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Civil Society tasks state pilgrims’ welfare boards over refunds to Hajj 2017 pilgrims

Civil Society tasks state pilgrims’ welfare boards over refunds to Hajj 2017 pilgrims Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR), a civil society organisation that monitors and reports on Hajj and Umrah activities in Nigeria, has promised to monitor the disbursement of refunds made to state pilgrims’ welfare boards by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). The refunds are for services either not provided or rendered...... more

2019: Cleric advises Christians to play active part in politics

2019: Cleric advises Christians to play active part in politics As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, Christians have been enjoined to take active roles in politics. Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church, Taiwo Odukoya, who gave the advice in last Sunday service, said Christians should show the world how politics should be run by taking active roles in...... more

Lagos to conduct census of religious centres

Lagos to conduct census of religious centres Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) to conduct an enumeration of religious centres across the state. Ambode gave the directive while inaugurating 798 members of the NIREC appointed for the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in Lagos. He was represented by...... more

Bishop Okoye condemns auctioning of Nigerian migrants as slaves in Libya •Ordains 11 priests

Bishop Okoye condemns auctioning of Nigerian migrants as slaves in Libya •Ordains 11 priests Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ihiala, Anambra State, Right Reverend Prof Israel ’Kelue Okoye, has condemned the resurgence of slave actions in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Bishop Okoye, who decried the auctioning of Nigerian migrants and kidnapping some for ransom in Libya, demanded for proactive and reactive steps...... more

Eid Maulud: Speaker Dogara felicitates with Muslim Ummah, calls for continued prayers for Nigeria

Eid Maulud: Speaker Dogara felicitates with Muslim Ummah, calls for continued prayers for Nigeria The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has felicitated with Nigerian Muslim Ummah as they join other believers all over the world to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammed. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker enjoined...... more

Tension in Sokoto as Shiites accuse Tambuwal of plotting mass killing

Tension in Sokoto as Shiites accuse Tambuwal of plotting mass killing The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, says it has uncovered a plot, allegedly endorsed by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal for mass killing of its members, including women and children, as well as wanton destruction of properties that will include residential houses and business premises.   In...... more

Pope gets €185,000 Lamborghini as a gift

Pope gets €185,000 Lamborghini as a gift Pope Francis was offered Wednesday a Lamborghini Huracan, but the Vatican said there was no future as a popemobile for the Italian supercar. The Huracan, which has a top speed of more than 300 km per hour and has a starting price in Italy of 185,000 euros (219,000 dollars), will instead...... more

Pope berates bishops over use of phones during mass

Pope berates bishops over use of phones during mass Pope Francis took snap-happy bishops, priests and pilgrims to task on Wednesday, telling them mass was a time for prayer, not an opportunity to whip out smartphones. “At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says ‘lift up our hearts’. He doesn’t say ‘lift up our mobile phones to take...... more

Pope Francis requests that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married

Pope Francis requests that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married Pope Francis has requested that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married. The request applies to priests in Brazil, and is on the agenda for an upcoming synod (church council) in the Amazon region. The controversial move would address the critical shortage of men joining the priesthood –...... more

Corruption: Churches not free of blame, says Osinbajo

Corruption: Churches not free of blame, says Osinbajo Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Kingdom Summit 2017 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), blamed the churches for not speaking against corruption. Osinbajo, who was at the Kings Court Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, remarked that corruption in the country still existed because the church had failed...... more

Inside the Nigerian ‘church’ where worshippers are served alcohol during service

Inside the Nigerian ‘church’ where worshippers are served alcohol during service Without doubt, churches have denominations and patterns of worship differ, but when you stumble on one, where weird activities are the order of the day and alcohol, animal sacrifices and biblical villains like Nebuchadnezzar, Ahab and even Satan are deified, then you’ve just encountered worship redefined. Tabitha Pearl writes. A Christian...... more

Blasphemy: 3 sentenced to death for tearing religious poster

Blasphemy: 3 sentenced to death for tearing religious poster A court in Pakistan’s Punjab province has sentenced three men of a minority religious group to death on charges of violating the country’s controversial blasphemy law. Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed were found guilty and convicted by the trial court Wednesday for insulting the prophet of Islam. The men...... more

Huge crowds attend 2017 Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Ota

Huge crowds attend 2017 Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Ota Thousands of delegates have gathered at the expansive Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses along Idi-Iroko Road, Ota, Ogun State, for the eighth in the series of the 2017 “Don’t Give Up!” Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many of the delegates arrived a day in advance so as not to kiss the...... more

Hajj 2017: Kaduna Pilgrims Board condoles families of deceased pilgrims

Hajj 2017: Kaduna Pilgrims Board condoles families of deceased pilgrims Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSMPWB) has sent a five-man committee to condole the families of four Kaduna State pilgrims that died during this year’s pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The committee led by the Director of Operations, Lawal Yakubu Ikara, also handed over the luggage and money of the late...... more

Painting of Jesus to be sold for $100m

Painting of Jesus to be sold for $100m The last Leonardo Da Vinci painting dating from around 1500, “Salvator Mundi” — which depicts Jesus Christ as the world’s saviour, will go under the hammer next month in New York. The Christie’s auction house on Tuesday, estimated its worth at $100 million, the AFP reported. The painting which was long...... more

Hajj 2017: Death toll of Nigerian pilgrims rises to 7

Hajj 2017: Death toll of Nigerian pilgrims rises to 7 The death toll of Nigerian pilgrims currently performing the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia has risen from five to seven. The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed, disclosed this in an interview with journalists at the plains of Arafat, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday. Mr. Mohammed had,...... more

Church members lock out pastor over alleged embezzlement

Church members lock out pastor over alleged embezzlement  Sunday’s service of Ajegunle Baptist Church, Agbowo, Ibadan, was held outside the church’s gate as some group of members aggrieved over their Pastor’s alleged financial impropriety, improper behaviour and abuse of pulpit locked the church. The aggrieved members under the umbrella of “Concerned Members”, are insisting that church pastor, Reverend Oyewole...... more

Shiites mourn in more than 60 towns and cities, demand for Sheikh Zakzaky’s release

Shiites mourn in more than 60 towns and cities, demand for Sheikh Zakzaky’s release The annual Ashura mourning procession by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) held yesterday in more than 60 towns and cities across Nigeria. IMN is the corporate name of Nigerian Shiites, whose leader, Sheikh Zakzaky, remains detained by Nigerian authorities in defiance of court orders. The procession ended peacefully with a...... more

Last batch of Kaduna pilgrims back home after completing Hajj 2017

Last batch of Kaduna pilgrims back home after completing Hajj 2017 The last batch of Kaduna State Pilgrims that performed this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia has returned to Nigeria Thursday, signifying the end of the airlift of 6, 709 State pilgrims from Saudi Arabia. A statement issued by Yunusa Abdullahi, Public Relations Officer of the Board, said 6,713 pilgrims performed hajj...... more

Catholic Bishop blasts FG for killing innocent citizen

Catholic Bishop blasts FG for killing innocent citizen Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Most Rev Lucius Ugorji, has slammed the Federal Government for unleashing the military on hapless citizens in the guise of fighting crime and agitations. Ugorji, in a statement he issued in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, lamented that Operation Python Dance, the military exercise embarked upon...... more

Evangelist Bonnke returns to Lagos for ‘farewell message’

Evangelist Bonnke returns to Lagos for ‘farewell message’ German Pentecostal Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is set to return to Nigeria for a five-day crusade and a three-day multi-purpose ministers’ fire conference on what his team, Christ for All Nations, says will rescue the country from spiritual pollution and socio-political corruption. CFaN officials, led by its African Director, John Darku, expect...... more

62 Catholic scholars and clergymen accuse Pope Francis of spreading heresy

62 Catholic scholars and clergymen accuse Pope Francis of spreading heresy Several dozen conservative Catholic scholars and clergy have charged Pope Francis with spreading heresy, a bold but perhaps futile salvo against Francis and his reform-minded papacy. The widely publicised, theologically dense letter was delivered to the Pope with 40 signatures on August 11, according to its organisers. It has since gained...... more

Hajj 2017: Pilgrims return airlift to be completed in 10 days, says NAHCON

Hajj 2017: Pilgrims return airlift to be completed in 10 days, says NAHCON The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says the ongoing airlift of Nigerian pilgrims back home is expected to be completed within the next 10 days. So far 42,126 of Nigerian pilgrims have been returned home in a record 100 flights after performing this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Abdullahi Mohammed,...... more

Need for men of the security forces to bow to God, The Almighty Force, By Lovina Iburene

Need for men of the security forces to bow to God, The Almighty Force, By Lovina Iburene In Bible times, mighty men of valour – Naaman, an army General; Zaccheus, a chief custom officer; the Centurion, to mention but a few – all came  and bowed to God, through Christ Jesus. Similarly, today, men of the armed forces need a greater force; they have issues and face difficulties of...... more

Pastor faces 20-year jail term over alleged subversion

Pastor faces 20-year jail term over alleged subversion An activist pastor put on trial on Monday and accused of attempting to subvert the government of Zimbabwe, risks spending up to 20 years in prison on conviction. His arrest and trial followed protests last year against President Robert Mugabe’s handling of the economy. Evan Mawarire, through his #ThisFlag movement, led...... more

42,126 pilgrims back home after performing Hajj 2017 in Saudi Arabia

42,126 pilgrims back home after performing Hajj 2017 in Saudi Arabia The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has recorded a total of 42,126 airlift of Nigerian pilgrims back home in 100 flights, after performing this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The return airlift had commenced on the September 6, 2017 with Federal Capital Territory and Gombe State pilgrims. Information from the...... more

Pastor Arrested During Church Service

Pastor Arrested During Church Service Zimbabwean activist pastor Evan Mawarire was on Sunday arrested during a church service after he posted a video bemoaning the country’s worsening economic troubles, his lawyer said. The charismatic pastor who has been arrested several times for his dissenting views informed the congregation about his imminent arrest in a video streamed...... more

Osun, Kano declare Thursday, Friday public holidays to mark Islamic New Year

Osun, Kano declare Thursday, Friday public holidays to mark Islamic New Year Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has declared Thursday, September 21, 2017, public holiday to commemorate the Islamic New Year. Thursday, September 21, 2017 is the New Islamic Year 1439 AH. The Islamic year started counting in 622 AD after the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to...... more

FG desperate to Islamise Nigeria — CAN •Says Sukkuk issuance unconstitutional

FG desperate to Islamise Nigeria — CAN •Says Sukkuk issuance unconstitutional The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has raised a petition and protest against what it views as the unrelenting plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria to introduce Islamic financing into a secular state in violation of Section 10 of the Constitution. CAN, in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja signed...... more

Catholic bishops blame government for tension in Nigeria

Catholic bishops blame government for tension in Nigeria Catholic Bishops have blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the tension in the country, saying realities on ground negated the promises he made in 2015 to ensure national integration and cohesion in his inauguration speech. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), in a communique at the end of their second plenary...... more

 

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