Posted by News Express | 1 October 2019 | 997 times
Following what could be regarded as violation of the country’s secular status, the General Overseer of the City of God Rest Ministry, Pastor Destiny Eguavoen, was on Sunday beaten up by youths of Urora community, in Edo State, for flouting the community’s order to stop church service before 8a.m.
The chief priest of the community, Chief Ugiagbe Aiwaguore, Ohen Ugbodeyaen of Urora, was said to have ordered owners of shops in the community and residents to stay indoors and churches to end their Sunday service before 8a.m. for the celebration of the community’s annual Ikpoleki festival.
But in reaction, the State’s Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Oyenude Kure, kicked against the order, saying it violated the freedom of worship as enshrined in the Nigeria Constitution.
He, therefore, asked churches in Urora to go about their normal church services on Sunday, saying that the restriction on movement was unacceptable to the church as the body of Christ.
But to enforce the community’s order, the youths were said to have moved from street to street to ensure compliance, even as shops were closed and some churches hurriedly ended their services while others refused to open for the day.
Trouble was said to have started at the City of God Rest Ministry, where the youths were peeved that the Pastor was still preaching as at 9a.m. and they consequently, disrupted the service. (The Sun)
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