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Adeboye: Im not permitted to attend church for now

Pastor E.A Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has said that he and his family will stay away from church due to their age.

Adeboye stated this during a live broadcast on his Dove Television in which he backed the government protocol for church reopening.

“We want to thank the Almighty God that some of us will begin to gather again as from Sunday.

“I believe that some of you are already gathering in some parts of the world and we believe that you will now begin to enjoy the power of corporate prayers once again.
“But as you gather together in all those places where you are free to gather, please remember those of us who cannot gather with you yet.

“People like me and my wife cannot gather with you in Lagos because we are over 65 years of age and my grandchildren cannot gather with you yet because they are under 15 years of age.

“So, remember us in prayers, so that very soon, we will be able to join you,” he said.

Lagos Governor and Aliko Dangote pays condolence visit to pastor Ituah Ighodalo

It’s no longer news that former beauty queen, Ibidun Ighodalo, died June 14 at the age of 39. It’s understood she suffered a heart attack in the early morning in a hotel in Port Harcourt where she went to assist with a project to build isolation centers for COVID-19 patients. Her death came as a shock to friends and family. In fact, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has paid a condolence visit to her husband, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, of Trinity House church over the death of the event planner.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu shared photos on his Instagram page. He wrote;

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be anymore pain: for the former things have passed away”. Revelation 21:4

There are no words strong enough to comfort someone on the death of their loved one. But we would continue to commit them unto the hands of God who is the ultimate healer and comforter.

I paid a condolence visit to my dear friend, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo to commiserate with him on the passing of his dear wife, late Mrs. Ibidun Ighodalo.

My prayer is that Mrs. Ibidun Ighodalo rests in peace, and that God continues to abide with Pastor Ituah and their loved ones. Amen.”

Watch the video (Aliko Dangote visit)

Lagos suspends re-opening of places of worship

The Lagos State Government has suspended the scheduled reopening of churches and mosques in the state given the current evaluation of coronavirus infections in the state.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State governor, said this on Tuesday during a press briefing at the state house, describing the decision as “a tough one.”

Mr Sanwo-Olu said since the announcement of June 19 as the date for reopening of religious centres on conditions that they will strictly comply with health guidelines, the state has been closely monitoring the situation and has now concluded that any form of re-opening cannot proceed.

“We are now hereby suspending, with immediate effect, the plan to re-open religious houses and places of worship in Lagos State, until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and continue to base our decision-making on data modelling; as well as on the responsibility we have to act in a manner that ensures the protection of all of you the people of Lagos State.

“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, it is simply in line with our ongoing evaluation of evolving scenarios regarding the course of the infection in Lagos State and the corresponding public health advisory guidelines issued by the experts.

“Therefore, until further notice, all places of worship in Lagos State will remain closed. Social and events centers, and social clubs, will also remain closed, for now,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor said as of Monday, Lagos State had recorded 7,319 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.

Of this number, 1,137 have fully recovered and been discharged, while 82 have died, leaving 6,100 active cases under management in the state, he said

Pastor Charles Osazuwa says living in rented apartment is ungodly

Charles Osasuwa, founder of Rock of Ages Christian Assembly Inc, has said it is a sin to live in a rented apartment.

He said this in a message on his Facebook wall on Thursday.

He went on to explain that it is actually a sin for Christians to live in a rented apartment because they will end up having two lords – Jesus and the landlord.

He said “the tenant is always at the mercy of the landlord. The landlord can call the tenant anytime and he can request to use his apartment anytime. The Christian who is a tenant should work towards freeing himself from the second Lord which is the Landlord.”

Osasuwa also said churches who operate in rented properties are not left out. He said “a church that operates in a rented apartment is having two lords. This should not be.”

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Pastor Ituah Ighodalo’s Wife, Ibidun Ajayi, is Dead

Ibidun Ajayi Ighodalo, wife of pastor Ittuah Ighodalo the founder of Trinity House Church has passed away.

Ibidun Ajayi a former lux beauty, popular businesswoman in event planning and lagos-based marriage counselor died in Port Harcourt. She was also a member of the church’s media team.

Although the cause of her death has not been revealed, there are rumours that she may have died of cardiac arrest. The deceased, who founded Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation, supported couples having difficulty bearing children after surviving In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) 11 times herself.

A seasoned event planner, she was said to have been in Bayelsa and Rivers states to help with the building of isolation centres for COVID-19 patients. Ibidun came into the spotlight as a beauty queen after winning the Miss Lux title, over a decade ago.

Condolences to her entire family

‘My Church may not open till end of the year – Pastor Tunde Bakare declares

Former Vice Presidential candidate and founder of Citadel Global Community Church formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has disclosed that his church may not open till the Coronavirus pandemic is over.

Pastor Tunde Bakare said this at the second edition of the virtual 3Gz — Guys, Girls and God — session of the CGCC Legacy Youth Fellowship.

Recalling how Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu predicted that August will be the month they will likely record lots of Coronavirus cases in Lagos and Nigeria in a virtual meeting he had with him, the Pastor stated that he is not in a rush to reopen a building when services can be done virtually and more people can be reached with the “word of truth”.

Pastor Bakare who stated that the church is not about tithe and offerings but about edifying the people and fixing the challenges of the world, added that “government cannot shut the church but only a building.”

The founder of Citadel Global Community Church also cited Genesis Chapter 8 while recalling how Noah who spent 150 days in the ark sent out the raven to check if the flood has dried up.

He said:

Noah was on a lockdown for 150 days. Noah was not trying to prove his anointing by coming out to swim in the flood.

Pastor Bakare further recalled how a choir in the United States which met for rehearsals recorded transmission of the novel coronavirus disease among over 40 of its members and deaths.

He concluded by saying;

“We are not opening till the coast is clear.”

Joshua Iginla’s church Holds First Service After Total Lockdown, Maintains Social Distance

At last, Champions Royal Assembly, led by popular prophet, Joshua Iginla has held its first service today in Abuja after the federal government lifted the ban on religious gatherings weeks ago.

While in the church, the social distance rule was seriously adhered to, according to pictures shared on the general overseer’s page on facebook.

Apart from the social distance rule obeyed, some of the guidelines set by the NDDC was also obeyed.

Some of which include:

There should be no entry without facemasks. All attendees and religious leaders must wear a face mask
People who are sick should not go to places of worship. There should be temperature screening on entry
Hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers should be provided at point of entries and strategic points
Attendance at religious settings should not exceed 1/3 of sitting capacity

Champions Royal Assembly is an Abuja based church of the popular prophet and it boasts of a capacity of over 100,000 seaters.

It is worthy of being noted that the man of God started his ministry years ago in Abuja, in just a room apartment and today, he has several branches across the world.

For some time now, there has been ban on crowd gatherings, religious gatherings in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic that struck the world early this year.

Reports has it that the virus started in Wuhan, China before spreading to other parts of the world.

In Nigeria, there have been confirmed cases of over 15,000 and 407 deaths.

No punishment is too severe for a rapist – Pastor Adeboye (video)

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, has said that as much as he hates the death penalty, no punishment meted on a rapist is too severe.

In a video broadcasted on Dove TV on Sunday, June 14, the clergyman condemned the act, saying it leaves an eternal scar on women.

Speaking specifically about UNIBEN student, Uwaila Omozuwa, who was raped and murdered in one of the RCCG parishes in Edo state, the clergyman said he and his prayer warriors will not stop until the perpetrators of the dastard act are fished out and brought to justice.

Watch the video:

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams reveals why his son got intimate in viral video with two women in a pool

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has reacted to a viral video which shows his son getting intimate with two women inside a swimming pool.

The action of the son generated lots of criticism as many wondered why a clergyman’s son would engage in such.

Nicholas Duncan-Williams has now reacted to the backlash by revealing that his son has been battling a bipolar disorder for six years now which he blamed for the viral video.

A statement reads: “Mental Health: Toll, Tragedies and Hope

“The significance of psychological health has become very personal to Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams and his family. Six years ago, Archbishop’s son, Daniel Duncan-Williams, was diagnosed with acute bipolar disease. Through the family, Daniel has undergone the very best medical interventions, treatments and hospitalizations, yet he still experiences relapses when he does not continue on his prescribed medication.

“His outbursts on social media and elsewhere should not be media fodder or click-bait; We acknowledge that the obscenities are abhorrent but understand that he has a serious illness. Daniel is not of himself and he has never been in prison.

“Historically, many mega pastors have all had to deal with their personal family challenges in the public eye and in this same vein, we also ask you to separate “who a person is from their mistakes”. We love Daniel, and we believe God’s mercy turns what was meant for evil to good, for them that love the lord and are called according to his purpose. Daniel also continues to be covered and supported spiritually with intense and consistent prayers.

“The Archbishop has prayed all over the world for nations, leaders, pastors, families, mothers and lay people and at this time, he asks that you join in prayer for Danny and the family. We are believing, with God on our side, that Daniel will come out of this stronger and with a testimony to the glory of God.

“The Archbishop says “this is a test of his faith. In his own words; “I acknowledge the situation my son is in, and I still love him…please pray for us…. “Love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

“The Archbishop and his family continue to stand firm in their faith believing God for Daniel’s full deliverance, healing and restoration. We ask that you please respect their privacy as they navigate through this trying time.

“Psalms 3:3. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head”.

Nigerian clergyman leads members of his church to pray, stage a peaceful protest

Trending on social media is a Nigerian clergyman, identified as Reverend David Okechukwu who led members of his church to pray and also stage a peaceful protest over the deplorable state of Ohanku road in Aba, the commercial center of Abia state.

Worried by the deplorable state of the road which he and his members use frequently, the clergyman led his parishioners to protest over the road and also pray for God to intervene and get the road fixed as soon as possible.

Happy Birthday Celebration To Bishop Peace Okonkwo

Bishop Peace Okonkwo, wife of the Lead Pastor of The Redeemed Evangelical MIssion (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo marks her birthday amidst love and cheers from family and friends.

The stunning celebrant marks her day with a grateful heart unto God for spending another 365 days on planet earth.

Taking to social media, the church via its official Instagram penned a lovely message to Dr. Peace on her birthday.

It wrote: Fans React as Toyin Abraham Dazzles in New PhotosHappy birthday to our Resident Pastor — Dr. Peace Okonkwo (@drpeaceokonkwo). We appreciate your motherly love and consistent mentorship. We pray that you will eat the fruits of your labor in Jesus’ Name. We love you, Mum!

Bishop Peace OKonkwo is also the Founder of the Women of Global Impact , an outreach providing comfort and skills acquisition to the desolate and street ladies.