013 Religion
Sheikh Gunmi


An outspoken Kaduna-based Islamic preacher Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Mahmud Gumi has posted a message via his Facebook account regarding the raging conflict in South Sudan, and muses on how it might be of a lesson to Nigeria. Read the full [...]

December 29, 2013 Religion
Zachery Tims

Mega Church Pastor, Father Of 4, Dies Of Drug Overdose

This information was provided by the New York Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday after a drawn-out legal battle by the Apopka preacher’s mother, Madeline Tims, to keep the cause sealed. According to the report, pastor died of “acute intoxication by [...]

December 27, 2013 Religion
According to Aribisala The Pastors collecting tithes today are nothing but robbers

According to Aribisala – The Pastors collecting tithes today are nothing but robbers

Controversial preacher and coordinator of Healing Wings, a Pentecostal Christian fellowship, Dr. Femi Aribisala, in this interview with GBENRO ADEOYE, insists that Bible’s David did not kill Goliath   In one of your write-ups, you described pastors who collect tithes as [...]

October 9, 2013 General, Religion
Dr. Musa Asake, the Secretary General of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a recent interview took a swipe at Mallam Nasir el-Rufai for his recent utterances. Dr. Asake emphasized that seeing the manner the former FCT minister has been approaching affairs of state, “psychiatrists should examine him”. He also told that in spite of the clamour for a president of northern extraction in 2015, Christians of that enclave “are solidly behind Jonathan,” and also described some of northern governors’ actions as religiously motivated. Read the excerpts of a big interview below: Q: Former FCT minister, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai in a recent interview, referred to the Christian Association of Nigeria as the mouthpiece of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), how did the statement come to you? I take his utterance as an insult. For him to take our leader and associate him with a political party is a total disrespect. It is not just an insult to our leader; it is also an insult to the Christian community in Nigeria. We cannot do that to the Muslims. I think psychiatrists should examine el-Rufai. The way he has been talking of recent is worrisome. I think he must tender an apology to the Christian body and our president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor in particular. We know that the PDP has its own spokesman. How then will el-Rufai say that? That is total disrespect. A true Muslim knows that he cannot just disrespect a religious leader like that. Enough is enough. He’s been saying a lot of things and we can no longer tolerate that. Q: The same el-Rufai allegedly tweeted some derogatory things about Jesus Christ some months back… We responded to him then and also told him to shut his mouth. If it was a Christian that said something like that about Islam, this country would have gone up in flames. That tweet was deliberate. The man is so arrogant and opens his mouth wide. Q: The president of CAN, Oritsejafor revealed sometime last year that the Christian body would take Boko Haram to the International Criminal Court (ICC). We’ve not heard anything about it since then. What is the position of CAN right now on this? As at the time our leader, Oritsejafor made that statement, you would agree that things were really bad in the country. We were helpless then because nobody was listening to us. But when the Federal Government went ahead and proscribed them, things became different. We’ve not abandoned the plan to take the case to ICC. We have to study the whole situation. The Federal Government has done a lot, even by declaring a state of emergency. We are both living witnesses to the fact that the killings have reduced. So, we are warning. We are supporting what the Federal Government is doing right now. We support them. Christians are not being killed anymore the way they used to kill them. We’ve not dropped the idea. We are praying for the security agencies. Q: The atrocities committed by the sect for which CAN wanted to take it to ICC are still there. Does that mean CAN is now going to overlook all that since there is a planned amnesty for the sect? I am not saying that the atrocities will be overlooked. People are still being killed. If you look at it the way it was, things have slowed down. That was why I said we were watching. Our lawyers are studying the situation. Q: The president of CAN has openly declared that the proposed amnesty programme for Boko Haram members will fail. Judging by what you’ve said, does CAN still maintain that stand? CAN has been very consistent since the Federal Government came up with that word, amnesty. We said ‘no’ from the very beginning. We said you cannot give amnesty to somebody you don’t know. Let them come out. We’ve never supported amnesty because you cannot give amnesty to people you don’t know. That was why when the committee on dialogue invited CAN, we said we were not going to talk to them. There were two reasons for that. The committee was given 90 days and it invited CAN towards the last week of its sitting. We felt it was an after-thought. If you look at the combination of the committee, out of over 20, only seven of them are Christians. We felt there will be no justice. So, for us to go and sit down and begin to talk to a committee that had already finished its work, was not fair. We Christians are the people who are being killed and whose churches are being destroyed. We didn’t understand. CAN has never considered amnesty at all. The recent move by the Borno State government to demolish over 20 churches in the state has been described by many religious leaders as a ploy to Islamise the region and possibly the country, by shutting down churches. What is CAN doing about that? Everybody is entitled to his own opinion. In our office, we have a letter from the Ministry of Lands and Survey, Borno State. In that letter, they wrote, using the authority of the governor that they were going to remove the people living in that area. When we checked, we discovered that there are many churches there. These churches have about 600 acres of land. They have a school. That has a concern. They said they want to build a housing estate. These people they want to evict are fully settled. They were given the place a long time ago. For the state government just to come around and say that they want to demolish the churches, that raises some concern. We are not talking about Islamisation. We are talking about fairness. There are 20 churches there. I can even give you the names of churches in that area. READ MORE:

El-Rufai Must Undergo Psychiatric Test – CAN

Dr. Musa Asake, the Secretary General of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a recent interview took a swipe at Mallam Nasir el-Rufai for his recent utterances. Dr. Asake emphasized that seeing the manner the former FCT minister has [...]

September 28, 2013 Religion
Punjab Province is where most of the worst violence against the Pakistan's Christian community has taken place. That includes a rampage in 1997 by a large Muslim mob that burned down an entire Christian village, leaving its 20,000 residents homeless. It also includes a wave of violence on March 9, 2013, when a Muslim mob burned down more than 170 houses, 16 shops, and two churches in a Christian neighborhood of Lahore, the Punjab capital. It later emerged that the violence was sparked by a Muslim man who, seeking to escalate a dispute with a Christian acquaintance, accused him of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Extremist Focus The double suicide bombing at the All Saints Church in Peshawar, capital of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, has stoked fears and concerns that anti-Christian violence is spreading beyond Punjab. The Peshawar bombings killed at least 81 people, making it the worst attack against Peshawar's Christian community in a century and one of the deadliest attacks in years against Christians anywhere in the country. A faction of Pakistan's umbrella Taliban movement, Junood ul-Hifsa, claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying it was to avenge U.S. drone strikes in the country's tribal areas. Martin Javed Miachal is the chairman of the Pakistan Christian Movement. He told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that Christians have become so frightened in Pakistan that thousands are leaving the country every year -- with most going to refugee camps in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. He described the lives of Pakistani Christians as "hopeless and helpless," adding, "Our future in Pakistan is very dark." Peter Jacob is a Christian lawyer in Pakistan who heads a Roman Catholic organization called the National Commission for Peace and Justice. Even before the deadly September 22 attack in Peshawar, Jacob had counted more than 120 attacks against Christians in Pakistan since 1997. Jacob says most recent attacks against Pakistani Christians have been carried out by angry mobs -- making the violence more communal than extremist. But there have been other Islamic extremist attacks against Pakistan's Christians -- raising concerns that the Peshawar bombings could be a harbinger for more extremist violence to come. Already, Christians are organizing street protests in several parts of Pakistan where they say the government is not doing enough to protect their communities.

Pakistan’s Christian Minority Faces Life On Increasingly Dangerous Margins

By Abubakar Siddique and Majeed Babar   The ancestors of most Pakistani Christians were oppressed, low-caste Hindus who converted to Christianity in the 1800s when European evangelists spread the Christian gospel on the subcontinent under British colonial rule. In the 21st century, Pakistani [...]

September 26, 2013 Religion
Catholic Priest in Prison Over Assault On Policemen

Catholic Priest in Prison Over Assault On Policemen

A Catholic priest was, yesterday, remanded in prison custody over alleged attack on policemen investigating issues arising from the crisis in his parish in Enugu State. The priest, who was arraigned alongside three other parishioners, was charged with assault and [...]

September 25, 2013 Religion
You Won't Believe What This Pastor Did To His Church Members

You Won’t Believe What This Pastor Did To His Church Members

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 [...]

September 15, 2013 Religion
Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus who isn't in support of Child Marriage and Nigerian Senator Ahmed Yerima who is in support went toe to toe on the Al-Jazeera show The Stream to tackle the Underage Marriage issue in Nigeria.

MUST WATCH: Actress, Stella Damasus & Senator Yerima In Close Combat Over Child Marriage

Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus who isn’t in support of Child Marriage and Nigerian Senator Ahmed Yerima who is in support went toe to toe on the Al-Jazeera show The Stream to tackle the Underage Marriage issue in Nigeria.   The [...]

September 5, 2013 Religion

Puberty Determines Maturity For Marriage, Yerima On #ChildNotBride

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Senator Ahmed Yerima of Zamfara state defended his position on the controversial topic #ChildNotBride, an issue he said “is all about the definition of full age”.         The removal of [...]

August 26, 2013 Religion
eid mubarak

Ramadan Reflection Day 30: A Final Ramadan Reflection

By Imam Khalid Latif   This morning, I was blessed to attend the bris service of the newborn son of my dear friend Rabbi Yehuda Sarna. Earlier this evening, my wife’s friends surprised her with a cake and other sweets [...]

August 8, 2013 Religion
Nigerian Muslims to Celebrate Eid-el-Fitri Thursday as New Moon Is Sighted

Nigerian Muslims to Celebrate Eid-el-Fitri Thursday as New Moon Is Sighted

Millions of Nigerian Muslims will celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri on Thursday. This follows the announcement by the Sultan of Sokoto and head of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs that the new moon has been cited in Sokoto and Maiduguri, [...]

August 8, 2013 Religion
Force-Feeding During Ramadan In Prison

SHOCK VIDEO: Force-Feeding During Ramadan In Prison

Islamic community leaders are calling on the Obama administration to rethink its policy of force-feeding hunger-striking detainees in Guantánamo during the month-long fast of Ramadan that have begun on Monday. The US government has said that barring “unforeseen emergency or [...]

July 10, 2013 Religion
Mallam Sanusi Lamido Churches Picture

Sanusi Freeze Bank Accounts Of Nigerian Churches.

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor has frozen the bank accounts of most churches in Nigeria under what his office claimed to be seeking for sponsors of Boko Haram. Many churches have been stranded since [...]

June 20, 2013 Religion

State Authorities: Nigerians Have Lost Respect for Elders, Obedience to Rules

The Federal Government has challenged religious leaders to be in the vanguard of transforming the society and ridding the country of incidents of cultism, terrorism, kidnapping and other social vices. Speaking in Abuja at the official flag off of the [...]

June 14, 2013 Culture, Language, Religion

Article Of Faith: The Value Of God, By Femi Aribisala

Is God only worthy of a tithe of our income? David says: “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1). How then can we insist only a tithe of [...]

May 13, 2013 Religion

Redeemed Church Lost 46 Branches To Crises In North – Pastor Adeboye

Redeemed Church Lost 46 Branches To Crises In North – Pastor Adeboye – General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said that the church lost over 46 branches in crises that occurred in various [...]

May 8, 2013 Religion
Foursquare Gospel Church Building Collapses In Lagos

Foursquare Gospel Church Building Collapses In Lagos, Many People Trapped Inside

One person has been killed as a two-storey building under construction collapsed at Ojodu area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. It was gathered that the building collapsed around 4.05 pm today, with seven construction workers resting under it, while the eighth [...]

May 8, 2013 Religion
Church Pastor

Nigeria Will Boil If You Kill Our Holiness – Rev. King’s Church Members.

Nigeria Will Boil If You Kill Our Holiness – Rev. King’s Church Members. – Members of Chukwuemeka Ezeugo’s church, have warned Nigerians to be prepared for dire consequences, if their General Overseer, popularly known as Reverend King, is indeed killed [...]

February 18, 2013 Religion