Nigerians have been called upon to desist from embarking on negative prayers against President Muhamadu Buhari who is presently, recuperating in a London hospital.
This call was made by the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria Chaplain(Evangelist)E.A Babalola, who also doubles as the Commandant General, Royal Chaplain Global Mission in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.
”So, what Nigerians have to do ow, is to encourage President Muhammadu Buhari and to pray for him to have good health, in order for him to fulfill the destiny God has placed on him for Nigeria. So, what the President needs now,is not devilish prayers against his life, the prayers he needs now, are prayers to preserve his life, prayers for healing, prayers for good health and prayers for long life. It is not a matter for religion, but a matter of service to our fatherland”.
Chaplain(Evangelist) Babalola condemned those on negative prayers against the President, saying ”that is to show how wicked people can be, nobody owns anybody’s life, it is only God that owns life, and nobody can kill, unless God permits it. if it is not ordained for the President to die at this time, no amount of prayers that they will pray against him will come to pass, because there is a purpose why God brought him in to be President at this particular time and everybody is vulnerable to fall sick, he is a man and he is of age, the job of presiding a nation is not a small job, the load of a nation is a very heavy one. So for him to be thinking of Nigeria is enough for him as an old man”.
Muslim and Catholic Clerics Pursue Strategy with Retired Army Chief, Foreign Minister and Others
By: Fred Strasser
Nigeria’s Roman Catholic cardinal urges his flock to embrace diversity. The spiritual leader of the country’s Muslims leads efforts to prevent radicalization and condemns Boko Haram. A former United Nations envoy advocates for professionalism among civil servants. A retired army chief of staff presses for the government to reach out more to alienated groups. These leaders and seven other prominent figures form a new high-level advisory group helping northern Nigeria’s powerful state governors address the social, religious and political forces that fuel extremist violence.
The crisis in Nigeria’s north—including the Boko Haram insurgency and a looming famine that is related to the conflict—have forced more than 2 million people from their homes and destabilized other countries in the Lake Chad Basin. Confronting these conflicts falls in significant measure to Nigeria’s elected state governors, according to USIP Senior Advisor Johnnie Carson, a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs.The 11-member senior working group, brought together by the U.S. Institute of Peace to support a strategic approach to dealing with the sources of violent conflict in the north, is made up of some of the leading figures in Nigerian public life.
There is a limit to how much arms and guns can do in this matter.
The Sultan of Sokoto,Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, is the highest authority in mainstream Islam in Nigeria. He and Roman Catholic Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Archbishop of the capital, Abuja, are well-known for their Interfaith Initiative for Peace, which seeks to defuse conflict over issues ranging from elections to land use. Abubakar often says in public that terrorism has no place in Islam. Onaiyekan, in a Christmas television address last year, urged “peace and harmony” between religions and within each faith, in a country where divisions include the role of moral norms in legal codes.“We need to agree on the place of religion in our nation,” the Cardinal said. “If we sincerely want a nation that is united and integrated, we must work seriously towards one law for every citizen.”
Other members of the senior working group include former Chief of Defense Staff and Chief of Army Staff General Martin Luther Agwai, who led the U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur and last year headed a committee investigating violence in Kaduna state; Ibrahim Gambari, a former minister of foreign affairs and U.N. under-secretary-general who now heads the Savannah Center for Diplomacy, Democracy and Developmen in Abuja; Fatima Balla Abubakar, a well-known diplomat and politician; and Aisha Murtala Muhammed, the founder and chief executive of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, an organization that seeks to bolster business philanthropy throughout Nigeria and Africa.
“The working group aims to expand the conversation from ‘poverty is a cause of conflict’ to thinking practically and strategically,” said Oge Onugobu, a USIP senior program officer for Africa. “For example, where do you locate a school so no one feels disadvantaged? Or does some group appear to have impunity from prosecution? These are things the group, with its deep expertise, can help governors to consider and plan for.”
With a population of 180 million, Nigeria is the continent’s most populous state and its biggest democracy. More than half of the country’s citizens live in northern Nigeria.USIP has worked for more than a decade with Nigerian civic, religious and government leaders to prevent or halt violent local conflicts. The initiative with the northern governors is funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and USIP collaborates with a local partner, the Center for Democracy and Development, in Abuja. Onubogu leads USIP’s programs on Nigeria and attended the senior working group’s first meeting on February 28 in Abuja.
A dozen of the northern governors met at USIP in October. They broadly concluded that ending the war and poverty plaguing their region requires initiatives for education, reconciliation and political inclusion of minorities and women. The working group is aimed at developing plans to address those needs and keeping the governors focused on implementing them.
The full working group meets with the governors next month for the first time. In preparation, it will conduct a review of peacebuilding initiatives in northern Nigeria. It also will examine a new peacebuilding organization in Plateau state to see if it’s a model other northern states could use.
A Microcosm of Nigeria
The Plateau State Peacebuilding Agency, a publicly-funded body under the governor’s office, was set up last year to reduce conflict in a state considered a microcosm of Nigeria for its social, ethnic and religious stresses. Over two decades, more than 5,000 people have died in communal violence in Plateau state, stalling economic development and shredding community trust.
The current governor determined that past crisis-oriented attempts to end the conflicts—from interfaith dialogues to citizen input to the use of security forces—were inadequate. The agency seeks to create institutional mechanisms for long-term peacebuilding, including conflict-resolution training, coordination among civil society groups and ongoing interfaith dialogue.
The working group’s efforts to advance stability in Nigeria remain urgent despite what President Muhammadu Buhari calls the”technical defeat” of Boko Haram, said Onubogu. The Cardinal said the same in his Christmas message, lauding Buhari’s efforts against the insurgency but saying, “It is not yet all over.”
“There is a limit to how much arms and guns can do in this matter,” he said. “Religious communities and leaders must come out to play their role, which is often very efficient and very cost effective, in comparison with budgets for military action.”
”It is only the mercy of God that can do it, no Government can take on God, no Government can change anything, it is only God that changes things. And it has to be done spiritual wise, so we want to pray, teach people the way of the Lord, when people understand, they serve God, they understand the ways of God, then things will change”, Pastor Alade concluded.
Whoever muted the idea in which Umaru Musa Yar’dua University, Katsina rolled out the demonic decree of banning every other religious association or union except Islam in the University should be arrested immediately for very serious interrogation , because I suspect that there must be an hidden agenda to kick start a destructive religious war from that university, which could spread to other universities in the country, and that could result in the end of the country, Nigeria, if not nipped in the bud. The security agents should waste no time, whatsoever, in arresting the situation.
If this devilish idea is allowed to go on, then we must have through that way, given approval for the end of this country called Nigeria.
The Umaru Musa Yar’adua University authority should be ordered, immediately, to reverse the destructive and demonic directive.
The present economic recession in Nigeria has been described as a test of the peoples’ faith in God.
This assertion was made by Pastor Kehinde Opeyemi Abolude of the Fire Rock Ministry, Popoyemoja, Ibadan, Nigeria in a caht with Federationews2day.
”Nigeria is passing through test of faith. Test of faith in the sense that when you go back to the scripture, you will find out that the people of Israel passed through the wilderness, they passed through the red sea, they passed through Jordan, before they got to their glory. So, all I want to say is that without passing through, there is no passing over, we just have to pass through. Nigeria is passing through what is expected of it, to get to its glory. The people of Israel passed through Egypt. Nigeria’s economic recession is not the end of Nigeria, but it is just building us and it is going to take us to glory”.
Pastor Abolude noted that difficulties only prepare people for success, ”if you want to become somebody, you must pass through difficulties. Without passing through difficulties you can’t become. So faith by description or by definition is where you are going in future. Nigeria is going to glory and it will get there. We are going to be great.
When David saw Goliath, he was not afraid, because fear is the opposite of faith, when you are confronted with a challenging situation, my advice is for you to have courage, that will have much reward for you. Nigerians should be fearless in the face of economic recession, Christians should be fearless. God is always with us. And we are more than conquerors, so let us keep away fear from our lives. The word of God and prayers will help us to glory”.
Nigerians have been called upon to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari, as they begin the new year, just as the Federal Government has been urged to address the biting hunger in the country.
This call was made by the General Overseer of the Love of Christ Apostolic Church, Oke-Idanade, Inalende, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prophet(Pastor)Olorunkosebi, in a chat with Federationews2day.
”Nigerians should pray for the President, things will become better, as President Muhammadu Buhari has stated Presidnet Buhari is a man of God, where he is today, God is behind him, God will continue to be behind him. God will not allow the President to be put to shame. This Government is good, the past ones are good. What is happening is not new, we have been passing through this,for years. Tomorrow shall be better. I urge all the people of God to be patient. Nigeria would have been destroyed, if not for God. The end of everything is joy.
Similarly, Reverend Taiwo Thompson of the Victory Gospel Apostolic Church urged the Federal Government to address the plight of hungry Nigerians saying” People are hungry, we thought that there will be a change, but that is not so. Government should do something about this. Nigerians should be steadfast in all they do, although churches are on the increase the genuine ones are not many”.
”To us as religious people, the opposition is there to checkmate any unnecessary overture . Let us all, therefore remove the phobia of fear and Monti his alliance with Russia through prayers, to regulate the world of Science and Technology, from been used as weapon of oppression and destruction. Let us be optimistic that God will be in control and guide Donald Trump”
As the World continues to react to the victory of Donald Trump in the United state Presidential elections, the founder and spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke , in this interview with Federationews2day, opines that people should be optimistic that God will take control of the situation. Excerpts :
What is your reaction to the victory of Donald Trump in the US Presidential elections ?
The electoral victory of Donald Trump is a surprise, despite some underground work, he must have done to give him the victory. Going by the various vituperation, which all of us believe was a campaign of hate, full of hurting speeches that had threatened the whole world, that has made a lot of people to dislike him the more. The implication is that if we should stand by what he professed, then Africa will not enjoy his Presidency.
Nigerians, generally, will be the target of governance, while the Muslim world may need to regroup and with greater tempo, in renewed acts of defense, which the whole world may even see as increased tempo of terrorism, because of the way and manner they would want to seek redress.
However, with the antecedents of the general influence of America, in any nation, they go, to wage war or to remove their perceived enemies, they always leave a trail of their own perceived ways of life, which had eroded, so much, the core values of cultural heritage of very many nations.
Donald Trump regards Africans as very lazy womanizers, and this is the reason why we are not developed.
However, Donald himself, said that he was out to unite every American, and to work with everybody, irrespective of your religion, creed and race. This implies that he may not be as tough and wicked as we have perceived, mainly because leadership and governance are always guided by reason.
And the Congress will be there to checkmate any unnecessary overtures. His total disregard for abortion and gay practice may give him a better image, over the Obama/Clinton union, because Muslims and Christians will give him full support on this.
To us as religious people, the opposition is there to checkmate any unnecessary overture . Let us all, therefore remove the phobia of fear and Monti his alliance with Russia through prayers, to regulate the world of Science and Technology, from been used as weapon of oppression and destruction. Let us be optimistic that God will be in control and guide Donald Trump
One pastor and author says Christians have wrongly confused chastity and celibacy and that single believers don’t necessarily have to be married to engage in sexual relationships.
Writing for the Washington Post, Bromleigh McCleneghan says Christians can have sex outside of marriage provided it is “mutually pleasurable.”
“There are those who feel that they are called to seasons of celibacy, or even years of celibacy, and if answering that call is life-giving and purposeful, then they should take it up as a spiritual discipline. But no call can be forced on an unwilling person, especially not if they find themselves single only by virtue of circumstance,” McClenghan writes.
The op-ed is an excerpt from her new book, Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option-And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex
“Plenty of women and men love sex, and need it—we need bodily pleasure, remember—and the abundant life for them will involve seeking out relationships of mutual pleasure. Chastity, or just sex, requires that whether we are married or unmarried, our sex lives restrain our egos, restrain our desire for physical pleasure when pursuing it would bring harm to self or other,” she says.
Except that Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7 that if people cannot restrain themselves from sexual desires, they should be married.
Her argument also seems contradictory to what is in Matthew, that we should pick up our crosses and follow Him. In John, Jesus told us we will have persecution, but He has overcome the world. In Hebrews, we see how He was tempted in every way we would be, but He resisted. And in Mark, Jesus tells us fornication is considered as evil as adultery.
The only Scripture reference in McClenghan’s article is John 10, where Christ called us to have life, and have it abundantly.
McClenghan is a pastor at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois.
According to the church website, she “is a pastor for the whole congregation, with responsibilities in worship, pastoral care, ministry leadership, teaching, and more. Her special focus is on helping people with children at home better their ability and commitment to raising those children in the Christian faith.”
The mad rush for the acquisition of wealth has been described as the major factor responsible for evil practices in the church.
This assertion was made by Pastor Femi Fadipe of Radiance Saints Chapel International, Aiyegun road, Odo-Ona Elewe, Ibadan, Nigeria.
”Most people are after material things, they want to buy the latest cars and live in mansions in estates. Worldliness also brings about immorality in the church between the Pastor and members of his church and between the Pastor and ordained leaders in the church”, he noted.
Pastor Fadipe advised against stealing and occultic practices in the church, while lamenting that such acts result in the introduction of strange doctrines in ministries.
”Fornication, occultism and stealing are the results of xcommunication lag with God. Nigerians should return to God and follow His ways”, he concluded.
”Then Shlomo began to build the house of Hashem at Yerushalayim in mount Moriah, where [Hashem] appeared unto David his father; for which provision had been made in the Place of David, in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite”. II Chronicles 3:1 (The Israel Bible™)
In another manifestation of Biblical precepts interacting with modern life, a private foundation representing the descendants of King David recently launched a lawsuit presenting a legal claim to ownership of the Temple Mount.
While their claim is legally sound and verifiable, it faces significant political hurdles. One of the suit’s beneficiaries, who claims descent from the Davidic Dynasty, is ready for the legal battle but cautiously pragmatic.
This story has simple beginnings. In 2004, Dr. Boruch Fishman, then a recent immigrant to Israel from America, went to tour the tomb of Samuel the prophet north of Jerusalem, which led to a chance meeting with Israel Aurbach, the owner of a nearby farm. Inspired by the Biblical roots of the setting, they began to discuss the link between the House of David and the Temple Mount. They noted that King David purchased the site, originally for a simple altar.
So David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar unto Hashem, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. II Samuel 24:24-25
The pair concluded that since the site was originally the property of King David, and no one else has legally purchased it in the interim, the Temple Mount should have been passed along as an inheritance to his male descendants.
As a result of the discussion, Dr. Fishman hit upon the idea of creating a legal entity to represent all the descendants of King David. Anyone who could prove male lineage from the house of David would have a legal claim to inherit the Temple as property. Dr. Fishman established a foundation to advance the claim of Temple Mount ownership by King David’s descendants, naming it Canfei Nesharim L’maan Hakahal (Wings of Eagles for the Assembly).
At present, the legal entity created by Dr. Fishman represents two claimants who have genealogical records documenting their lineage back to King David through male descendants.
Genealogy from the Royal House of David can be traced through oral tradition, rabbinic sources, historical data and extensive research. Several families claim descent “ben akhar ben” (father to son) in a direct line, most notably the Dayan, Shealtiel and Charlap/Don Yechia families. The descendants of King David are believed to have settled in Aleppo, Syria, so most claimants trace their lineage back to that city. An online project has been set up to maintain a list of these claimants.
By definition of the foundation, any other all male descendants of King David who wishes to join the suit can do so at any time.
Breaking Israel News asked the foundation’s lawyer, Baruch Ben Yosef, about the strength of their case.
“Surprisingly, the Temple Mount is not listed in Israel Land Authority,” Ben Yosef explained.
Ben Yosef is referring to an aspect of land ownership in Israel, where less than ten percent of land in Israel is privately owned. Over 90 percent of the property in Israel is owned by the Israeli government, via the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and the Israel Lands Administration. When land is purchased in Israel, it must be registered with these authorities and is, essentially, a long-term lease. Since the Temple Mount is not registered under these authorities, it can be considered privately owned.
“The fact that it is under the authority of the Waqf or Jordan is not a legal claim to ownership. It is a temporary condition based on power and not a valid legal claim,” Ben Yosef said. “You would think that the State of Israel owns it, but by not registering it, they have clearly expressed they don’t have an interest in owning it.
“Since it can be privately owned, the people who claim lineage to King David have a legal claim,” Ben Yosef concluded. “If we make a claim in court, the court would have to disprove the claim. The burden of proof would be on them. But in the meantime, the Land Authority won’t do anything without a court order from the High Court.”
Breaking Israel News contacted one of the litigants represented by the legal entity. Mordechai Mitchell Dayan from Chicago has verifiably traced his family lineage back 87 generations via male descendants to King David.
“A militant takeover of the Temple Mount is certainly not my goal,” prefaced Dayan. “You don’t have to establish that we legally own the land in order to bring Messiah. We also have to deal with world opinion and the opinion of the Israeli government in a realistic manner.”
World opinion contradicts his claim. UNESCO has denied any historical Jewish ties to the site. Dayan felt that the obstacle preventing the Jews from taking their rightful place on the Temple Mount had little to do with the justification of his claim.
“It is universally accepted that King David purchased the Temple Mount,” he said, clarifying, “Well, everywhere except the United Nations.”
Dayan acknowledged that on that basis, he has a valid legal claim and, as a religious Jew, his interests are for the good of the Jewish people. Nonetheless, he feels the question is not one of legality, but of political interests.
“Who is going to judge this? Who do I make my claim to? Even if I wanted to make this claim, the High Court of Israel doesn’t want to hear this. The State of Israel doesn’t want to hear this. The world is willing to lie about it. My entire ancestry has been wronged, but there is no court I can take this to.