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  •   CAN President seeks through reconciliation for total healing Religious leaders have called on Nigerians to embrace peace and harmony as the country prepares for the next general elections He made the call on Monday at a one day Inclusive Security Dialogue organized by Global Peace Foundation in partnership with Vision Africa and ADF International Okoh stated that he was delighted to be part of the conversation and on behalf of the Chairman of Nigeria Inter Religious Council NIREC Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar 111 he described the dialogue as a welcome development which the Council will love to be part of He however expressed the need for participants to be sincere as the dialogue continued What is important as we continue this conversation is to maintain sincerity taking what we have done at the intellectual level down to the streets and the grassroots levels as it also requires the skills of those of us already converted to go out there and make sure that we work the talk because some of the platforms we think we can use are already invaded while some are polluted We also need to find a way to do some financial investment particularly in the media If we don t have control over the media it will be difficult to disseminate proper information This is a clarion call to those who have the future of this country at hand to make sure that we have a wider platform that we can use in reaching out to those at the grassroots level This is also an opportunity to address the clerics of both major religions as this is a very difficult time and a period of the test as people look up to us for direction So we must be able to give proper leadership by being honest in whatever we say as well as reducing hate speech in our public and private conversations Justice is at the basis of what we are saying There is no reconciliation without justice Someone spoke about the complicity and the silence of people in power Injustice is perpetrated every day by bad governance and people who should speak up are not speaking up in the face of injustice then reconciliation is impossible Okoh stated African Regional Head Global Peace Foundation Rev Fr Canice C Enyiaka informed that the Dialogue was initiated last year to bring together religious leaders community leaders leaders of Civil Society Organizations and all well meaning Nigerians to devise means of resolving challenges confronting the nation Speaking at the event that was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja Enyiaka expressed worries that human dignity was under serious threat in Nigeria and expressed the need for urgent intervention He said We cannot overlook that So we must come together to see what can be done about it because if Nigeria is in order everyone will enjoy it He further identified four major areas of concern including religious freedom which he said was the foundation of all other freedoms We also look at human security It is an integral part of what makes life beautiful We also want to consider the challenges of national security and electoral violence We see how our young people are killed during campaigns and elections It is against human dignity to use people for sacrifices during elections So we all need to do something to make sure lives in Nigeria are not toyed with For Enyiaka the campaign should begin from the grassroots and as such community and religious leaders as well as civil society leaders must return to their communities to help build on the principles of shared realities He added that considering the level of the dialogue which took place the vision for a peaceful Nigeria is possible It is very possible In every human engagement you need to be positive Countries communities and families have faced challenges in the past and those who decided to keep focused were able to transcend those challenges and we strongly believe that with the level of conversations we had here the commitment and sincerity that we saw here today we have to be positive and keep working he stated Earlier in his opening remarks the President of Vision Africa Bishop Dr Sunday N Onuoha expressed the need for immediate action to save the country before it becomes too late He noted that the Inclusive Security Dialogue ISD was conceptualized and nurtured as a strategy to understand the conflict dynamics in Nigeria To achieve this he stated that the initiators had focused on increasing an understanding of the causes of conflicts and violence affecting the people increasing a positive relationship between the Nigerian government and various agitating groups across the country and encouraging a refocus on the importance of universal principles and shared values as the glue for social cohesion and sustainable peace As Nigeria threads the path to yet another election in 2023 Onuoha held that the panacea to violence and the crises free election is can be found among the committed and humane leaders and influencers of the polity who are not bashful to acknowledge and understand the deep frustrations of other communities but are willing to put in the tent pegs and lay out the milestones in the collective process toward security and peace in Nigeria He also talked about plans to meet with a cross section of youth organizations in the country considering the crucial place of young people as meaningful drivers of change at all levels of conflict prevention and peace building Onuoha said Every responsive inclusive and representative decision making process excluding young people lacks sustainability As the 2023 Nigerian elections approach youth participation in conflict prevention and peace building should be on the front burner because Extremist and dissident groups often look to raise fresh recruits among young people living in desperate conditions or within fractured societies If we are to sell Inclusiveness and Social Solidarity to the people it will produce fast and tangible results in cohesion and nation building First we must acknowledge that the time has come for the elite and the political class to hear the cry of the poor and the marginalized If the political elite and the wealthy class continue to ignore the pain of the larger society I am worried that very soon the poor will be pushed to revolt I am concerned that a time will come when the marginalized will push back the unpaid workers whose backs are against the wall will break the divides and take back what they deserve and when even the suckling infant will ask why and no military might can withstand it Adding How can we justify unguarded statements and utterly hateful speeches by leaders who are supposed to protect our collective interest Why are some elites above the law even in the face of brazen crimes A time will come when those persecuted because of their religious persuasion will demand accountability because it is the duty of the state to guarantee the fundamental rights that make us all human and humane Can we truly say that in all parts of the country people are free to practice their religion as guaranteed in the constitution How can we as a country preach unity and oneness yet we continue to maintain and enforce the state of origin principle In a society where people are angry and expressing their dissatisfaction we must be humble enough to bring them to the dialogue table No one should be too proud to dialogue and no community should exclude herself from the dialogue table because it is at the table that you can hear the cry of the aggrieved It does not matter where you stand we are first of all a common family under God one humanity superseding any religion ethnic bias political affiliation and social status Onuoha admonished that peace and security in Nigeria is more important than campaigning noting that without peace no one will come out to campaign or to vote He decried that with the rate of wanton killing in the country an average Nigerian is asking if Nigeria is at war with itself Why is it that people can no longer go to the farm without being kidnapped or raped on their own farms and some even raped in their homes in the presence of members of their family The cries of our innocent women have gone loud and if the state cannot protect them we should worry about them fighting back Our highways that were initially death traps have also become kidnapping zones and even the national capital appears to be under siege If this is not an emergency situation then what is He asked Also speaking Former Special Adviser to the Governor of Kaduna State on Islamic Matters Alhaji Aliu Abdullahi believed that the dialogue was impactful especially as participants have been reminded that they are one in creation Therefore we have to do all we can to make sure that the relationship is strengthened and sustained That can be done by making sure that we love our fellow human beings the same way we love ourselves Our first constituency should be the human constituency regardless of any social difference By doing that we would achieve a lot Once a human relationship is achieved to this level there won t be civil unrest or unnecessary killings The rate of killing in this country is very alarming We have to unite regardless of any difference to make sure that we sustain the human relationship and also to bring good governance to this country and the only way that can be achieved is by making sure that we unite as human beings If there is no peace there won t be development and Nigeria requires development We have to make sure that we live peacefully with one another he said
    At Inclusive Security Dialogue, religious leaders preach peace as Nigeria prepares for election
      CAN President seeks through reconciliation for total healing Religious leaders have called on Nigerians to embrace peace and harmony as the country prepares for the next general elections He made the call on Monday at a one day Inclusive Security Dialogue organized by Global Peace Foundation in partnership with Vision Africa and ADF International Okoh stated that he was delighted to be part of the conversation and on behalf of the Chairman of Nigeria Inter Religious Council NIREC Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar 111 he described the dialogue as a welcome development which the Council will love to be part of He however expressed the need for participants to be sincere as the dialogue continued What is important as we continue this conversation is to maintain sincerity taking what we have done at the intellectual level down to the streets and the grassroots levels as it also requires the skills of those of us already converted to go out there and make sure that we work the talk because some of the platforms we think we can use are already invaded while some are polluted We also need to find a way to do some financial investment particularly in the media If we don t have control over the media it will be difficult to disseminate proper information This is a clarion call to those who have the future of this country at hand to make sure that we have a wider platform that we can use in reaching out to those at the grassroots level This is also an opportunity to address the clerics of both major religions as this is a very difficult time and a period of the test as people look up to us for direction So we must be able to give proper leadership by being honest in whatever we say as well as reducing hate speech in our public and private conversations Justice is at the basis of what we are saying There is no reconciliation without justice Someone spoke about the complicity and the silence of people in power Injustice is perpetrated every day by bad governance and people who should speak up are not speaking up in the face of injustice then reconciliation is impossible Okoh stated African Regional Head Global Peace Foundation Rev Fr Canice C Enyiaka informed that the Dialogue was initiated last year to bring together religious leaders community leaders leaders of Civil Society Organizations and all well meaning Nigerians to devise means of resolving challenges confronting the nation Speaking at the event that was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja Enyiaka expressed worries that human dignity was under serious threat in Nigeria and expressed the need for urgent intervention He said We cannot overlook that So we must come together to see what can be done about it because if Nigeria is in order everyone will enjoy it He further identified four major areas of concern including religious freedom which he said was the foundation of all other freedoms We also look at human security It is an integral part of what makes life beautiful We also want to consider the challenges of national security and electoral violence We see how our young people are killed during campaigns and elections It is against human dignity to use people for sacrifices during elections So we all need to do something to make sure lives in Nigeria are not toyed with For Enyiaka the campaign should begin from the grassroots and as such community and religious leaders as well as civil society leaders must return to their communities to help build on the principles of shared realities He added that considering the level of the dialogue which took place the vision for a peaceful Nigeria is possible It is very possible In every human engagement you need to be positive Countries communities and families have faced challenges in the past and those who decided to keep focused were able to transcend those challenges and we strongly believe that with the level of conversations we had here the commitment and sincerity that we saw here today we have to be positive and keep working he stated Earlier in his opening remarks the President of Vision Africa Bishop Dr Sunday N Onuoha expressed the need for immediate action to save the country before it becomes too late He noted that the Inclusive Security Dialogue ISD was conceptualized and nurtured as a strategy to understand the conflict dynamics in Nigeria To achieve this he stated that the initiators had focused on increasing an understanding of the causes of conflicts and violence affecting the people increasing a positive relationship between the Nigerian government and various agitating groups across the country and encouraging a refocus on the importance of universal principles and shared values as the glue for social cohesion and sustainable peace As Nigeria threads the path to yet another election in 2023 Onuoha held that the panacea to violence and the crises free election is can be found among the committed and humane leaders and influencers of the polity who are not bashful to acknowledge and understand the deep frustrations of other communities but are willing to put in the tent pegs and lay out the milestones in the collective process toward security and peace in Nigeria He also talked about plans to meet with a cross section of youth organizations in the country considering the crucial place of young people as meaningful drivers of change at all levels of conflict prevention and peace building Onuoha said Every responsive inclusive and representative decision making process excluding young people lacks sustainability As the 2023 Nigerian elections approach youth participation in conflict prevention and peace building should be on the front burner because Extremist and dissident groups often look to raise fresh recruits among young people living in desperate conditions or within fractured societies If we are to sell Inclusiveness and Social Solidarity to the people it will produce fast and tangible results in cohesion and nation building First we must acknowledge that the time has come for the elite and the political class to hear the cry of the poor and the marginalized If the political elite and the wealthy class continue to ignore the pain of the larger society I am worried that very soon the poor will be pushed to revolt I am concerned that a time will come when the marginalized will push back the unpaid workers whose backs are against the wall will break the divides and take back what they deserve and when even the suckling infant will ask why and no military might can withstand it Adding How can we justify unguarded statements and utterly hateful speeches by leaders who are supposed to protect our collective interest Why are some elites above the law even in the face of brazen crimes A time will come when those persecuted because of their religious persuasion will demand accountability because it is the duty of the state to guarantee the fundamental rights that make us all human and humane Can we truly say that in all parts of the country people are free to practice their religion as guaranteed in the constitution How can we as a country preach unity and oneness yet we continue to maintain and enforce the state of origin principle In a society where people are angry and expressing their dissatisfaction we must be humble enough to bring them to the dialogue table No one should be too proud to dialogue and no community should exclude herself from the dialogue table because it is at the table that you can hear the cry of the aggrieved It does not matter where you stand we are first of all a common family under God one humanity superseding any religion ethnic bias political affiliation and social status Onuoha admonished that peace and security in Nigeria is more important than campaigning noting that without peace no one will come out to campaign or to vote He decried that with the rate of wanton killing in the country an average Nigerian is asking if Nigeria is at war with itself Why is it that people can no longer go to the farm without being kidnapped or raped on their own farms and some even raped in their homes in the presence of members of their family The cries of our innocent women have gone loud and if the state cannot protect them we should worry about them fighting back Our highways that were initially death traps have also become kidnapping zones and even the national capital appears to be under siege If this is not an emergency situation then what is He asked Also speaking Former Special Adviser to the Governor of Kaduna State on Islamic Matters Alhaji Aliu Abdullahi believed that the dialogue was impactful especially as participants have been reminded that they are one in creation Therefore we have to do all we can to make sure that the relationship is strengthened and sustained That can be done by making sure that we love our fellow human beings the same way we love ourselves Our first constituency should be the human constituency regardless of any social difference By doing that we would achieve a lot Once a human relationship is achieved to this level there won t be civil unrest or unnecessary killings The rate of killing in this country is very alarming We have to unite regardless of any difference to make sure that we sustain the human relationship and also to bring good governance to this country and the only way that can be achieved is by making sure that we unite as human beings If there is no peace there won t be development and Nigeria requires development We have to make sure that we live peacefully with one another he said
    At Inclusive Security Dialogue, religious leaders preach peace as Nigeria prepares for election
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    At Inclusive Security Dialogue, religious leaders preach peace as Nigeria prepares for election

    *CAN President seeks through reconciliation for total healing Religious leaders have called on Nigerians to embrace peace and harmony as the country prepares for the next general elections.

    He made the call on Monday at a one-day Inclusive Security Dialogue organized by Global Peace Foundation in partnership with Vision Africa and ADF International.

    Okoh stated that he was delighted to be part of the conversation and on behalf of the Chairman, of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111, he described the dialogue as a welcome development, which the Council will love to be part of.

    He however expressed the need for participants to be sincere as the dialogue continued.

    “What is important as we continue this conversation is to maintain sincerity, taking what we have done at the intellectual level down to the streets and the grassroots levels as it also requires the skills of those of us already converted to go out there and make sure that we work the talk because some of the platforms we think we can use are already invaded while some are polluted.

    “We also need to find a way to do some financial investment, particularly in the media.

    If we don’t have control over the media, it will be difficult to disseminate proper information.

    “This is a clarion call to those who have the future of this country at hand to make sure that we have a wider platform that we can use in reaching out to those at the grassroots level.

    This is also an opportunity to address the clerics of both major religions as this is a very difficult time and a period of the test as people look up to us for direction.

    So, we must be able to give proper leadership by being honest in whatever we say as well as reducing hate speech in our public and private conversations “Justice is at the basis of what we are saying.

    There is no reconciliation without justice.

    Someone spoke about the complicity and the silence of people in power.

    Injustice is perpetrated every day by bad governance, and people who should speak up are not speaking up in the face of injustice, then reconciliation is impossible”, Okoh stated.

    African Regional Head, Global Peace Foundation, Rev. Fr. Canice C.

    Enyiaka, informed that the Dialogue was initiated last year to bring together religious leaders, community leaders, leaders of Civil Society Organizations and all well-meaning Nigerians to devise means of resolving challenges confronting the nation.

    Speaking at the event that was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Enyiaka, expressed worries that human dignity was under serious threat in Nigeria and expressed the need for urgent intervention.

    He said: “We cannot overlook that.

    So, we must come together to see what can be done about it because if Nigeria is in order, everyone will enjoy it.

    ” He further identified four major areas of concern, including religious freedom which he said was the foundation of all other freedoms.

    “We also look at human security.

    It is an integral part of what makes life beautiful.

    We also want to consider the challenges of national security and electoral violence.

    We see how our young people are killed during campaigns and elections.

    It is against human dignity to use people for sacrifices during elections.

    So, we all need to do something to make sure lives in Nigeria are not toyed with.

    ” For Enyiaka, the campaign should begin from the grassroots and as such, community and religious leaders as well as civil society leaders must return to their communities to help build on the principles of shared realities.

    He added that considering the level of the dialogue which took place, the vision for a peaceful Nigeria is possible.

    “It is very possible.

    In every human engagement, you need to be positive.

    Countries, communities and families have faced challenges in the past and those who decided to keep focused were able to transcend those challenges, and we strongly believe that with the level of conversations we had here, the commitment and sincerity that we saw here today, we have to be positive and keep working”, he stated.

    Earlier in his opening remarks, the President, of Vision Africa, Bishop Dr Sunday N.

    Onuoha expressed the need for immediate action to save the country before it becomes too late.

    He noted that the Inclusive Security Dialogue (ISD) was conceptualized and nurtured as a strategy to understand the conflict dynamics in Nigeria.

    To achieve this, he stated that the initiators had focused on increasing an understanding of the causes of conflicts and violence affecting the people; increasing a positive relationship between the Nigerian government and various agitating groups across the country and encouraging a refocus on the importance of universal principles and shared values as the glue for social cohesion and sustainable peace.

    As Nigeria threads the path to yet another election in 2023, Onuoha held that the panacea to violence and the crises-free election is can be found among the committed and humane leaders and influencers of the polity, who are not bashful to acknowledge and understand the deep frustrations of other communities but are willing to put in the tent-pegs and lay out the milestones in the collective process toward security and peace in Nigeria.

    He also talked about plans to meet with a cross-section of youth organizations in the country, considering the crucial place of young people as meaningful drivers of change at all levels of conflict prevention and peace-building.

    Onuoha said: “Every responsive, inclusive and representative decision-making process excluding young people lacks sustainability.

    As the 2023 Nigerian elections approach, youth participation in conflict prevention and peace-building should be on the front burner because Extremist and dissident groups often look to raise fresh recruits among young people living in desperate conditions or within fractured societies.

    “If we are to sell “Inclusiveness and Social Solidarity” to the people, it will produce fast and tangible results in cohesion and nation building.

    “First, we must acknowledge that the time has come for the elite and the political class to hear the cry of the poor and the marginalized.

    If the political elite and the wealthy class continue to ignore the pain of the larger society, I am worried that very soon, the poor will be pushed to revolt.

    “I am concerned that a time will come when the marginalized will push back, the unpaid workers whose backs are against the wall will break the divides and take back what they deserve, and when even the suckling infant will ask “why”, and no military might can withstand it.

    ” Adding: “How can we justify unguarded statements and utterly hateful speeches by leaders who are supposed to protect our collective interest?

    Why are some elites above the law even in the face of brazen crimes?

    “A time will come when those persecuted because of their religious persuasion will demand accountability because it is the duty of the state to guarantee the fundamental rights that make us all human and humane.

    “Can we truly say that in all parts of the country, people are free to practice their religion as guaranteed in the constitution?

    How can we as a country preach unity and oneness, yet we continue to maintain and enforce the ‘state of origin’ principle?

    “In a society where people are angry and expressing their dissatisfaction, we must be humble enough to bring them to the dialogue table.

    No one should be too proud to dialogue, and no community should exclude herself from the dialogue table, because it is at the table that you can hear the cry of the aggrieved.

    “It does not matter where you stand, we are first of all a common family under God, one humanity superseding any religion, ethnic bias, political affiliation and social status.

    ” Onuoha admonished that peace and security in Nigeria is more important than campaigning, noting that without peace, no one will come out to campaign or to vote.

    He decried that with the rate of wanton killing in the country, an average Nigerian is asking if Nigeria is at war with itself.

    “Why is it that people can no longer go to the farm without being kidnapped or raped on their own farms, and some even raped in their homes in the presence of members of their family.

    “The cries of our innocent women have gone loud, and if the state cannot protect them, we should worry about them fighting back.

    Our highways that were initially death traps have also become kidnapping zones, and even the national capital appears to be under siege.

    If this is not an emergency situation, then what is?

    He asked.

    Also speaking, Former Special Adviser to the Governor of Kaduna State on Islamic Matters, Alhaji Aliu Abdullahi, believed that the dialogue was impactful, especially as participants have been reminded that they are one in creation.

    “Therefore, we have to do all we can to make sure that the relationship is strengthened and sustained.

    That can be done by making sure that we love our fellow human beings the same way we love ourselves.

    “Our first constituency should be the human constituency regardless of any social difference.

    By doing that we would achieve a lot.

    Once a human relationship is achieved to this level, there won’t be civil unrest or unnecessary killings.

    The rate of killing in this country is very alarming.

    “We have to unite regardless of any difference to make sure that we sustain the human relationship and also, to bring good governance to this country and the only way that can be achieved is by making sure that we unite as human beings.

    “If there is no peace, there won’t be development and Nigeria requires development.

    We have to make sure that we live peacefully with one another”, he said.

  •   The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commixsion NCPC the Reverend Yakubu Pam has advised young people to use the government s empowerment schemes to develop themselves and contribute to national development Pam delivered the advice as she hosted the Pentecostal Christian Youth Fellowship of Nigeria CPFN in 19 Northern States and Abuja and the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Youth Wing on Wednesday in Abuja The greatest knowledge you will ever have is the one you discover for yourself he said Pam warned them to always do the right thing and not to lose heart when their voices were not heard Concentrate many distractions can come but concentrate the greatest weapon against distractions is to be concentrated he advised the delegation He also advised them to desist from illicit activities including blackmail banditry cybercrime and other vices The head of the NCPC said that young people should aspire to be leaders and have a zeal for hard work He urged them to emulate their national bodies that had planned pilgrimages and empowerment trips to Israel with a focus on agriculture to economically build themselves and the country They can also plan to be self funded pilgrims with the contribution of the church and its groups just as their national bodies have planned You will get various training and empowerment in countries like Israel that are advanced in agriculture and it would be of great benefit to the country he said CPFN 19 Northern States and Abuja Delegation in a group photo with NCPC Chief Rev Yakubu Pam Earlier CPFN president Pastor George Oaya said the visit was to identify with the executive secretary and present him with a Distinguished Leadership Award Oaya said it was on record that the head of the commission had been leading the campaign and promoting the cause of peace and unity in Plateau and the nation Your regular campaign for peace and peaceful coexistence between the two religions has greatly contributed to the reduction of security crises in northern Nigeria he said Similarly Amb Ekiye Ekiye leader of the 19th North and South Youth Wing of the CAN also praised the NCPC chief for his determination and integrity He thanked Pam for her fatherly advice and the role she had played in encouraging young people to focus on life CAN s youth wing also presented a Friendliest Youth Leader award to Pam This they said followed his record of good leadership and humanitarian service edited Source Credit NAN
    Pam urges youths to contribute to national dev’t
      The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commixsion NCPC the Reverend Yakubu Pam has advised young people to use the government s empowerment schemes to develop themselves and contribute to national development Pam delivered the advice as she hosted the Pentecostal Christian Youth Fellowship of Nigeria CPFN in 19 Northern States and Abuja and the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Youth Wing on Wednesday in Abuja The greatest knowledge you will ever have is the one you discover for yourself he said Pam warned them to always do the right thing and not to lose heart when their voices were not heard Concentrate many distractions can come but concentrate the greatest weapon against distractions is to be concentrated he advised the delegation He also advised them to desist from illicit activities including blackmail banditry cybercrime and other vices The head of the NCPC said that young people should aspire to be leaders and have a zeal for hard work He urged them to emulate their national bodies that had planned pilgrimages and empowerment trips to Israel with a focus on agriculture to economically build themselves and the country They can also plan to be self funded pilgrims with the contribution of the church and its groups just as their national bodies have planned You will get various training and empowerment in countries like Israel that are advanced in agriculture and it would be of great benefit to the country he said CPFN 19 Northern States and Abuja Delegation in a group photo with NCPC Chief Rev Yakubu Pam Earlier CPFN president Pastor George Oaya said the visit was to identify with the executive secretary and present him with a Distinguished Leadership Award Oaya said it was on record that the head of the commission had been leading the campaign and promoting the cause of peace and unity in Plateau and the nation Your regular campaign for peace and peaceful coexistence between the two religions has greatly contributed to the reduction of security crises in northern Nigeria he said Similarly Amb Ekiye Ekiye leader of the 19th North and South Youth Wing of the CAN also praised the NCPC chief for his determination and integrity He thanked Pam for her fatherly advice and the role she had played in encouraging young people to focus on life CAN s youth wing also presented a Friendliest Youth Leader award to Pam This they said followed his record of good leadership and humanitarian service edited Source Credit NAN
    Pam urges youths to contribute to national dev’t
    General news3 weeks ago

    Pam urges youths to contribute to national dev’t

    The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commixsion (NCPC), the Reverend Yakubu Pam, has advised young people to use the government's empowerment schemes to develop themselves and contribute to national development.

    Pam delivered the advice as she hosted the Pentecostal Christian Youth Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN) in 19 Northern States and Abuja, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Youth Wing, on Wednesday in Abuja.

    “The greatest knowledge you will ever have is the one you discover for yourself,” he said.

    Pam warned them to always do the right thing and not to lose heart when their voices were not heard.

    "Concentrate, many distractions can come, but concentrate, the greatest weapon against distractions is to be concentrated," he advised the delegation.

    He also advised them to desist from illicit activities, including blackmail, banditry, cybercrime and other vices.

    The head of the NCPC said that young people should aspire to be leaders and have a zeal for hard work.

    He urged them to emulate their national bodies that had planned pilgrimages and empowerment trips to Israel, with a focus on agriculture, to economically build themselves and the country.

    “They can also plan to be self-funded pilgrims, with the contribution of the church and its groups, just as their national bodies have planned.

    "You will get various training and empowerment in countries like Israel that are advanced in agriculture, and it would be of great benefit to the country," he said.

    CPFN 19 Northern States and Abuja Delegation in a group photo with NCPC Chief Rev Yakubu Pam

    Earlier, CPFN president Pastor George Oaya said the visit was to identify with the executive secretary and present him with a "Distinguished Leadership Award."

    Oaya said it was on record that the head of the commission had been leading the campaign and promoting the cause of peace and unity in Plateau and the nation.

    "Your regular campaign for peace and peaceful coexistence between the two religions has greatly contributed to the reduction of security crises in northern Nigeria," he said.

    Similarly, Amb. Ekiye Ekiye, leader of the 19th North and South Youth Wing of the CAN, also praised the NCPC chief for his determination and integrity.

    He thanked Pam for her fatherly advice and the role she had played in encouraging young people to focus on life.

    CAN's youth wing also presented a "Friendliest Youth Leader" award to Pam.

    This, they said, followed his record of good leadership and humanitarian service.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Archbishop Daniel Okoh President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN on Monday at the Presidential Villa Abuja met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Okoh who was elected president of the CAN in July told correspondents from the House of Representatives that the visit was a courtesy visit to introduce himself to the vice president Of course you know that the vice president is the number one Christian in politics and government in Nigeria And since my election as President of the CAN I have not had the opportunity to come and introduce myself and have a conversation with him So this is just a courtesy call to let you know that I am now the new president elect of the CAN And this is a prelude to the courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari so that s why I m here he said According to him the CAN is an ecumenical movement and continues to work for Christian unity He said that the association was also working to engage other sectors of Nigeria in order to build a united and virile country Edited Source Credit NAN
    CAN president meets with Osinbajo at Aso Villa
      Archbishop Daniel Okoh President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN on Monday at the Presidential Villa Abuja met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Okoh who was elected president of the CAN in July told correspondents from the House of Representatives that the visit was a courtesy visit to introduce himself to the vice president Of course you know that the vice president is the number one Christian in politics and government in Nigeria And since my election as President of the CAN I have not had the opportunity to come and introduce myself and have a conversation with him So this is just a courtesy call to let you know that I am now the new president elect of the CAN And this is a prelude to the courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari so that s why I m here he said According to him the CAN is an ecumenical movement and continues to work for Christian unity He said that the association was also working to engage other sectors of Nigeria in order to build a united and virile country Edited Source Credit NAN
    CAN president meets with Osinbajo at Aso Villa
    General news3 weeks ago

    CAN president meets with Osinbajo at Aso Villa

    Archbishop Daniel Okoh, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

    Okoh, who was elected president of the CAN in July, told correspondents from the House of Representatives that the visit was a courtesy visit to introduce himself to the vice president.

    “Of course, you know that the vice president is the number one Christian in politics and government in Nigeria.

    “And since my election as President of the CAN I have not had the opportunity to come and introduce myself and have a conversation with him.

    “So, this is just a courtesy call to let you know that I am now the new president-elect of the CAN.

    “And this is a prelude to the courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari; so that's why I'm here,” he said.

    According to him, the CAN is an ecumenical movement and continues to work for Christian unity.

    He said that the association was also working to engage other sectors of Nigeria in order to build a united and virile country.

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  •   The Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Communion of All Nigeria says Nigerians must use their votes wisely and elect leaders who come together and put the interests of the country first Ndukuba made the call during the church s 2022 Divine Commonwealth Conference in Abuja on Tuesday The long awaited peace that we yearn for can only be obtained from our elections and participation in the next elections he added The Primate said that Nigerians must continue to pray for safety refuse to sell their votes and do the right thing in the elections He added that to achieve a new Nigeria all citizens must contribute to its growth one of which is integrity and those who respect the rights of all citizens not opportunists Congregation at Conference Know that the politicians will want to win Vote for the candidate who has the political will to stand and do the right thing for the people Our security and freedom our economy and to truly fight corruption and not use your power to hunt down your enemies and opponents Vote for leaders who don t weaponize religion tribe poverty and insecurity for their selfish political advantage he added President of the CAN Rev Daniel OkohArchbishop Daniel Okoh president of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN commended the Anglican Communion for its steadfastness and prayers for Nigeria He thanked the church for opposing immoral acts including same sex marriage and homosexuality The CAN president said that the divine purpose of knowing Christ and serving him promotes peace and unity God is aware of our predicaments and when we submit to Him in prayers and supplications there will be a change The challenges facing the nation with prayers can be overcome Nigeria will rise again to be great and in her season of plenty he added Okoh said church and religious leaders have a critical role to play in promoting tolerance brotherhood peace and unity Avoid tendencies to short hand negative acts vote for candidates who can restore our land go out en masse and vote he urged Nigerians He called on the Anglican Communion to be more visible in CAN activities as their moral spiritual and experienced hands are needed for the growth of the association Governor of Delta Ifeanyi OkowaIn his speech Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the church to earnestly pray against all negative plots against the country Okowa who is also the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP said with prayers the country cannot go wrong He urged Nigerians to pray and vote for better leadership that will redeem the nation during the upcoming general election edited Source Credit NAN
    2023: Vote wisely, elect leaders who ‘ll unite Nigeria – Ndukuba
      The Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Communion of All Nigeria says Nigerians must use their votes wisely and elect leaders who come together and put the interests of the country first Ndukuba made the call during the church s 2022 Divine Commonwealth Conference in Abuja on Tuesday The long awaited peace that we yearn for can only be obtained from our elections and participation in the next elections he added The Primate said that Nigerians must continue to pray for safety refuse to sell their votes and do the right thing in the elections He added that to achieve a new Nigeria all citizens must contribute to its growth one of which is integrity and those who respect the rights of all citizens not opportunists Congregation at Conference Know that the politicians will want to win Vote for the candidate who has the political will to stand and do the right thing for the people Our security and freedom our economy and to truly fight corruption and not use your power to hunt down your enemies and opponents Vote for leaders who don t weaponize religion tribe poverty and insecurity for their selfish political advantage he added President of the CAN Rev Daniel OkohArchbishop Daniel Okoh president of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN commended the Anglican Communion for its steadfastness and prayers for Nigeria He thanked the church for opposing immoral acts including same sex marriage and homosexuality The CAN president said that the divine purpose of knowing Christ and serving him promotes peace and unity God is aware of our predicaments and when we submit to Him in prayers and supplications there will be a change The challenges facing the nation with prayers can be overcome Nigeria will rise again to be great and in her season of plenty he added Okoh said church and religious leaders have a critical role to play in promoting tolerance brotherhood peace and unity Avoid tendencies to short hand negative acts vote for candidates who can restore our land go out en masse and vote he urged Nigerians He called on the Anglican Communion to be more visible in CAN activities as their moral spiritual and experienced hands are needed for the growth of the association Governor of Delta Ifeanyi OkowaIn his speech Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the church to earnestly pray against all negative plots against the country Okowa who is also the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP said with prayers the country cannot go wrong He urged Nigerians to pray and vote for better leadership that will redeem the nation during the upcoming general election edited Source Credit NAN
    2023: Vote wisely, elect leaders who ‘ll unite Nigeria – Ndukuba
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    2023: Vote wisely, elect leaders who ‘ll unite Nigeria – Ndukuba

    The Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Communion of All Nigeria, says Nigerians must use their votes wisely and elect leaders who come together and put the interests of the country first.

    Ndukuba made the call during the church's 2022 Divine Commonwealth Conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

    “The long-awaited peace that we yearn for can only be obtained from our elections and participation in the next elections,” he added.

    The Primate said that Nigerians must continue to pray for safety, refuse to sell their votes and do the right thing in the elections.

    He added that to achieve "a new Nigeria" all citizens must contribute to its growth, one of which is integrity and those who respect the rights of all citizens, not opportunists.

    Congregation at Conference

    “Know that the politicians will want to win. Vote for the candidate who has the political will to stand and do the right thing for the people.

    “Our security and freedom, our economy, and to truly fight corruption and not use your power to hunt down your enemies and opponents.

    "Vote for leaders who don't weaponize religion, tribe, poverty and insecurity for their selfish political advantage," he added.

    President of the CAN, Rev. Daniel Okoh

    Archbishop Daniel Okoh, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), commended the Anglican Communion for its steadfastness and prayers for Nigeria.

    He thanked the church for opposing immoral acts, including same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

    The CAN president said that the divine purpose of knowing Christ and serving him promotes peace and unity.

    “God is aware of our predicaments and when we submit to Him in prayers and supplications, there will be a change.

    ”The challenges facing the nation, with prayers, can be overcome.

    "Nigeria will rise again to be great and in her season of plenty," he added.

    Okoh said church and religious leaders have a critical role to play in promoting tolerance, brotherhood, peace and unity.

    “Avoid tendencies to short-hand negative acts, vote for candidates who can restore our land, go out en masse and vote,” he urged Nigerians.

    He called on the Anglican Communion to be more visible in CAN activities, as their moral, spiritual and experienced hands are needed for the growth of the association.

    Governor of Delta, Ifeanyi.Okowa

    In his speech, Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the church to earnestly pray against all negative plots against the country.

    Okowa, who is also the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), said with prayers, the country cannot go wrong.

    He urged Nigerians to pray and vote for better leadership that will redeem the nation during the upcoming general election.

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  •  The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN on Friday held a national prayer over the security challenges in the the country and for peaceful election in 2023 The CAN President Archbishop Daniel Okoh while speaking with journalists after the prayers in Abuja said the aim was to bring about a turn around in the affairs of the country He said that it was to beseech God to intercede so that the country could witness peace and stability as well as progress in all facets of life As Christians we are people of prayer and now that our country is preparing for the next general election one of the major things we should do to support our nation to have a peaceful and non violent election is to come together and pray And we are people of faith we believe that any time we call upon Him with sincerity he answers us So CAN decided that it will be a good thing for us to gather particularly at this time of electioneering campaigns so that the Lord will grant us a very peaceful electioneering campaign and very peaceful seasons of election That is the reason why we gathered Christians on the platform of CAN to do this prayer he added The CAN president said that it was also important to pray against those creating fears in the minds of the people We have to pray to avert it we may not know where they are but God who is the owner of the world knows where they are if there are any people like that We have come today to pray and ask the Lord to disable the weapons of war and grant us a peaceful Nigeria And restore the people who have been taken away from their lands to return to their land and enjoy the fruit of their land once again the Archbishop said Okoh charged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC security agencies and the electorates to use the upcoming election to re write the story of Nigeria through free credible and peaceful poll The election is one great opportunity we have to re write the story of this country and all hands must be on deck everyone must be committed The INEC officials the politicians their agents the voters everybody must be committed towards having a very peaceful election Election that will be seen to be credible not only in the eyes of the politicians not only in the eyes of Nigerians but in the eyes of the world he added In his sermon the Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja Archdiocese John Onaiyekan said in the last decade Nigeria has witnessed a gradually deteriorating condition including lack of peace and harmony He quoted the book of Second Chronicles chapter 7 14 which encourages believers on a turn around when they become humble and prayerful Then if my people who bear my name humble themselves and pray and seek my presence and then from their wicked ways I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land he quoted the verse as saying He said it was right and fitting that the leadership of CAN organised the national prayers Onaiyekan prayed for God to disarm all those planning evil against the people of the country If there are any evil hidden agenda anywhere may our God of mercy expose and neutralise them and restore lasting peace to our land he added Onaiyekan asked Nigerians to pray against natural and self inflected calamities such as flood insecurity corruption and economic mismanagement He advised Christians to return to God in humble prayers and repentance It is therefore natural that we see a major recourse to prayer by Nigerians of all creeds in Mosques and Churches he noted May the Lord hear our prayers for our nation that all who are planning evil for our people may be disarmed by the Almighty God and converted to good behaviour by our loving Saviour Onaiyekan said Also the Archbishop of Abuja His Grace Ignatius Kaigama prayed for God s blessings on Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria reports that prayers were offered for a successful elections and census and for God to avert all evil plans against Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAN holds national prayers, says Nigeria will be restored
     The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN on Friday held a national prayer over the security challenges in the the country and for peaceful election in 2023 The CAN President Archbishop Daniel Okoh while speaking with journalists after the prayers in Abuja said the aim was to bring about a turn around in the affairs of the country He said that it was to beseech God to intercede so that the country could witness peace and stability as well as progress in all facets of life As Christians we are people of prayer and now that our country is preparing for the next general election one of the major things we should do to support our nation to have a peaceful and non violent election is to come together and pray And we are people of faith we believe that any time we call upon Him with sincerity he answers us So CAN decided that it will be a good thing for us to gather particularly at this time of electioneering campaigns so that the Lord will grant us a very peaceful electioneering campaign and very peaceful seasons of election That is the reason why we gathered Christians on the platform of CAN to do this prayer he added The CAN president said that it was also important to pray against those creating fears in the minds of the people We have to pray to avert it we may not know where they are but God who is the owner of the world knows where they are if there are any people like that We have come today to pray and ask the Lord to disable the weapons of war and grant us a peaceful Nigeria And restore the people who have been taken away from their lands to return to their land and enjoy the fruit of their land once again the Archbishop said Okoh charged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC security agencies and the electorates to use the upcoming election to re write the story of Nigeria through free credible and peaceful poll The election is one great opportunity we have to re write the story of this country and all hands must be on deck everyone must be committed The INEC officials the politicians their agents the voters everybody must be committed towards having a very peaceful election Election that will be seen to be credible not only in the eyes of the politicians not only in the eyes of Nigerians but in the eyes of the world he added In his sermon the Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja Archdiocese John Onaiyekan said in the last decade Nigeria has witnessed a gradually deteriorating condition including lack of peace and harmony He quoted the book of Second Chronicles chapter 7 14 which encourages believers on a turn around when they become humble and prayerful Then if my people who bear my name humble themselves and pray and seek my presence and then from their wicked ways I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land he quoted the verse as saying He said it was right and fitting that the leadership of CAN organised the national prayers Onaiyekan prayed for God to disarm all those planning evil against the people of the country If there are any evil hidden agenda anywhere may our God of mercy expose and neutralise them and restore lasting peace to our land he added Onaiyekan asked Nigerians to pray against natural and self inflected calamities such as flood insecurity corruption and economic mismanagement He advised Christians to return to God in humble prayers and repentance It is therefore natural that we see a major recourse to prayer by Nigerians of all creeds in Mosques and Churches he noted May the Lord hear our prayers for our nation that all who are planning evil for our people may be disarmed by the Almighty God and converted to good behaviour by our loving Saviour Onaiyekan said Also the Archbishop of Abuja His Grace Ignatius Kaigama prayed for God s blessings on Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria reports that prayers were offered for a successful elections and census and for God to avert all evil plans against Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAN holds national prayers, says Nigeria will be restored
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    CAN holds national prayers, says Nigeria will be restored

    The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Friday, held a national prayer over the security challenges in the the country and for peaceful election in 2023. The CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh while speaking with journalists after the prayers in Abuja, said the aim was to bring about a turn around in the affairs of the country.

    He said that it was to beseech God to intercede, so that the country could witness peace and stability, as well as progress in all facets of life.

    “As Christians, we are people of prayer and now that our country is preparing for the next general election, one of the major things we should do to support our nation to have a peaceful and non-violent election is to come together and pray.

    “And we are people of faith, we believe that any time we call upon Him with sincerity, he answers us.

    “So CAN decided that it will be a good thing for us to gather particularly at this time of electioneering campaigns so that the Lord will grant us a very peaceful electioneering campaign and very peaceful seasons of election, ” That is the reason why we gathered Christians on the platform of CAN to do this prayer,” he added.

    The CAN president said that it was also important to pray against those creating fears in the minds of the people.

    “We have to pray to avert it, we may not know where they are but God, who is the owner of the world, knows where they are if there are any people like that.

    “We have come today to pray and ask the Lord to disable the weapons of war and grant us a peaceful Nigeria.

    ” And restore the people who have been taken away from their lands, to return to their land and enjoy the fruit of their land once again”, the Archbishop said.

    Okoh charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and the electorates to use the upcoming election to re-write the story of Nigeria through free, credible and peaceful poll.

    “The election is one great opportunity we have to re-write the story of this country, and all hands must be on deck, everyone must be committed.

    ” The INEC officials, the politicians, their agents, the voters, everybody must be committed towards having a very peaceful election.

    “Election that will be seen to be credible not only in the eyes of the politicians, not only in the eyes of Nigerians, but in the eyes of the world”, he added.

    In his sermon, the Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja Archdiocese, John Onaiyekan said in the last decade, Nigeria has witnessed a gradually deteriorating condition, including lack of peace and harmony.

    He quoted the book of Second Chronicles chapter 7:14, which encourages believers on a turn around when they become humble and prayerful.

    “Then, if my people, who bear my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my presence, and then from their wicked ways, I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land,” he quoted the verse as saying.

    He said it was right and fitting that the leadership of CAN organised the national prayers.

    Onaiyekan prayed for God to disarm all those planning evil against the people of the country.

    “If there are any evil hidden agenda anywhere, may our God of mercy expose and neutralise them and restore lasting peace to our land,” he added.

    Onaiyekan asked Nigerians to pray against natural and self inflected calamities such as flood, insecurity, corruption and economic mismanagement.

    He advised Christians to return to God in humble prayers and repentance.

    “It is therefore natural that we see a major recourse to prayer by Nigerians of all creeds, in Mosques and Churches”, he noted.

    “May the Lord hear our prayers for our nation: that all who are planning evil for our people may be disarmed by the Almighty God, and converted to good behaviour by our loving Saviour,” Onaiyekan said.

    Also, the Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace, Ignatius Kaigama, prayed for God’s blessings on Nigeria.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that prayers were offered for a successful elections and census,  and for God to avert all evil plans against Nigeria.


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  •  The Nasarawa State Government has urged youths to shun violence and other negative acts capable of destroying their future and that of the state at large The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development Amb Lucky Yargwa made the call on Wednesday in Lafia at a townhall meeting with youth various groups across the state The forum was themed Breaking The Barriers To Meaningful Participation And Inclusion In Advocacy Yargwa said that the importance of peace to human and societal development could not be overemphasised hence the need of his call in that direction He commended the youths for celebrating their day while calling for peaceful co existence among the youths The commissioner also applauded the youths for supporting Gov Abdullahi Sule s administration to exceed all expectations in the state He assured them that the state government would continue to support youth activities in the state to enable them excel and give them a sense of belonging And to enable them compete favourably with their counterparts around the globe he said Besides Yargwa called on the youths to take advantage of the various empowerment opportunities created by the Sule administration to make them become self reliant You can be employers of labour you can contribute your quota to your families and the state at large he said The commissioner further called on them to mobilise support for the re election of the governor and all ensure the success of other APC candidates in the 2023 general elections Earlier the state Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria NYCN Mr Ja afar Loko applauded Sule for approving the celebration of the day in the state For appointing young people into various areas of his administration and for creating programmes and policies that have direct impact on the youths which continue to improve their welfare And place them at par with their counterparts around the Nigerian States he said The chairman assured the governor of their support at all times He however appealed for upgrades of youth development centres and skills acquisition centres across the state to meet acceptable and best standards so that more youths can benefit from the facilities The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NYCN Nigeria Youth Parliament NYP Eggon Youth Movement EYM Worlfwide Youth Assembly of Nigeria YAN and Nigeria Youth Congress NYC were some of the youth organisations that participate in the event Others were the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Youth Wi Jama atu Nasril Islam JNI Youth Wi Nasarawa State Students Association NASSA National Association of Nigerian Students NANS and Nasarawa State Social Media Influencers and presidents of ethnic nationalities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nasarawa Govt urges youths to shun violence, social ills
     The Nasarawa State Government has urged youths to shun violence and other negative acts capable of destroying their future and that of the state at large The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development Amb Lucky Yargwa made the call on Wednesday in Lafia at a townhall meeting with youth various groups across the state The forum was themed Breaking The Barriers To Meaningful Participation And Inclusion In Advocacy Yargwa said that the importance of peace to human and societal development could not be overemphasised hence the need of his call in that direction He commended the youths for celebrating their day while calling for peaceful co existence among the youths The commissioner also applauded the youths for supporting Gov Abdullahi Sule s administration to exceed all expectations in the state He assured them that the state government would continue to support youth activities in the state to enable them excel and give them a sense of belonging And to enable them compete favourably with their counterparts around the globe he said Besides Yargwa called on the youths to take advantage of the various empowerment opportunities created by the Sule administration to make them become self reliant You can be employers of labour you can contribute your quota to your families and the state at large he said The commissioner further called on them to mobilise support for the re election of the governor and all ensure the success of other APC candidates in the 2023 general elections Earlier the state Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria NYCN Mr Ja afar Loko applauded Sule for approving the celebration of the day in the state For appointing young people into various areas of his administration and for creating programmes and policies that have direct impact on the youths which continue to improve their welfare And place them at par with their counterparts around the Nigerian States he said The chairman assured the governor of their support at all times He however appealed for upgrades of youth development centres and skills acquisition centres across the state to meet acceptable and best standards so that more youths can benefit from the facilities The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NYCN Nigeria Youth Parliament NYP Eggon Youth Movement EYM Worlfwide Youth Assembly of Nigeria YAN and Nigeria Youth Congress NYC were some of the youth organisations that participate in the event Others were the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Youth Wi Jama atu Nasril Islam JNI Youth Wi Nasarawa State Students Association NASSA National Association of Nigerian Students NANS and Nasarawa State Social Media Influencers and presidents of ethnic nationalities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nasarawa Govt urges youths to shun violence, social ills
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    Nasarawa Govt urges youths to shun violence, social ills

    The Nasarawa State Government has urged  youths to shun violence and other negative acts capable of destroying their future and that of the state at large.

    The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Amb. Lucky Yargwa, made the call on Wednesday in Lafia at a townhall meeting with youth various groups across the state.

    The forum was themed: “Breaking The Barriers To Meaningful Participation And Inclusion In Advocacy”.

    Yargwa said that the importance of peace to human and societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need of his call in that direction.

    He commended the youths for celebrating their day, while calling for peaceful co-existence among the youths.

    The commissioner also applauded the youths for supporting Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration to exceed all expectations in the state.

    He assured them that the state government would continue to support youth activities in the state to enable them excel and give them a sense of belonging.

    “And to enable them compete favourably with their counterparts around the globe,” he said.

    Besides, Yargwa called on the youths to take advantage of the various empowerment opportunities created by the Sule administration to make them become self-reliant.

    “You can be employers of labour you can contribute your quota to your families and the state at large,” he said.

    The commissioner further called on them to mobilise support for the re-election of the governor and all ensure the success of other APC candidates in the 2023 general elections.

    Earlier, the state Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr Ja’afar Loko, applauded Sule for approving the celebration of the day in the state, “For appointing young people into various areas of his administration, and for creating programmes and policies that have direct impact on the youths which continue to improve their welfare.

    “And place them at par with their counterparts around the Nigerian States,” he said.

    The chairman assured the governor of their support at all times.

    He however appealed for upgrades of youth development centres and skills acquisition centres across the state to meet acceptable and best standards so that more youths can benefit from the facilities.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NYCN, Nigeria Youth Parliament (NYP), Eggon Youth Movement (EYM) Worlfwide, Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN) and Nigeria Youth Congress (NYC) were some of the youth organisations that participate in the event.

    Others were the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN, Youth Wi, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI, Youth Wi, Nasarawa State Students’ Association (NASSA), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), and Nasarawa State Social Media Influencers and presidents of ethnic nationalities.


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  •  The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has directed its states and local chapters to hold national prayers for divine intervention in the affairs of Nigeria on Friday This is contained in a statement signed by John Praise Daniel Chairman Local Organising Committee National Prayer Day of the CAN on Wednesday CAN said that the prayers were also to implore God s help in preventing violence manipulation intimidation of voters and other electoral crimes in the forthcoming elections We consider this imperative in view of the fact that our nation is passing through very challenging times at the moment despite its abundant natural human and material resources Nigeria is a vibrant and virile land that is full of colour wealth and all that it would take to be one of the greatest nations on earth Sadly the country has not yet reached where it should be at the moment due to some inherent problems the Christian body noted It said Christian politicians especially those vying for offices all bloc zonal states and local chairmen and all Church leaders should mobilise their members nationwide for the programme We urge all and sundry to join the solemn assembly in order to usher the country into a new era of peace unity safety and all round prosperity May God use the programme to address the spiritual dimensions of the challenges plaguing the nation and frustrate every evil plan against the unity of the people CAN added It said that the prayers in Abuja would hold at the National Christian Centre on Friday by 10 00 a m NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAN holds National Prayer Friday
     The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has directed its states and local chapters to hold national prayers for divine intervention in the affairs of Nigeria on Friday This is contained in a statement signed by John Praise Daniel Chairman Local Organising Committee National Prayer Day of the CAN on Wednesday CAN said that the prayers were also to implore God s help in preventing violence manipulation intimidation of voters and other electoral crimes in the forthcoming elections We consider this imperative in view of the fact that our nation is passing through very challenging times at the moment despite its abundant natural human and material resources Nigeria is a vibrant and virile land that is full of colour wealth and all that it would take to be one of the greatest nations on earth Sadly the country has not yet reached where it should be at the moment due to some inherent problems the Christian body noted It said Christian politicians especially those vying for offices all bloc zonal states and local chairmen and all Church leaders should mobilise their members nationwide for the programme We urge all and sundry to join the solemn assembly in order to usher the country into a new era of peace unity safety and all round prosperity May God use the programme to address the spiritual dimensions of the challenges plaguing the nation and frustrate every evil plan against the unity of the people CAN added It said that the prayers in Abuja would hold at the National Christian Centre on Friday by 10 00 a m NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAN holds National Prayer Friday
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    CAN holds National Prayer Friday

    The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has directed its states and local chapters, to hold national prayers for divine intervention in the affairs of Nigeria on Friday.

    This is contained in a statement signed by John Praise Daniel, Chairman, Local Organising Committee, National Prayer Day, of the CAN on Wednesday.

    CAN said that the prayers were also to implore God’s help in preventing violence, manipulation, intimidation of voters and other electoral crimes in the forthcoming elections.

    “We consider this imperative in view of the fact that our nation is passing through very challenging times at the moment despite its abundant natural, human, and material resources.

    “Nigeria is a vibrant and virile land that is full of colour, wealth and all that it would take to be one of the greatest nations on earth.

    “Sadly, the country has not yet reached where it should be at the moment due to some inherent problems,” the Christian body noted.

    It said Christian politicians, especially those vying for offices, all bloc, zonal, states and local chairmen, and all Church leaders, should mobilise their members nationwide for the programme.

    “We urge all and sundry to join the solemn assembly, in order to usher the country into a new era of peace, unity, safety and all-round prosperity.

    “May God use the programme to address the spiritual dimensions of the challenges plaguing the nation and frustrate every evil plan against the unity of the people,” CAN added.

    It said that the prayers in Abuja would hold at the National Christian Centre on Friday by 10:00 a.

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  •  The Oyo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has identified get rich quick syndrome as one of the causes of social vices such as ritual killings in the country The State Chairman of CAN Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ibadan He was reacting to the rising cases of killings and other vices across the country He said that the socio cultural dynamics characterised by heterogeneous population with an underlying ethno religious tension was also causing division in the country According to him economic factors such as unemployment high inflation and poverty drive insecurity across the country He said that some youths had chosen to join criminal elements and militant groups for economic survival The Cable an online publication in its May 30 publication reported that at least 391 persons were killed by mobs across several states in Nigeria between 2019 and May 2022 quoting a report by SB Morgen SBM Intelligence The report examined the frequency of mob justice also known as jungle justice across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT as well as the number of casualties from January 2019 to May2022 According to the report 391 persons were killed in 279 incidents in the period under review Akinyemiju noted that environmental factors caused by climate change had led to conflicts and an increased competition for scarce land resulting in land grabbing in parts of the country While emphasising that an idle hand remains the devil s workshop he urged the government to create more jobs especially for the youth There should be transparent and equitable distribution of resources among the various regions of the country The laws of the country should be more stringent he who kills by the sword should die by the sword without any waste of time He said that the nation s law enforcement and intelligence agencies should be better trained and equipped with appropriate weaponry to be able to combat banditry kidnapping and other vices rearing their ugly heads He also implored the government to be sensitive to emerging insecurity trends around the nation s borders and fortify them against likely foreign invaders He advised parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children or wards more efficiently Churches should always advise their faithful to remain on the Lord s side and do only those things that are acceptable to him he said Also Pastor Francis Oghuma of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG Jesus Place Oluyole Ibadan identified aggravated anger resulting from idleness celebration of thieves and looters by the society as some of the causes of vices being experienced in recent times The youth that see leaders go unpunished for gross misconduct will in turn engage themselves in violating the laws Oghuma also condemned the uncivilised attitudes of some politicians which he said had corrupted the hearts of many youths He said that some youths would always believe that they would get away with their barbaric habits because they could count on the support of unscrupulous politicians He advised the judiciary to be alive to its responsibility and bring sanity to the society through prompt administration of justice to those docked for prosecution He also listed poor upbringing due to bad parental mentoring negligence and those who indulge in ritual killings as parts of the menace facing the country He urged parents to return to godly parenting mentoring and not placing far reaching demands on their children still struggling to survive The government must rise to the occasion by securing lives and property It should embrace good checks on the influx of drug substances which are creating menace in our society Youths must remember that Karma is real and that he who kills by the sword cannot escape same NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Clerics blame social vices on “get-rich-quick” syndrome
     The Oyo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has identified get rich quick syndrome as one of the causes of social vices such as ritual killings in the country The State Chairman of CAN Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ibadan He was reacting to the rising cases of killings and other vices across the country He said that the socio cultural dynamics characterised by heterogeneous population with an underlying ethno religious tension was also causing division in the country According to him economic factors such as unemployment high inflation and poverty drive insecurity across the country He said that some youths had chosen to join criminal elements and militant groups for economic survival The Cable an online publication in its May 30 publication reported that at least 391 persons were killed by mobs across several states in Nigeria between 2019 and May 2022 quoting a report by SB Morgen SBM Intelligence The report examined the frequency of mob justice also known as jungle justice across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT as well as the number of casualties from January 2019 to May2022 According to the report 391 persons were killed in 279 incidents in the period under review Akinyemiju noted that environmental factors caused by climate change had led to conflicts and an increased competition for scarce land resulting in land grabbing in parts of the country While emphasising that an idle hand remains the devil s workshop he urged the government to create more jobs especially for the youth There should be transparent and equitable distribution of resources among the various regions of the country The laws of the country should be more stringent he who kills by the sword should die by the sword without any waste of time He said that the nation s law enforcement and intelligence agencies should be better trained and equipped with appropriate weaponry to be able to combat banditry kidnapping and other vices rearing their ugly heads He also implored the government to be sensitive to emerging insecurity trends around the nation s borders and fortify them against likely foreign invaders He advised parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children or wards more efficiently Churches should always advise their faithful to remain on the Lord s side and do only those things that are acceptable to him he said Also Pastor Francis Oghuma of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG Jesus Place Oluyole Ibadan identified aggravated anger resulting from idleness celebration of thieves and looters by the society as some of the causes of vices being experienced in recent times The youth that see leaders go unpunished for gross misconduct will in turn engage themselves in violating the laws Oghuma also condemned the uncivilised attitudes of some politicians which he said had corrupted the hearts of many youths He said that some youths would always believe that they would get away with their barbaric habits because they could count on the support of unscrupulous politicians He advised the judiciary to be alive to its responsibility and bring sanity to the society through prompt administration of justice to those docked for prosecution He also listed poor upbringing due to bad parental mentoring negligence and those who indulge in ritual killings as parts of the menace facing the country He urged parents to return to godly parenting mentoring and not placing far reaching demands on their children still struggling to survive The government must rise to the occasion by securing lives and property It should embrace good checks on the influx of drug substances which are creating menace in our society Youths must remember that Karma is real and that he who kills by the sword cannot escape same NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Clerics blame social vices on “get-rich-quick” syndrome
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    Clerics blame social vices on “get-rich-quick” syndrome

    The Oyo State chapter of the  Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has identified get-rich-quick syndrome as one of the causes of social vices such as ritual killings in the country.  

    The State Chairman of CAN, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ibadan.  

    He was reacting to the rising cases of killings and other vices across the country.  

    He said that the socio-cultural dynamics characterised by heterogeneous population with an underlying ethno-religious tension was also causing division in the country.  

    According to him, economic factors such as: unemployment, high inflation and poverty drive insecurity across the country. 

    He said that some youths had chosen to join criminal elements and militant groups for economic survival.  

    The Cable, an online publication , in its May 30 publication reported that at least 391 persons were  killed by mobs across several states in Nigeria between 2019 and May 2022, quoting  a report by SB Morgen (SBM) Intelligence.  

    The report examined the frequency of mob justice, also known as jungle justice, across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as the number of casualties from January 2019 to  May2022.   According to the report, 391 persons were killed in 279 incidents in the period under review.  

    Akinyemiju noted that environmental factors caused by climate change had led to conflicts and an increased competition for scarce land resulting in land grabbing in parts of the country.  

    While emphasising that an idle hand remains the devil’s workshop, he urged the government to create more jobs, especially for the youth.  

    “There should be transparent and equitable distribution of resources among the various regions of the country.  

    “The laws of the country should be more stringent; he who kills by the sword should die by the sword without any waste of time.

    ’   He said that the nation’s  law enforcement and intelligence agencies should be better trained and equipped with appropriate weaponry to be able to combat banditry, kidnapping and other vices rearing their ugly heads.  

    He also implored the government to be sensitive to emerging insecurity trends around the nation’s borders and fortify them against likely foreign invaders.  

    He advised parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children or wards more efficiently.  

    “ Churches should always advise their faithful to remain on the Lord’s side and do only those things that are acceptable to him,” he said.  

    Also, Pastor Francis Oghuma of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Jesus Place, Oluyole Ibadan, identified aggravated anger resulting from idleness, celebration of thieves and looters by the society as some of the causes of vices being experienced in recent times.  

    “The youth that see leaders go unpunished for gross misconduct will in turn engage themselves in violating the laws.

    ’’   Oghuma also condemned the uncivilised attitudes of some politicians which he said had corrupted the hearts of many youths.  

    He said that some youths would always believe that they would get away with their barbaric habits because they could count on the support of unscrupulous politicians.  

    He advised the judiciary to be alive to its responsibility and bring sanity to the society through prompt administration of justice to those docked for prosecution.  

    He also listed poor upbringing due to bad parental mentoring, negligence, and those who indulge in ritual killings as parts of the menace facing the country.  

    He urged parents to return to godly parenting, mentoring, and not placing far reaching demands on their children still struggling to survive.  

    “The government must rise to the occasion by securing lives and property.

    It should embrace good checks on the influx of drug substances which are creating menace in our society.  

    “Youths must remember that ‘Karma’ is real, and that he who kills by the sword cannot escape same.

    ’’ 
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President For His Glory Evangelistic Ministries of the United States of America Rev Rob Welch and other church leaders arrived in Jos on Sunday on a week long crusade Their mission is to pray for Plateau and for Nigeria Welch and his team of clerics arrived in Jos for an interdenominational crusade the first of its kind in West Africa with the theme The Jesus Jos City Mega Festival and Miracles Addressing newsmen on arrival Welch noted that some people did not have peace in their lives God has sent us here that you might have peace with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ I am grateful that God is moving in this city and we are going to see so many come to faith in Christ There will be miracles people healed and others delivered the cleric said He urged Christians to avail themselves of the opportunity to benefit from God s goodness that would manifest during the event Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Plateau Chapter Rev Fr Polycarp Lubo welcomed the clerics into Jos Lubo was represented by Rev Bernard Kyengson CAN s Director of Planning and Strategic Research He admonished Christians to regard the crusade as an opportunity to draw closer to God National Coordinator For His Glory Evangelistic Ministries Mr Benjamin Akanji stated that the interdenominational crusade was aimed at unifying the body of Christ on Plateau to continue to pray for the nation Akanji added that the crusade was also to ensure that souls won were planted in the various churches to continue to propagate the gospel of Christ The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the crusade would begin on Monday and end on Oct 30 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S.-based clerics, others in Jos to pray for enduring peace 
     President For His Glory Evangelistic Ministries of the United States of America Rev Rob Welch and other church leaders arrived in Jos on Sunday on a week long crusade Their mission is to pray for Plateau and for Nigeria Welch and his team of clerics arrived in Jos for an interdenominational crusade the first of its kind in West Africa with the theme The Jesus Jos City Mega Festival and Miracles Addressing newsmen on arrival Welch noted that some people did not have peace in their lives God has sent us here that you might have peace with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ I am grateful that God is moving in this city and we are going to see so many come to faith in Christ There will be miracles people healed and others delivered the cleric said He urged Christians to avail themselves of the opportunity to benefit from God s goodness that would manifest during the event Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Plateau Chapter Rev Fr Polycarp Lubo welcomed the clerics into Jos Lubo was represented by Rev Bernard Kyengson CAN s Director of Planning and Strategic Research He admonished Christians to regard the crusade as an opportunity to draw closer to God National Coordinator For His Glory Evangelistic Ministries Mr Benjamin Akanji stated that the interdenominational crusade was aimed at unifying the body of Christ on Plateau to continue to pray for the nation Akanji added that the crusade was also to ensure that souls won were planted in the various churches to continue to propagate the gospel of Christ The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the crusade would begin on Monday and end on Oct 30 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S.-based clerics, others in Jos to pray for enduring peace 
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    U.S.-based clerics, others in Jos to pray for enduring peace 

    President, For His Glory Evangelistic Ministries of the United States of America, Rev. Rob Welch and other church leaders arrived in Jos on Sunday on a week-long crusade.

    Their mission is to pray for Plateau and for Nigeria.

    Welch and his team of clerics arrived in Jos for an interdenominational crusade, the first of its kind in West Africa with the theme: “The Jesus Jos City Mega Festival and Miracles’’.

    Addressing newsmen on arrival, Welch noted that some people did not have peace in their lives.

    “God has sent us here that you might have peace with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ.

    “I am grateful that God is moving in this city and we are going to see so many come to faith in Christ.

    “There will be miracles; people healed and others delivered,’’ the cleric said.

    He urged Christians to avail themselves of the opportunity to benefit from God’s goodness that would manifest during the event.

    Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Plateau Chapter, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, welcomed the clerics into Jos. Lubo was represented by Rev. Bernard Kyengson, CAN’s Director of Planning and Strategic Research.  

    He admonished Christians to regard the crusade as an opportunity to draw closer to God.   National Coordinator, For His Glory Evangelistic Ministries, Mr Benjamin Akanji, stated that the interdenominational crusade was aimed at unifying the body of Christ on Plateau to continue to pray for the nation.  

    Akanji added that the crusade was also to ensure that souls won were planted in the various churches to continue to propagate the gospel of Christ.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the crusade would begin on Monday and end on Oct. 30.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Rev Olasupo Ayokunle former National President Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has called on successive governments to build a productive economy to create job opportunities and prosperity Ayokunle who is the President WayMaker International Ministry said this at a conference organised by the ministry on Friday in Ibadan He said that Nigeria needed to move from a consuming economy to a more productive one to achieve greatness The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference was entitled Productive Leadership For Organisational Growth Ayokunle said the bane of Nigeria was that the country consumed more than it could produce He reiterated that a non producing country would continue to depend on productive countries for survival He said that working refineries for the country s petroleum products would have enthroned cheaper and readily available products and create more job opportunities for youths He stressed that prices of goods and services were high because the country was not producing many of the things it needed The General Overseer Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria Rev Sam Aboyeji said strategy and action plans without the fire of enthusiasm would produce nothing According to Aboyeji leaders will lack conviction and integrity without the fear of God and thus never be productive Unfaithfulness produces bad jobs and negative productivity while integrity is synonymous with a leader s quality control mechanism he said Also Prof Tunji Olaopa of the National Institute for Strategic Studies Kuru in Plateau said leaders should have a mind open to ideas and attuned to continuous learning He said that to make critical transformation in the country the building of institutions was very germane He said the country needed core selfless leaders who would take the burden of rebuilding its walls as Nehemiah did in the Bible We need those who will bargain among themselves and resolve that this great country must be savaged it s that which will proclaim a real definition of vision he said AN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-CAN president urges govts to build productive economy for prosperity
     Rev Olasupo Ayokunle former National President Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has called on successive governments to build a productive economy to create job opportunities and prosperity Ayokunle who is the President WayMaker International Ministry said this at a conference organised by the ministry on Friday in Ibadan He said that Nigeria needed to move from a consuming economy to a more productive one to achieve greatness The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference was entitled Productive Leadership For Organisational Growth Ayokunle said the bane of Nigeria was that the country consumed more than it could produce He reiterated that a non producing country would continue to depend on productive countries for survival He said that working refineries for the country s petroleum products would have enthroned cheaper and readily available products and create more job opportunities for youths He stressed that prices of goods and services were high because the country was not producing many of the things it needed The General Overseer Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria Rev Sam Aboyeji said strategy and action plans without the fire of enthusiasm would produce nothing According to Aboyeji leaders will lack conviction and integrity without the fear of God and thus never be productive Unfaithfulness produces bad jobs and negative productivity while integrity is synonymous with a leader s quality control mechanism he said Also Prof Tunji Olaopa of the National Institute for Strategic Studies Kuru in Plateau said leaders should have a mind open to ideas and attuned to continuous learning He said that to make critical transformation in the country the building of institutions was very germane He said the country needed core selfless leaders who would take the burden of rebuilding its walls as Nehemiah did in the Bible We need those who will bargain among themselves and resolve that this great country must be savaged it s that which will proclaim a real definition of vision he said AN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-CAN president urges govts to build productive economy for prosperity
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    Ex-CAN president urges govts to build productive economy for prosperity

    Rev. Olasupo Ayokunle, former National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on successive governments to build a productive economy to create job opportunities and prosperity Ayokunle, who is the President, WayMaker International Ministry, said this at a conference organised by the ministry on Friday in Ibadan.

    He said that Nigeria needed to move from a consuming economy to a more productive one to achieve  greatness.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference was entitled, ‘Productive Leadership For Organisational Growth”.

    Ayokunle said the bane of Nigeria was that the country consumed more than it could produce.

    He reiterated that a non producing country would  continue to depend on  productive countries for survival.

    He said that working refineries for the country’s petroleum products would have enthroned cheaper and readily available products and create more job opportunities for youths.

    He stressed that prices of goods and services were high because the country was not producing many of the things it needed.

    The General Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, Rev. Sam Aboyeji, said strategy and action plans without the fire of enthusiasm would produce nothing.

    According to Aboyeji, leaders will lack conviction and integrity without the fear of God and thus never be productive.

    “Unfaithfulness produces bad jobs and negative productivity while integrity is synonymous with a leader’s quality control mechanism,” he said.

    Also, Prof. Tunji Olaopa of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, Kuru in Plateau, said leaders should have a mind open to ideas and attuned to continuous learning.

    He said that to make critical transformation in the country, the building of institutions was very germane.

    He said the country needed core, selfless leaders who would take the burden of rebuilding its walls as Nehemiah did in the Bible.

    “We need those who will bargain among themselves and resolve that this great country must be savaged, it’s that which will proclaim a real definition of vision,” he said.

    (AN)
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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