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Shun neo-paganism, Catholic bishop urges Christians



Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of the Catholic Diocese of Awka  has called on Christians to remain truly faithful to their faith  and shun neo-paganism which he described as the love for earthly things.


Ezeokafor gave the charge in his homily at Christ The King Catholic Parish, Isuaniocha near Awka, the Anambra capital on Sunday.


He said Christians, who pay attention to earthly possessions such as wealth, beauty, intelligence, spouses, children, jewellery, cars, houses and others  had already relegated God to the background.


” Holding different public positions or serving in different capacities in Church without living a Christ-like life is a waste of time which will not take you anywhere.


“Think more about your spiritual life, eternity and how to serve God and mankind with that position,” the cleric admonished the faithful.


Ezeokafor also advised  Christians to be vigilant and be ready to fight in defense of their faith as well as show humility as the biblical John the Baptist and Jesus Christ did.


In his remarks, the  Priest of Christ The King Parish, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Ekwealili, commended the bishop for making out time to visit them.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ezeokafor during the Mass administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 510 faithful as well as dedicated the  Holy Trinity Chapel facility.


also  reports that that Sacrament of Confirmation is the  Catholic Church’s belief in  the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit on her faithful  for increased ability to practise the  faith and to witness Christ in every situation.


Ramadan: Shun acts of oppression, Cleric admonishes Muslims



Imam Yusuf Abdullahi of Uthman Bn Affan Mosque,Tanke Ilorin, on Wednesday admonished Muslims to extend goodness to other religious adherents and shun acts of oppression.

Abdullahi, who gave the advice in Ilorin in his Ramadan Tafsir (preaching), said that it was against the Islamic tenets to oppress anyone.

He reminded the faithful that oppression of any form was totally prohibited, adding that Allah had sent Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) as mercy to the world.

Abdullahi said that it was the coming of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that that stopped female infanticide among the Arabs.

He said that it was expected of Muslims to always show goodness to people and animals, adding that it is wrong for anyone to oppress people or animals.

The cleric decried current forms of  oppression in the society, stressing that Islam had always encouraged peace and security in communities.

“Allah has promised painful punishment for anybody who oppresses or kills another person,” he said.

Abdullahi warned those who engaged in oppressing others to desist because it would be difficult for the perpetrators to withstand Allah’s punishment.

He therefore urged both Muslim and Christian religious clerics to intensify sermons on promoting peaceful coexistent among their adherents so as to foster peace and security in the country.

Edited /Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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Shun corruption, Anambra CP warns 228 newly recruited constables



The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Mr John Abang, has cautioned the 228 constables newly posted to the state to shun corrupt practices and be civil while discharging their duties.

The police constables who are all indigenes of the state recently passed out from training at the Police College, Orji River in Enugu State.

Addressing the constables on Saturday in Awka, Abang congratulated them for their successful training and wished them a robust  carrier in the force.

He said they would all be deployed to their respective Local Governments Areas of origin, in accordance with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu.

“Be civil to members of the public when discharging your constitutional duties with humility, honesty and respect for human rights.

“You are also to refrain from all manners of corrupt practices and indiscipline. Anyone caught and found guilty will be shown the way out of the force,” the commissioner warned.


Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
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COVID-19:  Shun politics, support government efforts – Plateau PDP urges residents 



The Plateau chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged residents of the state to shun politics of any kind and support government in the fight against coronavirus.
Mr John Akans, the State Publicity Secretary of the party said this in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria , on Friday in Jos that residents should not be despondent after the confirmation of COVID-19 case in the state.
“The PDP calls on the people not to be despondent as a result of the confirmation of the index case in the state.
“Rather we should collectively come together in support of the effort put in place by the taskforce in fighting this dreaded monster.
“As a people we have a lot of work to do in the face of this global pandemic because this virus has no political colour or identity.
“While we appreciate the effort of the taskforce, we equally call on the government to shun politics in the discharge of its constitutional responsibility of protecting its citizens.
“Government should be particularly fair in the planned palliatives to be given to all citizens.
“It should be done across board irrespective of political affiliation, tribe or creed in the state to alleviate the suffering the people are already going through as a result of the lockdown,” he said.
Akans advised the State Government to be prudent in the use of public funds and cautioned against taking advantage of coronavirus to embezzle public funds.
The publicity secretary also urged residents to strictly adhere to the preventive measures rolled out by the government.
According to him, staying hygienically safe in our homes, and observing social distancing and frequent hand washing are necessary at this trying time.
He emphasise that it would amount to gross indiscipline, recklessness and irresponsibility for any person to violate preventive measures put in place by the government in fighting COVID-19.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
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Ex-FG Staff Housing Loan Board boss urges public servants to shun disruption



Dr Hannatu Fika (R) and her husband, Adamu



Abuja, Dec.8, 2019 Dr Hannatu Adamu Fika, former Executive Secretary, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, has called on public servants in the country to shun corruption and contribute to making Nigeria great.

Fika made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency during a dinner party organise in her honour to celebrate her retirement in Abuja.

She said that challenges in life were normal but one needs to be upright in carrying out his or her responsibility as a pubic or civil servant.

“When you build a house for a public servant, you have added value to his or her life.

“I want to call on public servants to be transparent and shun corruption in the course of their work for the development of the country.

“However, I will continue to urge the staff I have worked with to continue to follow the line of doing the right thing so that we can have a corrupt free public service in Nigeria.

“Those in the Housing Loan section should not relent to touch true lives of pubic servant in the area of provision of housing.

“I have exited but am not tired; I am moving into another stage where the Centre for Leadership and Economy Development, an affiliate with UN have given me the Chair Person of their governing board.

“I am now going to concentrate on issues of women and youths development, ” she said.

However, Fika said she would continue to pray that the Federal Integrated Staff Housing Programme known as FISH grows from strength to strength.

“So that civil servants  who are hard working but their salaries cannot take then home would be able to benefit through that system so that they can have their own homes”.

Also speaking to NAN Ms Didi Walson-Jack, Permanent Secretary in charge of Niger Delta Ministry said Fika is intelligent, willing to advice and always on top of her subject matter.

“She has created impact in the public service through provision of housing for public servants and other wonderful things she did to help them”

NAN reports that the occasion attracted some former permanent Secretaries, Heads of Civil Service of the Federation, FG Staff Housing Loans and many friends and well wishers.

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