Nigeria

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.

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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.

Happy 12th Marriage Anniversary To Ada Ehi Moses

Nigerian gospel music minister, Ada Ehi is in a joyous mood as she marks 12 years of God’s faithfulness in her marriage.

The beautiful singer took to her social media to celebrate her marriage anniversary with a grateful heart.

She wrote: “12yrs of God’s faithfulness… ahhhhh it’s not by power certainly not by might oh. Happy 12 years Anniversary My Love @emmanuel_overcomer”.

Ada Ogochukwu Ehi is a Nigerian born performing artist, recording artist, songwriter, and gospel musician. Her music singles and albums are widely acknowledged both locally in Nigeria and on the international scene.

While schooling, Ada joined Believer’s Loveworld Campus Fellowship and later Christ Embassy Choir where she grew steadily until she became a member of the Christ Embassy Presidential Choir. After this time, she moved on to Loveworld Records in the year 2009.

According to her, she met her husband in church during one of her rehearsal sessions while still in school. They shortly became friends and finally tied the knot in 2008 before joining the Loveworld Records the following year. Ada Ehi husband is Ehi Moses and the couple are blessed with two children.

Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary To Pastor Paul And Ifeanyi Adefarasin

Senior pastor, House on the Rock Church, Paul Adefarasin celebrate 25th wedding anniversary with wife, Pastor Ifeanyi Adefarasin today 3rd of June 2020.

The couple whose love knew no bounds took to social media to express their undying love to each other.

The church also took to it’s official social media to celebrate Pastor Adefarasin and his wife on their day.

“Happy 25th wedding anniversary, Paul Adefarasin and First Lady, Ifeanyi Adefarasin. Thank you for living and loving out loud and being godly example to us. We rejoice with you as we wish you many more wonderful years with each other, one surpassing the last” It wrote.

Pastor Paul Adefarasin is the founder and president of the Rock Foundation, a faith based charity organization committed to social reformation, education and relief among the less privileged in Nigeria and West Africa.

He is also the convener of ‘The Experience’, the largest annual gospel musical event in Africa which holds in Lagos, Nigeria.

Pastor Paul Adefarasin got married to his wife, Pastor Ifeanyi in June 1995 and their union is blessed with three wonderful children.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome blasts church leaders who approved the new guidelines for reopening of churches (video)

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy church has taken a swipe at church leaders who approved the new guidelines for churches to open for worship after the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 lifted the ban on religious gatherings on Monday, June 1.

Part of the modalities and guidelines is for churches to ensure they check the temperature of members before they enter the church, observe social distancing, have only one hour service, suspend taking of Holy communion, suspension of weekly activities amongst others.

Oyakhilome while preaching on Saturday, June 6, slammed church leaders who appended their signatures to the document on the new modalities and guidelines.

According to him, some church leaders have supported the continued lockdown on churches because of fear, greed, and jealousy.

”One of the reasons you still have lockdown of churches in several countries right now is not even the government. You will be amazed. It is church organizations that are keeping many churches locked up till now.

The so called advisers of government. The government invited certain church leaders, consulting with them whether to open the churches or not to, they advised the government to keep the churches locked because of their own fear, greed and jealousy. These are there problems, nothing else. And they kept those churches locked.
But their days are numbered. Believe me.

That is what has happened in many countries. The government wants to open the churches and religious leaders, particularly church leaders have advised government to keep churches locked.
I wonder. Are they taking after Jesus? Are they taking after the apostles?
They are the ones sending out modalities for reopening to churches under shameful requirement.
Church leaders are telling church members no communion, no physical touch and if anybody is going to lay hands on the sick, they have to wear a glove…Did it happen in the church of Jesus Christ? You would think such an instruction came from sinners for which we should laugh..but to know that some Christian leaders would append their signatures to such document and send to churches..it is another fiasco.

But like I said, don’t be angry at them, I am not angry at them. It just tells you where they have been. It is cruel.” he said

Apostle Johnson Suleman offers to give 1 million naira to anybody with useful information about Vera Uwaila Omozuwa‘s murderers

General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman has offered to give 1 million naira bounty to anybody with useful information about Vera Uwaila Omozuwa‘s murderers.

It should be recalled that Vera Uwaila was recently murdered by some unidentified rapists in an RCCG branch in Benin, Edo State.

The news of her death was met with condemnation and protests because she was reportedly raped to death while reading in a Church.

In ensuring the culprits are brought to book, the man of God has promised to reward anybody who provides reliable information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators with the sum of 1 million naira.