Following the butchery that occurred in Borno State on Saturday, a popular Nigerian cleric and leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elisah Ayodele, has spoken against the act that claimed the lives of over 43 farmers.
He described that act as a sad occurrence and a confirmation that God is not happy with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He made it known that the recent happenings in the country have shown beyond doubt that President Buhari can’t lead the country anymore, therefore, he should honourably resign for someone who has the capacity to lead the country.
He also reinstated his statement that President Muhammadu Buhari needs to sack his service chiefs before the security in Nigeria can improve, while describing the present ones as ‘weak and tired’
‘The killings that took place in Borno on Saturday are saddening, disheartening and shame to our dear country.
The stubbornness of President Muhammadu Buhari and not listening to advise has affected his government.
He knows what to do to control it but it’s as if he has made up his mind to shed blood of Nigerians. God is not happy with this government because lots of blood has been sucked and there is no way the government won’t pay for it.
This is sad, I’m sure the number is more than that, and that is why Buhari isn’t capable of leading this country again, he should resign honourably and let someone else who has the capacity to be there, he has failed Nigerians and there is no way God will be happy with him. How long will we continue to experience this.
The service chiefs are tired, they don’t know what to do, they are confused, they are just there making noise, they don’t have the stamina and idea.
My concern is Buhari has all it takes to do a positive thing about the security of the country but he has ignored the people, there is no peace, we have killings, armed robbery attack, it’s a shame to the government, he should have resigned honourably and have peace of mind.’
Meanwhile, Primate Ayodele in his annual book of Prophecy titled Warning to the nation had warned against the recent sad occurrence that happened in Ondo and Borno States.
On page 37 under Borno section, Primate Ayodele noted that Jere Local government should be careful of strange and unexpected attacks, which eventually happened.
Also on Page 86 under Ondo state section, he categorically said that the state should pray against losing a king or dethronement of a king, as he warned, news had it last week that a first class monarch in Ondo was shot dead by unknown armed men.
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Newly Confirmed US Secretary of State Vows to Promote Gay, Lesbian Agenda
*To fly gay pride flags at embassies around the world
The newly confirmed U.S. secretary of state has vowed to support the LGBT agenda by flying pride flags at United States embassies and resurrecting the “special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.”
Antony Blinken, who was confirmed 78-22 by the United States Senate Tuesday, shared his thoughts about LGBT issues during his Senate confirmation hearing last week, which took place before President Joe Biden took office.
As he questioned Blinken, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, “You and President-elect Biden have indicated that you’re going to support, appoint a new special envoy for human rights on LGBTI people, a position that I’ve been pushing to make permanent through the International Human Rights Defense Act.” As a presidential candidate, Biden vowed to make LGBT activism a centerpiece of his foreign policy.
“After four years of Trump administration efforts to specifically marginalize, minimize, do damage to the rights of the LGBTI people, I think it’s going to be vital to appoint a seasoned expert on this issues. Are you going to move forward towards a speedy appointment towards an LGBTI envoy and would you consider raising it to an ambassadorial level?” Markey asked.
Blinken answered in the affirmative: “This is a matter, I think, of some real urgency, we’ve seen violence directed against LGBTQI people around the world increase. We’ve seen, I believe, the highest number of murders of transgender people, particularly women of color, that we’ve seen ever and so I think the United States playing the role that it should be playing in standing up for and defending the rights of LGBTQI people is something the Department is going to take on and take on immediately.”
Markey also asked Blinken if he would “repudiate the findings of the report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights and reaffirm the United States’ acceptance and adherence to the human rights laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and whether he would “ensure that ambassadors are able to fly the pride … flag at our embassies around the world.”
“Yes to both,” Blinken replied.
The Commission on Unalienable Rights was created by the State Department under then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July 2019. In a press conference announcing the State Department Commission, the secretary of state argued that “international institutions designed and built to protect human rights have drifted from their original mission.” According to Pompeo, “As human rights claims have proliferated, some claims have come into tension with one another, provoking questions about which rights are entitled to gain respect.”
Democrats and progressive advocacy groups quickly criticized the move to create the commission, warning that it constituted an attempt to remove LGBT rights and abortion from the consensus definition of human rights. During the Trump administration, the United States signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which declared that “there is no international right to abortion.”
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RCCG Repositions, Abolishes AGO Position, Announces New Continental Appointments
…Full list inside
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has made a number of strategic appointments.
Tagged “continental appointments”, the status now supercedes the position of Assistant General Overseer (AGO), which has now been abolished.
Until the latest development, there were no fewer than eight or so AGOs.
The position of Pastor E.A. Adeboye and the General Overseer of the RCCG Worldwide remains intact.
The new appointments also indicated that the office of the Nigeria National Overseer of the church has also been scrapped.
Pastor Joseph Obayemi, who was the National Overseer until the ratification of the new arrangements, is now the North Africa Continent Overseer.
However, he has in addition to his continental status been designated officer in charge of Nigeria.
Pastor Johnson Odesola is now a national officer in charge of Admin and Personnel as well as a continental overseer in charge of the Middle East.
Before now, he was Assistant General Overseer, Admin, and Personnel.
See below summary of the continental appointments:
Continental Overseer – Pastor Dele Olowu (C.O)
Deputy Continental Overseer – Pastor Agu Irukwu (D.C.O)
Assistant Continental Overseers
Pastor Leke Sanusi
Pastor Sola Oludoyi
Pastor Andrew Adeleke
Pastor Kola Bamigbade
Pastor Bioye Segun
Pastor Tunde Oke
▪︎America and Canada Continent
Continental Overseer – Pastor James Fadele (C.O)
Deputy Continental Overseer – Pastor Femi Olawale (D.C.O)
Assistant Continental Overseers
Pastor Charles Adegoke Pastor Olaoye Ghandi
Pastor Bayo Adeyokunnu Pastor Ade Okonrede
Pastor Kamal Sanusi
Pastor Segun Aladeniyi
Pastor Funso Adeniji
Pastor Daniel Ajayi-Adeniran
Pastor Bayo Adewole
Pastor Yinka Dada
Pastor John Omewah
Pastor Funmi Obilana
▪︎Australia Pacific Continent
Continental Overseer – Pastor Wole Haastrup (C.O)
Assistant Continental Overseers
Pastor Ibukun Williams
Continental Overseer – Pastor Remi Akintunde (C.O)
Deputy Continental Overseer – Pastor Kola Olaade (D.C.O)
▪︎North Africa Continent
Continental Overseer – Pastor Joseph Obayemi (C.O)
Deputy Continental Overseer – Pastor Tosin Macauley (D.C.O)
▪︎East Africa Continent
Continental Overseer – Pastor Peter Amenkhienan (C.O)
Deputy Continental Overseer – Pastor Prince Obasi-Ike (D.C.O)
▪︎West and Central Africa Continent
Continental Overseer – Pastor Ezekiel Odeyemi (C.O)
Deputy Continental Overseer – Pastor James Dagunduro (D.C.O)
Assistant Continental Overseers-
Pastor Peter Akalamudo
▪︎South Africa Continent
Continental Overseer – Pastor Ayo Adeloye (C.O)
Assistant Continental Overseers
Pastor Emmanuel Ibitayo
▪︎Middle East continent
Continental Overseer – Pastor Funso Odesola (C.O)
Assistant Continental Overseer
Pastor Boniface Okenwa
Pastor Joseph Obayemi – Officer in charge of Nigeria + North Africa
Pastor Ezekiel Odeyemi – Northern Nigeria and West & Central Africa
Pastor Johnson Odesola – In charge of Admin/Personnel and the Middle East
Intercontinental Evangelist Pastor Johnson Kalejaiye (I.E)
Intercontinental Youth Pastor-Pastor Belemina Obunge (I.Y.P)
Intercontinental Prayer Coordinator-Pastor Peter Olawale (I.P.C)
Director Pastor Kunle Ajayi (I.M.D)
Coordinator- Pastor Oyitso Brown (I.M.C)
Intercontinental Financial Controller- Pastor J. Adeyokunu (I.F.C)
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Seek God for Solution to Nigeria’s challenges, Okowa urges Nigerians
Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday urged Nigerians to seek God’s face for solution to the litany of challenges, especially economic and security, plaguing the country.
Okowa made the call at a Special Thanksgiving Service by him and his family at the Government House Chapel, Asaba.
He stated that insecurity and the persisting downturn in the economy of the nation appeared to be overwhelming relevant authorities, adding that God’s intervention through intensive supplications by citizens was required for respite on the issues.
“There is insecurity in the land and Delta is not an exception but God will continue to intervene.
“The present insecurity in the country is greater than the presidency and the governors; it requires God’s intervention, and therefore, we must continue to pray for God to intervene.
“We are here to give thanks again because not too long ago, I had thanksgiving. The Lord has been faithful and remains faithful to me, my family and Delta State.
“I recognise the many challenges of this year. We saw something we had not seen before; it’s COVID-19 and it’s still on.
“At a time people thought it was about going, but the second wave is back all over the world and Nigeria is not spared. There is reason to give thanks to God over our lives because a lot of people are dying daily.
“As Nigerians, we have not seen what people are seeing in those parts of the world being ravaged by the pandemic. His grace abounds and has continued to sustain us and we do not need to take it for granted.
“The COVID-19 has impacted negatively on our economy and beyond all these, we are still alive. God has kept us,’’ he said.
The governor recalled that many things happened in the course of the year, but said that as with religious injunction, “in all things, we must give thanks to God’’.
He prayed that God would continue to touch every life in Delta as He has touched his family.
“When all hope is lost, He makes a way out of every predicament that we find ourselves.
“It is always good to be hopeful in the Lord and trust in his ways to turn things around for our good.”
Okowa appealed to Deltans, including leaders to continue to partner each other in the interest of the state.
He advised that people in positions should endeavour to be servants of the public, saying “it is important that wherever we are, we are called to serve and not to be a boss. It is only by God’s grace that I am privileged to be the governor; it could have been anyone else.
“Let us continue to work collectively as partners to ensure that we impact on the lives of Deltans.
“It is my prayer daily that God will continue to grant me the wisdom to lead by example so that others will be encouraged to live rightly.’’
He thanked Deltans for their support and prayers and assured that he would continue to leverage on their support as he steered the ship of state.
The governor hinted that the second wave of COVID-19 had hit the state and warned the people to be cautious.
He advised that citizens must fully return to wearing of the mask and maintaining of physical distancing, saying “for the churches, the second wave has come and we must all wear masks; just two days ago we had 10 positive cases in one day here in Delta.
“As we enter the festive season, we must continue to obey all the preventive protocols and we must limit public gatherings. We are not stopping people from going to church but they must wear mask.’’
He commended the outgoing local government councils chairmen in the state for their efforts in enthroning good governance and appealed to Deltans to pardon them for their shortcomings.
According to Okowa, “21 out of the 25 local government councils cannot pay salaries without being assisted by the state government, so when all they generate cannot pay salaries there is nothing they could have done; so, please pardon them because it’s not their fault.
Chaplain of the Government House Chapel, Venerable Charles Osemenam, in a sermon titled “The mystery of thanksgiving” said Christ expected us to give Him thanks all the time.
He said when we thanked God for any situation, He made things better.
Making reference to Bible verse of Luke 17: 11-19 which talks about the healing of 10 lepers by Jesus Christ, but only one returned to praise God, Osemenam said “it is important that we reflect on the question, `where are the nine?’
He said that God expected us to show appreciation at all times, adding that when you thank God from the depth of your heart, doors would be opened to you and insufficiency would turn to overflowing abundance.
“Thanksgiving makes stars out of nobody and let me remind us that a proud man does not give thanks and doesn’t show appreciation to God or to man.
“Thanksgiving makes for perfection and when you show gratitude for the little received, God multiplies it,” he added.
Wife of the Deputy Governor, Dr Ebiere Otuaro; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori; Chief Judge of the State, Justice Marshall Umukoro; former Deputy Governor, Chief Benjamin Elue and former Acting Governor, Rt. Hon. Sam Obi, top government functionaries and traditional rulers attended the service.
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