The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiki Abubakar has left Nigeria for Europe on a business trip.
The Media Adviser to Abubakar, Mr Paul Ibe, said this in a statement he issued on Friday in Abuja.
Ibe said Abubakar traveled immediately after his Friday meeting with the leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Lagos, alongside the PDP vice presidential candidate, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta.
Ibe denied the insinuation in some quarters that Abubakar was traveling to Dubai for medical reasons.
“Today’s trip is in continuation of an earlier business trip of three weeks ago.
“At the conclusion of his European trip, the former Vice President will also use the opportunity to visit his family in Dubai.
“His trip is for business and family purposes and has nothing to do with medicals as being insinuated in some quarters,” Ibe said.
The Deeper Life Bible Church says its six-day planned mega crusade for souls harvest, to be anchored by its General Overseer, Pastor William Kumuyi, in Ikorodu, Lagos, will address both personal and national problems.
Pastor Edison Daminabo, Chairman, ‘the Global Crusade with Kumuyi’ (GCK), organisers of the event said this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.
According to Daminabo, the Ikorodu crusade is part of Kumuyi’s World Evangelisation Programme, aimed at preaching the good news to win souls The crusade which is billed to commence from Thursday, July 28 to Aug.
2, is with the theme ”Total Emancipation by the Authority of Christ.” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the crusade will hold at the Lagos State University of Science and Technology, formerly the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).
The chairman note that the crusade would be streamed live globally, via satellite and other social media platforms.
”Kumuyi will minister throughout the six-day power-packed global miracle crusade.
”The stirring soul-lifting and life-transforming messages and diverse miracles by Kumuyi, whose outreach programme spans more than five decades; would bring succor to people “It is the second to be hosted in Lagos, since the start of the series, in 2021,” he said.
According to him, the crusade is organised in collaboration with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and other blocs of CAN to make it a success.
“Bishop Stephen Adegbite, Chairman of the CAN has described the forthcoming event as a wonderful end-time programme, in which participants will never regret attending and urged all Christians to participate active,” he stated.
He added that other anointed servants of God such as Jeff Deyo, an international gospel artiste, would minister at the event.
“In-between the daily crusade events, there will be a special conference for ministers, church workers and professionals,” Daminabo stated.
According to him, the conference is designed to equip Christian leaders, workers and professionals with the needed developmental and leadership skills needed to excel in life, ministry and career.
He added that ‘IMPACT,’ a programme specially packaged for youths, students on campus, corp members and young professionals, to provide them with needed ladder for success, would also feature at the event.
He said that the crusade train, which began in Abuja, had moved round several locations in Nigeria, including Calabar, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Lagos, Ibadan, Jalingo, Yenagoa, Abeokuta and Ilorin
sponsors 274 Christians on pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan< State Government on Friday said it had sponsored 274 Christians on pilgrimage to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan, urging them to pray for the state and Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Christian Pilgrimage is an occasion for Christians (Pilgrims) to step out of their comfort zone to encounter God where He has revealed Himself.
It also entails visiting places associated with the life, times and teachings of Christ especially his birth, passion, death and resurrection.
For Christians, it is an opportunity for quiet introspection and spiritual rebirth; they are expected to return as more dedicated practitioners of the Christian Faith.
Speaking during the inauguration of Batch A of the 2022 Christian Pilgrimage in Enugu, Gov.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi enjoined them to pray for peace, security, unity and progress of Enugu State and Nigeria as a whole.
Ugwuanyi, who noted that Nigeria was going through strange and difficult times which needed God’s intervention more than ever, urged them to pray for the country.
The governor, who was received by the elated beneficiaries, enjoined them to also “pray particularly that we may love one another as this, in my judgment, is the missing link in our society, for love bears all things (I Corinthians 13:7).” He further told the the pilgrims to equally pray for peaceful electioneering campaigns, successful general elections and seamless transition in Nigeria, in 2023.
“I congratulate the intending Pilgrims for the unique opportunity and thanking the Almighty God for using the instrumentality of his administration to accomplish.
“In keeping with our commitment to deepening the practice of Christian Faith in our State, we are sponsoring 274 Pilgrims, 24 for Jordan and 250 for Israel,” he said.
Ugwuanyi, however, advised them to obey the extant rules in their letter, adding that “the state expects 100 per cent return of our Pilgrims and the handlers should ensure that no one absconded from the trip”.
The governor, therefore, wished them journey mercies and spiritually enriching experiences.
Ugwuanyi earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr Nestor Ezeme, described the governor as “God fearing and the best Pilgrimage Governor in Nigeria”.
Ezeme thanked Gov.
Ugwuanyi for his commitment to God and immense contributions to the success of religious programmes in Enugu State, stressing that they are unprecedented in the annals of the state.
He pointed out that the governor’s faithfulness to God was responsible for his enviable feats in all spheres of development despite the nation’s numerous challenges.
“No wonder you are number one in education, health, rural infrastructure, Judiciary, security, everywhere you are; and you have taken number one in pilgrimage,” he said.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman of Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Bishop Emmanuel Edeh, expressed profound gratitude to Gov.
Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness in championing the noble objectives of the board.
Edeh who is also the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State chapter, said the Christian community was highly impressed that Enugu State under the watch of Gov.
Ugwuanyi, had been outstanding in sponsoring pilgrims.
“It is on record that talking about Pilgrimage in the South East, it has been Enugu State all the way,” the CAN Chairman said.
He recalled that Gov.
Ugwuanyi was recently conferred with the ‘Best Pilgrimage Governor in the South East Nigeria’ by the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) for committing resources towards the growth and sustenance of Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria.
The cleric encouraged Gov.
Ugwuanyi to hold on tightly to his vision and Christian belief, beseeching God to continue to guide and protect the governor to finish well.
Other dignitaries at the event were Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Enugu State, Bishop Godwin Madu, Director of Special Duties, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr. Sunday Udeh, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised all candidates of political parties seeking positions in 2023 general elections to be sensitive to issues affecting the country and address them.
The CAN President, Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle, gave the advice on Sunday at an Inter-Denominational Church Service to mark 2022 Democracy Day in Abuja, with the theme: “ More than Conquerors”.
Ayokunle was represented by the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, who is also the President and Founder of The Sword of The Spirit Ministries International.
Ayokunle, in the sermon titled “Building a prosperous and united Nigeria”, with the Bible text taken from 2 Sam. 23:3, called on political leaders, particularly those contesting for 2023 elections to pay attention to the pains, concerns, apprehensions of citizens and address them.
He said that the country needed leaders who are sensitive to issues, making bold, fair and just decisions that bring in Nigeria together as one, united nation.
“The scripture says he that those that rule over men must be justice, ruling in the fair of God.
“We urge our politicians, those seeking to rule us come 2023 in the name of God Almighty, please see to it that in your plans, in your decisions, your utterances, your campaign, bring us together as one nation.
“You can rule if there is a nation. If there is no nation or the nation is at war, you cannot rule. Please in your plans, in your decisions, in your campaigns, in your utterances, close the fault lines and do not make them wider.
“This is the wise counsel of the church because we care for this nation, Nigeria.
“Righteousness exalts a nation and if there is no justice, if there is no equity, if there is no fairness, there is no righteousness,” he said.
Ayokunle said that leaders to be elected in 2023 must handle the issue of ethnicity and religion with wisdom and sensitivity.
“We want a nation where everyone is treated fairly, equally, no matter the tribe or the ethnic or whatever parts of the nation you come from. A nation where every Nigerian can call my nation.
“We want our leaders to take decisions that we promote a sense of belonging to bring all Nigerians together from the East, West, North, South, from every part to see Nigeria as their own. This needs to be handled.
“Religion has become a major issue in our national political life. And our politicians need to handle this in a very, very wise, bold and sensitive way.
“To bring Nigerians together, to let Nigerians know that irrespective of your faith, you can practice your faith without fear or molestation in any part of the nation Where you find yourself.
“This is a cry of the church and the leaders of the church are speaking out boldly, very clearly, so that we can handle this situation as it should be handled.”
Ayokunle therefore urged the candidates to look into issues of corruption, insecurity, increasing debt, brain drain in the health sector and challenges facing the education sector.
“Across the nation among the youths in the restlessness to cause trouble. This has to be addressed.
“The education system is in shambles. Public universities are been closed for months and this needs to be addressed decisively.
“Nigerians believe that we have enough money to make our universities a pride, not only to this nation but to the world as they used to be.
“If you look at the health system. The health system has nothing for the people. Our health professionals are frustrated already.
“The doctors that we spent so much money to educate and to raise are migrating in droves to other worlds and back at home quacks are filling the gaps and our people are paying very dearly. This too needs be addressed.”
Ayokunle also warned political parties against flying a Muslim-Muslim ticket for 2023 presidential election, saying it will do Nigeria no good.
He said that every part of Nigeria and religion has competent people with potential to rule the country.
He said that balancing the ticket from both divide of religion would help to reduce the tension in the country, give everybody a sense of belonging, promote peaceful and mutual coexistence without stress.
“While we congratulate the winners for the presidential primaries, we urge them to pay attention to this cry from the church. It is important.
“Please do not try a Muslim-Muslim ticket; is an invitation to chaos. It will not fly. It will set the nation against each other,” he said.
He, however, called on millions of Christians in every part of the nation to know that the candidates produced by all political parties belong to all, both Muslim and Christians.
“We don’t have any quarel with that, they are our brothers. We have been working together to build a united nation, but please do not alienate the church.
“If you choose to heed our call, the Nigerian electorate at the polls, the Nigeria populace will trust you with the presidency and we will build one, united and prosperous nation,” the CAN president said.
He, however, prayed for the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians, peace of the country and end to violence, insurgency and kidnapping in the country.
The second bible reading Romance 8:31- 39 was read by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the House of Rep. Deputy Chief Whip, Nkiruka Onyejeocha.
The first and second reeditions were taken by the Non-Denominational Christian Choir Association of Nigeria (NCCN) and ECWA Garki Church, Council Choir, respective.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday in Jos urged Nigerians to hope for lasting solutions to the insecurity in the country and to be fervent in prayer.
Osinbanjo entrusted the responsibility in his message of goodwill to the annual service of thanksgiving of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Plateau chapter.
He said that despite the insecurity and other challenges, Nigerians and especially believers need to speak positively about the country.
“Language carries power. We have to talk about the reality we desire as children of God, '' he accused.
He said that God does not promise a life without challenges, but that he will be there for his children under all circumstances, adding that the future of Nigeria is bright because the country belongs to God.
The vice president also said that thanksgiving to God was required of believers in order to access his blessings.
He prayed for a new season for the Church of God saying, “The Church is coming to greater glory and a new season of victory.
In his remarks, Plateau Governor Simon Lalong prayed that Nigerian leaders exercise wisdom to overcome the country's challenges, especially insecurity, adding that COVID-19 has also worsened Nigeria's economic situation. .
He encouraged believers to thank God for His mercies by donating their substances for the expansion of His kingdom on earth.
In his exhortation, the National President of the NFP, Bishop Francis Wale-Oke, declared: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.
Previously, the president of the NFP Plateau, Rev. Steven Dangana, had urged Christians to develop an attitude of gratitude by saying that "When we are grateful, we become gracious".
The Nigerian News Agency , reports that the Minister of Women's Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and the Rev. Among the dignitaries present at the event was Polycarp Lubo, the president of the Plateau of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Saturday in Jos, joined Plateau Governor Simon Lalong and other clergy in prophetically declaring the siege of banditry, insurgency and kidnapping is over.
Osinbajo made the statement in his message to the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Annual Thanksgiving Service, Plateau State Chapter.
The theme of thanksgiving is: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.
The vice president urged Christians to always say blessings to Nigeria.
“The word of God reminds us that the glory of the later temple will be greater than that of the first.
“The Church of God is coming to a time of greater glory; of peace and victory, and you come to a time of exaltation and victory in the name of Jesus.
“The Church of God is coming to a new season; a new season of glory, a new season of victory; we saw that time; we have seen it and it is in front of us; and it will be so in the name of Jesus.
"Let us repeat three times:" The siege is over; the siege is over; the siege is over; in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen, '' the vice president prayed.
In his message of goodwill, Governor Lalong thanked the Vice President for attending the event.
The governor prayed for peace to be restored in Nigeria.
He prayed to God to hasten the end of the siege of the forces of evil in Nigeria.
In his exhortation, Bishop Wale Oke, National President of the NFP, thanked God for being merciful to Nigeria.
According to him, it is a good thing to give thanks to God.
“In times of our pain, we come to God; prayer is the solution; we can't stop praying until we make the Nigeria of our dreams come true.
“I want to prophesy; Nigeria, the siege is over; whether it is the seat of banditry, kidnappings, Boko Haram or others, '' he prayed.
Earlier in his welcome address, Reverend Stephen Dangana, Chair of the Plateau Chapter, PFN, thanked the Vice-Chair for the value and honor he attached to the occasion.
He said that regardless of the circumstances the nation faces, thanks should be given to God.
For his part, Prophet Isa El-Buba, vice-president of the north-central NFP, offered prayers and prophesied a better future for Nigeria.
The thanksgiving service included songs, exhortations, thanksgiving, and special prayers.
By Martha Nuhu
Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) Executive Secretary Rev. Yakubu Pam urged religious leaders and citizens of the Plateau to embrace peace during and after the state's October 9 local elections.
Pam made the call while visiting various Christian faith leaders in Jos.
He said it had become paramount for him to go around and urge religious leaders to speak with their supporters to behave peacefully during the elections.
The faith leaders visited by the Executive Secretary were the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, the President of CEWA, the President of COCIN, the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, the Anglican Archbishop of Jos and youth groups.
“This courtesy visit which I have embarked on is very important and essential because of the elections we have on Saturday.
“The hearts of the people are beating because of the elections and we are hearing war drums, we don't want any more bloodshed on the Plateau.
“Plateau has seen enough, we are still in mourning, we don't want precious lives to be lost.
“God has blessed you all with the ability to calm the nerves of young people and troublemakers, we know you have the voice as fathers to calm the nerves,” he said.
In response, the Archbishop of Jos, Monsignor Matthew Audu, declared the need for the government to work harder to build confidence and ensure that Saturday's elections end without loss of life.
Audu, however, called on the government to allow people to vote for their choice, rather than forcing candidates who he said could lead to situations of violence.
"I want to appeal to the government to allow people to make their choice not to appoint people, this will cause problems, if we do this we will not go ahead.
"Bring credible people from all parties so that we have good choices to choose from, why introduce people the people have rejected?"
"People will naturally stay at home and not vote, we urge our leaders at all levels to do the right thing, bad politics will not take us forward," he said.
Likewise, the President of the Church of Christ in the Nations (COCIN), Professor Dachollom Datiri, encouraged citizens to come out and vote peacefully.
Datiri said nothing was won in the crisis, but rather everyone was a loser, adding that the state would only fall into the hands of those with ideological problems.
The President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Plateau, Reverend Stephen Dangana, in a response also said the government must take action to ensure that Saturday's elections run without crisis.
Dangana said they would work with the government and all peace-seeking organizations to pursue peace in accordance with Biblical injunctions.
The Abia chapter of Nigeria Prays on Wednesday held a special prayer session for greater peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the prayer was organised in conjunction with the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Umuahia North Local Government Area and other churches.
The theme of the prayer was, “The power of God’s greatness in Nigeria”, with prayers offered for God’s intervention in the nation’s affairs.
The group prayed for those in authority, the security agencies, youths, education and other sectors and asked God to restore the country’s glory.
In an exhortation, Igwe Uko, an apostle and Founding Pastor, Soul Hunters Mission Inc., Umuahia, warned Christians to desist from the habit of saying that “Nigeria is bad.”
He urged them to rather profer solutions to the country’s multifaceted problems by praying to God to heal the land.
Igwe, who took his Bible readings from Psalms 91:1-2 and Psalms 60:9-12, said that no one would be able to achieve greatness without being in a good relationship with God.
Rev. Chuks Alozie, the convener and Abia Coordinator of Nigeria Prays, said the programme became necessary because Nigeria was passing through a trying moment.
He said, “As a prayer group, ours is to offer sacrifice of prayer for God to solve the myriads of challenges and problems we are having as a nation.
“We are praying for the unity, progress, prosperity of Nigeria. We want Nigeria to progress as one entity, not a dismembered nation.”
Also, Rev. Ben Nwankwo, Chairman of PFN, said the prayer was necessary because “if we as men at the altar keet quiet, the evil going on in the land might sweep away the whole land and its people.
“There is need to gather as a people to cry to God for mercy. That is what we have done and we believe He has heard our cry,” Nwankwo said.
Other ministers of God in attendance at the solemn event included the host, Rev. Ugochukwu Ogarly of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Rev. Regina Emeghara of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Canaan Land Circuit, and many others.
Edited By: Sam Oditah
The Plateau Chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has condemned the the vandalisation and looting of government properties and private businesses by hoodlums in Jos and environs.
This is contained in a statement by Rev. Stephen Dangana and Rev. Fred Emeka, it’s Chiarman and Secretary, respectively.
The statement was issued on Monday in Jos.
The fellowship, who described the vandalisation and looting as “criminal”, dissociated it from the peaceful EndSARS protesters.
“We wish to identify with the EndSARS peaceful protest which is aimed at putting an end to police brutality on citizens for a better Nigeria.
“PFN in its quest for a peaceful coexistence, economic development and the stability of our dear Plateau had in recent past organised special prayers fot divine interventions.
“We wish to note that the EndSARS peaceful protest was however, hijacked by some criminal elements who do not mean well for the state and the nation in general, which culminated into wanton destruction, vandalisation and looting of government and private properties.
“We condemn this in totality, and call on citizens, especially our youths to restrain from the protest and vandalisation and, give government the opportunity to act on their noble demands,” it said.
The also fellowship advised government to be proactive and exhibit good faith in dealing with the demands of the protesters.
“PFN promises to support and cooperate with government in whatever form to promote peace, unity, growth and development in the state.
“We encourage government to consult with religious, traditional and community leaders and other stakeholders so as to bring lasting solution to the current challenges facing our dear state.
“Government should use all means of dialogue with our youths in the bid to meeting their yearnings and aspirations for a better Nigeria,” it said.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that government had constituted a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to look into complaints of olice brutality and violation of human rights of the citizens.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on Thursday called on the Federal Government to adopt an all-inclusive approach to governance and development in the country.
Its National President, Rev. Felix
Omobude, also reiterated the body’s calls for restructuring of the political and administrative apparatus that currently govern the country.
Omobude said that “the increasingly strident calls from fathers, leaders of thought and well-meaning Nigerians for restructuring” were in line with the body’s long time stand.
The PFN president said in a statement that the various calls also justified the Christian body’s consistent appeals, over the years, to the government to pay attention to the calls and activate the necessary mechanism for it.
He said: “PFN restates the call for restructuring, which has now become even more urgent, given the increasing push on the part of different groups toward tendencies that further division rather than unity.
“We note, with concern, the restiveness in different parts of the country.
“We are of the opinion that concerted efforts have to be urgently made by the government to reassure Nigerians that their interests will continue to be guaranteed within the Nigerian entity.
“We restate our belief in the unity of Nigeria and a commitment to one Nigeria, where people of different faiths and tongues can continue to live together as one.
“However, we call on the government to do all it can to assuage the fears and concerns of everyone and ensure the practice of Federalism in its true form.”
Omobude said that PFN, at its recent joint meeting of National Advisory Council and the National Executive Council, urged the Federal Government to do more in responding to “the heightened level of poverty in the land”.
According to him, Government should institute further measures to address the hardship being faced by people, especially in the face of the downturn in the economy made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to adopt an all-inclusive approach, not just in the manner of its appointments.
“But to ensure that there is a noticeable balance across ethnic and religious divides, so as not to exacerbate the increasing mistrust along ethnic and religious lines in the country.
“The PFN restates its call for the Federal Government to activate the necessary mechanism and legal backing for the setting up of State Police in the country.
“We believe that the recent agitation and introduction of different variants of Regional and Community Policing models attests to the fact that Nigerians are yearning for an alternative approach to policing.
“We believe that with the introduction of a different model one that not only incorporates direct participation by other tiers of government in tackling insecurity in the country, but one that will enhance the level of security in the country.”
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye