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Mbaka: Day Pentecostal pastor envied Catholics

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By MAGNUS EZE

The legendary discipline in the Roman Catholic Church recently attracted the envy of a Pentecostal preacher, Bishop John Praise Daniel.
The cleric, who is the President of Dominion Faith Institute and founder of International Leadership Communion of Ministries (ILCOM), extolled the discipline in the orthodox Catholic Church, at the consecration of four bishops by his church in Abuja where he descended on the leaders of the church world over.
Using how the dust raised by the transfer of the founder of Adoration Ministries, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, from the parish he nurtured was calmed down without any negative effect on the church to buttress his assertion, Daniel posited that the cleric would have founded another church the following day if it were in a Pentecostal denomination:
“I know if it were in a Pentecostal church, a new church would have started the following day. A man with over 30,000 worshippers still agreed to leave everything to one small church. It’s discipline. Let there be more discipline; we have the power. But let there be more discipline in the Pentecostal church.” It was a moment of truth as the preacher told the newly elevated that their office was a call to greater responsibilities, warning that it would not be rosy all through for them; but like the Bible said, “weeping may endure for a night.”
Taking his text from Hebrews 5: 4, he charged preachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be sure they were called before coming into the ministry; noting that people do all manner of things including indulging in occultism for the sake of “fame, crowd and money.”
The former Deputy National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), however, sounded it clear, that no man is perfect arguing that a man is anointed bishop does not make him infallible. He urged the new bishops to be humble like Christ so that they can receive exaltation:
“Humility is the pathway to service; being servant to the people”, adding that being a bishop is not a title, but it means more work, more responsibilities. He charged them to be alert to their responsibilities.
Bishops and visiting Bishop Judy Malaza from South Africa supported Daniel in praying and laying hands on the new bishops. Before the vestment, presentations and salutations were made, a lawyer administered oath office on them. They were decorated with consecrated elements.
Special prayers were also made for the Church in the North East of Nigeria, where more than 2000 churches were allegedly closed down by the persecution of the Boko Haram insurgents. Two of the new bishops, Bulus Elan Taya and Falib Ndagawa hail from Numan and Mubi respectively in Adamawa State. The two others were Bishop Ken Oko Daniels (Ebonyi) and Bishop Dr. Gabriel Nkenang (Akwa Ibom).

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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, got their dose of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

The hoodlums in Ibadan invaded Sen. Folarin’s residence, where they carted away items worth N200million
The rampaging youths made away with empowerment materials worth N200 million.
The ugly incident was confirmed by Folarin during a radio programme, monitored on Saturday in Ibadan.
The stolen items were meant for constituency empowerment programme of the lawmaker, scheduled to take place in December.

Among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
Folarin, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and former Senate Leader, said he was relieved that no life was lost.

In Calabar the hoodlums also invaded the mansion of Senator Ndoma-Egba, where they broke into his premises and that of senator Bassey and carted away properties that include set of chairs, Television sets, matrasses, toilet seats and car batteries before setting the country home of Ndoma-Egba ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums easily overpowered the security personnel protecting the houses and even wanted to collect their guns before the security personnel took to their heels after which the hoodlums carted away valuables.
It was also gathered that a lounge (Bulavard) allegedly belonging to an APC stalwarts Hillard Etta were also vandalised just as a petrol filling allegedly belonging to Governor Ben Ayade was destroyed.

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