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



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.


Ebenezer Obey describes late Majek Fashek as humble, creative musician



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.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)


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Eid-el-Fitri: Obey lockdown or face sanction, NSCDC warns Kaduna residents




Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC), Kaduna State command, has deployed 3000 personnel to enforce the restrictions on movement in the state and advised residents to obey the lockdown order or risk sanctions.

The State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Babangida Dutsinma, gave the warning in a statement issued by the command Public Relations Officer, ASC Orndiir Terzungwe on Thursday in Kaduna.

Dutsinma advised the resident to obey the restriction of movement directive, saying it was for the collective good of all, as only the living celebrate.

He said that anyone who violate the lockdown order by embarking on intra or inter state movement would  face the wrath of the law.

“The deployment will be maintained during Eid-el-Fitri and I urge residents of border communities to cooperate with security agencies by not allowing desperate people to take advantage of illegal routes in their domain.”

He said that the command’s Head of Operations, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers have been fully mobilised to curtail influx of people into the state to prevent community spread of Coronavirus.

H urged Muslims to use the Eid-el-Fitri period to pray for Nigeria especially against challenges of terrorism and insurgency, banditry, cattle rustling, ethnic militia and the end to the novel Coronavirus.

“On the unfortunate incidents of killings and banditry in parts of the state, the Command assures that efforts are being intensified to apprehend those behind it.

“Perpetrators of the dastardly acts must desist from it in order to pave way for peace and development, as without peace there cannot be development.” Dutsinma said.

He assured that the corps in collaboration with sister agencies were working relentlessly towards restoring  peace in the state.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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COVID-19: Obey C/River directives on lockdown restrictions -Aide



Mr Hassan Tanimu, Special Adviser on Muslim Affairs to Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, on Thursday appealed to articulated vehicle drivers to obey the state’s lockdown directives.

Tanimu said during an advocacy to the trailer and high capacity parks in Calabar to enlighten them against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread into the state.

Tanimu said majority of the truck drivers usually engage in the movement of unauthorised consignments and persons into the state.

He said the drivers not to abuse the privilege that allows vehicles conveying food products and essential goods from other parts of the country into the state.

“Gov. Ben Ayade appeals that your activities, especially at this period of COVID-19 pandemic should be guided by state policy and not your personal interest.

”The recent incidents of trucks intercepted at Gakem border is very worrisome and the state government will not hesitate to take drastic action on any truck driver who violates the state rules henceforth,” he said.

Tanimu added that the meetings with the drivers on the need to obey  instructions on unauthorised movement of persons into the state had started in Ogoja, Ikom and Iwuru.

Speaking on behalf of the drivers, the Calabar Transport Manager of Dangote Group, Mr Michael James, promised to sensitise drivers on the need to obey the state government’s directive.

James promised to adhere to the lockdown guidelines of the state government to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

He also commended the governor for giving them freedom  to operate without hindrances in the state.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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COVID-19 Lockdown: Obey RSG order, stay at home- Community sensitises residents



Mgbuoshimi Community in Rumueme Kingdom of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers, on Friday sensitised residents to obey the Rivers Government’s lockdown order, meant to curb the spread of  Coronavirus (COVID-19).

An opinion leader in the community, Chief Lucky Okochi told the News Agency of Nigeria , in Mgbuoshimini community, that the sensitisation was to explain the importance of the lockdown order.

Okochi disclosed that the community had set-up a COVID-19 sensitisation committee to domesticate the message of the ravaging pandemic.

He said that the initiative to enlighten the people was the community’s contribution to the Rivers government’s efforts at curtailing the virus that was spreading like wild fire.

“We have formed COVID-19 Taskforce in the community, and we are currently carrying out sensitisation on the COVID-19 lockdown order by the Rivers Government.

“We are going round the two villages of Oroakwo and Oroazi, which make up Mgbuoshini community, to Federal Housing area and its suburbs to sensitise the people on the need to stay at home.

“The need to maintain physical distance even when they are in their various premises in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus,” he said.

Okochi urged the residents to limit their movement within their premises to avoid being arrested by the police and taken to the state’s isolation centre for court trial.

“Most of the compounds in the estate and community are large enough for residents to exercise if they so wish to do, so residents should stay within their compounds and also observe social distance.

“But coming out to the streets will encourage many people to be on the streets and the essence of the lockdown will be defeated.’’

The community opinion leader pleaded that the lockdown would not last forever and it was for the benefit of all.

He commended Gov. Wike and the Rivers Taskforce on COVID-19, for doing well and pledged the community’s support.

Chief Ndidi Livingstone, Leader of Mgbuoshimini Community Taskforce on COVID-19, said that the community was embarking on the sensitisation to avoid attracting the wrath of the state government, on violating the lockdown order.

Livingstone said that the police would arrest anyone found violating the order after the sensitisation.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that officers of the Divisional Police Station in the area accompanied the community leaders and youths during the sensitisation.

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike had announced an indefinite lockdown of Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor LGAs to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)
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