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Obey God’s commandments to attract blessings, Cleric enjoins Christians

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Obey God’s commandments to attract blessings,  Cleric enjoins Christians

Enugu, Aug. 25, 2019 A cleric, Rev. Maxwell Onyia, has enjoined Christians to obey God’s commandments and show love in order to attract God’s blessings and grace.

Onyia, who is the Priest-in-Charge of Anglican Church of Ascension, Enugu, gave the admonition on Sunday while delivery a sermon in the Church.

He said that obedience to God’s commandments or laws demand explicit and implicit action from man.

The cleric also urged Christians not to attempt to keep God’s laws by the strength of the flesh, but by the help of the Holy Spirit through prayers and spiritual exercises.

According to him, keeping of God’s commandments or laws do not only call for outward display but more importantly it demands the affections of the heart.

“Sin may never be cut off except the occasion for it is denied.

“You need to remain in the presence of God through prayers, divine praises and other spiritual exercises daily for you to build a spiritual fence around yourself.

“These spiritual exercise and the presence of the Holy Ghosts will not allow occasion or attraction of sin to come close in the first place,’’ he said.

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COVID-19: Oyo CAN cautions Christians against flouting govt. directives

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Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, the State Chairman, made the call on Friday while addressing newsmen in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government is yet to ease the lockdown on religious centres ocassioned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Akanmu said that it was important to make official statement to guide the leadership of various churches and fellowship centres, amidst misleading information which had rented the air.

“In a situation like this, it is pertinent that the CAN leadership in the state clear the air on misleading information circulating around to save followers from falling victims of fake news or misinformation.

“This, if not addressed, may eventually subject followers to severe punishment, as we all know that ignorance is not an excuse in the court of law,” Akanmu said.

He said that the Federal Government has done the appropriate thing by relaxing the measures to allow each state make decisions based on the current situation and report on COVID-19 pandemic in a particular state.

“As at today, the decision of Oyo government is to retain the restrictions earlier imposed on lockdown of religious centres, curfew from 8pm to 6am and on social gathering.

“As residents of the state, we all should adhere strictly to the state directives. As Christians, we must honour and obey government regardless of the motive behind the decision, order or policy — either in good or bad faith.

“Even in a situation where government deliberately work against the church, God did not permit us to disobey or involve in violence,” he warned.

The CAN chairman said that the best way to chase away COVID-19 pandemic was for people to humble themselves before God,  confess their sins, turn away from evil and ask for the mercy of God.

“If we sincerely call for God’s intervention at this point, He will surely answer and set our nation free from the bondage of lockdown brought on us by the pandemic.

“Anything that is not of God, CAN will never support it. After all, it is the building that is lockdown, the spirit of Christ that dwell in us can not be silent,” he said.

Akanmu said that everything happens for good for those who trust in God, saying this was a period for the people to develop themselves spiritually.

That’s why as Christian leaders we train followers of Christ to be adequately equipped with the words of God, prayer and walk in the righteous path.

“Jesus did not call the pastors alone, he called everyone. He says, go ye into the world and preach the gospel. In other words, lockdown shouldn’t be an excuse to be far from God.

“For no reason should any Christian go against the law and order of the government. I believe that the Lord will return all our losses during the COVID-19 period in multiple folds in Jesus name,” he said. 


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Ebenezer Obey describes late Majek Fashek as humble, creative musician

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Obey told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the reggae maestro’s death was a painful one, leaving behind a huge vacuum to be filled in the entertainment industry.

Majek Fashek died in New York on June 1, at 57.

Obey said that Fashek was always fond of removing his cap and genuflecting to greet him, which exemplified a humble man.

” I commiserate with the family of Majek Fashek, and pray that the Lord will take care of the family he left behind.

” Nigeria has lost a very talented musician; the reggae musical world has lost one of its greatest musicians.

” I know him to be a very creative and humble man who always genuflect to greet me whenever he sees me, he is always calling me ‘Baba’.

” There is nothing we can do because death is inevitable, I pray that the Lord will be with the family and console them: may his soul rest in peace,” he said.

Obey urged the Federal Government to ensure Fashek’s works and times were properly documented in order to ensure he is recognised in the history of Nigeria.

He said the late reggae musician deserved to be honoured because he had contributed to the growth of the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Fashek, a Nigerian singer, songwriter and guitarist, was best known for his 1988 album ” Prisoner of Conscience” which includes the multiple award-winning single “Send Down the Rain”.

He was also known as ‘The Rainmaker’ and worked with various notable artistes worldwide.


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Christians obey govt’s directive on partial reopening of worship centres in Ondo

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Christians in Okitipupa, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday complied with the directive of the state government on partial reopening of worship centres in the state.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday directed a “guided” and “syndicated” resumption of mosques and churches across the state.

The state government on March 26, directed a shutdown of all religious worship centres to curtail the spread of #coronavirus.

As part of the partial reopening of the worship centres, Akeredolu also directed that mosques and churches must be disinfected.

The governor also directed that soaps, water, hand sanitisers must be provided to worshippers as well as use of face masks and maintaining social distance, among others.

A NAN correspondent who visited churches like Christ Apostolic, Anglican, Methodist, Winners Chapel, Mountain of Fire, Redeemed Christian Church of God, among others, in Okitipupa, noted that the churches complied with government directives.

NAN also reports that worshippers wore face masks, while soap, water and hand sanitisers were provided for worshippers before entering the churches.

Worshippers also observed social distancing during the  services.

Primate Elisha Akinsulere, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo South District, told NAN on telephone that the government had been magnanimous in reopening worship centres.

He urged Christians to continue to pray to God to give the leaders the necessary direction and to pray for God to take away COVID-19 permanently.

“We are happy for the partial reopening of worship centres. We thank the state government for the magnanimity and we will continue to pray for our leaders for the right direction.

“I urge all our brethren to continue to pray to God to help us defeat COVID-19 permanently for peace to return to our dear country and the world at large,” Akinsulere said.

He, however, urged Christians to continue to comply with all government preventive measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Eid-il-Fitri: Kaduna Christians salute Muslims after successful Ramadan 

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State Chapter has congratulated Muslims for the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.


The Chairman, Kaduna State CAN, Rev John Hayab, in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna, prayed that the sacrifices made, the prayers offered and all the worship for the peace and progress of Kaduna State, Nigeria and mankind be acceptable.

He also prayed for God’s blessings and reward in abundance.

“This year’s Ramadan came at a very critical and trying moment for the entire world given the challenge and fear posed by the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“In spite of the trying situation, we are glad that you did not allow the prevailing challenge to rob you of the joy and blessings of this Holy month.

“Therefore, we hopefully look forward to greater and more fruitful days together as we work to defeat the virus as well as promote peace, unity, and harmonious coexistence in all our communities.

“Though we have been advised by medical experts and warned by states and national governments to stay at home so that we could prevent the spread of COVID 19, the ‘stay at home’ order should not be seen as a hindrance to a strong fraternity.

“We may be socially and physically distancing ourselves from one another but in our hearts and spirit, we are together, celebrating and rejoicing with all Muslims,” he said.

Hayab explained that, amidst the lockdown, CAN Kaduna State felicitates with all Muslims in the state and wish them a blessed and prosperous life after the Ramadan and Sallah.

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